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Nutritional Management of Canine Cancers and the Role of Nutritional Supplements

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Title: Nutritional Management of Canine Cancers and the Role of Nutritional Supplements
Author: Bianco, Adriana
Department: Department of Clinical Studies
Program: Clinical Studies
Advisor: Verbrugghe, Adronie
Abstract: This thesis is an investigation of the dietary decisions made for pets by owners of dogs with cancer and owners of healthy dogs. In addition, an in vitro investigation of the effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on canine osteosarcoma cells both as a single agent and in combination with doxorubicin was conducted. Owners of dogs with cancer were found to make different dietary decisions for their pets compared to owners of healthy dogs, especially with regards to diet type and use of nutritional supplements. DHA and EPA had antagonistic effects on doxorubicin and had variable effects as a single agent treatment. Further research is needed to determine the safety and efficacy of nutritional supplements. Greater emphasis is needed in veterinary practices on the importance of client and clinician communication to ensure dogs with cancer are provided a safe and healthy diet.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17748
Date: 2019-12
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