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When my corgi Ty was first diagnosed with Lymphoma, one of my biggest challenges was finding appropriate treats for him. The general recommendation for dogs with lymphoma, and really with any kind of cancer, is to feed a low carbohydrate diet, preferably free of any sugars, grains, starchy vegetables, or high sugar fruits. This is based on the premise that cancer thrives on sugar, so removing sugar and starchy items that convert to sugar in the body will provide less fuel for the cancer. When Ty got sick, he already was on a fairly low carbohydrate diet, but I had not concerned myself much with the ingredients in his treats. I immediately switched him to a nearly Keto diet and then the search for treats began. It wasn’t easy. I was honestly amazed at the number of treats that not only have all sorts of high carbohydrate ingredients, but that even flat out add sugar to the recipe. Honestly, that isn’t good for any dog, much less a dog with cancer.
Finding the Perfect Dog Treat
When looking for quality treats for a dog with cancer, or for any dog for that matter, the key step is to read the label. The idea is to get as pure a protein source treat as possible with nothing that could possibly feed the cancer or itself be a carcinogen. Look for the following:
(1) No sugar, grains, starchy vegetables such as peas or potatoes, or an abundance of fruit. Some fruit are great antioxidants, but they also can be high carbohydrate and high sugar.
(2) Natural, preferably organic, ingredients. This helps remove concerns about pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals that could affect your pet’s health.
(3) Specifically formulated for dogs. Species specific formulas help assure proper nutrition.
(4) Free of chemicals and preferably also free of preservatives (other than natural preservatives, such as Vitamin E).
(5) Whole meats. Avoid byproducts, which you will often see listed as “meal” on the label (for example “chicken meal”). This isn’t much like real meat as it is rendered into a powder with a lot of the nutrition cooked out.
Seems simple enough right? Well, not really. I had a heck of time finding treats that met these seemingly basic requirements. But they do exist. Here is a great example of the perfect treat that meets everything on the list:
Perfect Treat Example, Icelandic+ Cod Skin Rolls
How is this for a label? Icelandic+™ Cod Skin Rolls have one ingredient: fish. Plus, Icelandic+ meets the other requirements as well. The company has an in-house physiologist and nutritionist to make sure that their products are healthy, nutritionally appropriate, and safe. The dog treats are formulated to meet their specific digestive, physiological, metabolic, and nutritional requirements. There are no concerns about byproducts either. Icelandic+ only uses the purest, natural, organic ingredients from Iceland. Their dog treats and chews are manufactured within FDA, USDA, EU, and MAST standards and regulations and are made with no additives, fillers, supplements, or preservatives. All ingredients are ethically sourced from Iceland.
I was more than happy to break out the Icelandic+ Cod Skin Rolls for Ty and Eve, who were equally excited to try them. Eve really had a hard time waiting while I took product photos. Each treat is a manageable size.
Eve wanted those treats now! And she sure did enjoy them. Ty did as well. Both dogs have always liked fish.
Icelandic+ makes four varieties of Whole Fish Dog Treats: Capelin whole fish, Cod fish chips, Cod fish skin rolls and Redfish skin rolls. Each is 100% pure fish that is caught daily and never frozen. The products are then cleaned and air-dried within FDA, USDA, EU, and MAST standards and regulations. They are 100% edible and digestible, and promote healthy skin and coat with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are also often recommended as a supplement for dogs with lymphoma, and I like to feed Ty treats and food that naturally contain them. Fish products are great for that. Because each flavor and variety features only one protein source, they are also a great choice for dogs with food sensitivities. Eve has a sensitive GI system, so I can trust these treats to not upset her tummy.
Perfect Chew, Icelandic+ Lamb Horns
Here is an interesting product that also meets everything on the list! Icelandic+ lamb horns are a long-lasting, nutrient-rich chew that reduce tartar and plaque build-up for healthier gums and teeth. Like the treats, they are 100% edible, 100% natural, and contain no additives, preservatives, or supplements. They are simply single ingredient lamb horns. The horns are cleaned, boiled, and air-dried within FDA, USDA, EU, and MAST standards and regulations, and come in two sizes, small and large.
I am rather picky about what Ty and Eve can chew. I require completely natural, fully digestible chews, that are firm enough to last awhile and not so hard so as to break teeth. That means there are no rawhides (can contain toxic residues, are hard to digest, and can cause choking) or antlers (can cause broken teeth) allowed in our house. Until now, we pretty much stuck with some natural bully sticks. But, we now have a new favorite chew because the Icelandic+ Lamb Horns met my requirements and Ty and Eve seriously went insane over them! They absolutely loved them and didn’t want to give them up when I said it was time to take a chewing break. Eve then paced around looking up at where I stashed them, and Ty tried to climb on the table to get them. I had to move them to higher ground.
A Note on Lamb Horn and Dental Health, Plus a Cool Tip!
Eve in particular needs a good chew for dental health. She has some dental issues and cannot have a regular dental because she is sensitive to anesthesia. Icelandic+ Lamb Horn is a natural chew that helps your dog’s gums to be “brushed” because as it is made of thousands of small fibers. Note that, if your dog’s teeth are not regularly brushed, you may experience some gum bleeding with their first Horn. This is natural and is actually a benefit as the Horn’s fibers are “scrubbing” the gum line. With continued use and additional Horns, you can see a remarkable difference in the health of your dog’s gum line and whiter teeth. Think of it by analogy to flossing. People who do not floss similarly experience gum bleeding when they first start, and the bleeding stops when gum health improves from flossing.
Important: As with all dog chews, take the horn away if it becomes small enough to swallow. Always supervise while your dog is enjoying an Icelandic+ Lamb Horn. I have a good tip if you have a dog that likes to get aggressive and swallow chews whole. Put a vise grip on the end! Then, when the chew gets small, the dog can’t swallow it. I learned this after Ty swallowed several bully sticks nearly whole! Now the dogs always get chews with vise grips attached.
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