These days really seem like “ruff” times for many. Bad economy, emotional strain, and a lot of general hardship.
If you have a dog diagnosed with cancer, but you cannot afford expensive treatments, what can you do?
There are several different options in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. I know that not everyone can afford all the recommendations from the vet, so these alternatives are very valuable.
One of them is enrolling your dog in a clinical trial.
One advantage of enrollment are that the treatment might be even better than what is commonly available. Another plus is that the costs are little to none. Still another is that your canine companion will get a very high level of care from highly trained veterinary oncologists. Last and certainly not least, your dog helps other dogs and even people to advance the conventional cancer care front.
Of course, we need to consider some other aspects of clinical trials. For example, just because something is new does not mean it is better. The whole point of the trial is to see how effective the treatment really is. Another is that it is likely that you will need to return to the veterinary hospital on a regular basis for follow-up and lab testing, which is part of the study. It is also true that it is difficult to judge the safety of the treatment before the trial.
For those close to veterinary universities or areas with larger populations, you may be able to enroll your dog.
Click here for a list of clinical trials on the Veterinary Cancer Society website.
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.