All of you going through coping with a canine cancer diagnosis are in the trenches. Some are enjoying sunny days as they come, and some are in the depths of suffering.
I remember hearing a song once, and although I am not sure who the artist was, what he sang crystallizes what many feel:
“Nobody said it was going to be easy. Nobody said it was going to be this hard.”
It is so important to realize that you are not alone. In the face of terrible news, our natural response is to look out at the world and notice that everything seems to be going on like before, as if nobody cares or nothing is different. Dealing with feelings like this are first order in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.
If you are in a dark place, please remember that thousands of people a day are experiencing the same thing you are.
I recently came across the story that Cesar Millan’s dog, Daddy, had passed due to cancer. Most of us in the dog world have heard of the Dog Whisperer. Here we have a man who, although a self-made celebrity, is affected by the very same disease as you.
Once I sat down with a calculator to figure out how many people are actually managing cancer in a loved dog. I was able to produce a rough figure based on the total number of dog deaths in a year. It turned out that over 4,000 dogs pass every day due to canine cancer. And for each of those dogs, there is at least one person just like you, who has experienced this realization as you have, and who has traveled on the same road. You are on a journey, and a nation of people are with you.
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.