Cancer has turned into an epidemic in our canine and feline patients. Currently, approximately 7 out of 10 dogs die of cancer in our country. In 2009, I began a study to evaluate pet food as a potential cause of this terrible disease. My theory was that pet food was the culprit. You may ask, how can pet food cause cancer? The pet food produced in the United States is regulated by the AAFCO organization. There are very low specifications for what goes into pet food. There is a standard that dog food must contain 22% protein and cat food must contain 27% protein. The source of protein is not stated or regulated. Pet food companies take advantage of this and use “animal by-product” or organ meat as sources of protein. It is a known fact that carcinogens (i.e., insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, etc.) are stored in these organs. Our livestock in this country have chronic exposure to these and many other carcinogens. The slaughterhouses must get rid of these organs and essentially have two options. Cremation of the organs would cost trillions of dollars, or give it to the dog and cat food companies for their protein requirements. Since I started my study, I have only seen four malignant tumors in dogs who have always eaten a non-by-product or non-organ meat-based food or treat. In my many years of practice, I have dealt with most of my patients dying of cancer. Today, with educating my clients about proper diets, most of my patients are living into their late teen years. A few diets that I recommend for dogs are: Nutrisource, Open Farm, Organix, Earthborn, Natural Planet, N&D, N.O.W. and Zignature. Good treats for dogs are fruitables, Halo, Old Mother Hubbard, Cloud Star, and Grandma Lucy’s. For raw diets: Nom Nom Canned Diets: Castor Pollux, Organix, Cloud Star Wellmade, Farmina, Firstmate,
As an alternative to the above, you may use Grandma Lucy’s premix and add in your cooked protein source.
For cats, they should eat canned food only, as dry food is a known cause of obesity, diabetes mellitus, urinary tract disease, dental disease, and what I believe causes chronic renal disease (my newest study). Good, canned diets are Weruva, BFF, Wellness, Natural Planet, and Earthborn. For raw diets: Honest Kitchen
Scott M. Rovner, D.V.M.