Holistic approach to preventing dog cancer – Part 2

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In Part 1 of preventing canine cancer, I mention I gathered years of research from other vets and compiled 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.

Today I will cover food, spices, and herbs that will prevent and fight dog 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. As of 2023, a dog from Portugal named Bobi is the World’s Oldest dog at 31 years old. He only eats fresh or raw food with organic veggies, lives on a large property where is allowed to free roam, is not neutered, did not receive vaccinations as a puppy, only has rabies vaccination as legally required, and has a calm environment. Another dog in Australia, who lived to approximately 30 years old, had daily dog walks for approximately 5.5 miles or 9 kilometers, ate fresh dog food, and self-fasted. Another dog who was about 27 years old was a vegan. Finally, the world’s oldest cats also ate fresh cat food with veggies.

Meatless Monday for dogs
How my dog feels about Meatless Monday

I have only fasted my dog if he has an upset belly. Knowing this gave me something to consider since I already make his food and made sure 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!

Fight canine cancer with food

Your pets’ nutrition will be of the utmost importance. If you want something pre-made, read my list of 2024 best dog foods. Another option is a homemade diet that contains foods known to be anti-cancerous and anti-inflammatory food. Homemade dog food should be done under the guidance of a vet or dog nutritionist to ensure you are not missing critical components to making a balanced meal.

Herbs & Spices that help fight dog cancer

1) Turmeric: Turmeric root can be grated, bought as a herbal remedy specifically for pets, and found in a powder form in the spice aisle, Another option is it is included in the dog supplement listed on number 3.

Turmeric myth: A trend started claiming oil or pepper needs to be included with turmeric in order for it to be absorbed. I don’t believe that to be true. The several products listed above do not contain these ingredients. Also, many studies have been done on humans and neither oil nor pepper was included.

Turmeric Warning: I do have a few minor warnings. The 1st warning is to start slow, by using a small amount of turmeric spice. This helps “test” to see if s/he will eat it and if there is any sort of reaction. Go too fast and your dog could vomit. The 2nd warning 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. 3rd, but not least, if your pet is on medications, be sure to check with your veterinarian for any interactions.

Turmeric Benefits for dogs: It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, 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 cysts, tumors, and lipomas, and acts as a pain reliever.

If your dog runs “hot” turmeric may not be the best idea for your dog because it is thought to contribute to warmth. If you want to use something for inflammation, Violet would be another option as it helps regulate body temperature. I learned that tip in the Herbalism class I’m taking.

Turmeric dosage for dogs: If you’re buying the above herbal remedy or the dog supplement, each includes several items suggested in this blog and the dosage is included on the bottles. If you are using the spice, it will be 1/8 teaspoon per 10 pounds. For example, a 60-pound 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 started reading pet food labels and noticed it is in some pet foods.

Garlic benefits: It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-cancerous and it’s supposed to help repel fleas. If your dog has an enlarged spleen, back pain, or UTIs, 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, especially multiple myeloma. It also helps with Arthritis, Addison’s, tooth decay, eyesight, and more. This organic dog supplement contains several herbs and spices listed in this blog.

4) Ginger: Ginger works because it is an antispasmodic that 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 know of a friend who gave this to her dog. The vet only gave him a month or two to live and she had about a year with him. To purchase essiac tea for pets, send her an email. If you prefer a herbal supplement, this essiac remedy has all the same ingredients except it has Organic Chinese rhubarb vs. Turkish rhubarb.

Essaic History: This tea is named after a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse. Essiac is Caisse spelled backward. She began using this in the early 1900s 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.”

6) Chaga: It can be purchased as a powder that can either be mixed in food or brewed as a tea. Tip: I did not like it straight in the water, I steep it in this.

Chaga benefits: helps bring the liver out of stagnation, helps skin issues like eczema, and nerve pain, and strengthens red blood cells and bone marrow. It is considered anti-cancerous and fights tumors. Chaga can be given to both dogs and cats.

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. If your pet doesn’t like pumpkin in their food, you can bake it in a 3 ingredient cat treat or dog treat.

Cancer Superfoods

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

Wild Blueberries help fight canine cancer
Wild Blueberries help fight canine cancer

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 clamshell in the produce section. If you can’t find the berries, this wild blueberry powder is another option.

Wild blueberries’ benefits: have a high amount of antioxidants and fight all types of cancer including dog cancer

Fruit should be fed 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 and joint issues, and pushes out ear wax.

Nutritional supplements that battle dog cancer

1) Spirulina: It comes in various forms such as capsules and powder. My understanding is it is best absorbed in 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 spirulina for dogs, I recommend this one which is formulated by a holistic vet.

Spirulina benefits for your dog:

  • Prevents cancer
  • Heal injuries
  • Improves gastrointestinal health
  • Pulls heavy metals, such as mercury, out of the body. Mercury can fuel cancer and disorient eyesight and eye response.

Spirulina for cats: I recently learned, from a holistic vet, that cats can have spirulina too!

2) immune booster: herbs that fight cancer, help IBS, and assist with weakness in limbs and joint pain. The remedy linked here contains cat’s claw, turmeric, and cancer-fighting spice listed above, as well as a few other beneficial ingredients!

Looking for a product but don’t see it listed here? Check out my pet products page for other recommendations.

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  1. Anna


    I tried submitting a reply a few days ago. I’m still unsure whether or not it went through. So, I’m trying again! Is there any way you could point me in the direction of your resource that says eggs promote the growth of tumors/lipomas?

    Thank you!

  2. Arthur

    I had lost my dog one year ago for cancer. It is very painful for me. I still miss him.

  3. Barbara Roberts

    Hi I have a 12year old corgi who is overweight but he has a fat lump between his back legs and his side and I feel another one under his front leg….I’m really interested in giving him herbal remedies for this as with his age surgery isn’t an option..my vet just said to keep and eye on them…the one on his side is the biggest and wasn’t growing for quite a while but I think it has started again. He is really uncomfortable and a bit stiff. What do you recommend to start reducing these lumps if possible
    Many thanks

    1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

      Hi Barbara. I have a blog post addressing holistic options to shrink lipoma’s. I can not make personalized recommendations for your dog. However, I can say we used filtered water for years, we switched his dog bowls to reduce possible contaminants, and to get started on shrinking the lipoma I implemented the herbals remedies and the 2nd vitamin. Again that was to start to test his tolerance. Then I implemented the other items in my blog inlcuding switching his diet, see lipomas part 2.
      * For personalized recommendations based your pets health and activity, you can use this tool! http://peterdobias.ontraport.com/t?orid=283&opid=708

  4. Karlie Hall

    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, Pau, Cat’s, and Self. (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!

    1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

      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 before repeating 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, the next time I turned it on 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 a nail grinder, I still only did a few nails at a time before giving him a break. I hope this was helpful!

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