Eating Cans of Pumpkin Helped Save Her Dog From Terminal Cancer in Recovery Leaving Vets Stunned


A mom claims pumpkin helped save her dog’s life, and veterinarians were stunned when he miraculously recovered from ‘terminal’ cancer.

Martha Haslett assumed it was hopeless when vets predicted that her family’s beloved dog Koda would have less than 12 months left to live after a mass was found on his intestine in October 2019.

“We were devastated, said the 63-year-old from Lewes, Delaware. “We loved this little guy and we didn’t know what to do.”

But plucky Koda, diagnosed with intestinal cancer, defied the odds and the retired teacher believes a key factor was the orange squash he chomped-down on daily when he refused all other foods.

He lost a lot of weight during the chemo—down from 23-lbs to just 16—so they needed to find a way to encourage him to eat more.

“We can’t remember where we got the idea but one of his prescription dog foods made him constipated and we always knew that pumpkins were good for dogs, so we started adding a scoop to his meals three times a day.”

Koda gobbled-up the pumpkin, which is rich in vitamins A and C that can help boost the immune system.

“We were just trying to think of anything that could boost his health that would be a benefit. Without giving him the pumpkins there’s a higher chance he would have died.

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“He’d become such a part of our family and we just didn’t want to lose him.”


The mother-of-two started buying tins of canned pumpkin from Aldi—and hundreds of cans later, Koda was given the ‘all-clear’ by oncologists this September.

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Martha wasn’t the only one to see it as miraculous. Veterinary doctors saw that the pooch had beat all the odds, and told Martha to ‘keep up’ whatever she’s doing.

“The oncologist did the scan and was shocked because it’s an incredibly rare, aggressive form of cancer–and chemotherapy is usually not effective,” recalled Martha.

“My daughter was there and we all had tears in our eyes. It was more than I ever could have hoped for.”

Martha would definitely recommend a pumpkin diet for any dog because it’s not only nutritious but good for digestion.

After being given the all-clear a month ago, Koda still munches on some pumpkin three times a day to keep him in tip-top condition.

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