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I’m not a veterinarian or a nutritionist. When you’ve got questions on diet and canine most cancers, please contact your veterinarian. This can be a private weblog that explores matters as I be taught extra about canine diet. This weblog put up was initially revealed September 2017.


There’s an article going round that I consider is deceptive: 7 Causes Why Oprah Feeds Her Canine a Uncooked Meals Weight loss plan.  Based mostly on the title, I’ve seen many posts expressing disappointment that Oprah is telling those who uncooked prevents most cancers.

Display screen seize of Canine Whole Well being picture from HealthyDogForLife.com

The above picture is featured within the article, itemizing all the advantages of uncooked feeding, considered one of which is “Most cancers Free; most cancers not turns into a priority.”

I’ve two points with this text:

  1. This weblog put up is selling misinformation; uncooked feeding does not forestall most cancers.
  2. The title leads individuals to consider that Oprah Winfrey has accepted this picture and contributed to this text.

Earlier this week, considered one of my followers contacted me on the worst day of her life.  Her uncooked fed canine (fed uncooked since she was a pet) was identified with most cancers, and she or he was confronted with making some powerful selections.  Whereas I WISH that uncooked feeding was a cure-all, it isn’t.

As a lot as I want this have been totally different, uncooked feeding does not forestall most cancers.  After which I noticed this text stating the alternative.

Screen capture of Canine Total Health image from HealthyDogForLife.com; the title of the article leads people to believe that Oprah was interviewed.
Display screen seize of Canine Whole Well being picture from HealthyDogForLife.com

7 Causes Why Uncooked Feeding Would not Forestall Most cancers

1 – We’re Nonetheless Studying

Whereas uncooked feeders have witnessed the advantages of uncooked feeding in canine, we’re nonetheless studying.  Many people are formulating diets based mostly on info we obtain from books, YouTube, and different uncooked feeders.  Many people haven’t got entry to an authorized canine nutritionist or veterinarian who’s skilled in formulating a balanced uncooked diet.

Personally, should you have been to ask me for a recipe that’s assured to forestall most cancers, I might be at a loss.  What about you?

2 – Some Breeds are Predisposed to Most cancers

Sadly, some canine are predisposed to most cancers.  In accordance with DogCancerBlog.com, “the Golden Retriever is the breed most susceptible to most cancers.  It’s estimated that as much as 75% of Goldens will contract most cancers throughout their lifetimes.”  Different breeds talked about embrace Boxers, Nice Danes, Rottweilers, Scottish and West Highland Terriers, and Shetland Sheepdogs.

I’ve met individuals on-line who’re elevating these breeds and so they’re beating the percentages due to a uncooked meals diet.  And I’ve referrals for pure rearing breeders who’ve puppies which might be from an extended line of uncooked fed, wholesome canine.

There’s hope.

3 – Most cancers Must be Bred Out of Our Canines

Most cancers and different well being points are in lots of breed traces, and a number of other breeders have defined that it’ll take a number of generations of accountable breeding earlier than historic well being points start to vanish.  If we’ve got a canine that comes from a line that has seen most cancers, feeding that canine a uncooked meals diet will give them a greater shot at not getting most cancers, for my part, however there are not any ensures.

Should you’re on the lookout for respected, pure rearing breeders, go to the Pure Rearing Listing.

4 – Elevated Publicity to Toxins

For many years we have uncovered our canine to vaccinations, flea and tick repellents (spot therapies, collars, oral medicine), and heartworm preventative therapies.  Add this to the toxins our canine are uncovered to in and out of doors our properties – weed killers, exhaust fumes, mosquito repellents, flea bombs, cleaners, air fresheners.  Lengthy-term publicity to any of this stuff can contribute to most cancers.

“In accordance with Dr. Larry Glickman and his workforce at Purdue College, serum and overseas proteins in vaccines could cause autoimmunity (i.e. most cancers, leukemia, organ failure, and so forth.).  This analysis additionally signifies that genetic harm is feasible, since vaccinated canine developed autoantibodies to assault their very own DNA.  Analysis from the College of Geneva echoes this discovering.”

~ Canines Naturally Journal

And the animals we feed to our canine are additionally uncovered to toxins.  What are they fed?  Corn?  Grass?  Are the fields that home these animals sprayed with pesticides?  Are the animals injected with antibiotics, steroids, or hormones?  Is our supply promoting high quality human-grade meat or are they promoting us 3D and 4D meat?

5 – Early Spay and Neuter

With the shockingly excessive variety of homeless pets, we’re seeing rescue teams and veterinarians go for early spay and neuter to forestall undesirable litters.  Whereas I fully perceive why some rescues have chosen this route, I consider some canine will face unwanted effects of early spay and neuter.

Above is a Fb Dwell that Karen did on this matter in 2017.

6 – We Do not At all times Know a Canine’s Historical past

For these of us who rescue or make the error of shopping for a pet from a lower than respected breeder, we could also be at midnight a few canine’s background and heritage.  After we discovered Scout and Zoey, merchandise of an unintended litter, we have been underneath the impression that they have been a combination of Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler, and Catahoula.  We have been shocked by their actual breed combine after we had their DNA examined.  We thought Rodrigo and Sydney have been Blue Heeler Mixes, nope.

We did not keep in contact with the household or join with different households that took dwelling puppies (though we tried), so we do not know the way the opposite canine or the mother and father are doing well being sensible.  And we do not know the background or well being historical past of Scout and Zoey’s mother and father.

7 – Uncooked is Simply the Starting

With regards to maintaining our canine wholesome, feeding a biologically acceptable diet is just the start.  There are a variety of adjustments I’ve needed to make in how I increase my canine as a way to assist them stay lengthy, wholesome lives.

  • Transition to a balanced uncooked meals diet, sourcing for high quality manufacturers, farms, and different suppliers
  • Apply a conservative vaccination protocol and conduct a milk thistle detox to strengthen the liver.

And this can be a quick listing.

Studying to Feed a Balanced Uncooked Weight loss plan

I might like it if feeding uncooked meant that I not needed to fear about most cancers or some other sickness.  It will be wonderful if the reply have been that easy.

Nevertheless, for many people, it isn’t that easy.

I agree that uncooked provides our canine a greater shot of dodging most cancers as a result of uncooked promotes a more healthy, stronger immune system.  I consider that the pureed and fermented greens we feed present antioxidants and one other layer of safety.   

I do know that the shortage of grains and starch (which break down into sugars) in a uncooked diet is more healthy for canine.  I do know that the time I take to examine and double examine my sourcing implies that my canine are being fed a more healthy diet and never uncovered to toxins which might be evident in lots of luggage of kibble.  And I consider {that a} uncooked fed canine has a greater likelihood of surviving a most cancers prognosis ought to it land on our doorstep.

I consider that the perfect factor we are able to do to present our canine a greater likelihood of dwelling an extended, more healthy life is to…

  • proceed to find out about canine diet,
  • do what we are able to to scale back toxins in our canine’ setting,
  • and schedule annual or bi-annual wellness checks with our veterinarian.

I pray that every thing I am doing immediately will imply that my canine will probably be with me 10-15 years from now.  My canine imply the world to me and I do know that I am not alone.


What Concerning the Reader Who’s Canine Has Most cancers

This one has a cheerful ending.  The most cancers did not unfold to the lymph nodes and she or he’s now talking together with her vet about the perfect therapy choices.  My reader’s canine is not out of the woods, however issues are wanting up.  I will be praying for these two as a result of they deserve a cheerful ending – all of our canine do. 

* There are not any studies of canine in Washington State contracting heartworm.  Thus far, the one circumstances are in canine introduced in from out of state or that have been visiting one other state (in keeping with my vet).  I preserve my eye on potential studies and examine in with my vet when the canine have their blood work executed.