Sitting in the veterinarian’s office and hearing “Your dog has cancer.” is a dog parent’s worst nightmare. While you cannot guarantee your furry friend won’t ever get cancer, you can take measures to prevent the big C, especially when it comes to their diet.

Avoid carbs.
Many types of cancer cells feed on the sugars in carbohydrates, high fructose fruits, and starchy veggies

Increase protein and good fats.
Most cancer cells cannot feed on good fats, so diets higher in protein and good fats won’t permit cancer cells to grow.

Build up a strong gut and immune system in your dog.
A healthy gut helps your dog live longer. Check out this article from Keep the Tail Wagging for a list of 10 foods that can help prevent cancer – many of which are already included in Healthy Dogma PetMix.

Avoid “The Dirty Dozen”.

All water is not created equal.
Treat your dog to filtered water. You may think the water from the tap is ok, but it can carry toxins that build up and cause cancer over time. Ceramic bowls are ideal over plastic or metal.

Round things out with supplements.
Dogs can benefit from additional nutrients and preventatives. Healthy Dogma has an extensive offering of supplements from flea treatments to sensitive tummy aids to immune system boosters.

Reduce exposure to toxins.
You probably don’t realize how often your doggy is exposed to toxins on a daily basis. Instead of toxic flea and tick treatments, try our Flee Flee Flee supplement which not only fights fleas, but offers many other benefits including providing important nutrients and antioxidants to your dog’s diet.

Help Fido maintain a healthy weight.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimates that 54 percent of pets in the U.S. are obese, which can lead to many health issues including cancer. Make sure to feed your dog the recommended daily amount or less, only offer high fiber, low caloric density human foods and minimize extra calories through treats.