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

Perianal and Anal Sac Tumors

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about perianal . Please note that in vivo and clinical use citations were included whenever possible. We have also include links to the papers, where available.…

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Stress, Depression and Psychoneuroimmunology

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about stress, depression and psychoimmunology. Please note that in vivo and clinical use citations were included whenever possible. We have also include links to the papers,…

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Specific Cancer Tests (excluding cytology and biopsy)

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about specific cancer tests (excluding cytology and biopsy). You can also find information about PetScreen and Oncopet within this list. Please note that in vivo and…

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Prayer

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about prayer. Please note that in vivo and clinical use citations were included whenever possible. We have also include links to the papers, where available. Most…

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Doxycyline

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about the use of doxycyline. Please note that in vivo and clinical use citations were included whenever possible. We have also include links to the papers,…

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Video: Lump on Dog? Here’s What You Need to Know

Don’t wait — aspirate. Dr. Susan Ettinger helped Dr. Andy Roark with this excellent, informative video about WHY we should ask our vets to test each bump or lump.

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Spaying and neutering

In pages 83-85 of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger discuss spaying and neutering as it relates to cancer in dogs. This is a complicated subject, but the evidence shows (and remember, in Full Spectrum Cancer Care we approach things from an evidence-based orientation), early spay and neuter may raise the…

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Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS) is a type of tumor that can develop in a variety of connective tissues, muscles and fat. An STS can be found almost anywhere on the body, and a majority are aggressive locally, meaning they invade the surrounding tissues. STS are also prone to recur. To write her chapter on Soft…

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Radiation Treatment For Dogs: Advice From Veterinarians

In Full Spectrum Care, we consider every treatment that might help fight dog cancer. Radiation treatment for dogs is a conventional approach available in some veterinary hospitals, and it might be of use to some patients. Essentially, a radiation treatment is when a large amount of energy is targeted in a very narrow beam at the specific…

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Kindness in the Waiting Room

It’s easy to lose hope when your dog has cancer. This heartwarming story can help you remember that beautiful things can happen, too.

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Safer Flea and Tick Treatments for Dogs

What’s the best way to protect your dog with cancer from fleas and ticks? Susan Harper explores safer flea and tick treatments in detail.

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The Use of Homeopathy Against Dog Cancer

Homeopathy is an alternative medical practice established in Europe in the early 1800s. In homeopathic practice, the symptoms of an illness are viewed as the body’s way of purging that sickness. The founding theory of homeopathy is the Principle of Similar, meaning that “like cures like” or that a disease can be treated by introducing…

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Cancer as a Disease of Civilization

Are there more cases of cancer diagnosed now than ever before? And does anyone know why? Actually, yes to both. Cancer is virulent in humans and in our companion animals. And science considers it a disease of our civilized lifestyle. Consider how many millions of years humans as a species have been on earth, evolving…

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Sleep, Melatonin, and Cancer

As humans, we recognize sleep as an important factor in our overall health. As guardians of our dog’s health, we may not recognize that quality sleep is also important to the health and well-being of our companions. We know that our dogs sleep a lot more hours every day than we do. This isn’t because…

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Is There a Link Between Overfeeding and Cancer?

As humans, we know that overeating is not healthy for us and by the same logic, we must realize that overfeeding our dogs is not healthy for them. While overfeeding can lead to obesity and shorten life expectancy, it may also lead to obesity and cancer. And since dog cancer is difficult to deal with emotionally,…

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Treating Dogs with Cancer As If They’re My Own

Can I treat a dog in my care as if he were my own?

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Food and Nutrition for Dogs with Mast Cell Tumors

Dr. Dressler’s Dog Cancer Diet is appropriate for most dogs, but dogs with mast cell tumors need a few modifications. Read this if your dog needs a low-histamine diet.

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Luteolin, Apoptosis, and Cancer: New Research That Can Help Your Dog with Cancer

Luteolin is an important and key ingredient in Dr. Dressler’s nutraceutical, Apocaps. One of the main reasons he included this rather exotic (and hard-to-find) dietary apoptogen is because of its ability to stimulate a process called apoptosis, a necessary process of cell death in the body. Apoptosis: Natural Cell Suicide Apoptosis is a means for…

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Luteolin

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about the use of luteolin, a flavonoid found in plants such as peanut hulls (the red skin surrounding the nut), chrysanthemums, and many other plants, fruit…

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Apoptosis

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about the use of apoptosis, a completely normal, natural form of cell suicide that is biologically critical to health. In fact, the lack of apoptosis is…

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Supplements for Dogs with Cancer

We once heard Dr. Demian Dressler, veterinarian and author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, tell “Ask Dr. Dressler” webinar members something very interesting… “Nature has already invented the wheel – it’s just our job to find it.” Dr. Dressler credited Albert Einstein with the original insight. Dr. Einstein once said: “Look deep into nature,…

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Your Golden Retriever Can Help Stop Cancer: The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Attention Golden Retriever moms and dads: Help us understand cancer better by enrolling in this important research study by the Morris Animal Foundation. All you do is fill out questionnaires and get regular vet checkups!

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Don’t Forget Your Dog at the Veterinarian

When booking a new consultation with me, pet Guardians often ask if it is necessary to bring their dog to the appointment. From their point of view, they are often concerned about the stress of the visit on their pet, or maybe the travel itself. But from my point of view, a consultation without the…

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Worried about Oral or Nasal Tumors? Here’s What (and What Not) to Do

Checking for Oral and Nasal Tumors The mouth and nose are truly the command center of the dog. Remember that as much as our dogs love us, their DNA is programmed from centuries of survival in the wild.  Their senses are many millions of times more acute than ours.  Naturally, they instinctively guard these tools.…

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Guidelines for Dealing with Your Dog’s Chemotherapy Side Effects

As I’ve discussed in other posts, chemotherapy is very well tolerated in dogs. Yes I know that is hard to believe. I have had family members get chemo and we have all seen it on TV, but happily it’s not like that for dogs. Approximately 80% of dogs do not have side effects at all…

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Checking Your Dog for Anal Gland Cancer

Unseen Does Not Mean Undetectable It’s great to develop a habit of performing regular check-ups of our dog’s body by physically running our hands down their legs, looking in their ears, and sneaking in some extra neck rubs while we feel for lumps and bumps. Some dangers however, develop internally. Knowing how to detect these…

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Lumps or Bumps Around Dogs Eyes or Ears? Here’s How to Check

Checking for bumps around dogs eyes is important because some cancers go unnoticed for a long time. Here’s how to check gently and thoroughly.

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Giving Your Dog Chemotherapy at Home, Safely

Have to give your dog chemotherapy at home? Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology) has tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Checking Your Dog’s Legs for Signs of Osteosarcoma

Taking it in Stride: Those Amazing Legs Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) is a common cancer in our dogs, and it usually develops in the long bones of the legs and the ankle or hock joint.  It is more common in some breeds than others, and although there are certain reasons a dog is predisposed to bone…

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Is It OK to Use Leftover Drugs If My Dog Gets Sick?

Should you use those old prescriptions if your dog’s symptoms return? It turns out you probably shouldn’t. Dr. Stacy Branch, our resident pharmacologist, explains why.

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