Breta’s story is particularly touching and extremely heartwarming. We first met her when I wrote an article on cancer and plant-based dogs, but this article is all about Breta – the “Wonderdog” as the vets call her who has survived cancer and a very bad start in life.


A query we received in September 2020 from concerned owner Annie about her gorgeous girl Breta

“I have a 5 year old labrador bitch who recently had a 2cm malignant melanoma removed from her hard palate. Histology showed that the margins were clean and a CT scan of her chest and biopsies of the lymph glands showed no spread as yet. However, I have been informed that spread and death are inevitable.

I am vegan and am very aware of the cancer growth-promoting properties of meat. I wish to convert her to a vegan diet in order to give her the best chance of a longer life expectancy. Could you comment and also recommend a particular brand, please? She was a rescue and I have only had her for 10 months. I have been feeding her the Science Diet.
Thank you, Annie”

Breta dog who survived cancer

Read further for an update on Annie and her touching history, and listen to the words of her owner in a video below (Breta also makes an appearance:)


“I just thought I would show you this picture of Breta. It was the day I bought her in November 2019 from a man who professed to be a game keeper. She was a trained gun dog and had had goodness knows how many litters. She had burn marks on the tips of her ears, was filthy, stank to high heaven and was extremely nervous.

I just couldn’t leave her with him. I cried all the way home, which was 100 miles away. Although it was supposed to be a purchase, I always feel it was a rescue. It took a whole year of gradually relaxing and trusting to become the well-adjusted, happy soul that she is today. The cancer was such a cruel blow, but I hope she will live for years and have all the love and happiness she deserves, along with scrumptious vegan food!”

“Breta continues to do well. The oncologist was surprised to see her in September, stating that she wished that all her patients came for a second booster. She said, ‘Hello, Wonder dog!’ I am hoping that she will be back for her third cancer booster in March and be one of 2% that make it to two years after diagnosis! So far, she seems perfectly well and walks 4 – 5 miles per day with me, so fingers crossed (and she just LOVES her Solo Vegetal food as does Roman who has now transitioned to plant-based too). ๐Ÿ˜Š

Cancer survivor Breta and her friend Roman
just be kind vegan dogs
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