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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: 808-868-3200.

    Dog Surgery Pre-Op Checklist for Dog Owners | Kate Basedow, LVT

    Dog Surgery Pre-Op Checklist for Dog Owners | Kate Basedow, LVT

    Host James Jacobson is joined by Kate Basedow, a seasoned veterinary technician with extensive experience in preparing dogs for surgery. Kate shares essential tips on how to ensure the best possible outcome on your dog’s big day. Whether you're facing a routine procedure or a complex operation, Kate's insights will help you feel more confident and prepared.
    This is part one of a three-part series on canine surgery.
    Key Points Covered:
    ·        Importance and benefits of pre-anesthetic blood work.
    ·        Tips on preparing your dog for surgery, including bathing and purchasing protective gear.
    ·        Understanding cost estimates and the financial aspects of surgery.
    ·        Asking about drop-off times and potential overnight stays.
    ·        Medications and feeding instructions before surgery.
    ·        Discussion on DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) forms and their implications.
    ·        How to avoid common pitfalls and ensure a smooth surgery process for your dog.
    Join our Facebook support group at https://www.dogcancer.com/support
    Your Voice Matters!
    If you have a question for our team, or if you want to share your own hopeful dog cancer story, we want to hear from you! Go to https://www.dogcancer.com/ask to submit your question or story, or call our Listener Line at +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question.
    Related Videos:           
    Is your dog too old for surgery? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEOeHwt-Wus
    Surgery tips from Dr. Demian Dressler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VjHzlCmaIg
    Plan for post-surgery pain control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjY-hViqRuA
    Related Links:
    Questions to ask your veterinarian about dog cancer: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/building-your-team/questions-to-ask-your-vet-about-dog-cancer/
    Our article about blood work for dogs: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/diagnosis-and-medical-procedures/blood-work-for-dogs/
    Our everything-surgery article: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/diagnosis-and-medical-procedures/your-dog-surgery-guide/
    Chapters:
    00:00 – Introduction from Molly Jacobson
    02:00 – Why Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work
    03:45 -- Bathing Your Dog Before Surgery
    04:45 – Protecting the Incision with Cones and Body Suits
    06:00 – Cost Estimates
    07:15 – Drop-Off Times and Overnight Stays
    08:30 – Medications and Feeding Instructions Before Surgery
    10:15 – DNR Forms and Life-Saving Measures
    11:30 – Final Tips
    Get to know Kate Basedow: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/kate-basedow-lvt/
    For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/
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    • 23 min
    Maximize Your Dog Cancer Vet Investment | Dr. Megan Duffy

    Maximize Your Dog Cancer Vet Investment | Dr. Megan Duffy

    Veterinary oncologist and DogCancer.com contributor Dr. Megan Duffy joins James Jacobson to discuss how to get the most out of that expensive specialist consult. Whether you are planning on pursuing treatments or not, there are ways to maximize your consult.
    Key Points Discussed
    ·        Expect a Lengthy Visit: Oncology appointments can take at least an hour due to the detailed discussions about your pet's diagnosis, treatment options, and overall care plan.
    ·        Bring Medical Records: Ensure you have a copy of your pet's medical records and any imaging results, even if your oncologist’s office has already requested them.
    ·        Do Your Research: Use online searches for background information so you have a basic understanding of your dog’s condition and a list of questions.
    ·        Prepare for Emotional Conversations: Be ready for an in-depth discussion about your dog's diagnosis, treatment options, quality of life, and financial considerations.
    ·        Record the Appointment: Whether through notes, audio, or video recordings, make sure you have a way to remember the details discussed during the consultation.
    Join our Facebook support group at https://www.dogcancer.com/support
    Your Voice Matters!
    If you have a question for our team, or if you want to share your own hopeful dog cancer story, we want to hear from you! Go to https://www.dogcancer.com/ask to submit your question or story, or call our Listener Line at +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question.
    Related Videos:
    The role of veterinary technicians in oncology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7-oeFe_VXM&t=15s
    How to think about dog cancer expenses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMH4VNBGcSk
    Dr. David Vail on when to consult a veterinary oncologist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FTSRun88ps
    Related Links:
    A great article about your first oncology visit: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/building-your-team/first-oncology-appointment/
    The difference between a general practice veterinarian and a veterinary oncologist: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/building-your-team/should-my-dog-see-an-oncologist-or-vet/
    Questions to ask your veterinarian about dog cancer: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/building-your-team/questions-to-ask-your-vet-about-dog-cancer/
    Managing your dog’s medical files: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/building-your-team/managing-medical-files/
    Chapters:
    00:00 – Introduction from Molly Jacobson
    02:03 – James Jacobson introduces Dr. Megan Duffy
    03:03 - Bringing Medical Records
    04:02 – Do Some Initial Research and Come with Questions
    05:01 - State of Electronic Medical Records
    08:02 - Ownership of Medical Records
    08:41 How Far Back Should You Go?
    09:15- Include Records from Holistic Veterinarians, Too
    10:00 – Why You Should Consult Dr. Google
    11:45 - Recording the Appointment
    12:45 - Expect a Lengthy Visit
    14:35 - Emotional Preparedness
    14:51 - Avoiding Overcrowding
    15:50 - Legal Requirements for Pet Presence
    16:52 - Common Surprises
    17:30 – Unrealistic Expectations re: Prognosis
    18:48 - Defining Median Life Expectancy
    20:20 - Cost of Oncology Consultations
    21:40 – Dr. Megan Duffy’s Final Thoughts
    21:57 – Molly's Conclusion
    22:32 - Outro and Disclaimer
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    Get to know Dr. Megan Duffy: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/megan-duffy-dvm-acvim-oncology/
    For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/
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    • 27 min
    26 Signs Your Dog Might Be Dying | Molly Jacobson

    26 Signs Your Dog Might Be Dying | Molly Jacobson

    Molly Jacobson discusses how to recognize the signs that your beloved dog might be in the last months, weeks, or days of their life.
    Articles about the end of life:
    https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/hospice-and-end-of-life/signs-your-dog-is-dying/
    https://www.dogcancer.com/perspectives/hospice-and-end-of-life/warning-signs-dog-is-dying/
    Signs Often Seen Starting in the Last Months of Life:
    1.     Weight Loss, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFPUYZtPJ_8
    2.     Loss of Appetite, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWVfBhf4gD0A, and: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/dog-not-eating/
    3.     Dehydration is often caused by diarrhea, urinary incontinence, and vomiting, see below.
    4.     Diarrhea, see: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/diarrhea-in-dogs/ and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzYzZwlA4xo
    5.     Urinary Incontinence, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIJkyODHyi0 and: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/hospice-and-end-of-life/bed-sores-on-dogs/
    6.     Vomiting, see: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/vomiting-in-dogs/ and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2b74r09eDQ
    7.     Dimmed or Dull Eyes see Urinary Incontinence
    8.     Looking Unkempt see Urinary Incontinence
    Signs Often Seen in the Last Weeks of a Dog’s Life:
    9.     Pain, see: https://www.dogcancer.com/perspectives/drugs/pain-management-plus-natural-pain-relief-for-dogs/ and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvA7W9XlciM 
    10. Restlessness see videos and articles under pain
    11. Behavioral Changes, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4V1nehuGiU&t=2057s and articles under pain
    12. Changes in Sleep Patterns, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBititnn7U0
    13. Breathing Problems, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28IQXhAtXk
    14. Confusion see articles on lethargy and depression
    15. Depression, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4V1nehuGiU and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dj7ajAPhL0
    16. Wanting to Be Outside, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff4zmrzS0Mk
    Signs Often Seen in the Last Days:
    17. Lethargy, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5Bh1wIp5bY and: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/lethargy-in-dogs/
    18. Lack of Interest see articles on lethargy and depression, wanting to be outside.
    19. Lack of Coordination see articles on lethargy and depression.
    20. Twitching see articles on lethargy and depression.
    21. Weakness see articles on lethargy and depression.
    22. Inability to Control Bowel Movements, see: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/blood-in-dog-stool/ and urinary incontinence and diarrhea above.
    23. No Eating or Drinking: See the article on the loss of appetite above.
    24. Seizures: see article on brain tumors: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/types-of-dog-cancer/brain-tumors-in-dogs/
    25. A Puffy Appearance, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXM_jMgkdI
    26. Body Odor, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28IQXhAtXk
    Remember: none of these signs mean your dog is dying ... ask your veterinarian for help with your dog’s medical issues ASAP.
    Chapters:
    00:00 Introduction
    01:30 Stages of Dying
    02:00 1-3 Months
    02:25 Weight Loss
    02:45 Loss of Appetite
    03:29 Dehydration
    04:00 Diarrhea
    04:30 Urinary Incontinence
    04:45 Vomiting
    05:17 Dimmed or Dull Eyes
    05:36 Looking Unkempt
    06:32 1-3 Weeks
    07:01 Pain
    07:31 Restlessness
    07:54 Behavioral Changes
    08:12 Changes in Sleep Patterns
    08:13 Breathing Problems
    08:41 Confusion
    09:00 Depression
    09:27 Wanting to Be Outside
    10:17 Last Days
    10:45 Lethargy
    11:15 Lack of Interest
    11:30 Lack of Coordination
    12:00 Twitching
    12:10 Weakness
    12:30 Inability to Control Bowel Movements
    13:00 No Eating or Drinking
    13:45 Seizures
    14:15 Puffy Appearance
    14:45 Body Odor
    14:48 Each dog and death is unique
    15:34 Outro
    16:08 Medical Disclaimer
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    Get to know Molly Jacobson: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/molly-jacobson/
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    • 18 min
    Pet Health Insights with The Pet Health Zone | Dr. Jules Benson

    Pet Health Insights with The Pet Health Zone | Dr. Jules Benson

    Host James Jacobson sits down with Dr. Jules Benson to discuss the latest innovation in dog health care, the Pet Health Zone. A frequent guest and valued contributor, Dr. Benson shares how this new tool leverages vast amounts of data from Nationwide, the largest pet health insurance company in the U.S., to provide dog owners with valuable insights into their pets' health risks.
    They explore the benefits of this tool, how it simplifies complex medical information, and the role of pet health insurance in enhancing care for our furry friends.
    Key Topics Covered:

    Explanation of how the tool uses data from millions of pet insurance claims.

    How the tool provides dog owners with health risk insights.

    Use of generative AI to make medical information accessible and easy to understand.

    The role of language and jargon-free content in enhancing understanding.

    Discussion on the role of pet health insurance in managing dog health care costs.

    Comparison of pet insurance adoption rates between the UK and the US.

    Insights into the benefits of early insurance adoption and its impact on premium costs.

    How generative AI was used in developing the Pet Health Zone.

    The contribution of data scientists and veterinarians in creating the tool.

    Future implications of AI in veterinary medicine and health care.

    Insights into health risks and care costs based on the data provided by the tool.

    The potential for regional cost adjustments and longer-term cost predictions.

    The ongoing evolution of telemedicine and its benefits for pet owners.


    Your Voice Matters!
    If you have a question for our team, or if you want to share your own hopeful dog cancer story, we want to hear from you! Go to https://dogcancer.com/ask to submit your question or story, or call our Listener Line at +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question.
    Related Videos:           
    Dr. Jules Benson’s episode about how the size of your dog may predict how likely they are to get cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7NcW6WOvRg
    Dr. Jules Benson’s episode about which breeds of dogs are most likely to get cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhoMFuLJagI 
    Related Links:
    Visit The Pet Health Zone to learn more about your dog's health risks.
    Read the White Papers from Nationwide.
    Learn more about pet health insurance options with Nationwide.
    Visit DogCancer.com for tons of information about dog cancer.
    Chapters:
    00:00 – Introduction
    00:34 - Meet Dr. Jules Benson of Nationwide Pet Health Insurance
    02:26 - Introducing the Pet Health Zone
    03:45 - Using AI to Make Pet Health Data Understandable
    05:01 - Personalized Health Insights for Your Pet with the Pet Health Zone
    06:35 - Importance of Jargon-Free Communication
    07:46 - Breed-Specific Health Insights
    09:30 - Estimating Health Care Costs
    12:14 - How to Use Pet Insurance Effectively
    15:19 - Comparing Pet Insurance in the US and UK
    16:29 - Why More Americans Are Considering Pet Insurance
    17:30 - How Telehealth and Teleconsulting Are Changing Pet Care
    19:49 - Leveraging AI and Technology for Better Pet Health Care
    22:00 - One Health and Translational Medicine: Connecting Human and Pet Health for Better Outcomes
    24:00 - Extending Your Pet's Lifespan
    25:45 - Closing Remarks and Medical Disclaimer
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    Get to know Jules Benson: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/jules-benson-bvsc-mrcvs/ 
    For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/
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    • 49 min
    Radiation for a Dog with TCC | Dr. Megan Duffy

    Radiation for a Dog with TCC | Dr. Megan Duffy

    Inspired by Heather’s listener question about using radiation therapy to treat transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) in dogs, Dr. Megan Duffy, a veterinary oncologist, shares her expert insights on when radiation is recommended, how it complements other treatments like surgery and chemotherapy, and the importance of effective communication with your veterinary oncologist.
    Key Topics Discussed:

    Dr. Megan Duffy’s insights on the use of radiation therapy in treating TCC.

    The role of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation in managing bladder tumors in dogs.

    Factors influencing the recommendation of radiation therapy.

    Tips for communicating effectively with your veterinary oncologist.

    The importance of understanding each component of your dog’s treatment plan.

    Join our Facebook support group at https://dogcancer.com/support
    Notable Quotes:

    "Recommending radiation on top of surgery tells me that there may be something about that local situation that isn’t completely gone with surgery." - Dr. Megan Duffy

    "It’s worth asking the oncologist, ‘What about my individual dog makes radiation a recommendation?’" - Dr. Megan Duffy

    "I think it’s fun when people are this involved in their pet’s care." - Dr. Megan Duffy

    Your Voice Matters!
    If you have a question for our team, or if you want to share your own hopeful dog cancer story, we want to hear from you! Go to https://dogcancer.com/ask to submit your question or story, or call our Listener Line at +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question.
    Related Videos:           
    Learn about transitional cell carcinoma from Dr. Demian Dressler:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5prSL7yn82E
    Here’s another listener calling about whether their veterinarian has a good plan for TCCL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCGJc_UvEXE
    We worry about bladder cancer a lot. Here’s some advice from Dr. Nancy Reese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhUcJyme52Y
    Related Links:
    An amazing overview article about transitional cell carcinoma in Dogs on DogCancer.com:
    https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/types-of-dog-cancer/bladder-cancer-in-dogs-including-transitional-cell-carcinoma/
    Chapters:
    0:00 – Introduction from Molly Jacobson
    02:00 - Listener question from Heather about radiation therapy for TCC
    03:58 - Dr. Megan Duffy’s explains the role of surgery, chemo, and radiation in TCC treatment
    05:11 - Discussing the importance of surgical margins and local control
    06:02 - When radiation therapy is typically used
    07:07 – Why radiation might be or might not be recommended in individual cases
    07:24 – Coaching on conversations with veterinary oncologists
    08:58 – Why Dr. Duffy welcomes proactive clients
    10:51 – Appreciation for DogCancer.com team
    11:15 - Closing Remarks and Reminder to Share Your Own Story!
    11:39 - Outro and Disclaimer
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    Get to know Dr. Megan Duffy: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/megan-duffy-dvm-acvim-oncology/
    For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/
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    • 17 min
    Your Dog Cancer Story | Molly Jacobson

    Your Dog Cancer Story | Molly Jacobson

    Molly Jacobson, editor-in-chief of DogCancer.com, uses story to explore the emotional and practical aspects of dealing dog cancer. She tells YOUR dog cancer story right alongside YOUR DOG’s cancer story ... along the way offering insights into how to navigate your journey with more grace and empathy, while focusing on life quality and the deep connection you share with your dog.
    Don’t miss the story at the end about the pediatric oncologist who extended his dog’s life using drive-through cheeseburgers!
    Visit https://www.DogCancer.com for better information today so you have no regrets tomorrow.
    The Dog Cancer Survival Guide by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger: https://dogcancerbook.com/
    Tell your own dog cancer story! https://www.DogCancer.com/ask
    Join our Facebook support group at https://www.dogcancer.com/support
    Your Voice Matters!
    If you have a question for our team, or if you want to share your own hopeful dog cancer story, we want to hear from you! Go to https://www.dogcancer.com/ask to submit your question or story, or call our Listener Line at +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question.
    Related Videos:           
    If you are worried you are at the end of life, this dog cancer tip on euthanasia and letting your dog go might help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXM_jMgkdI
    You are way more important than anything else when it comes to treating dog cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTIV5q-lJ3A
    Thinking you want to try something other than McDonald’s cheeseburgers with your dog? Here are the best and worst foods for dog cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAgObIOhEMg
    Chapters:
    00:00: Two different cancer stories: "Your Dog Cancer Story" and "Your Dog's Cancer Story"
    01:00: “Your dog has cancer” ... your story and your dog’s story
    03:12: Looking for a miracle cure ... your story and your dog’s cancer story
    06:44: Discovering you have a pack ... realizing you and your dog are one of millions and not alone.
    09:29: Making decisions ... Armed with information and supported by others, you begin to treat.
    11:10: Getting pushback ... how to stand your ground when others question your decisions.
    12:34: Focusing on life quality ... you realize that every day you can make your dog’s best day yet.
    14:02: Together again – finally!!! ... Your dog cancer story and your dog's cancer story merge as the bond strengthens and you find joy even amid illness.
    15:30: Inspiration from a pediatric oncologist ... A touching story of a pediatric oncologist who made McDonald’s cheeseburgers a daily treat for his dog offers insight into prioritizing joy and connection.
    17:04 - Cherish Every Moment ... Molly’s perspective on how dog cancer makes us better humans.
    22:45 - Medical Disclaimer
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    Get to know Molly Jacobson: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/molly-jacobson/
    For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/
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    • 29 min

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