Creating a ketogenic diet for your dog, made SIMPLE.
At KetoPet, dogs are family, and that’s why we are so passionate about helping canines with cancer, obesity, seizures, and anti-inflammatory conditions. To better help you and your best friend, we’re committed to providing you with tools like this calculator to make creating a ketogenic diet easy.
A little about us…
KetoPet is a program under the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Epigenix Foundation, and was started by a group of people with a passion for rescuing shelter dogs with cancer who would otherwise be euthanized. KetoPet sanctuary staff placed each dog on a ketogenic diet as a form of cancer treatment, and worked tirelessly to give them a quality of life and a forever home.
KetoPet is the first organization that has systematically tested the ketogenic diet in canines. While not a cure, KetoPet has found this metabolic therapy to be effective in improving outcomes when treating canines with cancer. In fact, 55% of the dogs who graduated from the KetoPet program are still going for long walks, enjoying belly rubs, playing catch, and experiencing a quality of life far beyond their original prognosis.
What is a ketogenic diet?
A ketogenic diet is one that is high in fat, adequate in protein, and low in carbohydrates (carbs). When non-fibrous carbs are significantly reduced, protein is moderate, and dietary fat is increased, the body will naturally switch its primary fuel source from carbohydrates to fat. Once a person or dog begins using fat for fuel instead of glucose, the liver breaks down those fats into ketone bodies which are then used for energy by tissues throughout the body. This process induces a healthy metabolic state called ketosis.
What are the potential benefits of ketosis?
The ketogenic diet has been used clinically for nearly 100 years as a therapy for children with drug-resistant epilepsy. While it’s continued to be prescribed as a treatment for seizures today, the use of this metabolic therapy has expanded exponentially. Not only is the ketogenic diet showing promise in improving human health and performance, but it’s being used as a therapy in preclinical studies focused on a variety of diseases including Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), traumatic brain injury (TBI), diabetes, and even cancer. Much of the research currently underway and involving cancer and the ketogenic diet was inspired by a discovery made many decades ago by German biochemist, Otto Warburg. Warburg found that most cancer cells, unlike healthy cells, exhibit an altered energy metabolism where they rely heavily on sugar (carbohydrates) for energy. This phenomenon, is also known as the Warburg Effect.
Since Warburg’s observation, preclinical trials have shown that ketogenic diets can potentially slow tumor progression. Dr. Thomas Seyfried, a scientist and professor at Boston College, pioneered research showcasing the metabolic dysfunction of cancer at a time when most scientists were convinced it was a genetic disease. Building upon Dr. Seyfried’s work, University of South Florida researchers, Dr. Dominic D’Agostino and Dr. Angela Poff, found that this weakness in cancer metabolism could be targeted therapeutically using a ketogenic diet. These studies (among others), and the metabolic theory of cancer have served as a foundation for KetoPet.
Now, let’s get started!
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