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David's Canine Cancer Support

Cancer is becoming more common in senior dogs and the incidence increases with age. Nearly 50 percent of dogs 10 years old and older are now dying of cancer. The role of diet in dogs diagnosed with cancer is important to survival rates. 

Some specific nutritional components can be important to both slow the growth and spread of cancerous tissue and increase survival.

Dietary Considerations for Dogs with Cancer

  • Dogs with cancer require consistent, high quality nutrition. This likely means the simplistic use of commercially produced foods will not be adequate. Homemade diets with the proper nutrient balance and containing specific additional nutrients may be the best approach. Organic and certified contaminant-free whole food supplements are imperative to lower toxic load.
  • A poor appetite and weight loss can result from cancer in several ways. Cancer can affect appetite, smell, metabolism and the physical ability to chew or swallow. Treatment for cancer may also reduce appetite by inducing nausea or irritation to the intestinal tract. A freshly prepared homemade diet can stimulate appetite.
  • To ensure the dog has enough building blocks to make muscle and other proteins, we need to feed a food with a high percentage of the calories coming from good-quality protein with high bio-availability of a wide range of amino acids.
  • An increased intake of specific omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in a ratio of 1.5 EPA : 1 DHA.
  • Elimination or significantly lowered simple carbohydrate intake while assuring carbohydrates used are whole foods known to stabilize blood sugar and contain phytonutrients that can decrease spread of cancerous cells. For example, whole grain brown rice and sweet potato. More fat intake can provide ample source of caloric energy.
  • The inclusion of functional foods known to have anti-cancer properties, for example, beets, turmeric, broccoli.

David's Canine Cancer Support Recipe

The following recipe is set and balanced for a 55 pound, 12 year-old female dog with less than 1 hour of activity per day. Your dog may require adjustments to this recipe.

Ready In: 1 hr 30 min Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour
Meal Type: Cooked Complexity: Medium Suitable for: Dog
kcal: 817.93Balanced: YesSpecial Diet: Cancer


  • 60 gram Beef, ground, 90% lean meat / 10% fat, patty, cooked, pan-broiled
  • 50 gram Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan fried
  • 1 tbsp Oil, vegetable, Natreon canola, high stability, non trans, high oleic (70%)
  • 1.5 teaspoon Omega-3 Fish Oil
  • 3 level scoops Kelp Powder
  • 0.5 cup, mashed Sweet potato, cooked, boiled, without skin
  • 0.51 cup Rice, brown, long-grain, cooked
  • 1 large Egg, yolk, raw, fresh
  • 0.75 cup Spinach, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt
  • 1.22 beet (2" dia) Beets, raw
  • 1 teaspoon Bone Meal
  • 2 cup, chopped or diced Broccoli, raw

Preparation Instructions

  1. Cook ground beef until done, set aside.
  2. Cut beef liver into small pieces and pan fry until well cooked.
  3. Cook brown rice until soft, 45 minutes or more if needed, set aside.
  4. Peel skin off sweet potato, cut into small pieces, boil in pot until done, approximately 20 minutes, set aside.
  5. Cut spinach into small pieces, boil without salt approximately 3-4 minutes, drain and set aside.
  6. Chop/dice broccoli into small pieces, set aside.
  7. In large mixing bowl, mix together beef, liver, sweet potato, brown rice, egg yolk, spinach, beets, broccoli, add Omega-3 fish oil, kelp powder, bone meal, mix well, serve.

Notes / Summary

Main ingredients are beef, beef liver, sweet potato, egg yolk, brown rice, beet, and broccoli.

Supplements used in this recipe include fish oil, kelp powder and bone meal.

Nutritional Information

Calories 817.93 kcal
Protein 46.492 g
Fats35.562 g
Carbohydrate81.52 g
Dietary Fiber16.516 g
As Fed % of Calories Dry Matter
Protein 5.63 % 23.10 % 26.39 %
Fats 4.30 %39.69 %20.16 %
Carbohydrate 8.07 %33.11 %37.83 %
Dietary Fiber 2.00 % 4.10 % 9.38 %
Moisture78.67 % 0.00 %
Ash 1.33 % 6.24 %

Printable Reports

You can print out the following 3 report variations of this recipe.

The Basic Report shows ingredients, preparation instructions, and a basic nutritional panel for this recipe.

The Recipe Preparation Report shows information needed to prepare this recipe, including ingredients, preparation instructions, prep and cook time, meal suitability, complexity, kilo-calories, etc.

The Nutrient Report shows detailed nutrient values and energy analysis for this recipe. Macro-nutrient data are shown in tabular and pie graph format.

Additional Information

I use specific brands of items used in supplementary form, including a fish oil that is third-party certified to be free of contamination and rancid oxidative compounds while being ultra-concentrated to obtain EPA-DHA in amounts needed without substantial caloric load while assuring the proper EPA:DHA ratio desired of 1.5:1

I also use a specific brand of bone meal that is certified metal and contaminant-free and certified nutrition/label quantities.

If you wish to discuss the above specific brands or recipe, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , I am happy to help!

David Minzel, PhD, CNC, CNA

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