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  • Lumps on Dogs: When to Get Them Checked By a Veterinarian

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Monday June 9th, 2014 at 08:26 PM

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    When people find lumps on dogs, they often panic. Its easy to assume the worst. And then we often avoid finding out more. But really: what should you do?

    Get lumps on dogs checked by a veterinarian. ASAP. Most of the time the lumps are benign but when theyre not, the longer you wait to get them checked out, the worse the situation becomes.

    Watch and Wait Approach?

    But what should you do when your veterinarian wants to watch and wait or flat out refuses to test those lumps for cancer?

    Best case...

  • Kindness in the Waiting Room

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Thursday May 8th, 2014 at 04:23 PM

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    A beautiful thing happened in my waiting room this week.

    Its pretty common for my oncology clients to chat in the waiting area during their pets chemotherapy treatment. This is helpful: new clients hear about the experiences of pets already undergoing treatment. They see happy wagging dogs coming back from treatment, and hear firsthand from the pet Guardian that there really are minimal side effects from chemo. The dog is enjoying his daily activities. The dog is doing so well, the Guardian...

  • Safer Flea and Tick Treatments for Dogs

    from Dog Cancer Blog

    Thursday May 8th, 2014 at 03:15 PM

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    With the seasons changing for most of us, and warmer weather ahead, many are asking can the traditional flea and tick treatments harm my dog, and if so, what can I do? So, lets take a look from a Full Spectrum perspective.

    The Problem

    A necessary part of having a companion pet is protecting them from fleas and ticks. When our dogs run and play outside, these pests wait for just the right moment, and jump on for a free ride. Their purpose in life is to feed and breed, and they need our pets to...

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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...