Full Spectrum Cancer Care for Dogs

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

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Full Spectrum Cancer Care

If you’re facing dog cancer and you feel overwhelmed, there’s a good reason for that: it’s overwhelming. There is a lot of information to sort through and understand, and it’s not always easy to get it from veterinarians. Full Spectrum Cancer Care is an approach pioneered by Dr. Demian Dressler, author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, that includes conventional approaches like surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but also many other strategies from other medical traditions that have been shown to have value for dogs with cancer.

The following articles were written by The Dog Cancer Vet Team to introduce you to some of the most important aspects of his method of understanding and treating dog cancer. We hope you find them helpful.

Dog Cancer Pain: Acupuncture? - Dog cancer pain: acupuncture? Even if your vet dismisses it, it is more than just a placebo!
Is Sunshine Bad for Dogs with Cancer? - There’s a common myth that sunlight is bad for dogs with cancer. But, that’s not true. According to Dr. Dressler in the Dog Cancer Survival Guide (Chapter 13), the only dogs who shouldn’t be exposed to the sun are those with Squamous Cell Carcinoma or Hemangiosarcoma. For all other cancers, […]
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 […]
Treating Dogs with Cancer As If They’re My Own - Can I treat a dog in my care as if he were my own?
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 […]
Using the Full Spectrum Approach: Alternative and Complementary Therapies for Dogs with Cancer - When my dog was first diagnosed with cancer I spent time every day looking for help for him.  It’s what we do.  My vet was wonderful, and together we worked out a great conventional treatment plan.  But I wanted more. I wanted everything that had any chance of helping. Sound […]
Better Life Quality: Play with Your Dog with Cancer - How important is it to play with your dog with cancer? Very!
Facing Dog Cancer? This Is Your First Priority - When we first read The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, we were astonished to find out what our number one priority should be when it comes to helping our dogs with cancer. According to author Dr. Demian Dressler, our priority has nothing to do with our dog’s illness. “Right out of […]
Is Your Dog’s Food Helping or Hurting? - One of the most important things you can do for your dog with cancer is improving his or her diet, which is why Dr. Demian Dressler, author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, made food the exclusive focus of step four of his five step approach to cancer care. But […]
How Is Your Relationship with Your Vet? - Dr. Demian Dressler, author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, and his oncologist co-author, Dr. Susan Ettinger, don’t always agree about everything. But they definitely agree that you are the ultimate authority on your own dog – and that’s why you should take on the role of “Primary Health Advocate.” […]