Corinne, mom of a lovable 6-year-old german shepherd, got the kind of news every pet parent dreads: Tiber had colon cancer, and the vet believed it was incurable. Faced with this terrible news, Corinne and her family had a decision to make. Would they proceed with surgery and cancer treatments to extend her life by a year, or would they forgo the stress of that and let her live out her life for the next 2-5 months?
“We were heartbroken,” Corinne recalls. “We decided not to put her through those things since they could not cure her anyway. I decided to make her last months of life the best that I could and I accidentally put her on a carnivore diet.” Without any previous knowledge of the healing effects of a carnivore diet, Corinne decided to “spoil” Tiber and ditch the dog food. For the next few months, Tiber enjoyed steaks, burgers, chicken, pork, and organ meat.
This was quite an upgrade from Tiber’s typical diet of dry dog food and store-bought treats! “I threw all the dog treats out and her treats became real bacon and cheese instead of those little bones and cookies. We fed her like a queen, and gave her all the best steaks and everything we could find,” Corinne shares with Revero coach Tracy. “I wanted to make it the best for her.”
To everyone’s surprise, Tiber began to show signs of recovery. “The craziest thing happened!” Corinne explains. “She started getting better, her bowel movements cleared up, and she started taking walks again. Her energy just exploded, and she stopped throwing up. It was like she became a different dog!” Corinne was puzzled by it, because the vet had set her expectations for a zero chance of recovery. “The vet told us her quality of life would start going downhill, but we were seeing the opposite happen.”
Corinne joked with her husband that if she ever got cancer, she should start eating what Tiber’s eating, because it’s making her come alive again. “After seeing her success, I decided to join her in solidarity and have started my own journey and have never felt better!” She’s been following a carnivore diet, too, for the past 8 weeks. “Whatever I make for myself, I make for Tiber, and I feel great, too! I have tons of energy, I’m starting to lose weight, and I sleep better. It’s like we’re on this little journey together!”
For the last 16 months, Tiber has been thriving. She receives vet check-ups every three months, and the vet is completely blown away at how well she is doing. “The vet actually was concerned about Tiber’s all-meat diet, and was saying that we should get her back on dog food so that she has enough nutrients. We’re not doing that, though, it makes no sense as she’s doing so much better now. Why would I change anything?”
Corinne enjoys working from home with Tiber at her side, and is happy to share their success on a carnivore diet. “I think it’s worth it for yourself and for your pet. You might find you get amazing results like we did!”
Watch or listen to Tiber’s success story on the Carnivore.Diet.com podcast below:
19 thoughts on “German Shepherd diagnosed with cancer thriving on carnivore diet”
Congratulations on healing your precious dog. and thanks for sharing your encouraging story.
I’m actually really interested in switching my dogs over from processed dog food because I know it is crap…can you elaborate more on what you feed your GS?? Love the story, so glad your pup is doing so well!
Look up the BARF diet
BARF is not an optimal diet for dogs.
It has carbohydrates and dogs don’t need them.
Dogs will thrive and have an optimal health with a pure carnivore diet.
One of my dogs has been on strict carnivore for over 3 years now. Another one, since January this year. Their health is perfect.
They only eat raw ground beef, raw eggs, slightly cooked chicken livers and chicken hearts, cooked pork, and sometimes, sardines.
They only eat once a day, and food amount is approximately 1.5% of their weight.
Nothing else needed.
I do the same for my labs carnivore diet no more lumps on chest and 10yo dogs behave like puppies running around
The only aspect of the diet I would be careful with is the raw chicken.
Campylobacter bacteria seems to be an issue for 16% of the dogs who catch this bacteria that somehow attaches itself to the spine near the dog’s hind quarter. The immune system attacks it. The symptoms are paralysis ( First symptom is a soft bark, then their back legs go first, then their front legs) and if caught soon enough, avoiding raw chicken would allow the dog to recover in 3 months. There are only a few vets who understand this issue in the U.S. and Australian vets are beginning to realize that this is a common issue among the 16%.
You are correct. I don’t feed my dogs chicken. Only chicken livers and chicken hearts, and slightly cooked. However, I also supplement them every so often with Lugol’s iodine (they need iodine, just like us, and it’s the best wide spectrum antibiotic in existence) and I have do a natural de-worming protocol on them which eliminates all parasites (heart, intestinal, etc.), so I’m not worried about any bacteria or virus in existence. And just as Paul Veneman wrote above, my 10 year old dog behaves like a 5 year old!, playing all the time and her teeth are clean just like if she had had a dental procedure in the vet a week ago! She hasn’t seen the vet in 2 years, when she did for a dental procedure, and hopefully she will never see a vet again. Same for the male (5 year old) that I rescued from the street in January. His teeth are almost 100% clean, without going to the vet, because of zero carbs food. And they were horrendous when I rescued him!
We fed our Golden Retriever an almost exclusive raw chicken diet from the time he was a pup till he he died at almost 13. None of the issues you spoke of .
Hi, could you please let me know if it’s 1.5% of their weight in lbs or kg? Thank you!
Dogs and cats need to eat the way nature intended. That includes muscle meat, fat, and bone. Raw, as they would find in nature.
I have two German Shepherd‘s and fully believe in carnivore for them.
They get sirloin chicken pork tenderloin steak roast beef eggs as the mainstay of their diet Origen to supplement occasionally.
Why would you supplement your pet’s diet with junk food? I don’t understand. Bag dog food has absolutely no nutrients in it whatsoever. It’s like you eating a steak, followed up by a bag of Doritos.
Love this story. My childhood dog (GSH/Collie) lived more than 22 years. He was offered dog food but he refused and spent most of his years hunting for his own food. We were fortunate to live in a wooded rural area and he would sometimes be gone for days.
Having had this experience I know this woe is for me.
ok i m trying something similar with my 2 cats for 365++ days. no hairloss. no tiques. but what exactly do you suggest for them ground beef seems to much fat. chicken seems ok. rabbit?? or just a slice of your own meal?i eat fatty and how much????
Maybe some fish for the cats?
You say the Vet says she’s not getting enough vitamins? Give her some beef liver as well in the mix. Warlaaaaah. Good job. Lovely fur baby. 🤗
This is WONDERFUL!!! I am so happy to hear this for you and your dog !!! When I hear “Blue Buffalo” pet food commercials on tv, which say something like, “inside every dog is a wolf. Feed them meat!” I think it is so wonderful that people are realizing that dogs’ biologically appropriate diet is MEAT. I’m hopeful that soon many more people will realize that grains are inappropriate food for dogs and for people. Dogs and humans have a biologically appropriate diet = meat! 🙂
What a wonderful success story.
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Is there a recent update on how Tiber is doing now?