Dr. Rovner’s Cancer Study In Dogs

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. insecticide, herbicides, pesticides …) are stored in these organs.  Our livestock in this country have chronic exposure to these and many other carcinogens.  The slaughter houses must get rid of these organs and essentially have two options.  Cremation of the organs which would cost trillions of dollars or give it to the dog and cat food companies for their protein requirement.  Since I have started my study, I have only seen a handful of skin or oral malignant tumors for dogs who had always eaten a non-by-product or non-organ meat-based food or treats.  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 my patients are living into their late teen years.  A few diets that I recommend for dogs are: Open Farm, Natural Planet, Earthborn, Nom Nom , Pure Vita (not beef), 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: Sojo, Honest Kitchen and Grandma Lucy’s.

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.


5 Responses to Dr. Rovner’s Cancer Study In Dogs

  1. Hello there!
    So nice running into you the other day in front of our local Mariano’s. Thanks for taking the time to inform me of all your wonderful findings! And how you’re doing. It was great catching up!
    I found your blog and looked up all the foods you recommended. I will be making the switch for my furry kids.
    Take good care! I will hopefully see you soon. -Doggies are due for their vaccinations.

    • Michele,

      I do not recommend PetKind diet as it contains tripe which is a filtering “organ” which would contain carcinogens that the livestock came into contact with. Thank you for you e-mail.


      Scott M Rovner

  2. Hello,
    I came to read this blog post after seeing someone’s comment about it in our neighborhood Facebook group. My dog is almost 3 years old and I’ve been really conscious about what kind of food we feed him. The Abady brand was recommended to me by a local pet store owner. It’s what I’ve stuck to for over a year now but I never come across it as a recommended brand on any blogs, sites, articles, etc. and now I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. It’s a small, family-owned company so I assume it’s a better brand than those major brands. Do you know anything about it? Really appreciate any insight about Abady!

    Thank you for your research and for sharing your guidance!

  3. Dr. Rovner, You were the vet to my sister Lisa’s amazing dog Wrigley and she sings your praises to me. I was wondering if there has been an update to this food list in the last few years. Our puppy just turned one, and we’re switching him from Open Farm puppy food to adult…and he seems to not like the flavor. Wanted to check with you before we make a change. Thanks,
    (In NYC otherwise we’d be seeing you)

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