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

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.

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10 Safe Treats for Dogs with Cancer

Is there such a thing as safe treats for dogs with cancer? It turns out the answer is yes!

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Are Overweight Dogs at a Higher Risk for Cancer?

Are overweight dogs at a higher risk for cancer? Yes. It turns out that being chubby isn’t nearly as cute as we once thought.

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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, dogs should be free to…

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Nutrient-Dense Foods and the Dog Cancer Diet

What exactly are nutrient dense foods? And why are they so important when it comes to the dog cancer diet?

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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…

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Is Peanut Butter Bad for Dogs?

In most cases, peanut butter is bad for dogs — but there’s a work-around. Read this article to find out how to make peanut butter a healthy treat for your dog.

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Was There Anything Else I Could Have Done?

Was there anything else I could have done? This is an inevitable question we all face. And the answer is always the same.

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Is My Dog Still Happy?

When your dog has cancer, one of the biggest questions weighing down your mind might be, ‘is my dog still happy?’ When we humans have cancer, we’re not happy … so of course, we wonder if our dogs are happy when they get sick. Here’s what we think at this point in the field of…

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Lavender Oil for Dogs

Is lavender oil for dogs an indulgent luxury, or a necessity? You’d be surprised!

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Is Garlic Bad for Dogs?

Isn’t Garlic Bad for Dogs?

The internet screams “garlic is bad for dogs!” But is that even remotely true?

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Bone Broth: A Healthy Addition to Your Dog’s Diet

Bone broth is hearty, satisfying, and nourishing. And best of all — dogs love it.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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