How to Prevent Cancer in Dogs with Affordable Diet Changes

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Cancer affects at least one in four dogs during their lifetime. For instance, the lifespan of Golden Retrievers has decreased to 10.5 years, with nearly 50% dying from cancer. Nutrition plays a crucial role in combating this. By making minor dietary adjustments, you can significantly enhance your dog’s diet and potentially reduce their cancer risk.

1. Vegetables: The Anti-Cancer Champions

Just as your mother advised, eating more vegetables is essential. A study on Westies, a breed prone to bladder cancer, showed that those consuming vegetables, particularly carrots, had a lower cancer risk. Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant that reduces free radical damage, thus lowering cancer risk. They also contain falcarinol, known for its anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventive properties. Lightly steamed carrots maximize the availability of these antioxidants. A daily intake of about a quarter to half a carrot per 20 pounds of body weight is recommended.

2. Fruits and Berries: Nature’s Sweet Antioxidants

Apples and blueberries are excellent for your dog. Apples, high in the flavonoid quercetin, are potent antioxidants and can help prevent cancer. A quarter of an apple per 20 pounds of body weight, a few times a week, is sufficient. Blueberries, extremely rich in antioxidants, can be given at a rate of ten berries per 10 pounds of body weight daily.

3. Spices: Turmeric and Cinnamon

Common kitchen spices like turmeric and cinnamon are not only flavorful but also beneficial in cancer prevention. Turmeric, which contains 95% curcumin, has been studied for its cancer-preventing properties. Adding a sprinkle of turmeric (about an eighth of a teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight) to your dog’s food a few times a week can be beneficial. Similarly, cinnamon, known to aid in diabetes management, also possesses cancer-fighting properties.

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4. Flaxseed: The Fiber-Rich Superfood

Ground flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids, known for their cancer-preventing properties. A simple dose of about a teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight daily can significantly improve your dog’s diet.

5. Animal Proteins: Liver and Sardines

Organ meats like chicken liver are rich in protein, zinc, B vitamins, and vitamin A—all antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cancer. A small amount, 1 or 2 ounces per 20 pounds of body weight, given two or three times a week, is ideal. Sardines, another excellent protein source, can be added similarly.

6. Probiotics: The Beneficial Bacteria

Natural yogurt is an inexpensive source of probiotics, which strengthen the immune system and may reduce the risk of cancer. About a tablespoon per 20 pounds of body weight daily is sufficient.

7. Avoid Harmful Ingredients

Be cautious of dog foods containing artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, byproducts, and genetically modified ingredients like corn and soy. These are often treated with harmful chemicals like glyphosate, which can be detrimental to your dog’s health. Opt for high-quality kibble without these additives.

By incorporating these ingredients into your dog’s diet, you can significantly improve their overall health and potentially reduce their cancer risk. Thank you for watching this edition of Veterinary Secrets. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the bell for notifications. For more tips, download a free copy of my book by clicking the link below.

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