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Dr. Demian Dressler has been writing articles for DogCancerBlog.com since 2008. If you’re looking for excellent advice and insight into your dog’s cancer, this site has hundreds of articles to use. You can search using the box above or choose a topic from the navigation menu. And you can always ask us for help!

EGCG and dog cancer: beyond chemo, radiation and surgery

So you feel that there is more than chemotherapy, radiation and surgery for dogs with cancer? So do I, and we are correct! Here’s just one example: EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). This is a naturally occurring substance found in green tea.   EGCG has several anticancer effects that are very real.  This substance is in trials at…

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Does my dog have cancer? What NOT to rely on!

Hi! Glad to see so many readers these days! Thanks everyone. I have noticed that there are some misconceptions about dog cancer floating around that perhaps could be clarified a little bit. Specifically, there are things that people are looking at to deduce that their dog’s lump is NOT cancer…but the problem is that some…

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Fine needle aspirates to diagnose dog cancer?

Hi everyone, I have been getting questions about the best way to gather info about growths in dogs.  So, let’s take a look at a common technique used to accomplish this…a fine needle aspirate. First of all, a fine needle aspirate is not a biopsy.  A fine needle aspirate is a sample of the mass…

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Predicting Chemotherapy Reactions in Dogs: MDR 1

Hi everyone! What about chemo safety in dogs, anyway? How do we know whether a given dog with cancer will tolerate chemotherapy? Well, for some drugs, there is a test that can give us info.  The test is for mutations in a gene called MDR 1, or ABCB delta 1. This gene make a protein…

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What is the evidence? Dog cancer and information sources.

So you are ready to be your dog’s health advocate. Good choice! Can you dissect apart all different things that can affect whether a dog will get cancer, or how long a given dog will live, or if a treatment will definitely work in a given dog with cancer?  Sadly, the answer to all of…

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Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs: some advances in conventional care

Hi!  I have been getting feedback about mast cell tumors and I would like to get some info out there.  I will focus on some conventional medicine advances for the time being that should be thoroughly checked into by dog lovers interested in mast cell tumors. These are not general cancer recommendations, rather just a…

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Ginger to help dogs with cancer. Raw piece of ginger root.

Ginger to Help Dogs with Cancer

Ginger to help dogs with cancer? YES! This inexpensive, great-smelling, pungent root is great for your dog. Learn why and how to use it.

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Help overcome dog food dangers: which oils for cancer??

Rochelle Lesser, who created and manages a great site for Golden Retrievers (and dogs in general), asked about krill oil on a recent post.  Here’s the skinny on why I like its cancer-fighting benefits (krill are those tiny shrimp that whales eat). First,  krill oil helps offset the omega 6 fatty acid excess I wrote about…

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Mast Cell Tumor Surgery and Benadryl

The mast cell tumor is very common in the Pug, Boxer, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Shar-Pei and other breeds.  This tumor most commonly occurs in the skin as a raised, inflamed nodule or mass. Sometimes it is found internally in the liver or spleen. The cells that make up this tumor are called mast cells.  There are…

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Dog food and cancer: help fight this problem!

In the last post I wrote about one of the issues in most commercial dog foods contributing to dog cancer: omega 6 fatty acid excess. This is a group of fats that are found in large quantities in corn products, vegetable oils, and meat products like tallow and lard, to name a few sources. Dogs…

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Food and dog cancer: omega 6 fatty acids

Many people ask me if dog food has something to do with the development of cancer in their pet.  Before I devoted my time to studying the topic, I never gave it much thought.  Nah, I would say.  Dog cancer is mostly genetic, viral, a few carcinogens…who knows?  “There is no real cause of cancer”,…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Dog cancer: Is my dog’s life still good?

How can you determine the life quality of a dog?  In the upcoming book I write about a life quality assessment system.  It sounds a little complex, but actually it is pretty strait forward. The tough part is sorting out your own feelings from those of your dog!  Lots of us have strong emotions that…

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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!

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Is My Dog Depressed and at Risk for Cancer?

Is my dog depressed … and does it REALLY increase my dog’s risk of cancer? Turns out the answers might be “possibly,” and if yes, “definitely.”

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Depression, Stress and Dog Cancer: Let’s Think About It

Are depression stress and dog cancer linked? Let’s take a look.

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Immunity and Dog Cancer

Cancer is the ultimate foe in veterinary medicine. It has so many ways of surviving and eluding. One of cancer’s clever survival tricks is avoiding destruction by the body.  A dog’s body has many ways of protecting itself.  A biggy is the immune system. A dog’s immune system is able to tell what is supposed to…

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Cancer, Immortality, and the BAD protein

How happy would you be if you were immortal?? Many of us have thoughts of death that are associated with fear and dread.  To be gone forever…pretty tough stuff to think about.  Over the years, there have been books and movies about the search for immortality.  One of the common themes is the loneliness that…

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Biopsy results are in…

The biopsy results are in for the biopsy I performed on my dog Bjorn and it is good news.  

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Spaying, Neutering and Cancer in Rottweilers

Okay everyone, today I am going outside the realm of politically correct. You will see me do this from time to time, and some readers are not going to like it. Sorry, but I want to present information, and I don’t care if it is not PC if it saves lives. As a vet, I…

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Signs of Cancer in Dogs

Many people as me what to look for to tell if their dogs have cancer. I thought I should give you a little summary of some of the biggies.

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Biopsy Procedure for Dog Cancer

This video is of the actual biopsy procedure of my dog Bjorn.  It is not too bad to watch.  If you would rather just read, all the information you need is in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.  

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dog cancer biopsy preparation

This video shows me preparing for a biopsy procedure on my dog Bjorn.  

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Wild Diet Definition

Wild Diet: Dogs are not designed to eat dry kibble, just like we are not designed to eat crackers as our main food source. Dogs in the wild eat freshly killed animals. While the wide availability of pre-packaged commercial dog food in the last half century has led us to think of it as the…

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