It has been reported that half of all dogs will die from developing canine cancer. If you want to prevent this horrible disease, or help your pet who already has cancer, researching what kind of diet is needed is the first step in stopping it.
One of the most important rules for feeding is that pets should not have sugars, manufactured sugars, and limit the sugar intake. Cancer feeds on sugar, which helps it to grow bigger and stronger. Eliminating sugar helps to starve these cells. Here are some common items that include sugar, which is to be avoided:
- corn syrup
Even fruits and carrots should be avoided due to sugar content. It is also wise to avoid heavily processed corn, soy, and wheat foods.
Another part of the diet to consider is the consumption of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids come in the form of junk food and processed foods. The cancer will feed on this junk food, and the overabundance of omega-6 acids will cause inflammation in the body. On the other hand, omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good health, and can be found in flaxseed and flaxseed oil, olive oil, fish oil, and salmon. For a nutritional boost, feeding your pet canned fish is a great option.
While this is just a brief introduction to a diet for preventing and attempting to stop cancer in its tracks, knowing the basics will help you to feed your pet what is best for their health and dealing with the disease.