Statistics show that ten percent of all dogs will develop some sort of cancer in their later adult or senior years. Cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs over ten years of age. I am going to give you some hints and tips to help prevent canine cancer and also help you once your dog does develop cancer.

Prevention dieting

While there are supplements out there, even those made for humans, you can give to your dog, a healthy balanced diet can help to prevent many forms of canine cancer as your dog gets up in years. For instance, fish oil is good for them. It is a good source of Omega 3, 6 and 9. This will assist in shrinking tumors and lowering inflammation. Recommended dose is approximately 1,000mg/20 pounds of your dog’s weight. You want higher proteins and fats with lower carbohydrates. These proteins and fats should be animal based. Grain free food is the best, however, if is has grain in it, you should look for something with brown rice, not white. Brown rice contains three times more fiber than white rice. If you have any questions about his diet, you should consult with your veterinarian for a high protein and fat diet especially if you have concerns about pancreas, liver, kidney or spleen issues.

Everyday feeding regimen

Wet food is okay as it provides moisture if your dog isn’t drinking enough water throughout the day, but shouldn’t be a staple food source. If your dog is mainly eating dry food, there are a few things to add that will help in the prevention stage. You can add in canned sardines, small amounts of cottage cheese, eggs, or ground hamburger, turkey or chicken to add to the high protein part of his diet. You can add partially cooked or raw food to his diet as dogs have higher stomach acid levels. They are not as susceptible to food bacteria like humans are. A raw food diet, or BARF diet, is okay now and then. BARF diet, as its called, is Biologically Approved Raw Foods. A BARF diet should be 75% meat and 25% fruits and/or vegetables. The meats should be chunked or ground beef, lamb, chicken, turkey or pork. The vegetables could be any of the following: Broccoli, spinach, celery or carrots. Fruits can be apples (no seeds), pears, grapefruit or orange. If they won’t eat the fruits or vegetables plain, you can mix them in with either yogurt or cottage cheese.

Breeds more at risk for canine cancers

There are some breeds that are more at risk for canine cancers than others. They are: Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Labrador Retriever, Boxer and Golden Retriever to name a few. The Rottweiler is more prone to gastric torsion and liver cancer. The German Shepherd is prone to several types of cancer. Great Danes is more prone to gastric torsion and bone cancer. The Labrador Retriever is prone to bone cancer. The Boxer is prone to brain cancer. The Golden Retriever is prone to several types, just like the German Shepherds.

Cancer types-best diets for them

Lymphomas: These are blood cell cancers that start in one small part and, if undiagnosed, will mastetise into other parts of the dog’s body and destroy tissues and eventually bone marrow, spleen and other organs. If untreated, the life expectancy is four to six weeks after being diagnosed. The Best foods for your dog is to add extra meat or fish. Protein, at this point, should be about 35% of his diet. Wet food will be good at this point as well since it is easily absorbed with less workload on the kidneys, keeping in mind what I previously stated concerning the contents of the wet food. Another is Osteosarcoma, which is bone cancer. For this, the recommendation is high quality, no grain and low carbohydrate green foods like kelp and alfalfa. Omega 3 fish oils will help with arthritis for this condition greatly. Next is Bladder cancer, or, transitional cell carcinomas. The Best things here are fruits and cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, asparagus and brussel sprouts. Another type of canine cancer is Gastric Torsion, which is the stretched and twisted stomach caused by excessive gas content. For this type of cancer, exercise before or after a large meal is not good. You will want to feed your dog smaller meals twice a day which should include chicken and/or fish with cooked carrots or green beans. Signs of this cancer may include failure to vomit, which will twist your dog’s insides as they try to force regurgitation, anxiety or restlessness. While any breeds can come down with this type of cancer, larger breeds have a greater predisposition due to a recessed, or sunken, chest cavity.

In summary

As I stated above, there are many types of canine cancer. I only touched on the more common types and the breeds that are more prone to them and the diets that will help prevent or care for them once they develop a certain type of cancer. As always, consult a veterinarian if you find unusual activity, or lack thereof, in your dog. You want them around as long as possible. There are more drastic measures such as surgery or chemo, but if you can head it off at the pass, it is much better than waiting until they develop and type mentioned. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is better to prevent it than to have to deal with the pain and expense to cure it. You want a healthy life for yourself, doesn’t your best friend deserve the same?

14 Replies to “Canine cancer-what to feed your patient”

  1. Thank you for this article, it is definitely information that people need. This is such a sad topic that many people do not want to face in their lives, but at some point they must.

    I have lost dogs before to cancer, and it was one of the saddest days of my life, but it is good that there are people like you that are spreading ideas to prevent this. A lot of people do not want to think about the “what ifs” so it is good that you provide these prevention tips. Thank you again!

    1. I lost a dog, my ‘best friend’, when I was 18. This was due to epilepsy though. I have had many friends who have lost their dogs due to cancer and that’s why I decided to write this one before moving on to epilepsy. I’m glad I could give you some hints, tips and information going forward. You have a dog now?

  2. Hi Joseph, Thanks for the instructive piece on securing the health of our dogs. To avoid the ugly occurrence is surely better than treatment. I have learnt elsewhere that omega 3 is an excellent nutrient to be included in dogs’ food. However, it sometimes becomes a challenge to find pellets (kibble) that are rich in this essential oil at the stores. I might need to consult with a veterinary expert as you suggested.

    1. Thank you for your comment. The important thing is to read the label carefully. Some of my other articles will tell what to look for as well. Thank you again and I’m glad I was able to provide you with additional information.

  3. Hello, thank you for your informative article promoting a healthy dog’s life. 

    I believe a well balanced diet along with plenty of water can drastically help improve a misfed dog.  Of course we should never let it get to that point. By loving our dogs we will want to take care of them and ensure they stay healthy.

    The omega 3 fish oil is a very healthy supplement to add to their meal. Do you know where I can buy omega 3 in bulk for a lot of pet dogs?

    1. Thank you very much Justin for your comments. I always try to give helpful information to people where their pets are concerned. In my case, dogs, even though I only have a cat right. I will be getting a dog soon again now that I have a house with a backyard for him to grow up in. As for you question on bulk buying of Omega 3, you can order it from Amazon. A bag containing 300 capsules, 1000mg each, goes for about $19 with free shipping. Again, I really appreciate your comments and hope you can check out some of my other articles as well.

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