Did you know that over 50% of the dog population is diagnosed with cancer?! That is 1 in 2 dogs that get cancer. That is a CRAZY amount… but there’s thankfully something that we as responsible pet owners can do, and that's add fresh food!
A study found that Scottish Terriers fed leafy green or orange/yellow vegetables at least three times a week were up to 70-90% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Why? Because they were fed FRESH food!
Adding fresh vegetables to a diet is great, but since dogs aren’t designed to digest vegetables unless they are pureed or steamed, replacing fresh veggies with fresh raw meats will work as well and provide a wide variety of nutrients that lack in a kibble diet.
But how does cancer even start and why is it so popular NOW?
Well… cancer starts in the bowl. With the modern diet for canines being dry processed kibble, it sets them up to be harborers of cancer. This is due to the overabundance of carbohydrates, extrusion, rancid oils, synthetics, glyphosates, mycotoxins, and more all neatly packed into kibble. All of these factors all contribute to a damaged gut which leads to inflammation which is the root cause of all metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, allergies, and cancer.
Here are some examples of the best kinds of fresh food/treats to add to help fight cancer:Organs: Organs are packed with just about every nutrient, including B vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, folic acid and vitamin B12. Organs are also high in minerals such as phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine, and vitamins A, D, E and K. In addition, organ meats are known to have some of the highest naturally occurring Vitamin D and omega 3 fats DHA and EPA.
Muscle meats: Easy to find and the more variety the better!
Seafood: The best way for dogs to get their omegas is through whole food sources like actual fish versus fish oil or synthetic vitamins.
Here are some meal healthy meal additives & Kong fillers:
• Plain Greek yogurt
• Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried Raw Meal Mixers (my dog loves these!)
• Apple pieces & Applesauce (sugar free is better)
• Blueberries (actual brain food)
• Cottage Cheese
• Canned pumpkin
• Salmon or canned Mackrel
• Turkey breast
• Ground turkey
• Peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain Xylitol artificial sugar)
• Pineapple (a natural anti-inflammatory)
• Green beans
• Eggs – in any format
We can help prevent cancer by 70-90% by adding fresh foods to our dog's daily meals! The more variety the better as your dog will get a wider array of bioavailable nutrients.