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

Guardian Versus Dog Lover in Dog Cancer

Updated: October 19th, 2018

dog paw and guardian's handThere is a big difference between loving a dog and being a dog guardian.

Guardianship implies being a protector.  There is vigilance, resourcefulness, and problem solving mixed with love.  Being a dog lover is just enjoying your relationship with your dog.

Guardianship is required for dealing with canine cancer.  Being a dog lover is not enough, not by itself.

Coping with a canine cancer diagnosis requires a certain grit and mental toughness.  The disease demands it, and if a dog has cancer, her pet parent needs to assume a new role.

The diagnosis needs to be reached, and the dreaded news dealt with.  This requires fortitude and resilience on the part of the guardian.

Love is not enough.

Information must be gathered next to best decide on what to do, and why, and what to expect in the future. The mind must be clear enough to handle this information and make the best choices. Referral to an oncologist is best if available. Emotions must be handled deliberately to allow this process (one of the first sections of the Guide is written just for this).

Love is not enough.

Some of the realities of the situation are that surgery may have to be performed to remove the cancer cells if possible. In preparing for this, there will be testing.  There is follow up medication and nursing care that needs to happen.  One has to be strong enough to witness these unpleasant events.

Love is not enough.

Next is chemotherapy and possibly radiation.  These are each processes that are not complete in a single treatment.  They extend through time. They require transportation, education, follow up, and vigilance on the part of the pet parent.

Love is not enough.

The guardian must work with the veterinarian to consider which nutraceuticals to use. Many times the guardian must become more savvy than the vet in this regard, and decide how to use apoptogens, whether immune support is possible, and supplements designed to slow cancer spread. This takes time and resourcefulness.

Love is not enough.

Then diet should be tended to.  Again there there is research, energy expenditure, and discipline involved.  Life quality should be deliberately improved for the loved dog by taking steps in a schedule to do things he likes. His brain chemistry should be intentionally shifted to a cancer-fighting state (all of this is discussed in the Guide).

Love is not enough.

The faster and more effectively a lover turns into a guardian, the better things will turn out for a loved dog


Dr D

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  1. Kandy Barone on August 9, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Our 11 year old American Eskimo dog ” Keneau” was diagnosed with prostate cancer in february. He has been receiving oral neoplasene along with thuja and Cass options daily since this time. His ionized calcium was extremely elevated as was his creatinine. Today his lab work is all within normal limits. We also started on prednisone 15 mg daily, now we are at 5 mg and looking to eliminate this soon. Diet and antioxidants have been the cornerstone of his success story. We have also chosen the Chinese nutrition plan of a no yang diet by eliminating all “hot foods” in his diet. He loves his diet of boiled chicken and fish, steamed veges, and fruit. He eats 3 small meals a day-he weighs 30 lbs. He also eats Royal Canin dry dog food white fish and potatoe formula mixed with the above mentioned foods. His quality of life is amazing!! His bloodline has longevity of 18-20 years. I believe we have won this battle.

  2. Deb Kelly on July 29, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Thank you for you educational book, it has helped me cope with MCT with my pug mix “Callie.” She is Stage III Grade III. Vinblastine injections ended the end of June and since her diagnosis I have given her a steamed vegetable diet, cooked liver to 140 degrees, Fish oil, Cottage cheese, brown rice only, and her medicinal drugs which include Benedryal, pregnisone, pepcid, and she needs her enapril daily for her Bp to stay within range. Unfortunately she takes no supplements, but I hope with a consistent healthy diet I will have her with me for an extended period of time. Laymans terms “Hopefully a long life!” I know stage III is aggressive, but she is a fighter and I do thank you for your input!

  3. Ellie on July 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I think that anyone who has a dog with cancer automatically does all the things in your list of guardian versus lover. I had a golden retriever with nasal cancer that was treated with radiation. That gave him almost a year before the cancer returned. At that point we tried chemo, but it made him too sick, so we stopped. I had also given him artemisinin, which has shown effectiveness against some cancers.
    Do you have any published data on your apocaps? They sound like a nice theory, but I would like to see some data, in tissue culture as a bare minimum, and preferably in animals with untreated controls for comparison.

    • DemianDressler on July 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Dear Ellie,
      Human doses of curcumin go up to several thousand milligrams daily. I am not sure what your dog’s body weight is (there is a dose chart in the Guide). I would guess 500 to 1000 mg daily for most dogs up to three times daily as a rough rule of thumb (under veterinary supervision of course).
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  4. Jodi on July 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

    My 10 y/old Beagle/Brittany mix just recently relapse during his 3rd CHOP protocol and is current on his 1st dose of CCNU. What holistic supplements do you recommend now and then when he is off treatment? Max has Lymphoma.

    Thank you.

    • DemianDressler on July 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Dear Jodi,
      There are a number of things that can be done. I would certainly suggest (under veterinary supervision) a dog cancer diet (you can download the pdf for free on the top of this site), or the use of ND prescription diet. I would also suggest apoptogens, fatty acid supplements (fish or krill oil), and immune support (modified citrus pectin, beta glucans (K-9 Immunity with Transfer Factor), and also that you check out the Guide for more information. You may also search this blog using the search bar on the upper right side of the page.
      Dr D

  5. Gloria on July 25, 2011 at 10:15 am


    I have an active fourteen-year old English cocker, who had two mast cell tumors removed three months ago. He recovered well from the operation. We then tried lomustine one time, but his white blood cell count went so low that we have elected not to do it again. Another mast cell tumor has appeared. We don’t think he should undergo surgery again. The vet put him on prednisone, and the tumor went down some, but did not go away completely. Now it seems a bit inflammed and my dog keeps trying to lick at it. Any thoughts on how to keep him comfortable?

    • DemianDressler on July 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Dear Gloria,
      If surgery is not an option, I might suggest Kinavet as opposed to Lomustine. Also I would look into Neoplasene, use apoptogens (at half the bottle dose when on prednisone), dog cancer diet, and the other steps outlined in the Guide. If pain control is an issue, you can try Tramadol with Gabapentin or with Amantadine or by itself.
      Please have veterinary supervision for all steps.
      I hope this helps

  6. Nancy on July 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Dr. Dressler,
    Thank you so much for addressing this issue. I have been working to implement In Defense of Animals Guardian Campaign in my state.There has been great success with it where it has been implemented,
    Here is a bit more about it.
    The Guardian Campaign was created in 1999 by In Defense of Animals (IDA) to reflect and nurture the growing sentiment that “owner” does not reflect the bond that develops between people and animals. IDA believes “guardian” denotes a higher level of responsibility, caring and respect toward the animals with whom families share their lives. They feel as more people use the term “animal guardian” more animals will be adopted instead of purchased, and fewer dogs and cats will be killed in shelters.

  7. Carole Raschella on July 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

    The difference is between dog lover and dog OWNER, not guardian. “Guardian” is a term coined by the animal rights movement to redefine our relationships to animals. An owner makes whatever he feels are the best decisions for his pets, and the government does not have the right to intervene (I’m not talking about abuse and cruelty – there are laws against things like that). A guardian implies that you do not own your pets, and if you do not do what some outside entity wants you to, they can be taken away from you. The goal of the extremist animal rights movement is to end our relationship with animals – agriculture, zoos, circuses, police and therapy, fur, leather, and yes, pets. Redefining words in order to help their efforts is classic AR behavior. Animal rights is NOT the same as animal welfare. Animal rights means no animals left.

    • DemianDressler on July 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      Dear Carole,
      I appreciate this is a sensitive and emotionally charged issue for many. However, “guardian” is not a term coined by animal rights activists, and the use of the word in this context is related to its most common definition:
      1. A defender, protector, or keeper.
      “Owner” is a word also used for owning objects like appliances or shoes, and is not particularly descriptive for the purpose of defining a relationship in how one best copes with dog cancer. The purpose of this blog is to discuss issues that helps dogs and people dealing with this disease, as opposed to animal rights or welfare.

  8. DemianDressler on July 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    By the way, Apocaps is available in the EU through Amazon-

  9. DemianDressler on July 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    A question from our readers:
    “Sorry to bother you, I am a doctor, human doctor, gynecologist, and I have a golden retriever, nine years and ten months old, and he has cancer of the nose, squamous cell carcinoma. We live in Bucharest, Romania. He had an operation 4 or 5 weeks ago, and five days ago he had a chemotherapy first course, with cis-platinum. Since that day we give him daily Tien Hsien, you’ve probably heard about it. It’s a traditional Chinese medicine, that helps, I hope, at least some cure, by promoting apoptosis of the malignant cells. But it seems that it works in weeks. I want to ask you if you think that you can help me with some advice, and perhaps, if you consider it, with Neoplasene. Of course, if you agree, my veterinary doctor will write to you. You know, my dog has some bleeding some time when he sneezes, and I think that we must hurry. Please excuse me, once again, for bothering you, but I hope you understand us. Thank you very, very much.”
    Dear Doctor,
    If time is of the essence, we should treat perhaps more aggressively. I would consider yunnan baiyao for bleeding. I would add Apocaps to the regimen. I would also add Neoplasene oral, and consider nebulization of injectable Neoplasene using an inhaler as a possibility, although the oral would likely be a better single route. I assume radiation is not an option? Also, you have added immune support and started the Dog Cancer Diet?
    These would be my first thoughts. Please collaborate with your vet on all these decisions.
    Dr D

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