When booking a new consultation with me, pet Guardians often ask if it is necessary to bring their dog to the appointment. From their point of view, they are often concerned about the stress of the visit on their pet, or maybe the travel itself. But from my point of [...]
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The mouth and nose are truly the command center of the dog. Remember that as much as our dogs love us, their DNA is programmed from centuries of survival in the wild. Their senses are many millions of times more acute than ours. Naturally, they instinctively guard these tools. Cancer [...]
As I've discussed in other posts, chemotherapy is very well tolerated in dogs. Yes I know that is hard to believe. I have had family members get chemo and we have all seen it on TV, but happily it’s not like that for dogs. Approximately 80% of dogs do not [...]
It’s great to develop a habit of performing regular check-ups of our dog’s body by physically running our hands down their legs, looking in their ears, and sneaking in some extra neck rubs while we feel for lumps and bumps. Some dangers however, develop internally. Knowing how to detect these [...]
Most dogs aren't comfortable with direct eye contact. That's just their nature. So if my boy has a weepy eye or I suspect there may be a problem, of course he will hesitate to let me have a good look. He may also not want my vet to peer even [...]
I get a lot of questions about how to be safe around chemo drugs administered at home (for example, during metronomic chemotherapy). Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, and my answers: Yes, your pet is safe to be around after treatment. Being around family members – human [...]
Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) is a common cancer in our dogs, and it usually develops in the long bones of the legs and the ankle or hock joint. It is more common in some breeds than others, and although there are certain reasons a dog is predisposed to bone cancer, the [...]
Should you use those old prescriptions if your dog's symptoms return? It turns out you probably shouldn't. Dr. Stacy Branch, our resident pharmacologist, explains why.
When my dog was first diagnosed with cancer I spent time every day looking for help for him. It’s what we do. My vet was wonderful, and together we worked out a great conventional treatment plan. But I wanted more. I wanted everything that had any chance of helping. Sound [...]
We love it when our dogs want to play. The repeated nudges and insistent offers of their toys are charming, aren't they? Just like us, a dog who doesn’t feel well may go through periods of not wanting to play, or being too tired or not physically capable of regular [...]
Metronomic chemotherapy is a relatively new type of chemotherapy that uses low doses of oral (pulse) chemotherapy given on a continuous treatment schedule. Since it is given daily or every other day, the chemotherapy is given at lower doses then typical chemotherapy, often with a reduced toxicity profile. That reduction [...]
Dr. Ettinger's views on diet have changed since she co-authored The Dog Cancer Survival Guide and attended the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Associations' conference. This is important stuff!
This is a tough one to write, and it will probably be a tough one to read. But part of being my dog’s champion, guardian, friend, and ‘parent’ means I have to be prepared to help. We all do, like it or not. It’s been over three years since we [...]
Many people ask me what to look for to tell if their dogs have cancer. Well, I must confess it is a tough question since there are so many cancers, and they all can present a little differently. I thought I should give you a little summary of some of [...]
Even as I begin writing this post I sigh at the title “Winter Dangers”. It just seems that everywhere we turn there is a threat! And constantly being on guard can be exhausting! So I offer this to you both from the perspective of caring for your dog with cancer, [...]
Intact males (those who have not been neutered) may, in later years be more prone to bladder, prostate or testicular cancer. Dr. Ettinger’s post “Spay/neuter and the association with cancer in dogs: part one” discusses the pros and cons of neutering in more detail, and is a wonderful read. When [...]
I hear this question a lot: "Isn't my dog too old to treat for cancer?" The answer is: No! Age is not a disease. I have many 12-plus year old patients that are otherwise healthy and strong. They may have some early kidney disease, a heart murmur, thyroid disease, arthritis, [...]
We all want our dogs to join in the holiday fun. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind.
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We are all becoming more aware of healthy nutrition and lifestyle. Much of what was deemed innocuous in our grandparents time is being exposed as risky. We've known for decades that smoking is hazardous to the smoker, and the term ‘second-hand smoke’ soon followed as science discovered that you didn't [...]