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

Recommendations for Full Spectrum Veterinarians

Updated: January 15th, 2020


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,


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  1. Janice Wright on December 28, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Robert Woods, DVM, CVA
    Integrative Veterinary Health Center
    Orange California USA

  2. Angela on December 11, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Dr. John Simon
    Hartrick Veterinary Clinic
    (248) 549 3399 | 27452 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

    Dr. Simon saved two dogs of mine who were very ill. The first one had severe seizures and gut problems. The second one had metastatic stomach cancer. He was unable to take Dr. Dressler’s supplement, but Dr. Simon put him on Cytokine therapy and I added the modified citrus pectin and he was totally cured in 3 months!!!

    Dr. Simon is a very caring vet and has an extensive knowledge of many therapies including acupuncture and herbal medicine.

    The only problem is that he’s older now and is only working one day per week. NO ONE in his new office is interested in following in his footsteps, so I have no idea what I will do when he fully retires, but until then he’s caring for an ill cat of mine and she’s doing extremely well!

  3. Lory on December 1, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Dr. Rapp at Cornerstone Animal Hospital 1600 E Tudor Rd Anchorage Alaska 99505 (907) 569-7277 is the best vet that I’ve met. He is kind, caring, attentive, doesn’t order useless tests, and makes sure you understand the details correctly about caring for your pet after you leave his clinic. Our cocker spaniel almost died when we brought her in for the first time. Her count was so low Dr. Rapp couldn’t believe she was still alive. He did emergency surgery on her. He removed her spleen, her reproductive organs and she made it through. She was 6 or 7 years old at the time. He said that when she heard us come into the clinic she went crazy in her kennel. She was howling and crying for us he said. He could tell she was very loved and she loved her people just as much. She passed away August 16th, 2018 from a nasal carcinoma after fighting it for almost two years. Wickett was 13 years old. The love of our lives. Smart, tough, beautiful, wonderful personality, she was a joy to have in our lives. If it wasn’t for Dr. Rapp, we would’ve lost her 6 years earlier. Wonderful veterinarian he is. I highly recommend his clinic.

  4. Timothy Bland on November 20, 2019 at 11:02 am

    North Branch Animal Hospital
    13701 McMullen Hwy SW
    Cumberland, MD 21502

    (240) 979-4761

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