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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: November 4th, 2019


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. Terra Henkle on November 8, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I recommend Dr. Ronald Anders, DVM, CVA, CCRP
    County Animal Clinic, Inc.
    800 North Seventh Street
    Coldwater, Ohio 45828
    He does acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy, homotoxicology, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy along with Traditional Veterinary Medicine. He is a WONDERFUL veterinarian that spends time with the patients and enjoys what he does treating ALL animals from dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, and exotics. He treated my daughter’s horse and got Reserve Champion for 13 year olds at the Ohio Quarter Horse and a friends horse that got World Champion at the Ohio Quarter Horse Congress

  2. Patricia White on November 6, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Dr. Fiona Tam
    4224 Northern Pike
    Monroeville, PA 15146
    Phone: 412.373.4200
    Hours: 24/7/365

  3. Pat White on November 6, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Dr. Suzanne Martin
    Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital
    4264 Northern Pike
    Monroeville, PA 15146

    Phone: 412-373-8580
    Fax: 412-373-5907

  4. Andrea R on October 23, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Dr Maria Williams, DVM
    Compassionate Care Holistic Veterinary Services
    8607 Wurzbach Rd, Bldg T
    San Antonio TX 78240

  5. Cindy Wilson on October 23, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Dr Elizabeth Pritchard, has care for my 2 cancer dogs and has worked with my Oncologist for the best options. She has an open mind and is willing to work with me on the best and safest procedures.

    She now works with Banfield but I used her when she was with Dr Rodgers in Corsicana, TX.

  6. Melissa Campbell on October 22, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Veterinarian recommendation:

    Alan Kirmayer, DVM
    Lisa Whalen, DVM

    Animal Hospital of Rye
    Marysville, Pennsylvania, USA

  7. Angel on August 17, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Dr. Beebee at Integrative Animal Center in Sacramento, http://integrativeveterinarycenter.com

    Dr. Lena McCullough, Seattle WA

  8. Carol Abbas on July 23, 2019 at 4:17 am

    When my dog, Tucker, was diagnosed at the Univ. of MN with an oral tumor on March 31, 2017, he was given options of very invasive surgery,, chemo, radiation with a prognosis of 8-12 months. With no intervention, he was given two months. I opted to spare him these invasive procedures and seek out a vet practicing alternative medicine. I was fortunate to find Dr. Darlene Cook of the Bluffs Pet Clinic in Red Wing, MN. She practices regular vet medicine, however, her passion is alternative procedures. She performed acupuncture and prescribed a variety of herbal medicines. I also started him on Apocaps. My Tucker surprised all of us with his response. Instead of being given only two months, he lived over two years. Sadlly, I had to say goodbye to him on Friday, July 19. Even knowing the eventual outcome of this disease, I was blessed with two additional year, which in dog years is quite a while. Care giving was difficult many times but it’s just something you do. My heart is broken but I am grateful for the time we had post diagnosis. He was one of those one in a million “perfect” dogs that rarely come along. I miss him terribly. Thank you for all the information you provide each week.

  9. R Christensen on July 15, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Dr. Ed Beltran
    Ottawa Ontario Canada

  10. CHRISTINE RICKERT on July 11, 2019 at 10:01 am

    115 Eastside Street NE
    Olympia, WA 98506 USA
    Phone: 360-339-3596, ext 1
    Fax: 360-350-3563

  11. Susan Smith on July 9, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Dr. Jim Carlson, Lifetime Pet Wellness Center. https://lifetimepetwellness.com/
    Worthington, Ohio

    Dr. Eve Boggs, Harmony Animal Hospital. https://www.harmonyanimalhospital.net

    Apex, NC

  12. Noel Dillard on July 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Shannon Dawkins DVM
    Claws and Paws Mobile Veterinary Services
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    (423) 779-7467

  13. JN on July 9, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Dr. Andrew Vaughan in Las Vegas Nevada (works for LVVSC) was absolutely fantastic in dealing with my dog who fought lymphoma. He was always open to ideas, other treatments that I asked about, and would look into any “alternative” treatments that I was interested in trying in addition to standard chemo protocols. He was respectful and never made me feel stupid for asking questions or wanting to try “out of the box” solutions.

  14. Roberta Williams on July 9, 2019 at 10:14 am

    1.) Dr. Dan Ahrens & Dr. Mary A.Crist, Veterans Memorial Drive Animal Hospital, Houston, TX USA (281) 440-4441

    2.) Dr. Jeanne Fowler, All About Pets, Travelers Rest, SC USA 864-834-7334

    3.) Dr. Charles Curie, Geneva Veterinary Clinic, Geneva, OH USA 440-703-8100

  15. Robin on July 9, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I recommend Always Helpful Veterinary Services, 305 Nottingham Rd., Nottingham, PA 19362, 717-529-0526. Both Dr. Judith M. Shoemaker and Dr. Sarah Urban are well versed in integrative veterinary medicine and therapies. Clients travel from all over the country and from other countries to seek care from these brilliant veterinarians.

  16. Pam Strickland on July 9, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Kim Neitzel DVM of Garden Veterinary Clinic in Winter Park, Florida is awesome! She embraces complementary therapy, is always open to new protocols and actively encourages pet owners’ input. She’s one in a million!


    • Holly Nishimitsu on July 9, 2019 at 11:03 pm

      Dr. Fran Miyake of Kapa’a Animal Clinic, Kapa’a, Kaua’i, Hawai’i . Willing to try any promising treatment and goes the extra mile to help my beloved dogs; cats, and rabbits. She is amazing!

  17. LISA RIZZO on July 9, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Dr Stephen Brenn @ Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ
    Kept my boy alive 7 years beyond his 3 month expectancy. Could not have asked for a more compassionate man!

  18. Thomas Durick, MD on July 9, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Dr. Michelle Pressel, DVM, DACVIM
    Pacific & Santa Cruz Veterinary Specialists
    2585 Soquel Drive
    Santa Cruz, CA 95065

    Dr. Pressel helped keep our beloved Kobe with us for many months longer than we ever thought possible.

  19. Barb Emmett on July 9, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Dr. Sarah Urban, DVM, from Always Helpful Veterinary Services, is an great integrative veterinarian and the practice is located in Nottingham, PA 19362. The practice was founded by Dr. Judith Shoemaker, DVM, a vastly knowledgable and well respected pioneer in alternative veterinary care. Dr. Urban has a broad set of skills and vast knowledge in conventional practices as well as alternative modalities and practices. She counsels on Traditional Chinese Medicine and food energetics.

    We have developed a solid integrative protocol with our veterinary oncologist from Hope Veterinary Specialties and Dr. Sarah Urban, for our 10yr old golden retriever who was diagnosed with blood hemangiosarcoma in Jan. 2019.

  20. barbara kitchen on July 9, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Dr. Veronica Duval in Calgary used TCM, Laser, PEMF, Vitamin supplements, Acupuncture to augment western Veterinary methods to help Bruce stay with us as long as he could. She is the best vet in Calgary!!!!!!

  21. Christine Surma on July 9, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Dr. Barbara Royal (and team)
    The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center
    4130 Rockwell St.
    Chicago, IL 60618


  22. Paula Gerstenblatt on July 9, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Jeff Philibert DVM DACVIM (Oncology)
    Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care
    739 Warren Avenue
    Portland ME 04103
    P- (207) 780-0271
    F- (207) 780-0272
    Jeff is amazing!

  23. David Adams on July 9, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Hi Molly,

    Hope all is well with you and yours.
    I’d like to refer:
    Dr. Michael Linderman, Veterinary Specialist DVM, DACVIM/Oncology
    Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury
    609-5 Cantiague Rock Road
    Westbury, NY 11590
    Tel: 516-420-0000
    Fax: 516-420-0122

    Dr. Linderman actually recommended The Dog Cancer Survival Guide to me to help in the care of my two labs, Molly and Sadie. Both are still cancer free after his expert skills and following Dr. Dressler’s guidance in the book.

  24. Jill Burgess on July 9, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Dr James Pressley
    Brookdale Animal Hospital
    13521 Plaza Road Extension
    Charlotte NC 28215, USA
    Phone: 704-598-1095
    Fax: 704-598-3595

  25. Jack McCrory on July 9, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Dr Todd Enforth. Pittsburgh Emergency and Specially services. Camp Horn Rd Pittsburgh

  26. Elaine on July 9, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Integrative Animal Health
    556 Main St
    Bolton MA
    Dr Randy Caviness

  27. Joni Payne on July 9, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Rochelle Prudic, DVM (Oncology)
    Cleveland (West), OH

    AWESOME only begins to describe Dr. Prudic. My Berner boy is so lucky to be in her care.

  28. Catherine Schuetze on July 8, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    All Natural Vet Care
    292 Lyons Road
    Russell Lea NSW 2046

    Contact Details
    telephone: 02 9712 5844
    fax: 02 9712 5855

  29. Lise Gatenby on July 8, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    From Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We are following the Dog Cancer Survival Guide with medical cannabis treatment under the watchful eyes of the most amazing vets! Dr Riaan Mulder and Dr Mirjam van der Wel of Westering Veterinary Clinic (UITENHAGE and Blue Water Bay included) are super supportive and scrutinised my book as well. They are genuinely so supportive and realise that for some people, that four legged creature is a family member!

  30. Wendy and Jim Bisset; fur child with cancer is Piper; on July 8, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Mermaid Waters Veterinary Clinic

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