Human-Grade Cancer Therapy for Dogs

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Human-Grade Cancer Therapy for Dogs

Right now, on a 53-acre plot of land outside Austin, Texas, we at KetoPet Sanctuary (KPS) are doing something incredible. This isn’t your typical canine rescue facility. KPS goes out of its way to rescue dogs with incurable, terminal cancer. Our goal isn’t to provide hospice-like treatment for terminal dogs – of course we care for and love the animals, but instead of writing off the canine companions to their fate, we at KPS provide groundbreaking cancer therapy. We’ve been doing this since October of 2014 and the results are astounding. Plus, we guarantee each dog will have a loving forever home, for life.


  • Ron Penna, Co-Founder of KPS

    “There’s no drug at the end of this rainbow. There’s no proprietary molecule that will solve the problem. As a result, there’s no one putting any money into researching this approach. Even though it’s the most powerful weapon on the cancer scene, there is no economic driver to incentivize investment into researching it. That’s what we’ve been doing – using our own money to test the idea and see if it’s really as powerful as we thought. We’ve been quietly validating just how powerful this approach is using our own funds and now we’re ready to get help from other people to continue furthering the knowledge of how best to apply it.”

  • Daniel Orrego, Vice President of KPS

    At KPS we feed the dogs a very specific ketogenic diet and continually check their levels of blood glucose and ketones to make sure we are getting the effect we are looking for. It’s not a diet that requires faith -- you can validate it with science.

  • Paul Raybould, Executive Director of KPS

    Providing human-grade cancer treatments for dogs is the epitome of One Health - it is the collaborative effort of human and veterinary medicine that is yielding impactful outcomes for these dogs. Our common sense approach optimizes animal health, welfare and quality of life.

  • Shannan Penna, Director of Canine Wellness

    Many of the dogs who were given death sentences months ago are walking around healthy and happy. These are dogs with supposedly incurable cancers like hemangiosarcoma, as well as other cancers like lymphoma and mammary carcinoma.

  • John Sledge, MD

    Maintenance of a therapeutic ketogenic state will decrease the risk of recurrence or of a new cancer emerging in the dogs who have completed the program. This risk reduction is something that standard of care treatments cannot claim.

  • Isabella Sledge, MD, MPH

    Our multi-layered nutritional protocol is the foundation of our cancer therapy. Other treatment modalities such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are added as necessary because we have shown that these therapies can work synergistically with the diet.

  • Que Collins, PhD

    We are dedicated to continuing and improving our program by finding answers to the most difficult problems in the sphere of modern health and wellness in both dogs and humans. We welcome any help, ideas, and ways anyone might be able to assist us and we’re ready for individuals and institutions to collaborate with us.

Our Protocol

At KPS, we feed dogs a high-fat, adequate protein, and low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet for all of our canines while they are at the facility. Most nutritional protocols rely on faith, lacking objective metrics from which the diet can be analyzed. However, unlike other diets, the ketogenic diet is one type of nutritional protocol that can be assessed by examining blood glucose and ketone levels. By definition, a ketogenic diet is any diet that produces ketones, so we use blood metrics to determine the efficacy of the diet.

We also control the dogs’ calories to get their bodyfat levels to where we want them to be. In addition to the diet, we use state-of-the-art diagnostics for validation for the state of cancer. We spare no expense and use the diagnostic tools that physicians use to examine humans. This allows us to see where the tumor sites are, what the glucose uptake is in the cancer cells, and how effectively our protocol is reversing cancer. PET/CT scans give us a very strong indicator of these metrics, and we have very tight tracks on the status of cancer in each dog.

Our Sanctuary

Our facility is located in Georgetown, Texas, which is located 27 miles north of downtown Austin. We have a huge, 53-acre plot of land with an outdoor dog park, built-in miniature water park, and an inside play and living area that includes a big-screen TV with surround sound.

  • Ketogenic Diet

    High fat, low carbohydrate, and adequate protein diet

  • PET/CT Scanning

    Diagnostic nuclear imagery at 0, 60, and 120 days

  • World-class Care

    Daily monitoring by in-house veterinarians and veterinary technicians

  • Metabolic Conditioning (METCON)

    strenuous physical exercise

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

    Dogs are treated with HBOT therapy, which has been shown to successfully reduce the size of tumors.

Contact Us

We are thrilled to see how we can continue to improve our program and find answers to some of the most difficult problems in the sphere of modern health and wellness (for both dogs as well as humans). We welcome any help, ideas, and ways you or anyone you know might be able to assist us, and we’re always looking for more individuals and institutions to collaborate with.