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  • Treating Dogs with Cancer As If They’re My Own

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Monday March 31st, 2014 at 06:29 PM

    Dr. Sue treated Chandler as if he were her own dog.

    Barely a month ago new clients asked me to not only guide them thru their dogs treatment, but to treat Chandler like he was my own dog.

    That is a hard thing to do because what I may choose for my pet may not be right for someone else. I said in our book, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide that I would have given Paige, my Labrador, my kidney if she needed it and it was medically an option to donate your kidney to your dog. I was pretty attached...

  • Food and Nutrition for Dogs with Mast Cell Tumors

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Tuesday March 25th, 2014 at 07:54 PM


    We know that good nutrition is the foundation of health. The Dog Cancer Survival Guide devotes an entire chapter to a real food diet for our dogs battling cancer, advising both on the foods to give, and those to avoid.

    While every cancer journey is a tough one, the diagnosis of Mast Cell Tumor (MCT) presents a bigger challenge when it comes to feeding. In some mast cell cancers, large amounts of histamine are released in the body, causing irritation and itching. Most treatment protocols...

  • Luteolin, Apoptosis, and Cancer: New Research That Can Help Your Dog with Cancer

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Monday March 24th, 2014 at 08:33 PM


    How does a flavonoid found in many plants including the thin, red hulls, or skins, found around peanuts help boost apoptosis and fight cancer?

    Luteolin is an important and key ingredient in Dr. Dresslers 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...

  • Don’t Forget Your Dog at the Veterinarian

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Sunday March 2nd, 2014 at 08:30 PM


    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 pet is like a visit to the pediatrician without your toddler. So, yes, you should bring your dog!

    In some ways I am happy that someone wants to meet me and listen to the overview of their pets...

  • Worried about Oral or Nasal Tumors? Here’s What (and What Not) to Do

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Thursday February 27th, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Square_140_dental-tumors-dog Checking for Oral and Nasal Tumors

    The mouth and nose are truly the command center of the dog. Remember that as much as our dogs love us, their DNA is programmed from centuries of survival in the wild. Their senses are many millions of times more acute than ours. Naturally, they instinctively guard these tools.

    Over the Lips and Past the Gums

    Cancer of the mouth is on the increase. One big reason we dont find early signs is because we never look in the mouth. Oral Malignant Melanomas are as...

  • Guidelines for Dealing with Your Dog’s Chemotherapy Side Effects

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Thursday February 20th, 2014 at 05:49 PM

    As Ive 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 its not like that for dogs.

    Approximately 80% of dogs do not have side effects at all and about 15-20% will have mild to moderate side effects.

    Today we will discuss how you can help identify and manage GI related side effects after chemotherapy treatment.


    How do I tell if my pet isnauseous? ...

  • Checking Your Dog for Anal Gland Cancer

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Thursday February 20th, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Unseen Does Not Mean Undetectable

    Its great to develop a habit of performing regular check-ups of our dogs body by physically running our hands down their legs, looking in their ears, and sneaking in some extra neck rubs while we feel for lumps and bumps. Some dangers however, develop internally. Knowing how to detect these nearly invisible dangers tip the odds greatly in our favor. Drs. Dressler and Ettinger have already covered specifics of anal cancers in several posts. In this post Ill...

  • Lumps or Bumps Around Your Dogs Eyes or Ears? Here’s How to Check

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Thursday February 13th, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Square_140_eye-tumor-dog Keep an Eye on It

    Most dogs arent comfortable with direct eye contact. Thats 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 closer.

    But its important that I keep an eye on his eyes. He needs them healthy and happy, right?

    I always use a calm approach as I stroke his head and work from the side, to examine him, not the front.

    If I need to clean the eye area, I...

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