Nutrient-Dense Foods and the Dog Cancer Diet - Dog Cancer Blog

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Nutrient-Dense Foods and the Dog Cancer Diet

Dr. Dressler recommends the Dog Cancer Diet because it contains nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient-dense foods are crucial for dogs with cancer.

According to Chapter 14 of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, when you feed your dog Dr. Dressler’s recommended diet, you will be helping your dog immediately. The nutrient-dense foods found within the dog cancer diet encourage healthy cell growth and discourage the growth of cancer cells. AND they taste delicious — so feeding your dog the cancer diet definitely qualifies as a life quality booster!

What Exactly Are Nutrient Dense Foods?

Nutrient-dense foods are high in nutrients but generally not in calories. Nutrient-dense foods are real foods. They’re not processed. They’re not man-made. They’re not synthetic. They are natural.

Nutrient-Dense Meats

When you hear ‘nutrient-dense meats,’ you might be startled. There’s a common misconception that higher amounts of protein are bad for the kidneys. Dr. Dressler covered this in one of his articles here on the Dog Cancer Blog.

Think about what a dog’s wild diet was once like. In the wild, they ate natural roaming animals full of protein, and this is what your dog craves naturally. And, they even ate vegetables. Most of the animals dogs ate were plant-eaters. So, when they ate their prey, they also consumed partially-digested plant materials.

In the Dog Cancer Diet and The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, you’ll see the meats Dr. D recommends include:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Turkey
  • Venison
  • Duck
  • Pork
  • Goat
  • Lamb

These meat types are all nutrient-dense meats that will provide your dog the best source of nutrition.

Of course, you’ll want lean meats because the fat contains an overly abundant amount of Omega-6 fatty acids for dogs with cancer- unless you’re feeding your dog pasture-raised meat. Pasture-raised meats don’t have as many Omega-6 fatty acids as meat bought from the store.

Another important meat included in Dr. D’s diet is liver. This inexpensive, super-nutritious food has the added bonus of being nearly irresistible to our dogs!

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and Cabbage in the Dog Cancer Diet

Dr. Dressler didn’t choose broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage for the dog cancer diet simply because they’re ‘greens.’ These nutrient-dense veggies help detox your dog’s body. These veggies help detox the body in three phases.

  1. Toxins become more water-soluble. And, get filtered out in the urine via the kidneys and bile via the liver.
  2. The veggies add chemical groups to increase solubility in water.
  3. The water-soluble toxins are sent through the organs to be filtered and disposed of.

The first phase might not catch all of the bad guys. But, luckily the second phase catches what the first phase didn’t. And, bulky fiber is added in the third phase to tell the liver to give the intestines more bile. All three phases combined together make your dog’s body ‘cleaner’ inside.

Raw Foods and Dog Cancer

Obviously, when dogs were in the wild they didn’t eat their food cooked. This leads us to think a raw diet is best for our dogs today, right? Dr. Dressler doesn’t have any concerns about feeding a healthy dog a raw diet. But, it may not be best for dogs with cancer.

Cooking food may create carcinogenic compounds but dogs with cancer have a lowered immune system. And, the microbes that are found on the surface of red meat, chicken, pork, and fish, can be dangerous to dogs with cancer. Not only do microbes grow on the surface of the meat, but they could also be living inside the meat.

A healthy dog can generally fight off the microbes in the raw meat… but our dogs with cancer may not be able to. That’s why Dr. Dressler generally doesn’t recommend raw diets for dogs with cancer.

Start Feeding the Dog Cancer Diet Now

Amazon offers the Dog Cancer Diet for $2.99. But here, the readers of the Dog Cancer Blog can grab the Dog Cancer Diet at no cost. The Dog Cancer Diet walks you step-by-step to help guide you in transitioning your dog to a nutrient-dense diet. This e-book helps you understand which foods to choose to create a home-based, cancer-fighting diet. Most dogs love the dog cancer diet. And, it’s even known to be a quality of life treatment.

Keep in mind that if you feed an entirely home-cooked diet, as Dr. D recommends, you will also need to use a multivitamin formulated for dogs, just to make absolutely sure you are providing your pup with everything they need. Any multi formulated for dogs will do, but our favorite is, no surprise, Dr. Dressler’s amazing EverPup, which has a multivitamin plus lots of other beneficial ingredients included. We all use EverPup here with our own dogs, to help them keep a spring in their step.

About the Author: Amber L. Drake


Amber L. Drake has been working with dogs for over 10 years. Throughout this time, she has served as a Canine Behaviorist and Canine Nutritionist working with dogs throughout the United States. She has worked with private clients, rescue organizations, shelter organizations and corporations. She has also been an Adjunct Instructor of Biology at a local community college teaching Animal Sciences for the past seven years and Kaplan University for the past two years. In addition to experience in the field, she has earned a Doctor of Education (ABD), a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has completed coursework in Pre-Veterinary Science at Cornell University, Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster and Biochemistry at UC Berkeley. Drake is currently finishing a second Master's Degree with Kaplan University. She is continuously enrolling in additional courses, seminars and conferences to remain up-to-date in all dog-related topics. She has a desire to share her passion, knowledge and experiences with others.

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