3 Reasons to consider treating your dog’s cancer through a whole foods diet.

boiler-2Many people may be conflicted about treating their dogs’  cancer outside of the traditional medicine protocol. I am not here to try to convince anyone of anything, but if I can help swing the scales a bit for someone already leaning towards natural remedies, I’d like to share my three reasons for choosing the natural route for Bart.

1. It’s a harsh fact to consider, but our animal friends’ life spans are regretfully shorter than that of an average human, even if they remain healthy all their years. This is obvious, but I really do think that in times of duress and panic involving your dog’s health, many people somehow shut themselves off to this fact. We all do it in one way or another regarding a myriad of issues. It’s called cognitive dissonance*, and it basically means that under certain circumstances human nature clouds our clear thinking. So when considering the lifespan of our four-legged babies, it is wise to ask yourself a few questions. If your dog is a senior: “Is my senior dog simply at the end of his or her life, and should I prepare for letting him or her go?” If your dog is not a senior, but a young adult, “Would he or she choose chemotherapy if they had the ability to understand what it is and what it entails?” “Is it actually worth putting my dog through more pain and anxiety?” And another important question to ask that unfortunately must be addressed, “Can I afford conventional treatments even if they fail?”  The amount of time Bart was given by the oncologist with chemotherapy was going to only be 8 months and 3 months if I chose “nothing,” which is possibly how this doctor would consider the path I took. Well it has been over 3 years now, and Bart is a mature 11 years old.

2. For me, the most important reason I chose to go this route with Bart was the fact that I knew he would be happy eating home cooked meals even if he only lived for a few more weeks or months. I just wanted to make him as comfortable and as happy as I could before we have to say goodbye. I have definitely succeeded here. He seemed happier these past 3 years than he had his whole life. He really loves his meals.

3. The cost of feeding your dog a whole food diet varies depending on the size of your dog, but the cost of conventional chemotherapy does not. Conventional medicine is expensive and extensive. A Whole Foods diet for you dog will cost you more than kibble, and it is a commitment, but it is far cheaper than conventional methods, prescriptions, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and doctor’s appointments.

*wikipedia: In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.

Check out the anti-cancer diet I’ve been using with Bart for the past 3+ years: https://doggeared.wordpress.com/an-anti-cancer-diet-for-dogs/

If you have success stories of your own, please feel free to share them on this blog by hitting reply. I would love to hear from you!

Another Success Story From A Doggeared Reader!

Last night I got not one, but two responses from people who came across my site who are also cooking for their dogs to defeat cancer. Kylie shared this about her dog Bear. The image below is from:

I too have had great success with my boy and his diet. Bear was diagnosed with mast cell grade 3 cancer 11 months ago, they wanted to start chemo ASAP. They said chemo would give him 1-2 years but with no chemo they gave him 3-5 months max! He wasn’t showing signs of sickness so I thought why risk him getting sick from chemo. So I completely changed his diet.2334aaf77efaea31fee724a613e2b153
When he wakes up he has 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese with 1 tablespoon flax seed, then he will have 3 k9 immunity chews. After we walk its more cottage cheese n flax seed oil. For lunch he gets boiled veggies with flax seed oil, fossil flour (I’m assuming she is referring to Silica) and flax seed powder mixed, 2 apricot kernels and organic free range chicken with turmeric, garlic and ginger. When I get home from work he has cottage cheese and flax seed oil again, then an hour later he has dinner which is the veggies and chicken again.
So here we are 11 months on and he is doing great, he has so much energy on our 4km walks he overtakes my other dog, you wouldn’t think he was the one battling cancer.
Also this might help you Sue! He was suffering from arthritis for about 2 years. After long walks he would limp for 1-2 days. I was getting him injections every 2nd week but didn’t really see much difference. I then tried chews which did help a little. But then I found turmeric! I add fresh turmeric and also powder turmeric to his main meals. Now no limps at all and I think it’s thanks to the turmeric. Maybe you could give that a try also Google it?


Congratulations to you and Bear!

Anise, Fennel, Licorice for Dogs – What’s the Difference?

I just love Dogs Naturally Magazine!
Did you know you can give your dog anise, fennel and licorice? Yes they are all different, and they each have wonderful health benefits for your canine buddy.  From:

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Anise, fennel and licorice. These three delicious culinary and medicinal herbals are common ingredients in foods, treats and herbal remedies. With a little explanation, you’ll understand why they are commonly confused and how you can choose which to use for your pet.

Anise, fennel and licorice are three entirely different plants, but they all have similar taste properties. They are all sweet and aromatic. This often leads to confusion when eating products that contain any one of them.


Anise is an herb that’s quite often used in western herbal products. The seed and the oil are used more often than the root or leaf.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum), is in the aster or daisy family. Some call this Roman Fennel. Its flowers are star-shaped and it is commonly called star anise.

Anise is a remedy for several ailments including:

  • intestinal gas
  • upset stomach
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • urine flow
  • appetite stimulation
  • seizures
  • asthma
  • constipation

The oil is used in products for external parasitic and other skin conditions.

The natural chemical constitution of anise oil is 80 to 95 percent anethole, a phenolic ether. Phenolic ethers are strong in fragrance and in action. Anise oil is rich in both phenolics and phenylpropanoids which can perform several important functions in the body –  cleansing receptor sites, eating up free radicals and protecting your pet from harmful viruses and bacteria. Additionally, other natural chemical constituents in anise can have estrogen-like effects and insecticidal properties.(1)


Fennel seeds are the Ayurvedic herbal seeds commonly found at the exit of Eastern Indian restaurants. They are healthy “after dinner mints”. They are consumed for their digestion-enhancing and breath-freshening properties.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a member of the parsley family and the crushed seeds can be steam distilled to release the essential oil. Consumption of the oil can promote healthy digestion.

It expels worms and has antiseptic, antispasmodic and analgesic properties. (2) It is used in mouthwashes, toothpastes and even dog treats!

Try fennel for these conditions:

  • indigestion
  • nausea
  • intestinal spasms
  • parasites

The natural chemical constitution of fennel oil is 50 to 70 percent anethole, the same phenolic ether that exists in an even higher concentration in anise. Anise and fennel oils are interchangeable in the practice of aromatherapy. Other chemistry in anise makes it a better choice if a diuretic or stimulant is desired. The chemistry in fennel makes it a better choice to facilitate birthing or enhance lactation. (1)


Licorice is the great “harmonizer” in many Chinese herbal formulas. It helps other herbs blend together. It makes the overall formula more palatable, especially for pets, and is soothing to the tummy!

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is the sweet herb used in the manufacture of real licorice candy, although many candies labeled as licorice use the copycat flavor of anise instead.

Licorice can be beneficial for some of the following conditions:

  • arthritis and joint pain
  • digestive issues
  • liver health, detoxification and support
  • respiratory issues with mucus membrane involvement
  • urinary tract infections

There is also recent evidence that phytoestrogens exert beneficial actions on chronic diseases such as cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers reported licorice to be effective against Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium responsible for stomach ulcers. The same paper states, “aqueous solutions of some kinds of licorice saponins solubilize water-insoluble substances such as α-tocopherol (Vitamin E) and oleanolic acid (a fatty acid).” (3) This affirms the long-held Chinese assertion that licorice harmonizes or blends other formula constituents together.

In dogs, hypoadrenocorticism or Addison’s disease is somewhat common, but underdiagnosed. It is often called the “ain’t doin’ right” disease. Classic symptoms of Addison’s can be seen in a dog who is stressed by going to the groomer or the vet and may develop diarrhea or nausea, which usually passes on its own.  If Addison’s is diagnosed (through an ACTH stimulation test), licorice is a potential treatment.

Most pets love licorice root because it is naturally sweet. Some say it is about 50 times as sweet as sugar. Thankfully it is a zero on the glycemic index, so there are no sugar calories or insulin- spiking impact! (4) If your pet enjoys licorice, you can combine the extract periodically, in tiny amounts, with other herbal supplements to entice consumption.

Caution: Licorice consumption can affect the body’s production of cortisol, which helps the body manage stress and proper immune function. A licorice metabolite (GA) inhibits the enzyme responsible for inactivating cortisol (known as 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2). Long term consumption of large doses of licorice extract can lead to hypokalemia (low potassium) and serious hypertension (high blood pressure).


Pet products containing fennel, anise or licorice generally list dosing instructions depending on their concentration and whether or not they are mixed with other ingredients. The potency varies depending on whether the product is whole ground herb, an extract, granular concentrate or even an essential oil version of the herb, so it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you buy human products, the dosing instructions are based on a 150 lb human, so just adjust the dosage for your dog’s weight. This is a standard way to dose herbs and can be used for other herbal products as well.

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Doggeared Reader Contribution on how Cancer-Fighting Diet Really Works to Stave Off Cancer!

I want to share a success story with you all from Anna, a reader who recently found my website. Below she details her situation and protocol: bullmastiff-dog-painting-svetlana-novikova

(Above picture is from http://fineartamerica.com)

“Hi Sue, your blog is amazing! I want to share my current situation with your readers as I know how hard it is to find sources of information on what pet owners are doing to help their pets with Cancer. My Bullmastiff boy, Luka was diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma a month ago. He has had arthritis in his leg joint for a few years now but his limp recently got worse and his joint was swollen. Then I noticed a lump (size of a tennis ball) pop out on his chest. I took him to the vet the same day where we did a biopsy and that’s when he was diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma in the lymph node. We also found out that he has it on the joint as well. We were going to go ahead with radiation as it was localized, but during his CT Scan, they found tiny growths in his lungs as well, the largest being less than 3 millimeters in diameter. The oncologist suggested we switch to Chemo instead of radiation which might buy him 3 to 6 months. In the meantime, I have done a lot of research and started him on Dr. Budwig protocol right away which he has been on for almost a month now. I also cook all of his food and took him off of all kibble and canned foods. The lymph node is half the size now and he stopped limping. He runs around with our Doberman and doesn’t seem to be in any pain. Here is the diet that I currently have him on which is very similar to yours:

– 2 stocks of Broccoli
– 4 large carrots
– half medium size cauliflower
– 4 lbs of Chicken Gizzards or Chicken Livers
– 2 Soup bones with meat on them
– 4 cloves of Garlic
(This feeds both of them for 2 days – 4 meals total for 2 large breed dogs)

I cook the bones to ensure the bone marrow is part of the soup base for about 45 min. I chop all vegetables and cook everything in Distilled Water (we live on an acreage and have well water so I am eliminating all possible contaminants). I also cook them salmon or halibut, chicken breasts and give it to them as treats and use the fish skin to wrap their vitamins.

I give him 3 tablespoons of cold pressed, organic flaxseed oil mixed in with 6 tablespoons of 1% Cottage Cheese (Liberte brand as it’s non homogenized). I mix the cottage cheese with the flaxseed oil with a fork to ensure it’s all blended together and feed it to them before the meals so it gets absorbed on an empty stomach. I also squirt liquid Phytoplankton (from Natural Health Food Store) – adult dose to the mixture, but don’t mix it in. They seem to love it.

As for vitamins:
– Vitamin E
– Vitamin Ester C (instead of Vitamin C as dogs naturally produce vitamin C so additional Vitamin C will cause kidney stones)
– Glucosamine
– Krill Oil

He is also on Deramax (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) for joint swelling and Gapapentin for pain but I have been giving him half the dose of what was originally recommended by the vet and he’s been on those for over a year now.

After reading your protocol and doing some research, I will add B17, Carnivora and Essiac Tea to his diet as well. I will keep you posted on his progress. Thanks again for all of the great information!”

This is so wonderful! I hope all who see this are given even more hope in the plight against canine cancer.

A Dog Snood for a Cool Dude!

Bart SnoodWhen we last went to the chiropractor, the Dr. told us that Bart’s neck was super tight from  bracing against the cold and wind. He recommended that we get him a snood – a scarf for dogs. Well, I knew exactly where to go. I have been wearing an Amy Benson original of my own for a couple winters now and love it! She is an artist in Illinois who knits wonderful scarves that are a complete loop, like a turtle neck sweater. I commissioned one for Bart and she color coordinated it to match his coat and booties! He honestly loves it and he’s been moving around without any neck stiffness since we’ve been putting it on him. I will admit that Bart is a funny fella who doesn’t mind being dressed up for the winter, but I highly recommend this for any dog with a short coat in a cold climate.

Contact me through the comments or on facebook for Amy’s info. if you want one made for your pooch. At $20 + shipping and handling, it’s a steal! These are also for people, so if you’re in the market for a contained scarf you should really consider giving your hard earned cash to a small independent. Amy doesn’t have a fancy shop or an Etsy account just yet. (I’m working on helping her out with that.) She works out of her home as an independent artisan. She will donate a certain amount of the cost to an animal based charity for every snood she sells. No kick backs for me, I’m just sharing a really good thing.