In my last blog, I wrote Part 1 on the holistic approach to prevent or fight Canine cancer.  I mention I gathered years of research from other vets and complied it for you.

A quick recap of part 1 is that the most popular suggestion is to reduce your pet’s toxic exposure.One of the several suggestions was changing to non-toxic cleaning. It also covered healthier pet products and alternative options.

If you didn’t get a chance to read Part 1, I encourage you to do so now! In part 2, I will cover food, spices and herbs that will prevent and fight cancer. The “foods” below have many benefits but I will list a few that are the most relevant to this topic.

Help your dog live the longest life possible

In researching the world’s oldest pets, I found a few things they had in common. One dog in Australia, who lived to aprx. 30 years old, walked daily for approximately 5.5 miles or 9 kilometers, had fresh food and self-fasted. Another dog who was about 27 years old was a vegan. Finally the world’s oldest cats also ate fresh food with veggies and got plenty of exercise.

I have only fasted my dog if he has a upset belly. Knowing this gave me something to consider since I already make his food and ensure he gets daily exercise. Recently I tried “Meatless Monday” with him. I joked with some friends that he wasn’t happy about it by making <—– this meme. All kidding aside, I did notice the next day he was feeling pretty spunky! Hmm.

Fight cancer with food

Your pets’ nutrition will be of the utmost importance. If you want something pre-made, my dog likes this raw food or this dehydrated food. Another option is a homemade diet that contains foods known to be anti-cancerous and anti-inflammatory.

Herbs & Spices that help fight or prevent cancer

1) Turmeric: Turmeric root can be juiced, bought as a supplementor found in the powder form in the spice isle. I have read multiple times that the spice is most effective when mixed with coconut oil. There is some truth to that!

When reading this book, I learned that coconut “super charges” anything it comes in contact with. Now I have switched to adding coconut water to the turmeric mixed in my dog’s food and he loves it.

Warning: I do have a few minor warnings. The first is to start slow with the amount of turmeric spice so you can “test” to see if s/he will eat it. This way you will not waste food if s/he refuses it. The second is the spice stains your hands if you get it on you. It does come off after a few washes so overall no big deal. Last but not least, if your pet is on medications, be sure to check with your veterinarian for any interactions.

Turmeric Benefits: It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-septic and has anti-cancer properties that have been known to help inhibit many types of cancers such as colon, stomach, lung, liver and pancreatic cancer. Also it inhibits tumors, cysts, lipomas and acts as a pain reliever.

Turmeric dosage: If you’re buying the supplement above you will need to calculate the proper dosage. It averages 15 mg per pound of body weight. If you are using the spice, it will be 1/8 teaspoon per 10 pounds. For example, a 60 lb. dog would get 3/4 tsp per day. Remember to start slow to get your dog a chance to adjust.

2) Garlic: This is something I have seen debated in the pet community for many years. In a nutshell some feel that small amounts are beneficial. Over the last year, I have starting paying more attention to labels and noticed it is in some pet foods.

Garlic benefits: It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-cancerous and it’s supposed to help repel fleas. If your dog has an enlarged spleen, back pain or UTI’s, this may be beneficial for them as well.

3) Parsley: An herb that makes the body more alkaline and therefore it is helpful in preventing and/or battling all types of cancer.

4) Ginger: Most of us think of ginger in the form of ginger ale. The reason ginger works is because it is an antispasmodic which helps calm an upset tummy. It is a member of the turmeric family and therefore has been reported in studies to help fight cancer.

5) Essiac tea: One vet referred to this as herbal chemotherapy. I personally know of a friend who gave this to her dog. The vet only gave him like a month or two to live and she had about a year with him. To purchase this tea, send her an email.

This tea is named after a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse. Essiac is Caisse spelled backwards. She began using this in the early 1900’s to help patients, including her Aunt who had cancer. They saw amazing results and Nurse Caisse had many requests for her help. She was referred to as “the Cancer Nurse.”

3 anti-cancer vegetables for dogs

1) Sweet potatoes: They are an anti-cancerous food and promote a healthy environment in your stomach and colon. If your dog is experiencing anxiousness or trouble sleeping, sweet potatoes may help them too.

2) Zucchini: They contain phytonutrients important for prostate health and are beneficial for stomach and colon cancers.

3) Pumpkin: Phytonutrients in pumpkin have been shown to help prevent the risk of cancers. Particularly mouth, lung, and colon cancer. Pure pumpkin puree, not the pie filling, can also help your dog if s/he is constipated or has diarrhea.

Cancer Superfoods

1) Berries: Raspberries and blackberries are great options. However if I had to only pick one berry it would be Wild blueberries.

Wild Blueberries

Wild Blueberries are the size of an eraser

Wild blueberries are found in the frozen food section and are about the size of a pencil eraser.

Don’t confuse them with the berries you find in a clam shell in the produce section. IF you can’t find them, this powder is another option.

Wild blueberries benefits: fight all types of cancer and have a high amount of antioxidants.

Fruit should be feed separately from protein. Either one hour before protein or two hours after. I tend to use them as “snacks” or a treat.

2) Kale: Helps prevent cancer, joint issues and pushes out ear wax.

Nutritional supplements that battle cancer

1) Spirulina: It comes in various forms such as capsules and powder. My understanding is it is best absorbed in the powder form. I mix it with coconut water to increase the effectiveness but also make it more palatable. Not all supplements are created equal, here is the specific spirulina I use and give to my dog. If you prefer a pet specific spirulina, I recommended this one formulated by a holistic vet.

Spirulina benefits for your dog:

  • Prevents cancer
  • Heal injuries
  • Improves gastrointestinal health: A strong gut = stronger immune system!
  • Pulls heavy metals, such as mercury, out of the body. Mercury can fuel cancer.

Update: I recently saw a comment from a holistic vet saying cat’s can have spirulina!

2) Cats Claw : An herb that fights cancer, IBS, helps with weakness in limbs and joint pain.


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3 Responses to “Holistic approach to preventing canine cancer – Part 2”

  1. Karlie Hall says:

    Hi there! Thank you SO much for all of this information, it has been so extremely helpful!
    I am wondering if you have any recommendations on how to give the herbal supplements to my dog? She is very stubborn and I’m worried that I won’t be successful trying to just drop them into her mouth every day.
    I have bought: Olive leaf, Pau D’Arco, Cat’s Claw, and Selfheal. (All the same exact brands you recommended). I know you said selfheal can be applied topically, but if you have any other info on giving the 3 others to her I would really appreciate it!
    Thank you!

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Hi Karlie. This is how I did it with my dog and maybe it will be useful to you and your girl. I was told they work best if kept separate from food and water. I did not want the dropper to touch his mouth, so I would wait until he laid down, lift his lip and put in a few drops. I let him swallow and lick his lips and then repeated the process with the next type of drops.
      Sometimes I let him see or sniff stuff, be it supplements or shampoo, without actually using it to introduce it to him. One example is when I decided to use a Dremel type electric nail grinder, it was a multiple step process that lasted a few days to a week. I let him sniff it while it was off and then turned it in without touching him, then I turned it on at a higher speed so he could get used to the noise. Over the next few days, I touched one nail, then two, then did three. Even years later of using it, I still only did a few nails at a time before giving him a break. I hope this was helpful!

  2. StephanieRMontgomery says:

    hey.. great post … it`s very imformative. interactive and quality content. Thank you for sharing this useful information.

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