Homemade Diets for Cancer Support

Veterinarian Reviewed on October 3, 2011 by Dr. Janice Huntingford

In the last post I wrote about the importance of diet and cancer treatment. I wanted to include a basic diet that could be used if your dog has cancer . In Chinese medicine, cancer is considered a form of stagnant, toxic heat. The principles involve using foods to clear heat and relieve stagnation.

The Basic Diet


  • 1 lb. Salmon, Mackerel , Tuna, Catfish, Halibut (boiled, baked or fried in olive oil)
  • 3 oz of chicken liver or gizzard
  • 4 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Whole sweet potato baked with skin then cut up
  • 1 cup Spinach (cooked)
  • 2 tomatoes (canned, whole or chopped)
  • 2 Sardines
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp dry, yellow mustard , 1/4 tsp tumeric, 1/2 tsp cod liver oil

You can mix all this together and serve or put in a food processor if you desire.

Alternative Diet


  • 1lb ground chicken (fat drained)
  • 2 sweet potatoes or 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup liver (cooked)
  • 4.5 Tablespoon Safflower/Olive oil mixture( can use Sunflower Oil if necessary)

Mix together and serve. Alternatively, you can mix the ingredients together in a stew.

Important Addition

To both these diets, you need to add the following before serving:

  • 1000mg of calcium
  • Kelp-powdered or in pieces at least 500mg
  • A multi-vitamin supplement from your veterinarian
  • Fish Oil supplement–Omega 3 or Wild salmon oil–usually 3 capsules
  • Probiotic source–usually 1 capsule daily-1/2 if a small dog

These are basic diets. How about amounts– A 10 lb dog 1 to 1-1/2 cups daily, 11 to 20 lbs 2 to 3 cups, up to 40 lbs 4cups, over that add about 2 cup per 20lbs. I add fruits and veggies to these diets depending on the cancer. Lots of colourful foods like blueberries and cantalope are great for support.

Source of probiotic–Natural Wellbeing has a probiotic capsule which would work well for this. Small dogs would get 1/2 capsule and large dogs 1 capsule.

Read also: The #1 Rat Health Problem: Tumors

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Dr. Janice Huntingford
Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for 28 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan

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