These days, there is so much information out there about cancer in dogs. Some is good, and some is not that hot. If you dig, you will find enough to make your head spin.
You will get the basics from your vet or oncologist. These are what I call The Big Three, and consist of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. This is conventional cancer care.
Then we have more “alternative” treatments, including special diets and supplements. Go further into alternative cancer care and you find Neoplasine, ozone, IV vitamin C, high doses of certain bioflavanoids, touch therapies, mind-body fields like psychoneuroimmunology, chronotherapy, and more.
The cutting edge advances in both these big areas are covered in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.
Many of the comments I receive on this blog are from concerned dog lovers who are trying to come to an action plan that makes sense. They are often faced with trying to make lemonade from life’s juiceless lemons.
In dealing with this difficult struggle, sometimes the best choices are unclear. However, there is a single statement that I believe few who know what they are talking about would deny. It involves the one treatment that is most likely to cure a dog of cancer.
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The number one way to cure canine cancer, at the present moment, is surgical removal of cancer cells.
None of the other techniques or approaches are as effective.
Now, this does not necessarily mean that you will select surgery as the treatment for your dog. There are life quality factors to consider. Some tumors cannot be removed without harming the body. Some dogs have other issues that make surgery impossible.
But folks, this is the bottom line. Get the cancer cells out.
Neither diet, supplements, chemotherapy, radiation, or any other facet of cancer care in dog is as effective as this single, old-school approach.
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.