Can brain tumors in a dog be caused by bad diet? This is the question posed to me by an author who was writing an article on the topic. In short, my answer was YES. It’s very possible that poor diet can be part of the multifactorial process that can increase brain tumor risk in dogs.
Having a dog diagnosed with a brain tumor is tough, and your veterinarian knows it. Many times, a pet parent will ask how this sort of thing happens and the common answer is this: “There was nothing you could have done to prevent the tumor. It just happens.”
But, as I told the person interviewing me about brain tumors, the truth is that certain foods, additives, preservatives, processing agents, etc., can lead to an increase in incidence of cancer in general.
As I’ve said before, both you and your pet have spent your lives altering your genetic activity. When you took your first sip of wine or beer, you turned up the volume on your body’s genetic ability to detoxify alcohol. Every summer, when you strive for that perfect tan, you activate the genes that protect your skin. Genes are not a fixed set of preprogrammed instructions. They are a dynamic, active part of your pet’s life, responding each day to the environment… and their diet. Diet and the environment have the capacity to turn up the volume on some genes and silence others, vastly changing our health.
Part of my work with clients is making sure the body is balanced and the immune system is strong. When this is the case, cancer incidence goes down. Will all tumors be prevented? Probably not. But many can and will be… when proper diet and a holistic health protocol is followed, not just avoiding illness, but promoting health.
Do I believe the incidence of brain tumors in dogs would be drastically reduced if dogs were fed a diet limited to whole foods, meat from wild game or grass-fed livestock, plus organic vegetables and fruits? You bet I do.