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

Primary Health Advocate Definition

Primary Health Advocate: In Full Spectrum cancer care, I urge every guardian to take this leadership role (discussed on page 254 of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide). I do this because we do not yet have a cure for systemic cancer, and vets and oncologists are usually unable to provide a treatment recommendation that will yield a cure. With this sad fact in mind, it’s logical that the guardian needs to be active in decision-making. After all, only the guardian can take into account what may be gained with treatment and balance it against life quality concerns, age of the dog, personal values, available time, and financial resources. As primary health advocates, guardians have the eventual final responsibility for all health care decisions. Reading this book will prepare you to become your dog’s primary health advocate and conduct your own Treatment Plan Analysis.

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