I just read a great article about dogs with cancer and the impact of omega 6 has on the disease.

Dr. Demian Dressler (aka the “dog cancer vet”) wrote an article indicating that we should seriously limit foods for both people and pets containing ingredients that are high in omega 6 fatty acids.

Too much omega 6 for dogs causes inflammation in the body which further leads to an atmosphere that is favorable to cancer.

Foods High In Omega 6 Fatty Acids

According to the article, the number of deaths in dogs due to cancer would decrease significantly if  dog owners would reduce and limit the amount of omega 6 fatty acids in their best friend’s daily diet.

Remember, dogs are dying of cancer at alarming rates and this disease kills more dogs than any other.  Actually, the article indicates that the number of deaths would be reduced in both people and dogs simply by decreasing omega 6 intake.  That’s a HUGE claim!

I would follow up on that statement by adding that dog owners should also eliminate chemical flea products and limit vaccinations to what is required by law.

Here’s a list of some of the most common foods that are high in Omega 6 fatty acids:

  • Grain fed red meat (especially organ meats)
  • Corn oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Soybean
  • Cottonseed
  • Egg yolks
  • Farm raised Tilapia fish

When you think think about it, it’s not really difficult to limit Omega 6.  However, watch the kibble you’re feeding and the ingredients used to manufacture it.  I would hope by now you’re looking to better methods of feeding your dog vs just dumping some dry food in a bowl and praying for the best. 🙂

Reduce Calories Especially From Sugar

This is a biggy!  If your dog is obese or overweight; when it comes to cancer treatment or prevention, it’s very important to cut the calories especially from sugar.  If your dog is eating a dog food that contains sweeteners (I hope not), then you really should start looking for a better food.  Typically, foods that contain sugars and sweeteners are poor quality dog foods and sweeteners are only added for one reason and that is to attract  the dog to eat it in the first place.

Sweeteners pack on the calories and can also cause problems with diabetes and other disease.  Cancer cells thrive on sugar and it encourages the growth of tumors.  If your dog’s food contains the following ingredients – I highly recommend researching a better food for your furry family member.  You should also pay close attention to dog treats and this is especially true of those dog treat bars that they offer in stores such as Petco. Many of those treats include sugar!

Sweeteners to watch out for and avoid:

  1. Corn syrup (any form)
  2. Cane molasses
  3. Sugar
  4. Sucrose
  5. Sorbitol
  6. Fructose
  7. Glucose
  8. Propylene glycol
  9. Ammoniated glycyrrhizin

Whether your dog has cancer or not; too much omega 6 and not enough omega 3 isn’t a good thing.

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  • Rosie Brag
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    Hey, this is one of the best posts that I’ve ever seen; you may include some more ideas in the same theme. I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next post. From past few days, my dog is not eating well. My dog feeling very Difficulty in eating. It was loosing too much weight. I have read in one site, these are main symptoms of dog cancer. Do you think my dog is suffering with cancer? What do I have to do now?

    • admin
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      Hi Rosie:
      Thank you so much for your very kind words. The first thing that you need to do is get your dog to a vet if possible. Does your dog have any type of tumors, lesions or swelling anywhere? How old is your dog? Does he have bad breath and what kind of condition are his teeth in? Are they brown, broken, etc.? Do you brush them or care for his teeth at all? Is he still losing weight? What breed or mix of dog is he?

  • Gigi
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    Yes, hurry, get to a vet. My dog was just operated on Mast-cell-cancer, even than she lost a lot of weight, but I could see the bumps.
    Please, Rosi, dont wait, it will cost you more because it is getting worse everyday faster. Hurry, hurry, good luck to your loved one.

  • Karen Mitchell
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    Interesting article. Thank you
    I’m researching pet nutrition and I’m very interested in learning – these dogs and cat’s that have/had cancer, what does/did their diet consist of?

    Cancer in dogs and cats is a topic which we are concerned with and eager to learn what we can..

    I have a group on Facebook “As Nature Intended”. We’re a bunch of people like you and also some great professionals who want to share our knowledge to help because we believe they should have the best care possible, AND, it doesn’t have to cost an arm or a leg..You would be surprised!
    Even if your wondering how to start your dog or cat on an all natural raw nutritional diet, or your not sure about some things, like what’s safe and how much to give them… That and more!
    Follow this link to join.. and get a friend to tag along too….
    Cheers

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/

  • emantha
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    does this diet work for cats as well? or is there another recipe I can go by for cats?

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