Full Spectrum Cancer Care Step 5: Brain Chemistry Modification
Mind-Body Therapy for Dog Cancer
Mind-body therapy fights dog cancer: by reducing stress, it allows your dog’s immune system to focus on the real threats.Read Article
Magical Thinking and Dog Cancer
Is using magical thinking regarding your dog’s cancer a good idea? It could be — as long as you keep it in perspective.Read Article
Dog Cancer Pain: Acupuncture?
Dog cancer pain: acupuncture? Even if your vet dismisses it, it is more than just a placebo!Read Article
Should My Dog with Cancer Still Exercise?
Can my dog with cancer exercise? Yes — in fact, it’s really important!Read Article
Reducing Anxiety in Dogs with Cancer
A worried dog has a harder time healing — and dogs mostly worry in response to OUR worry. When it comes to reducing anxiety in dogs with cancer, what’s a dog lover to do?Read Article
Playdates for Dogs with Cancer
Dogs are social animals just like us. And, our dogs can get lonely even with our company, especially if they’re the only dog in the house. Dr. Dressler covers this topic in chapter 15 of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, which talks about life quality and “brain chemistry modification” strategies as step five of Full…Read Article
Is My Dog Still Happy?
So, is your dog happy? It’s not always easy to tell. But there are certain tell-tale signs that will help you know one way or the other.Read Article
Lavender Oil for Dogs
Is lavender oil for dogs an indulgent luxury, or a necessity? You’d be surprised!Read Article
Better Life Quality: Play with Your Dog with Cancer
How important is it to play with your dog with cancer? Very!Read Article
Facing Dog Cancer? This Is Your First Priority
Want to help your dog with cancer? Learn this, FIRST — it’s the foundation of every cancer journey.Read Article
“Alternative” Strategies That May Help Dogs with Cancer
Some conventional vets find Chapter Fifteen in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide one of the most controversial sections of the book. It’s where Dr. Demian Dressler talks about his fifth step in Full Spectrum cancer care: brain chemistry modification. Dr. Dressler has found that it’s really important to boost your dog’s mood in order to…Read Article
Is Optimism Appropriate in Dog Cancer?
Are we setting ourselves up for disappointment by holding on to optimism when it comes to dog cancer treatments?Read Article
For those coping with dog cancer, there is usually a very large amount of pain. First is the shock of the diagnosis, which is common. After this comes a flood of emotions of various kinds. For some it is confusion, trying to make sense of what it actually means to have a dog with cancer.…Read Article
Attitude Adjustment in Coping With Canine Cancer
One of the most shocking discoveries for some guardians starting their dog cancer journey is there seem to be few options. These guardians go to the vet or oncologist, and many times return from the visit with a very heavy burden that seems to have little relief. And strangely, it happens to those who ask…Read Article
Does Massage for Dogs with Cancer Do Anything?
Life quality is a major part of dealing with canine cancer. Since cancer is a disease that impacts a loved dog’s quality of life, it makes sense that we should pay attention to it. Treatments designed to kill cancer cells are not enough. One of the overlooked areas in conventional veterinary medicine is that of…Read Article
Homeopathy for Dog Cancer?
Using homeopathy for dog cancer is a mixed bag in terms of the literature, but it may be useful for certain cancers. What Exactly Is Homeopathy? Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the administration of very diluted amounts of substances that mimic the symptoms of the disease being treated. The underlying idea is…Read Article
The Two Sides of Sunlight and Dog Cancer, part 2
In the last post, we examined those cases where a dog lover might want to protect dogs prone to certain skin cancers with sunscreen and indoor living. However, these are the minority. The vast majority of dogs actually benefit, in a real way, from some direct sunlight. Here’s my argument… Sunlight exposure in people is …Read Article
End of Life Care in Dog Cancer
The end of life stage can be very hard on everyone. It often is gut-wrenching to see your dear companion start to say goodbye. Like any weighty decision, sometimes the emotions involved can paralyze our ability to choose. During these times it is so important to gain some clarity by seeking support in counselors, support…Read Article
Is The Hammer The Tool For The Job?
How a flexible and vulnerable mindset can help us identify the problem correctly, and choose the right tool to solve it.Read Article
Do Numbers Matter?
A lover of a dog with cancer needs to come up with an plan that makes sense. The first step in any plan is arming oneself with answers, or data that relates to the situation. There are two basic areas that we need to focus on. The first is what can we do to maintain…Read Article
Life Quality in Dog Cancer: Dr Dressler’s Joys of Life Scale
When we are dealing with cancer in our loved dog, especially the bad cases, we immediately enter into a new way of thinking. We start to have thoughts about life quality assessment. We are put in a position where we are in control of life and death (euthanasia) decisions. Sometimes in a very sudden way,…Read Article
Pain in Dog Cancer and Life Quality, Part 2
Many times people talk about life quality in pets and pain. “Is my dog in any pain?” is a common question I get at my hospital. To be sure, pain is an important consideration in life quality. Of all the factors that contribute to a bad life, pain may be the most potent. BUT…it is…Read Article
Pain in Dog Cancer and Life Quality
Many have concerns their dog may be in pain. And rightfully so, since pain is a definite negative. Pain control is a massive topic all by itself, and it is by no means strait forward. There are different kinds of pain. Sometimes dull, throbbing pain happens in cancers like osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Severe pain in…Read Article
Fight Dog Cancer and Depression with Self-Esteem
Learn how to fight dog cancer and depression using esteem-building exercises. They will benefit your dog’s mood AND help fight cancer!Read Article
Depression, Stress and Dog Cancer: Let’s Think About It
Are depression stress and dog cancer linked? Let’s take a look.Read Article