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

Recommendations for Full Spectrum Veterinarians

Updated: April 16th, 2021


Full Spectrum Veterinarians are what we call open-minded vets. They focus on what works, no matter what tradition it comes from.

full spectrum veterinariansWho’s your favorite veterinarian? Mine is Dr. Demian Dressler, author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, who started this site way back in 2008. But not everyone can come all the way to Hawaii to see him. The purpose of this post is to help YOU to find your own full spectrum veterinarian. I’ll need your help on that, in a minute. But first, let me explain what I mean by a full spectrum veterinarian.

Full Spectrum Veterinarians

“Full spectrum” is a term Dr. D uses to describe his approach to cancer care and medicine in general. Basically, it boils down to this: use what works, and forget about whether it’s outside or inside the box, particularly when it comes to cancer treatment.

Looking for calm, well-researched, balanced, non-dogmatic advice? Look no further.

As he says in chapter 10 of his book:

Full Spectrum cancer care is based on the assumption that, no matter how much time you may have left with your dog, you can make the best of it … or, as medical professionals say, optimize it. There are many steps you can take, right now, to help your dog, no matter what stage or type of cancer she has – and a lot of these steps are free. – Demian Dressler, DVM

The goal in full spectrum care is to stop worrying so much about whether a treatment was something learned in conventional school. Let’s acknowledge that there are answers found in other traditions. For example, acupuncture looks like hogwash to a lot of western medical minds … but it’s been used in Asia for much longer than our style of medicine has. Why would billions of people do something that doesn’t work? There must be something to it, even if we can’t explain it the way we would like to.

When we first published Dr. Dressler’s book in 2008, we heard from lots of veterinarians who said that the dietary changes he recommends were unnecessary, stupid, or harmful. (And worse.) And now? Everyone basically agrees that a low-carb approach to diet benefits not just dogs with cancer, but most dogs.

Things change. We learn new things. And in full spectrum cancer care, when we learn better, we do better. That’s why there are so many things included in it!

  • Chemotherapy is not shunned out of hand … but asking about the real numbers behind the protocols is encouraged.
  • Supplements are not pooh-poohed … but not everything, only those that have shown REAL evidence to help fight cancer and/or address symptoms.
  • Diet and lifestyle is your first priority, not your last priority. They are the foundation of EVERYTHING. And they can make a big difference, right away!
  • The relationship between you and your dog is never, ever neglected.

Do You Have a Full Spectrum Veterinarian to Recommend?

So, do you have a veterinarian who is kind, direct, open-minded, and non-dogmatic? Want to recommend her or him? That would be fabulous because one of the most-asked questions we get is “who can I see in my area who understands what’s in the book??”

Use the comment section below to recommend your veterinarian or health practitioner. Make sure that you name your city and state or city and country, so that other people can find them. We’ll be taking your recommendations and making a sort of directory on this site. That way the hundreds of thousands of visitors every year who are trying to figure out how to optimize their dog’s life quality and longevity can find someone local who might be a good team member.

I recommend listing your vet’s first and last name, the name of their hospital, and the city/state/country.

Believe me, you’ll be doing a real good deed for your fellow dog lovers!

And if you are looking for even more advice on finding a veterinarian, make sure to read this article.

Warmest of Aloha,


Full Spectrum Veterinarians Recommended by Readers

Information provided by readers, so we apologize if this list contains inaccuracies. Please let us know if a veterinarian has moved or changed hospitals. If you don’t see your Full Spectrum veterinarian in the list, use the comment box below to add them to this list!

Alberta, Canada

Dr. Veronica Devall, Calgary Holistic Veterinary Clinic, Calgary

Ontario, Canada

Dr. Ed Beltran, VCA Blair Animal Hospital, Gloucester

Dr. Robert Butler, Guelph Animal Hospital, Guelph

Dr. Tina Hall, Headon Forest Animal Hospital, Burlington

Alaska, USA

Dr. Scott Rapp, Cornerstone Animal Hospital, Anchorage

California, USA

Dr. Signe Beebe, Integrative Veterinary Center, Sacramento

Dr. Michelle Pressel, Pacific & Santa Cruz Veterinary Specialists, Santa Cruz

Dr. Robert Woods, Integrative Veterinary Health Center, Orange

Florida, USA

Dr. Kim Neitzel, Garden Veterinary Clinic, Winter Park

Hawaii, USA

Dr. Demian Dressler, South Shore Veterinary Care, Kihei, Maui

Dr. Fran Miyake, Kapa’a Animal Clinic, Kapa’a, Kaua’i

Illinois, USA

Dr. Barbara Royal (and team), The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, Chicago

Maine, USA

Dr. Jeff Philibert, Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care, Portland

Maryland, USA

North Branch Animal Hospital, Cumberland

Michigan, USA

Dr. John Simon, Hartrick Veterinary Clinic, Royal Oak

Minnesota, USA

Dr. Darlene Cook, The Bluffs Pet Clinic, Red Wing

New Jersey, USA

Dr. Stephen Brenn, Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus

Dr. Kendra Pope, Dr. Kendra Pope, Red Bank

New York, USA

Dr. Karen Johnston, Hampton Veterinary Hospital, Speonk

Ohio, USA

Dr. Jim Carlson, Lifetime Pet Wellness Center, Worthington

Dr. Charles Curie, Geneva Veterinary Clinic, Geneva

Nevada, USA

Dr. Andrew Vaughan, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialist Center, Las Vegas

North Carolina, USA

Dr. Eve Boggs, Harmony Animal Hospital, Apex

Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Alan Kirmayer, Animal Hospital of Rye, Marysville

Dr. Suzanne Martin, Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital, Monroeville

Dr. Judith Shoemaker, Always Helpful Veterinary Services, Nottingham

Dr. Fiona Tam, Avets, Monroeville

Dr. Sarah Urban, Always Helpful Veterinary Services, Nottingham

Dr. Lisa Whalen, Animal Hospital of Rye, Marysville

Rhode Island, USA

Dr. Sharon Doolittle, Dr. Doolittle’s Holistic Animal Healthcare, Smithfield

South Carolina, USA

Dr. Jeanne Fowler, All About Pets, Travelers Rest

Tennessee, USA

Dr. Shannon Dawkins, Claws and Paws Mobile Veterinary Services, Chattanooga

Texas, USA

Dr. Dan Ahrens, Veterans Memorial Drive Animal Hospital, Houston

Dr. Mary Crist, Veterans Memorial Drive Animal Hospital, Houston

Dr. Elizabeth Pritchard, Rogers Animal Hospital, Corsicana

Dr. Maria Williams, Compassionate Care Veterinary Services, San Antonio

Washington, USA

Dr. Lena McCullough, Kingdom of Basil, Seattle

Dr. Lisa Parshley, Olympia Veterinary Specialists, Olympia

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  1. Janet Gelb on April 25, 2021 at 6:00 am

    South Florida: Dr. Ricki Brozman
    Dr. Brozman saved the life of two dogs that we personally know whereas other holistic doctors in the area could not find the correct treatment. One dog had life threatening, uncontrollable seizures.
    She uses herbal medicine, homeopathy, strict diet modifications as well as other alternative treatments.

  2. Theresa Sabo on April 20, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Lily Chen, Integrative Pet Wellness Center, Rolling Hills Estate, CA
    She puts the integrative in veterinary care and extended our dog’s good quality days by months, by being resourceful and responsive, positive and caring. She recommended conventional and holistic treatments as needed. We thank God for her help.

  3. James Dunlop on April 17, 2021 at 4:14 am

    Dr Gabriel Stein Radburn Veterinarian Fair Lawn, New Jersey

  4. Julie Moseley on March 10, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Dr. Carrie Nedele
    Grand Animal Hospital
    Fraser, CO 80442

  5. DOLORES REICH on February 28, 2021 at 3:13 am

    My favorite Veterinarian is
    Dr Amanda Streuing, from New Hope Veterinarian Hospital,
    New Hope PA

  6. dorothy uwekoolani on February 27, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    im not good at computer didnt know about dr dressler he is in kihei i will remember the veterinarian i have always thought or have high regard for he does use accupunture and has helped me many times when i needed too his place pf practice more close to airport shipping to and from hotel besides dr wilhauer central maui animal climic kahului maui hi 96732 very open minded he never focused on money trip when he seemed to know you would pay one way or other he has superior i think that is very money oriented and it shows but dont let that scare you off its a big office aloha dot

  7. Tammy Ruggiero on February 21, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Dr. Jordan Thomas, Noah’s Ark Companion Animal Hospital, Franklin, NC, Macon County

    Dr Thomas saved my girl dog’s life. He quickly diagnosed her Lymphoma, quickly sent a referral to the oncologist who had a consultation only a couple day’s wait. He is thorough and goes above and beyond the call of duty. He is in constant consultation with the oncologist. He is simply the best vet I have known in my decades of being a dog guardian.

  8. Lynda Mcwhinnie on February 6, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Dr Sue Armstrong
    Sue Armstrong Consultancy
    North Yorkshire

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