A DogGeek.com exclusive by Teresa Barker
It’s estimated that nearly one in three dogs will be affected by cancer, and of those affected, nearly half will die. Because of these alarming rates, it’s important to know what kinds of foods may support your dog’s health and even reduce their risk. Many of the great “superfoods” beneficial to your dog’s health are also “superfoods” for you. So have fun incorporating new healthy snacks into your dog’s diet, and please pass the blueberries!
The Heavy-Hitters (foods high in vitamins, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids)
Carrots, apples (no cores, stems or seeds), berries (no stems), celery, figs, tomatoes, and apricots (no pits) are all fantastic. Always opt for organic, as consuming the chemicals sprayed on “conventional” produce defeats the purpose. Also, avoid onions, grapes, raisins, and chocolate.
All dark, leafy greens, grasses, and plants (like broccoli) are fantastic for you both! Gently steaming veggies, or using a food processor helps your dog digest them easier, allowing their bodies to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients and chlorophyll. As long as you don’t spray your lawn with chemicals or pesticides, even your grass can be a good source of chlorophyll. Spinach, kale, parsley, asparagus, wheatgrass, and algea (yes, algea) are all at the top of their class in the chlorophyll department. Again, always opt for organic.
Gradually adding nutritious, cancer-fighting foods into your dog’s daily routine can be fun and easy, and may just motivate you to add them to your own diet. If you’re already starting your day with a green drink and eating veggies with every meal, it will be easy to share with your pooch, knowing how it might just save her life! Start slowly and try using whole, fresh foods in place of processed snacks. In no time, your dog will be begging for carrots!