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Dear Daisy Dog

I take flaxseed oil to prevent cancer. Is it safe for my dog? How much should I give her?

Daisy Responds

While flaxseed oil is safe, you probably shouldn’t give it to her. Here’s why.

When humans take flaxseed oil, they convert it to n-3 fatty acids, which are thought to be protective against cancer. The problem is that we dogs can’t convert flaxseed oil very well.
We need the n-3 fatty acids themselves. You can provide them to your dog by giving her a supplement like 3V Caps which contains the n-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. Salmon is also a source.

While n-3 fatty acids haven’t been shown to prevent cancer in dogs, their positive influence on dogs with cancer suggests they may play a role in prevention.

Studies in dogs with various kinds of cancers have shown that n-3 fatty acids can prolong survival, especially after the tumor size has been reduced through surgery or radiation therapy.
N-3 fatty acids minimize tumor spread by suppressing the growth of new blood vessels.

They also enhance the positive effects and minimize the unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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