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[Video] Can Plant-Based Diets Stop Cancer In Dogs?

In August we hosted Dr. Clare Knottenbelt to discuss the prevalence of cancer in dogs and the impact it has on a pet’s family. By discussing what factors are thought to increase the risks of cancer in our pets, she reviewed the evidence that could suggest plant-based diets might lower the incidence of cancer in dogs.

We discussed:

  • The rates of cancer in companion dogs 
  • The factors that might predispose their dog to cancer
  • How knowledge from humans can be used to help dogs and vice versa
  • How a plant-based diet could help reduce cancer in animals that share our environments and diets

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Dr. Knottenbelt answered several questions from the audience.   Check out the clips below to explore each topic and hear the answer to each of the questions.

  • 0:00 – Intro 
  • 2:09 – Different forms of cancer in dogs
  • 4:50 – Prevalence of cancer in dogs and humans
  • 6:34 – What causes cancer in dogs?
  • 18:00 – Nutrition & cancer in humans
  • 19:38 – Obesity & cancer in dogs
  • 22:18 – Inflammation
  • 27:43 – Can plant-based diets help fight cancer?
  • 30:45 – Nutritional impacts of meat
  • 33:17 – Reducing inflammation
  • 36:29 – What does the research show about plant-based diets for dogs?
  • 39:18 – Conclusions about plant-based feeding stopping cancer in dogs
  • 44:30 – Q&A
  • 44:52 – What kind of vegetables can we feed our pets?
  • 47:41 – When can puppies start eating plant-based diets?
  • 48:44 – How to get in touch with Clare 
  • 50:17 – Can cats eat plant-based diets?
  • 52:07 – Closer

About Our Speaker:

Clare is a graduate of Bristol University and then completed her residency at the University of Edinburgh with a specialty in small animal medicine. She was Clinical Director of the University of Glasgow’s Small Animal Hospital for 6 years and worked within the University’s Oncology service for 11 years. Through her work with Hawk and Dove, Clare provides support to help general practitioners deliver accessible cancer care to their patients. Throughout her illustrious career, with more than 20 years of experience, she has worked to provide accessible cancer care to pets around the world and continues to spread her love of animals providing support to horses with cancer as well as developing novel treatments for cancer in dogs.

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