Some have wondered what does this guy do, this Dr Dressler? Why does he do this blog anyway?
Well, there is a shorter version of the long truth. Since this is a blog post, and I’m told mine are too long anyway, I’ll give you the short version.
I spend many hours working as a full-time vet and surgeon in my hospital, where I take care of dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, rats, monkeys, guinea pigs, and so on. From fractures to dermatology, diabetes to glaucoma, we see it all. Of course, I see a quite a number of dogs afflicted with cancer.
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Because of the work that I do, other vets have been sending over special needs cancer patients. I spend a lot of time with these patients.
One of the things I focus on is using various “supplement” programs with these patients. I alternate between different regimens to get a clinical impression of what works and what doesn’t. I am also concerned with safety, and pay very close attention to any side effects these dogs might experience.
I try different herbs, compounds, and formulations. I use different agents to see if we can get better absorption of this or that when taken by mouth.
I get feedback from the dogs lovers on energy, appetite, mood, and any adverse effects they may note. I do blood testing to make sure the internal organs are okay during treatment. I take measurements of tumors and take a lot of pictures and videos to see trends.
Lastly, I need to make sure that anything we are doing does not cause a hardship to the dog lover or the dog. I do not want to subtract from life quality during treatment.
Recently I have had interest from some other veterinarians who would like to join me in getting new ways of dealing with cancer in dogs. This is such a compliment and a real blessing. I have a couple of specialists involved now and we are all quite excited.
My motivation has been that I was just tired of offering options to dog lovers with junky statistics and sometimes some heavy side effects. Conventional care includes chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. I wanted to try to build upon conventional care, to see if we could add “outside the box” therapies that could increase odds.
I also realized there was no way I could give people the info they needed in the span of a 30 minute consult, which bothered my conscience.
Well, I went over the recommended word count again. Sorry!
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.
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