According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 35% of all human cancers can be attributed to diet imbalances and cancer in dogs is no different. Canine cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over ten years old.
The best thing you can do to prevent cancer in your dog (and yourself) is by feeding a healthy, balanced diet that keeps the immune system strong and fights free radicals. Foods that protect dogs from getting cancer are considered super foods that are rich in minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants.
According to Oregon State University’s journal, Cancer Prevention, green leafy vegetables containing chlorophyll block the absorption of carcinogens and aflatoxins (often found in the corn and fish found in kibble) and help block carcinogens from entering the blood stream. Kale, and other green super-foods, contain carotenoids that travel through our dog’s bodies and remove carcinogens out of cells.
The following foods can be lightly cooked or fed raw to help protect your dog from getting cancer:
- Bok choi
- Mustard greens
- Brussels sprouts
Foods containing concentrated sources of vitamin D3 also help prevent cancer, such as:
A very simple way to supplement your dog’s diet is to simply chop or grate the super foods and mix with meals.