Nature provides us with an array of fruits and vegetables that are rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes and very likely still unidentified nutrients. We all know that eating our vegetables is good for us, but what about our dogs? Should they eat them too? Or should they be eating mostly meat?
The short answer is yes, your dog should be eating fresh fruits and vegetables. There's a catch though. If you haven't noticed, dogs are by nature, gulpers when it comes to their food. They tend not to chew much, and even if they did their saliva doesn't contain the enzyme that ours does that helps to break down the food and the cell walls in plants. Your dog's stomach cannot break down the cell walls in food from plants, including fruits and vegetables. Chewing our food aids in digestion for us because of that important enzyme in our saliva. Chewing won't help your dog access the wonderful nutrients that are in those fresh fruits and vegetables though. If they can't get to the nutrients they certainly can't utilize them to help prevent cancer.
If they can't access the nutrients, then how, Dr. Sonnet, you ask, do they get the health benefits? You must help them. Cook the vegetables as you would cook them for yourself (steam them, microwave them, etc.) Then put them in a food processor and puree them. Strain out any big chunks until it's the consistency of baby food. What you have left is pureed fresh vegetables. Puree the fruits as well (no seeds please.) Now, you are ready to feed your dog a delicious healthy treat so that your dog can get all those wonderful anti-cancer fighting nutrients! Remember to feed a variety using all the colors of the rainbow to maximize it!