Most dogs aren't comfortable with direct eye contact. That's just their nature. So if my boy has a weepy eye or I suspect there may be a problem, of course he will hesitate to let me have a good look. He may also not want my vet to peer even […] Read More
Welcome to Dog Cancer Blog
Demian Dressler, DVM, and Susan Ettinger, DVM, ACVIM (Oncology) Blog About Dog Cancer
Cancer is the number one killer of dogs… but it doesn’t have to be. No matter what you’ve heard, there are always things we dog lovers can do to help our dogs fight (and even beat) cancer. This site is dedicated to helping you find information that can help you and your dog, right this minute.
We’ve been online for a long time – since early 2008, and well over a million other dog lovers before you have explored the hundreds of articles and thousands and thousands of comments from others just like you.Contributors include Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger, co-authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. Together, this veterinarian and veterinary oncologist have created the best, most comprehensive, trusted resource for dog lovers facing dog cancer.
Whether you have questions about supplements, conventional treatments, diet, mind-body medicine, or what NOT to do … it’s in the book. In the meantime, feel free to explore our site by using the search bar to the right, watching videos, or just browsing.
Best Wishes & Doggy Kisses from Our Homes to Yours,
Dr. D., Dr. Sue, & the Dog Cancer Vet Team
(The Team of Dog Lovers Who Understand What It Means to Have a Dog with Cancer)
Most Recent Dog Cancer Blog Posts
I get a lot of questions about how to be safe around chemo drugs administered at home (for example, during metronomic chemotherapy). Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, and my answers: Yes, your pet is safe to be around after treatment. Being around family members – human […] Read More
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 cancer, the […] Read More
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.
Metronomic chemotherapy is a relatively new type of chemotherapy that uses low doses of oral (pulse) chemotherapy given on a continuous treatment schedule. Since it is given daily or every other day, the chemotherapy is given at lower doses then typical chemotherapy, often with a reduced toxicity profile. That reduction […] Read More
Dr. Ettinger's views on diet have changed since she co-authored The Dog Cancer Survival Guide and attended the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Associations' conference. This is important stuff!
This is a tough one to write, and it will probably be a tough one to read. But part of being my dog’s champion, guardian, friend, and ‘parent’ means I have to be prepared to help. We all do, like it or not. It’s been over three years since we […] Read More
Even as I begin writing this post I sigh at the title “Winter Dangers”. It just seems that everywhere we turn there is a threat! And constantly being on guard can be exhausting! So I offer this to you both from the perspective of caring for your dog with cancer, […] Read More
Intact males (those who have not been neutered) may, in later years be more prone to bladder, prostate or testicular cancer. Dr. Ettinger’s post “Spay/neuter and the association with cancer in dogs: part one” discusses the pros and cons of neutering in more detail, and is a wonderful read. When […] Read More
I hear this question a lot: "Isn't my dog too old to treat for cancer?" The answer is: No! Age is not a disease. I have many 12-plus year old patients that are otherwise healthy and strong. They may have some early kidney disease, a heart murmur, thyroid disease, arthritis, […] Read More