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.

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 […]
Enhancing Life Quality for You and Your Dog with Cancer: The Joy of Play - We love it when our dogs want to play. The repeated nudges and insistent offers of their toys are charming, aren’t they? Just like us, a dog who doesn’t feel well may go through periods of not wanting to play, or being too tired or not physically capable of regular […]
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.” […]
Do You Need an Oncologist on Your Dog Cancer Team? - Do you really need an oncologist on your dog cancer team? Sigh. As always with dog cancer, the answer is not the same for everyone. Dead Set Against Conventional Treatments? No Need. If you already know that you would never, ever, ever use surgery, chemotherapy or radiation to treat your […]
“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 […]
Budgeting for Your Dog’s Cancer Care - It’s a sad fact that budget concerns will probably impact which cancer treatments you choose for your dog. Especially when it comes to conventional care, the price tag can be quite high. According to studies, conventional cancer treatments (surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy), typically cost between $5,000 and $8,000. Single treatments, like […]