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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide


If your dog has cancer, you're not alone. Tens of millions of dog lovers have visited this site since 2008 to read articles by Dr. Demian Dressler, the internationally-respected veterinarian and author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.

We know it's tough to find reliable information about dog cancer online, and that's why we work hard to offer compassionate, knowledgeable information written just for you and organized so you can find it quickly and easily.

Today, both Dr. Dressler and Dr. Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology) contribute to Dog Cancer Blog, as well as a number of dog experts and health professionals. Even dog lovers are getting in the act, by submitting their own True Tails.

Cancer is now the number one killer of dogs, so most dog lovers will face it sooner or later. If that's you, today, and your dog, now, we hope you find answers to your questions and that we can help you chart your own dog cancer journey. 

"Dog cancer is an Iditarod, so prepare for your journey." - Dr. D


Soon after he started blogging, readers asked Dr. Dressler to write a book about his "Full Spectrum" approach to treating dog cancer. The first edition of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide was published as a PDF download while the printed version was edited for publication. While it was a bit awkward for dog lovers to use a digital-only version of what would become the primary reference book for people facing dog cancer, they were grateful to have the information.

When the second edition of the book was published in paperback, it was twice as long and co-authored by Dr. Sue Ettinger, the renowned veterinary oncologist from New York. The second edition soon became the number one best-selling animal health book in America, and garnered praise from veterinarians, readers, and dog lovers alike. If your dog has cancer, picking up a copy of this book is a must-do.

Demian Dressler, DVM

Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology)


Every member of our team knows firsthand how awful it is to face dog cancer.

Dr. Nancy Reese, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy Reese is a small animal veterinarian with over 30 years of clinical experience taking care of cats and dogs and other critters in the Sierra Nevada foothills. She’s also a perpetual student and researcher, as evidenced by her many degrees. In addition to her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis, she earned a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and then a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at UC Davis. If you string all her letters out after her name it looks like this: Nancy Reese, DVM, MPVM, PhD. In her spare time, she volunteers to help evacuate and shelter animals caught up in disasters, and she’s currently training to help in human search and rescue efforts. Dr. Reese lives in a log cabin with her husband, her 13-year-old golden retriever, and her two 13-year-old cats. Her hobbies include boosting the quality of life and longevity for all animals in her care, hiking, travelling, and cross-country skiing. Oh, and lots of dog walking. 

Dr. Tammy Powell, DVM

A graduate of the University of South Carolina and University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Tammy Powell is a small animal veterinarian with 7 years of clinical practice experience divided between the Gulf Coast of Florida and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) in the Middle East. Passionate about both animals and writing, Dr. Tammy is a full-time freelance writer specializing in pet and veterinary topics. She also writes about animals in a fictional format and is working on a children’s book about cats with superpowers. Dr. Tammy lives in the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, two stepchildren, and a beautiful rescued Himalayan cat named Luna. In her free time, Dr. Tammy loves reading, traveling, trying new coffee shops, and going ballroom dancing.

Dr. Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD, FACFE, DABFM

Dr. Stacy Matthews Branch is a biomedical consultant, medical writer, and veterinary medical doctor with over 20 years of practical experience (academia, government, and private sector). She was previously a professor of toxicology at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Her research and scientific interests include molecular developmental toxicology, pesticide toxicology, the science of natural medicinal agents, and forensic medicine. You can find out more about Dr. Branch at her personal website,

Susan Harper, AHC, DAH, MHAO, Animal Health Consultant

I'm a member of the Dog Cancer Support Team & a Dog Cancer Survivor! Two of my beloved dogs have had cancer, and with the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, Apocaps, and full spectrum help given with boundless love, both our dogs far surpassed the odds we were given. I'm an Animal Health Consultant with a Diploma in Animal Healing, and Assistant Instructor with the Healing Animals Organization (MHAO). I'm passionate to help dogs and their people get through this journey. Early on I asked the Team how I could help, and here I am.

Amber Drake, EdD (ABD), MEd, BSc, C.L.A.S.S. Certified

Amber L. Drake has been working with dogs for over 10 years. Throughout this time, she has served as a Canine Behaviorist and Canine Nutritionist working with dogs throughout the United States. She has worked with private clients, rescue organizations, shelter organizations and corporations. She has also been an Adjunct Instructor of Biology at a local community college teaching Animal Sciences for the past seven years and Kaplan University for the past two years. In addition to experience in the field, she has earned a Doctor of Education (ABD), a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has completed coursework in Pre-Veterinary Science at Cornell University, Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster and Biochemistry at UC Berkeley. Drake is currently finishing a second Master's Degree with Kaplan University. She is continuously enrolling in additional courses, seminars and conferences to remain up-to-date in all dog-related topics. She has a desire to share her passion, knowledge and experiences with others.

Molly Jacobson, LMT, Editor

Molly Jacobson is a writer and also the editor of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, published by Maui Media. A lifelong dog lover and self-professed dog health nerd, she is all too familiar with dog cancer. She has been supporting readers of this blog since the beginning. Molly earned a BA from Tufts University, and after a career in bookselling and book publishing attended The Swedish Institute to become a licensed massage therapist in New York State, licensed by the medical board. Her fascination with health is both personal and global, and she is most proud of how this site and the associated publications have revolutionized not only our approach to dog health, but our own health.

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