Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide
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Recommended Supplements for Dogs with Cancer: The Most Important Supplements in Order of Importance from The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Readers of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide check Appendix A to find the most important supplements for dogs with cancer listed in order of importance.

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More Melatonin and Dog Cancer

More details on melatonin and dog cancer, including the whys, hows, and how much.

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Is Your Dog Eating Grass, Vomiting, and Getting Sick?

Is your dog eating grass, vomiting and getting sick? Could be the pesticides and herbicides — war weapons — we use on our green spaces.

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There’s No Expiration Date … But Here are Some Warning Signs That a Dog Is Dying

What are the warning signs that my dog is dying?? Learn what signs to look for, and how to handle them.

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The Dangers of Peanut Butter for Dogs

Is peanut butter for dogs a good idea? In most cases, no — but there’s a work-around. Read this to find out how to make peanut butter for dogs a healthy treat.

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Pet Insurance for Dogs with Cancer

Pet insurance for dogs didn’t used to cover cancer costs … but that has changed. Woo hoo!

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Your Dog Cancer Journal

Keeping a dog cancer journal — even a simple one — can help you and your dog tremendously. It doesn’t have to be fancy or take a long time. If you’ve got a pen, you’re all set.

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Safer Flea and Tick Treatments for Dogs

What’s the best way to protect your dog with cancer from fleas and ticks? Susan Harper explores this pesky subject in detail.

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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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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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Metronomic Chemotherapy for Dogs with Cancer

What is Metronomic Chemotherapy? 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 in…

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Holiday Foods and Dog Cancer

We all want our dogs to join in the holiday fun. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

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Should My Regular Veterinarian Give My Dog Chemotherapy?

Here’s a touchy subject for us to look at: why can’t my regular veterinarian give my dog chemotherapy? Do I really need to see a specialist? I am often asked these questions by clients, and my answer is always the same:  no. That might sound harsh, but let’s look at this a little closer. If…

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DogCancer.TV: Palladia™ and Dog Cancer- What You Need to Know

Dr. Ettinger and Dr. Dressler discuss the use of Palladia, an FDA approved drug for dogs, as a chemotherapeutic treatment for dog cancer.

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DogCancer.TV: Lymphoma- What You Need to Know About Your Dog’s Cancer

Dr. Dressler and D. Ettinger discuss the detection, diagnosis, and the Full Spectrum Care Approach to the treatment of lymphoma in dogs

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DogCancer.TV: Diarrhea and Dog Cancer What You Need to Know

A short video in which Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger discuss several causes of diarrhea due to dog cancer and some methods that may help attain gastrointestinal relief for your dog.

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DogCancer.TV: Help for Your Dog’s Nausea

In this video, Dr. Ettinger and Dr. Dressler discuss nausea as a side effect of dog cancer, in addition to some methods and treatments to help deal with nausea.

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DogCancer.TV: Vomiting and Dog Cancer- What You Need to Know

In this video, Dr. Ettinger and Dr. Dressler address some causes of vomiting due to your dog’s cancer, as well as how to cope and when further intervention by your vet may help.

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DogCancer.TV: Why Didn’t My Vet Catch My Dog’s Cancer Earlier

In this video, Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger discuss the normal, human reactions of frustration and blame and how to move beyond and get empowered in dealing with your dog’s cancer.

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Why I love being an oncologist

In my first blog, I wrote about that many people I meet cannot believe I am an oncologist for dogs and cats. I know it sounds weird, maybe even corny, but I am so thankful for my job. As the year comes to a close, I have thought a lot recently about how grateful I…

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Why Is Diet Ignored In Dog Cancer Care?

Why on earth is diet ignored in dog cancer? This is a huge blind spot in the veterinary profession. We should start looking at this.

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Mast cell tumor treatment: chemotherapy

In my last blog, I discussed surgery and radiation for MCT. Today we will focus on chemotherapy. Which dogs need chemo? Your dog may not even need chemotherapy. In many dogs that I see with MCT, I do not recommend chemotherapy at all. This is because chemotherapy is not as effective as surgery and radiation…

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The chemotherapy appointment, demystified

Ever wonder what happens at your dog chemotherapy appointment? The idea of chemo may conjure up an image of a bunch of people sitting around in chairs hooked up to their IV chemo lines, but how do we do that in dogs? Let’s break a typical chemo appointment down, with Charlie as my example. Charlie…

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What’s new with oral malignant melanoma?

I was not planning on my next blog to be about oral malignant melanoma (or OMM) in dogs, but I just attended a really great meeting on the topic in New York City. It cut  into my weekend family time, so I am happy that the meeting was so informative. This meeting was VECOG, or…

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Dog Cancer Pain Control

Pain is a very important part of dog cancer, since it is one of the main life quality negatives for a canine cancer patient. However, not many guardians are aware of all of the tools in a veterinarian’s toolbox to help with pain.  In this post, we will look at both common and uncommon ways…

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The Oncologist’s Perspective on Chemotherapy and Low White Blood Cell Counts: Part 3

Finally, part 3 of my posts on chemotherapy and low white blood cells counts. (You can read Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up.) Today I will talk about severely low white blood cell counts and sepsis. Happily, this is NOT common in dogs getting chemotherapy, but you should know about it anyway if…

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The Oncologist’s Perspective on Chemotherapy and Low White Blood Cell Counts: Part 2

This is the second of three posts about low white blood cell counts and chemotherapy. Please be sure to read Part 1, so you are all caught up. Oncologists monitor the white blood cell count closely and often!  It is key to remember that the neutrophil only lives 18 to 24 hours in the blood…

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The Oncologist’s Perspective on Chemotherapy and Low White Blood Cell Counts: Part 1

In recent posts, I discussed gastrointestinal, or GI, side effects resulting from chemotherapy treatment. The goal of chemotherapy is to target and kill your dog’s rapidly dividing cancer cells. Unfortunately some normal cells in the body are also potentially damaged from treatment, because these normal cells also rapidly divide. The most commonly affected cells are…

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The Oncologist’s Perspective on Chemotherapy and Gastrointestinal (GI) side effects: Part Two

In my last blog post, I told you that most vomiting and diarrhea associated with chemotherapy was mild and could be managed at home. Unfortunately, there are exceptions. Typically if your dog is vomiting, you will be instructed to hold on food and water to rest the GI tract for 12 to 24 hours.  But…

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