Dogs with cancer should eat a special diet that is nutritionally balanced and easy to digest. Their entire body is working overtime to help fight the cancer, making them weak. This homemade dog cancer diet is made with limited ingredients that are easily digestible, exceptionally palatable and packed with nutrition.
Oftentimes, dogs with cancer begin to lose weight. Some cancer treatments can also cause a dog to lose his appetite. For these reasons, one of the most common goals for dog food formulated for pets with cancer is to maintain a healthy weight.
It is also critically important that you create a recipe that will meet your dog’s nutritional needs. If not, your pup will quickly become nutrient deficient. This would make it even harder for his body to fight the cancer.
Honey Chicken Homemade Dog Cancer Diet
In a well-known study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 27 home-cooked recipes for dogs with cancer were evaluated. These recipes came from books and internet sources. Unfortunately, none of the recipes met the minimum nutritional contents required for a commercial adult dog food diet.
It is extremely difficult to formulate a recipe that will meet all of your dog’s nutritional needs. If you’re considering feeding your pet a homemade dog cancer diet, you must work with a veterinarian or canine nutritionist.
Recipe: Honey Chicken Homemade Dog Cancer Diet
This recipe is packed with superfood ingredients to provide top quality nutrition and give your dog’s body the strength it needs to fight cancer. These whole food ingredients are more appealing to dogs who have lost their appetite, and hopefully they will be enough to tempt your ill pooch.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 8–10 cups 1x
- Category: Cancer Diet
- Method: Boiled
- Cuisine: Dog Food
- 2 lbs. ground chicken
- 1 cup chopped zucchini
- 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
- 1/2 cup chopped kale
- 1/2 cup chopped spinach
- 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/8 cup raw honey
- 8 cups water
Add all of the ingredients to a large soup pot. Mix thoroughly to evenly combine the ingredients. Bring the recipe to a boil.
Allow the food to boil for about 20 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked completely, the recipe is finished. You can feed it to your pooch as soon as it cools.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 300
- Sugar: 4.2 g
- Sodium: 86 mg
- Fat: 12.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 15.9 g
- Fiber: 3.1 g
- Protein: 30.8 g
- Cholesterol: 81 mg
How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This is just a guideline. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many. It is extremely important to consult your veterinarian about the best serving size for your dog.
All dogs have specific nutritional needs, especially dogs with cancer. Your dogs’ needs will depend on many factors including the type of cancer he has, the treatment he is undergoing, his age, breed and ideal weight. For this reason, it is imperative that you consult your veterinarian about the appropriate serving size for your dog.
How to store: You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them and they’ll keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so it won’t last nearly as long as commercial dog food.
For More Information
We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you’re new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.
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