The wrong diet can give your dog cancer. In this article we’re going to talk how important it is choosing the right diet for your dog.
The Gut is the centre of the immune system.
The gut is the centre of your dog’s immune system. Like humans it makes up for around 70% of the immune system, so it’s vital to treat it correctly so your dog can naturally keep itself healthy. The level of bacteria or the balance of the microbiota in the gut will determine a likelihood of illness. When that becomes imbalanced due to improper or unnatural diets, the bad bacteria take hold and your dog will get sick. Sick dogs are not only anxiety inducing, but extremely expensive.
All health issues come back to the food
Nearly every single disease has a genetic basis, but diet will be the main determinant of whether or not they rear their ugly heads.
Every health common health issue that I see, cancer, canine allergies, kidney disease (CKD), pancreatitis, liver disease, urinary stones, arthritis, all of them, 9/10 incorrect diet is at the centre of these issues.
It’s called epigenetics, the way we look after ourselves or our dogs affects gene expression and how healthy we are. The evidence for the power and simple truth of epigenetics is shown in plenty of animal model studies. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Epigenetics means a capability to reduce hereditary or genetic health issues and has been shown possible with nutrition in these animal studies (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12).
The Wrong diet contributes to Cancer.
Cancer. We need to talk about Cancer in the dog world because half of dogs are dying with it. Incorrect diet, again, being the biggest driving force in the likelihood of getting this disease.
Again, epigenetics. This means that even if your dog has an increased probability of cancer due to breed type or just bad luck through genetics, you can reduce the probability of this disease through a specific homemade dog food diet.
Cancer is a part of life and it affects not only humans, but molluscs, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. However, genetically caused cancers are relatively rare. In fact extremely, this figure shows the role of genes and environment in the development of cancer. This is the human breakdown, but that is neither here nor there. The study of naturally occurring cancers in the domestic dog provides an appropriate model in the understanding, diagnosing and managing of cancer in humans [13,14,15,16].
This is extremely important. Dogs and humans are exceptional models of cancers for each other because they naturally develop the same cancers (21). Indeed, dog tumours are histologically similar to human tumours and respond similarly to conventional therapies (22). Conventional therapies like prevention in the form of lifestyle change, with epigenetics and with diet.
Processed dog food contributes to cancer.
This is a relatively simple concept to wrap ones head around and is backed up by mass of studies highlighting how chronic inflammation, obesity and calorie excess negatively effects DNA, increasing DNA damage, which increases the risk of cancers. (17)
Processed dry dog food and wet tinned food is made with ingredients so low quality it’s illegal to serve to humans, void of any fresh food ingredients, inappropriately balanced with macronutrients, packed with unnatural, dangerous additives that when heated become carcinogenic and engineered to last for over 2 years without refrigeration.
To say that processed food is not killing dogs, is wrong.
80% of dogs eat kibble. 70% of dogs are obese and these obese dogs die two years younger than healthy dogs (18). The overwhelming parallel, driving why 47% of dogs die from cancer (Veterinary Cancer Society) is this mass spread of dangerously low quality and totally inappropriate processed food diets that we serve to our dogs every single day.
Researchers from the University of Helsinki conducted an experiment where dogs that ate processed foods or kibble for their whole lives, were weaned onto raw food for 3 months. These dogs showed an 81% decrease in disease markers in their bloodstream. Conversely dogs that had eaten raw food their whole life, were weaned onto kibble for 3 months and they showed an increase in disease markers of 353%!
Fresh food is your mitigation for illness. It’s how you keep your dog healthy. Get your dog some fresh food recipes today.
The battle against canine cancer starts with you. A happy & healthy life is how you reduce the risk of cancer for your dog.
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