This is a blog about dog cancer. As such, you are probably here looking for some advice. Something useful to help this dire predicament you are in with your loved dog.
Most often I will write about some outside the box approach to treating your dog’s disease. Maybe a new therapy that is coming up, or a supplement or some other clinical tool that you can use to help beat the odds. This was the drive leading to The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, Apocaps, the Coping Guide and the monthly webinars,.
But there is more to this picture than trying to keep your dog healthy and happy.
What do I mean? I mean you. What is going on with you, as a dog guardian, as a person dealing with something that it seems has no solution.
You are all in different stages of the dog cancer Iditarod. The Iditarod is a grueling, 1,161 mile long dog sled race that takes place in Alaska. It is long and it is hard. It requires ongoing emotional strength and fortitude to continue in harsh, extreme conditions.
Coping with dog cancer is indeed like the Iditarod. Those of you on this road know what I mean.
I was speaking with a man today with a Lab recently diagnosed with bladder cancer (transitional cell carcinoma). He said something that I should share with all of you in this journey. It went something like this:
“Now that I know, every day becomes more precious. I have always loved my dog. But now, each day I have with my dog is important.”
This is the silver lining of dog cancer. Although a huge, dark cloud overshadows much, you may be able to find a hint of silver somewhere. Each day is important. Each 24 hours is filled with many minutes and many more moments.
Each moment is a chance to share your world with your loved dog.
I would like to leave you with a quote. This is from Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor, about his time in a concentration camp. I hope you find it comforting.
“…everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
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.