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If your dog has cancer, this podcast can help. Vetted advice from real veterinarians who answer your questions. Call our listener line to ask your question: 808-863-3200. Season 1 launched in 2012. Season 2 launched in 2020.

Dog Cancer Answers Dog Podcast Network

    • Pets & Animals
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

If your dog has cancer, this podcast can help. Vetted advice from real veterinarians who answer your questions. Call our listener line to ask your question: 808-863-3200. Season 1 launched in 2012. Season 2 launched in 2020.

    Pancreatitis Dog Diet for Cancer │ Dr. Nancy Reese Q&A

    Pancreatitis Dog Diet for Cancer │ Dr. Nancy Reese Q&A

    Susan calls in with a question about the dog cancer diet. Can it be used with a dog with pancreatitis? Or is it too high in fat?
    Dr. Nancy Reese, our chief medical editor, outlines the general modifications she would make to the dog cancer diet – and what she would be sure to add as a fat source. It’s good news, because you can do it in alignment with the dog cancer diet.
    Note: remember that any advice we offer on this show is general advice and does NOT apply to every dog. If you have any questions about what to feed your dog, your own veterinarian is the best person to ask. A referral to a veterinary nutritionist is also a great idea!
    Today’s episode is sponsored by the book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide written by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Sue Ettinger.
    Things Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    You can get the dog cancer diet guidelines by getting a copy of our sponsoring book: The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger.
    Need a fish oil or krill oil source? Check our Amazon affiliate site: Supplements for Dogs - Dog Cancer Shop
    Helpful Resources and Related Links: 
    To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide” go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport/
    Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit: www.dogcancernews.com
    About Today’s Guest, Dr. Nancy Reese:
    Dr. Nancy Reese is a small animal veterinarian with over 30 years of clinical experience taking care of cats and dogs and other critters in the Sierra Nevada foothills. She is also a perpetual student and researcher, as evidenced by her many degrees. In addition to her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis, she earned a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and then a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at UC Davis. If you string all her letters out after her name it looks like this: Nancy Reese, DVM, MPVM, PhD. In her spare time, she volunteers to help evacuate and shelter animals caught up in disasters, and she’s currently training to help in human search and rescue efforts. Dr. Reese lives in a log cabin with her husband, her 13-year-old golden retriever, and her two 13-year-old cats. Her hobbies include boosting the quality of life and longevity for all animals in her care, hiking, travelling, and cross-country skiing. Oh, and lots of dog walking.  degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. 
    You can find hundreds of articles Dr. D wrote about dog cancer on his immensely popular website: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/meet-the-veterinarians-dr-dressler/
    Dog Cancer Answers is a Maui Media production in association with Dog Podcast Network
    This episode is sponsored by the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger. Available online and in store wherever fine books are sold. And, Dog Cancer News, an editorial production brought to you by Maui Media.
    Listen to this podcast episode for a special discount code.
    If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.
    Have a guest you think would be great for our show? Contact our producers at DogCancerAnswers.com
    Have an inspiring True Tail about your own dog’s cancer journey you think would help other dog lovers? Share your true tail with our producers.
    Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog

    • 10 min
    Melatonin for Cancer from Lifestyle and Supplements | Dr. Demian Dressler Deep Dive

    Melatonin for Cancer from Lifestyle and Supplements | Dr. Demian Dressler Deep Dive

    Our grandmothers used to say “go to bed and stay there,” whenever someone got sick. Medical science is now saying that was better than good advice. It may be the best advice we can take. And it also applies to our dogs, maybe especially our dogs with cancer.
    In today’s show, Dr. Dressler talks about melatonin, the powerful hormone that pumps out when we are sleeping in total darkness. A lack of melatonin is associated with cancer development, and it’s really important for cancer treatment.
    Dr. Dressler talks about why this hormone is so important, and how to boost it in dogs. What do we do when supplement forms cause side effects?
    Links and Things Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger.
    The Full Spectrum approach to cancer care is outlined in brief here: Full Spectrum Cancer Treatment for Dogs to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity, Chapter 10 of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide (dogcancerblog.com)
    Here are articles on melatonin:
    Sleep, Dog Cancer, and Melatonin - Dog Cancer Blog
    More Melatonin and Dog Cancer - Dog Cancer Blog
    References for some of the topics Dr. Dressler mentioned: Sleep, Melatonin, and Cancer - Dog Cancer Blog
    You can find lots of recommendations for a healthy sleeping environment in the Dog Cancer Shop: Healthy Sleep Environment - Dog Cancer Shop
    Related Links:
    You can find hundreds of articles Dr. D wrote about dog cancer on his immensely popular website: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/meet-the-veterinarians-dr-dressler/
    You can reach out to Dr. Demian Dressler directly at South Shore Veterinary Hospital in Maui, Hawaii: https://VetinKihei.com. 
    To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide,” go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport/
    About Today’s Guest, Dr. Demian Dressler:
    Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management. A dynamic educator and speaker, Dr. Dressler is the author of the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. 
    Dr. Dressler is the owner of the accredited practice South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. 
    "Your dog does NOT have an expiration date, and there are things ALL cancers have in common that you can help fight. Imagine looking back at this time five years from now and not having a single regret." - Dr. D 
    You can find hundreds of articles Dr. D wrote about dog cancer on his immensely popular website: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/meet-the-veterinarians-dr-dressler/
    Dog Cancer Answers is a Maui Media production in association with Dog Podcast Network
    This episode is sponsored by the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger. Available everywhere fine books are sold.
    Listen to this podcast episode for a special discount code.
    If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.
    Have a guest you think would be great for our show? Contact our producers at DogCancerAnswers.com
    Have an inspiring True Tail about your own dog’s cancer journey you think would help other dog lovers? Share your true tail with our producers.
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    • 21 min
    Dog Bone Cancer – Symptoms & Amputation & Treatments | Dr. Demian Dressler Q&A

    Dog Bone Cancer – Symptoms & Amputation & Treatments | Dr. Demian Dressler Q&A

    A reader asks why his veterinarian didn’t wait for a biopsy before suggesting amputation for his dog’s cancer. Dr. Demian Dressler explains why that probably was. The discussion that ensues covers a wide range of topics related to osteosarcoma and other bone cancers.
    This plain-language episode is a must-listen for anyone ready to hear the hard truths about bone cancer, how it arises, how it’s treated, and why it’s so painful.
    And there’s hope, too – because relieving pain is possible, and that helps so much. Longevity is absolutely possible, especially when we actively address quality of life.
    Dr. Demian Dressler is the author of today’s sponsor, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity.  
    Links and Things Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger.
    Osteosarcoma and Bone Cancer Articles that Will Help You Decide How to Help Your Dog (dogcancerblog.com)
    Tripawds is a fantastic resource for anyone facing osteosarcoma, bone cancer, and amputation: Help for Three Legged Dogs and Cats (tripawds.org)
    Tripawds: Life With A Three-Legged Dog | Rene Agredano and Jim Nelson Deep Dive - Dog Cancer Answers Podcast 
    Related Links:
    You can find hundreds of articles Dr. D wrote about dog cancer on his immensely popular website: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/meet-the-veterinarians-dr-dressler/
    You can reach out to Dr. Demian Dressler directly at South Shore Veterinary Hospital in Maui, Hawaii: https://VetinKihei.com. 
    To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide,” go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport/
    About Today’s Guest, Dr. Demian Dressler:
    Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management. A dynamic educator and speaker, Dr. Dressler is the author of the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. 
    Dr. Dressler is the owner of the accredited practice South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. 
    "Your dog does NOT have an expiration date, and there are things ALL cancers have in common that you can help fight. Imagine looking back at this time five years from now and not having a single regret." - Dr. D 
    You can find hundreds of articles Dr. D wrote about dog cancer on his immensely popular website: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/meet-the-veterinarians-dr-dressler/
    Dog Cancer Answers is a Maui Media production in association with Dog Podcast Network
    This episode is sponsored by the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger. Available everywhere fine books are sold.
    Listen to this podcast episode for a special discount code.
    If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.
    Have a guest you think would be great for our show? Contact our producers at DogCancerAnswers.com
    Have an inspiring True Tail about your own dog’s cancer journey you think would help other dog lovers? Share your true tail with our producers.
    Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cance

    • 18 min
    Dog Euthanasia: What Happens │ Dr. Nancy Reese Q&A

    Dog Euthanasia: What Happens │ Dr. Nancy Reese Q&A

    Nessa was surprised by how quickly her dog passed during euthanasia. She felt unprepared and sad that she didn’t get more time to hold her and say goodbye. Nessa is very kind, so she left a message on our listener line. Her question: can you describe the process, so others will be more prepared than I was? And … was my experience typical?
    Dr. Nancy Reese, our chief medical editor, joins us for this sensitive discussion. With compassion and love, she describes the process of euthanasia both in the hospital and in the home. By the end of this short episode, you’ll be better prepared to discuss this option with your own veterinarian, should it be necessary for your dog.
    Today’s episode is sponsored by the book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide written by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Sue Ettinger.
    Things Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    Here’s a good article about euthanasia on the website DogCancerBlog.com Home Euthanasia Dogs - Dog Cancer Blog
    Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice & In-Home Euthanasia is a national service that matches you with local veterinarians who are able to come to your home to administer euthanasia. They have wonderful articles and videos on their website: Dog and Cat Euthanasia At Home | Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
    The show’s sponsor is The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger.
    Helpful Resources and Related Links: 
    To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide” go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport/
    Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit: www.dogcancernews.com
    About Today’s Guest, Dr. Nancy Reese:
    Dr. Nancy Reese is a small animal veterinarian with over 30 years of clinical experience taking care of cats and dogs and other critters in the Sierra Nevada foothills. She is also a perpetual student and researcher, as evidenced by her many degrees. In addition to her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis, she earned a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and then a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at UC Davis.
    You can find hundreds of articles Dr. D wrote about dog cancer on his immensely popular website: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/meet-the-veterinarians-dr-dressler/
    Dog Cancer Answers is a Maui Media production in association with Dog Podcast Network
    This episode is sponsored by the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger. Available online and in store wherever fine books are sold. And, Dog Cancer News, an editorial production brought to you by Maui Media.
    Listen to this podcast episode for a special discount code.
    If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.
    Have a guest you think would be great for our show? Contact our producers at DogCancerAnswers.com
    Have an inspiring True Tail about your own dog’s cancer journey you think would help other dog lovers? Share your true tail with our producers.
    Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit: www.dogcancernews.com

    • 17 min
    Signs Your Dog Is in Pain | Dr. Demian Dressler Deep Dive

    Signs Your Dog Is in Pain | Dr. Demian Dressler Deep Dive

    If your dog is in pain, they yelp. Right? Wrong! Most often they just don’t “talk” about their pain. So how do we know if our best friend is OK? Dr. Demian Dressler joins us to discuss the many signs of pain. Some are subtle, and some you have to seek out.
    A must-listen episode for any dog lover!
    Dr. Demian Dressler is the author of today’s sponsor, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity.
    Links and Things Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger.
    Here’s an article with Dr. Dressler’s latest pain management advice: Pain Management Update for Dogs with Cancer PLUS Natural Pain Relief for Dogs (dogcancerblog.com)
    The Short Form of the Glasgow Composite Pain Scale is great for dog lovers to use at home. You can find it in the article here: Development of the short-form Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale (CMPS-SF) and derivation of an analgesic intervention score (newmetrica.com)
    Related Links:
    You can find hundreds of articles Dr. D wrote about dog cancer on his immensely popular website: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/meet-the-veterinarians-dr-dressler/
    You can reach out to Dr. Demian Dressler directly at South Shore Veterinary Hospital in Maui, Hawaii: https://VetinKihei.com. 
    To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide,” go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport/
    About Today’s Guest, Dr. Demian Dressler:
    Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management. A dynamic educator and speaker, Dr. Dressler is the author of the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. 
    Dr. Dressler is the owner of the accredited practice South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. 
    "Your dog does NOT have an expiration date, and there are things ALL cancers have in common that you can help fight. Imagine looking back at this time five years from now and not having a single regret." - Dr. D 
    You can find hundreds of articles Dr. D wrote about dog cancer on his immensely popular website: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/meet-the-veterinarians-dr-dressler/
    Dog Cancer Answers is a Maui Media production in association with Dog Podcast Network
    This episode is sponsored by the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger. Available everywhere fine books are sold.
    Listen to this podcast episode for a special discount code.
    If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.
    Have a guest you think would be great for our show? Contact our producers at DogCancerAnswers.com
    Have an inspiring True Tail about your own dog’s cancer journey you think would help other dog lovers? Share your true tail with our producers.
    Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit: www.dogcancernews.com

    • 23 min
    Apoquel for Dogs and Cancer │ Dr. Nancy Reese Q&A

    Apoquel for Dogs and Cancer │ Dr. Nancy Reese Q&A

    Kelly in Houston has three dogs. One has lymphoma and is on the CHOP protocol. Naturally, Kelly wants to prevent her other two from getting cancer in the future. One of her dogs has severe skin allergies, and the only thing that is keeping her from scratching is a drug called Apoquel. But now, Kelly is reading that it might cause cancer! What to do??
    Dr. Nancy Reese, our chief medical editor, joins us to discuss Apoquel, the pros and pitfalls, and possible alternatives to try. Another pragmatic and useful Question and Answer episode for any dog lover who is worried about quality of life and the number one killer of dogs: cancer. 
    Today’s episode is sponsored by the book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide written by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Sue Ettinger.
    Things Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    Apoquel is the anti-itch medication Kelly asked about.
    Cytopoint is the newer, injectable drug Dr. Nancy talked about.
    The dog cancer diet Dr. Nancy recommended is in chapter 14 of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger.
    Helpful Resources and Related Links: 
    Here is a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association about the incidence of cancer in dogs treated for 6 or more months with Apoquel: Age- and breed-matched retrospective cohort study of malignancies and benign skin masses in 660 dogs with allergic dermatitis treated long-term with versus without oclacitinib | Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association | Vol 257 , No 5 (avma.org)
    To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide” go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport/
    Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit: www.dogcancernews.com
    About Today’s Guest, Dr. Nancy Reese:
    Dr. Nancy Reese is a small animal veterinarian with over 30 years of clinical experience taking care of cats and dogs and other critters in the Sierra Nevada foothills. She is also a perpetual student and researcher, as evidenced by her many degrees. In addition to her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis, she earned a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and then a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at UC Davis.
    You can find hundreds of articles Dr. D wrote about dog cancer on his immensely popular website: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/meet-the-veterinarians-dr-dressler/
    Dog Cancer Answers is a Maui Media production in association with Dog Podcast Network
    This episode is sponsored by the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger. Available online and in store wherever fine books are sold. And, Dog Cancer News, an editorial production brought to you by Maui Media.
    Listen to this podcast episode for a special discount code.
    If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.
    Have a guest you think would be great for our show? Contact our producers at DogCancerAnswers.com
    Have an inspiring True Tail about your own dog’s cancer journey you think would help other dog lovers? Share your true tail with our producers.

    • 14 min

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