Full Spectrum Mindset
Support Chemotherapy and Radiation with Botanicals: Dr. Dressler’s Article in Innovative Veterinary Care
A new Innovative Veterinary Care journal article shows veterinarians how to support chemotherapy and radiation with botanicals.Read Article
I Don’t Want to Treat Dog Cancer!
Don’t want to treat dog cancer? Dr. Dressler talks about how that’s totally, 100% understandable. Also, none of our business.Read Article
Dr. Dressler: an Introduction to The Dog Cancer Vet
Dr. Dressler is “the dog cancer vet” and author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here’s his own True Tail of how he came to be a pioneer in education and treatment of dog cancer.Read Article
How Can I Help My Dog with Cancer? Read Chapter 1: Your Role in Dog Cancer
How can I help my dog with cancer? It’s the first question dog lovers ask. Dr. Demian Dressler answers it. Warning: his answer might not be what you expect.Read Article
Do Dogs Know When They Are Dying? What Your Dog Would Say If Your Dog Spoke English
Do dogs know when they are dying? Maybe, but Dr. D is pretty sure they don’t experience death like we do. Here’s what dogs would say if we could only hear.Read Article
Magical Thinking and Dog Cancer
Is using magical thinking regarding your dog’s cancer a good idea? It could be — as long as you keep it in perspective.Read Article
Reducing Anxiety in Dogs with Cancer
A worried dog has a harder time healing — and dogs mostly worry in response to OUR worry. When it comes to reducing anxiety in dogs with cancer, what’s a dog lover to do?Read Article
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.Read Article
Luteolin, Apoptosis, and Cancer: New Research That Can Help Your Dog with Cancer
Luteolin is a powerhouse dietary apoptogen, found in vegetables and fruits. Its impact on cancer is profound because it supports apoptosis.Read Article
What Is Full Spectrum Cancer Care?
How does Full Spectrum Cancer Care differ from conventional, holistic, or alternative care? It drops the bias and embraces tools from any system of medicine that have been shown to help fight cancer.Read Article
DogCancer.TV: Using “Alternative” Therapies for Dogs with Cancer
Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger talk about some of the all natural, holistic, and homeopathic approaches to cancer care for dogs.Read Article
Is Optimism Appropriate in Dog Cancer?
Are we setting ourselves up for disappointment by holding on to optimism when it comes to dog cancer treatments?Read Article
Is It Wrong To Treat Dogs for Cancer?
There has been a lot of press and debate lately about the high costs of veterinary medicine. Being in New York, I’m thinking of several NY Times articles. On the front page on April 5th, there was the article “New Treatments to Save a Pet, but Questions About the Costs.” This article highlighted the advances…Read Article
Prejudice in Chemo Side Effect Treatment for Dogs
Bias (prejudice) is an important issue in medical treatments being withheld. Some of these treatments may have benefit, and dog cancer is no exception. Managing the side effects of chemotherapy is an important part of cancer care. Chemotherapy is most commonly delivered at the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD). This means the highest doses that the…Read Article
Pain Meds for Dogs: How to Manage Pain for a Dog With Cancer
Dog cancer pain control is really important, especially because dogs hide their pain symptoms so well. Learn how to treat your dog’s pain.Read Article
Disruptive Stress and Dog Cancer
Coping with dog cancer is extremely stressful. Certain life events, like coping with dog cancer in your loved family member, create such stress that it actually disrupts normal thinking. This is called “disruptive stress.” This is very natural and common. However, disruptive stress has been shown to have a real negative effect. Disruptive stress creates…Read Article
Carcinoma of the Anal Sac, part 2
In the last post, anal sac carcinoma was discussed, including diagnosing these malignant tumors in the dog. In this post, we will cover more on treatments and some data concerning outcomes. If a guardian is coping with a diagnosis of canine anal sac carcinoma, often major questions arise soon after the news is received. Chemotherapy? …Read Article
Making Time for Full Spectrum Dog Cancer Care
There is a big difference between coming up with an idea to do something, and doing it. We humans are very good at deciding that we should do. The problem is that many times we sort of lose track of this focus, and don’t totally follow through. This is a very important issue when it…Read Article
A Dog Cancer Wake Up Call
From time to time I receive comments from readers who express opinions about what they will consider in treating their dog’s cancer. These particular folks segregate themselves into a single group…the “anti” people. First, we have those who are very impressed with conventional veterinary care. This is my background, so I see the appeal. Big…Read Article
Is The Hammer The Tool For The Job?
How a flexible and vulnerable mindset can help us identify the problem correctly, and choose the right tool to solve it.Read Article
Why We Need To Think Outside the Box
The world’s tallest dog is a now a cancer patient. I recently came across this story, from a local news website in California. Gibson is a Great Dane, weighing in at a whopping 170 lbs. Gibson is presently 7 years old, which is definitely a senior citizen for a dog of this breed. Recall that…Read Article
But my vet has not heard of this….
Dear dog lovers, I have been deluged with comments that some vets out there, maybe even most, have not heard of many of the approaches to dealing with cancer that are beyond surgery, chemo and radiation. As a consequence, there seems to be a large “black box” as to what to do, how to arrive…Read Article
Is it for me or for my dog?
Decision making when loving a dog with a cancer diagnosis can be tough. Many times we will experience some degree of confusion in decision making. There are many options that are presented. Should I allow chemotherapy? Amputation? Is radiation really worth it? I think that a lot of the difficulty may not actually relate to…Read Article
What is the evidence? Dog cancer and information sources.
So you are ready to be your dog’s health advocate. Good choice! Can you dissect apart all different things that can affect whether a dog will get cancer, or how long a given dog will live, or if a treatment will definitely work in a given dog with cancer? Sadly, the answer to all of…Read Article