My little girlie girl got her wings 4 days ago. She suffered through several seizures and didn’t recover from them. It’s hard to finish and press the publish button on this recipe post, but Missy enjoyed these treats and I wrote most of the post with her lounging next to me a few days before she left for the rainbow bridge. She would have wanted me to finish it so that other pups challenged by cancer could enjoy a tasty treat that’s good for them. So here it goes.
My pup Missy was re-diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year and has been on a low carb/high fat/high protein diet from Darwin’s Natural Pet for several months now to help maintain life quality and strengthen her immune system. The diet was recommended by our homeopathic veterinarian Dr. Charles Loops.
As far as treats are concerned, I continue to spoil her with single ingredient air-dried goodies from Real Dog’s (formerly Real Pet Food) monthly subscription boxes (we’ve been getting those since May 2016), Vital Essentials‘ green tripe nibs and Plato‘s Salmon treats.
Since Missy has always been and continues to be a little slave to her stomach, not having treats at home is a no-go. S O whenever I’m out of the goodies I just mentioned, I whip up some extra special treats for her in my kitchen that don’t require any baking and align with her cancer specific nutrition protocol.
The 3 Ingredients I Used For Missy’s Dog Cancer Treats
I only used 3 ingredients for Missy’s dog cancer treats:
- Shiitake Mushrooms
- Brussels Sprouts
I bought everything at my local grocery store. The shiitake mushrooms were fresh, sliced ones, and the broccoli and brussels sprouts were frozen.
How I Made The Treats
I made Missy’s treats in 4 easy steps:
- Boiled the veggies for a few minutes
- Transferred the boiled veggies into my food processor and puréed them
- Filled an ice cube tray with the veggie purée
- Put the ice cube tray into the freezer
You’ll want to let it sit in the freezer for at least a few hours before you’ll be able to “harvest” the frozen treats.
Missy always gets to sample a little purée before I transfer it into the ice cube tray, and she’s also allowed to pre-rinse the bowl if you know what I mean 😉
Did you know? Dogs lack the enzyme that’s needed to break down plant cell walls, so in order to be able to properly absorb veggies & fruits, we have to break their cell walls down for them by puréeing the food.
Why These Treats Are A Great Choice For Dogs Challenged By Cancer
The ingredients these dog cancer treats consist of are particularly valuable for dogs challenged by cancer and come recommended by homeopathic veterinarians.
Broccoli and brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables rich in Vitamin C, fiber, nutrients & phytochemicals that help in cancer prevention.
Shiitake mushrooms fight cancerous cells and boost brain function.
They are all low carb, non-starchy vegetables that fight inflammation and that cancerous cells don’t thrive on (unlike carbs – cancer THRIVES on those!).
How To Serve The Treats
You can serve the treats in a few different ways. The most obvious one would be to offer them whole as a refreshing treat in-between meals. I would also give Missy some after she experienced a seizure. I felt that it helped in cooling her off a little.
If you have a smaller dog than Missy, you could transfer the veggie purée into a smaller ice cube tray than the one I used, that way they’d be easier to eat.
If your pup has weak teeth, you could take out a treat from the freezer and let it sit in the fridge until it’s softened a little.
If you feed a raw or a homemade diet, you could also serve the treat along with your dog’s food. I would top Missy’s raw meals off with a frozen treat and pour warm water over it, then mix it in with her meal.
These dog cancer treats are made of 3 low cost, non-starchy, limited ingredients that sport anti-inflammatory properties. Even if you don’t have them on hand you can easily get them at your local grocery store.
They’re a great alternative to store-bought limited ingredient treats that you can feel good about treating your K9 cancer patient with.
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