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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

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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.

    How to Choose a Dog Breeder | Dr. Jerry Klein, DVM Deep Dive

    How to Choose a Dog Breeder | Dr. Jerry Klein, DVM Deep Dive

    Dr. Jerry Klein, the Chief Veterinary Officer of the American Kennel Club, joins us today to discuss things to look for when choosing a breeder to increase the odds of having a healthy puppy. All dogs can carry genes for health problems, so health testing is critical for dogs of any breed or mix that are being bred.
    If seeking a purebred dog, visit the AKC “parent club” website for that breed to learn about common health concerns in the breed and find resources to connect you to a breeder or a breed rescue group. The Canine Health Information Center is another resource to learn about genetic testing recommended for a particular breed.
    Whether the puppies will be purebred or not or show quality or not, anyone breeding a litter should be making an effort to produce healthy puppies and ensure that they are going to good homes. No one can guarantee that a puppy will not get cancer, but there are things you can do to decrease risk. Things to look for include:

    Health testing results from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), Penn HIP, and/or Embark – these are not just for purebreds!

    Asking questions about you that show their dedication to the breed and their puppies

    Referring to another breeder if they don’t have a puppy available

    Willing to let you meet the parents and relatives

    Clean property and home or facility

    Records on longevity and health

    Stays in touch with puppy owners

    Transparency about health issues

    Parents at least 2 years old (physically mature and minimum age for many health tests)

    Good nutrition for puppies

    Parasite prevention

    Socialization for puppies

    Involved with their breed(s) for a while

    In case you have wondered, the AKC is primarily a registry – they track registered dogs and hold dog shows. It is a “club of clubs.” The AKC does not control specifics of each breed – that is up to the parent or national clubs, each made up of people passionate about and dedicated to their breed.
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    American Kennel Club
    AKC Breeder of Merit Program
    Canine Health Foundation
    Canine Health Information Center
    Embark
    Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
    PennHIP
    Related Links:
    AKC Parent Club List
    About Today’s Guest, Dr. Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer of AKC:
    Dr. Klein brings with him over 35 years of experience in the Veterinary field. He is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency & past member of Critical Care Society, as well as The Afghan Hound Club of America and Fox Terrier Club of Chicago. Dr. Klein has also been a licensed judge for The American Kennel Club for 30 years, judging on both the national and international levels. If you have questions, you can reach Dr. Klein at cvo@akc.org.
    Other 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 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.
    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.
    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 www.dogcanceransers.com.
    Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, plea

    • 47 min
    Artemisinin for Dogs with Cancer | Dr. Nancy Reese Deep Dive

    Artemisinin for Dogs with Cancer | Dr. Nancy Reese Deep Dive

    In this week’s episode Dr. Nancy discusses the herb artemisinin: what it is, what it has been able to do in the lab, and how to discuss adding it to your dog’s treatment plan with your vet. Artemisinin has shown promise in studies as an adjunctive treatment for a variety of cancers, including bone cancer. It targets several of the hallmarks of cancer, has potential to help destroy cancer cells, and may also make cells more sensitive to chemotherapy. There is still work to be done on dosing, as artemisinin has a short half-life which can make it challenging to deliver the compound to the actual cancer cells, but we are learning more about how to give it to get the best results while minimizing side effects. Artemisinin is not a good fit for dogs who are undergoing radiation therapy or have a seizure disorder, but otherwise it is very safe.
    Links 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
    NIH Clinical Trials
    Studies on Artemisinin
    Related Links:
    Podcast episode on osteosarcoma: https://dogcanceranswers.com/osteosarcoma-what-you-need-to-know-about-your-dogs-bone-cancer/
    Apoptosis: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/articles/book-excerpt/apoptosis-for-cancer-cells/
    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.
    Other 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 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.
    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.
    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 www.dogcanceransers.com.
    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

    • 21 min
    Grain Free Diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy | Dr. Nancy Reese, DVM, PhD and Dr. Kendra Pope, DVM, DACVIM Deep Dive

    Grain Free Diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy | Dr. Nancy Reese, DVM, PhD and Dr. Kendra Pope, DVM, DACVIM Deep Dive

    Today’s episode touches on the challenge of diagnosing cancer, and then dives into diet-related dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
    In 2018 the FDA reported an increase in DCM in dogs that do not fit the typical profile for breeds predisposed to this heart condition, and a correlation with grain-free, boutique diets that are high in legumes.
    Research is still ongoing to find out exactly why these diets are associated with DCM in dogs. Dr. Nancy Reese, Dr. Kendra Pope, and vet tech Kate Basedow weigh in on the different factors you need to consider when choosing what to feed your dog.
    Links 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.
    Volition’s Nu.Q™ Vet Cancer Screening Test at Texas A&M
    Balance IT
    Cummings Veterinary Medical School at Tufts articles on diet-related DCM
    Related Links:
    WSAVA Guidelines on Selecting Pet Food
    FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
    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. 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.
    About Today’s Guest, Dr. Kendra Pope:
    Dr. Pope began her academic career as a graduate of Virginia Tech in 2005 and went on to complete veterinary school at the University of Florida. Dr. Pope went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, which was followed by a three-year residency in medical oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. She successfully obtained board certification in her specialty of oncology and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2015. Dr. Pope’s holistic training is an ongoing journey.
    About Today’s Guest, Kate Basedow, LVT:
    Kate grew up training and showing dogs, and her passion for canines has affected all parts of her life. She earned a BA in English from Cornell University and an AAS in Veterinary Science from SUNY Delhi, and is a licensed veterinary technician in the state of New York. She worked in small-animal practice for four years and is now the associate producer of Dog Cancer Answers.
    Other 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 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.
    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.
    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 www.dogcanceransers.com.
    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

    • 34 min
    How Type C for Comfort Treats Dog Cancer | Molly Jacobson Deep Dive

    How Type C for Comfort Treats Dog Cancer | Molly Jacobson Deep Dive

    When your dog is diagnosed with cancer, you have lots of information to process and lots of decisions to make. What is the prognosis? Can the tumor be removed with surgery? Will chemotherapy or radiation help to extend your dog’s life, and are they worth the cost, both financially, physically and emotionally? And how are you going to pay for this?
    According to Dr. Demian Dressler’s Dog Cancer Coping Guide, dog lovers tend to fall into three personality categories when addressing these concerns and making treatment decisions:
    ·        A for Action
    ·        B for Balance
    ·        C for Comfort
    As a Type C owner, you put comfort first. You are more likely to decline specific treatment options if you are concerned about your dog being in pain or experiencing side effects and will focus on treatment options that relieve symptoms and keep your dog happy. You’re the most likely to immerse yourself in diet changes to help your pooch, and will likely add supplements to help target your dog’s symptoms and maybe fight the cancer.
    Molly Jacobson, editor of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, joins us to help Type C folks get comfortable with their treatment plan.
    If you aren’t sure of your personality type, or if you think you might be a Type A or Type B owner, visit DogCancerAnswers.com and check out our episodes on these cancer treatment personality types.
    Links & Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show: 
    The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. 
    To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide,” go to https://dogcancersupport.com
    The Dog Cancer Coping Guide
    The Dog Cancer Diet
    Supplements for Dogs with Cancer
    Supplements for Dogs with Cancer podcast
    About Today’s Guest, Molly Jacobson: 
    Molly Jacobson is a writer. She is also the editor of the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. A lifelong dog lover and self-professed health nerd, she is all too familiar with dog cancer. She has been supporting readers of Dr. Dressler’s website and book since the beginning. Molly earned a BA from Tufts University, and after a career in bookselling and book publishing attended The Swedish Institute to become a licensed massage therapist in New York State.
    Other Links:   
    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.
    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. 
    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 www.dogcanceranswers.com. 
    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
    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/

    • 19 min
    How Type B for Balance Treats Dog Cancer | Molly Jacobson Deep Dive

    How Type B for Balance Treats Dog Cancer | Molly Jacobson Deep Dive

    When your dog is diagnosed with cancer, you have lots of information to process and lots of decisions to make. What is the prognosis? Can the tumor be removed with surgery? Will chemotherapy or radiation help to extend your dog’s life, and are they worth the cost, both financially, physically and emotionally? And how are you going to pay for this?
    According to Dr. Demian Dressler’s Dog Cancer Coping Guide, dog lovers tend to fall into three personality categories when addressing these concerns and making treatment decisions:
    ·        A for Action
    ·        B for Balance
    ·        C for Comfort
    As a Type B owner, you want to balance longevity and quality of life. You are more likely to ask lots of questions about the details and consequences of different treatment options, trying to maximize longevity while still preserving quality of life. Risk tolerance will vary, but Type B owners generally want minimal side effects or really good odds of success.
    Molly Jacobson, editor of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, joins us to help Type B’s think things through.
    If you aren’t sure what personality type you are, or if you think you might actually be a Type A or Type C owner, visit DogCancerAnswers.com to check out the episodes dedicated to those two cancer treatment personality types.
    Links & Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show: 
    The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. See Chapter 22 which includes information on working with your vet.
    To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide,” go to https://dogcancersupport.com
    The Dog Cancer Coping Guide
    DogCancerBlog.com
    DogCancerAnswers.com
    About Today’s Guest, Molly Jacobson: 
    Molly Jacobson is a writer. She is also the editor of the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. A lifelong dog lover and self-professed health nerd, she is all too familiar with dog cancer. She has been supporting readers of Dr. Dressler’s website and book since the beginning. Molly earned a BA from Tufts University, and after a career in bookselling and book publishing attended The Swedish Institute to become a licensed massage therapist in New York State.
    Other Links:   
    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.
    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. 
    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 www.dogcanceranswers.com. 
    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
    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/

    • 17 min
    How Type A for Action Treats Dog Cancer | Molly Jacobson Deep Dive

    How Type A for Action Treats Dog Cancer | Molly Jacobson Deep Dive

    When your dog is diagnosed with cancer, you have lots of information to process and lots of decisions to make. What is the prognosis? Can the tumor be removed with surgery? Will chemotherapy or radiation help to extend your dog’s life, and are they worth the cost, both financially, physically and emotionally? And how are you going to pay for this?
    According to Dr. Demian Dressler’s Dog Cancer Coping Guide, dog lovers tend to fall into three personality categories when addressing these concerns and making treatment decisions:
    ·        A for Action
    ·        B for Balance
    ·        C for Comfort
    You have determined that you are a Type A. Type A owners want to take action. Let’s beat this thing, let’s do everything we can.
    Molly Jacobson, editor of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, joins us to help Type A’s make and execute plans.
    If you aren’t sure what type you are, or if you think you might be Type B or Type C, visit DogCancerAnswers.com to check out our episodes on those personality types.
    Links & Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show: 
    The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. 
    To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide,” go to https://dogcancersupport.com
    The Dog Cancer Coping Guide
    About Today’s Guest, Molly Jacobson: 
    Molly Jacobson is a writer. She is also the editor of the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. A lifelong dog lover and self-professed health nerd, she is all too familiar with dog cancer. She has been supporting readers of Dr. Dressler’s website and book since the beginning. Molly earned a BA from Tufts University, and after a career in bookselling and book publishing attended The Swedish Institute to become a licensed massage therapist in New York State.
    Other Links:   
    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.
    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. 
    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 www.dogcanceranswers.com. 
    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
    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/

    • 19 min

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