Us dogs call it the Dreaded C … Cancer. It is the word in the vet office that we never want to hear and I know you pet parents don’t want to either. According to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, one in three dogs will face cancer in their life, but only 50% of them will survive (gasp!). If you follow my blog, I had a really good friend and foster brother Baxter pass away from bone cancer last year. I also have several Westie friends on my online Dogster group that are battling cancer or crossed over the rainbow bridge from it as well.
When I was approached to review the book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide — Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity” by Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM, I said Yes! The more I know about it the better. Honestly, I was expecting a very dry book written with all big vet terms and big words us doggies would have to Google to figure out what in the world they were saying. However, when I got the book in the mail I was so impressed. Dr. Dressler did a great job writing it with the average dog owner in mind. The author’s first chapter is titled “My Dog Has Cancer … Now What?” and then another chapter is just on “Dog Cancer Phrases, Words, and Meanings”.
I know my mom would fall apart if the vet told her that me or Elvis (or my brother and sister cats) had cancer. The book even addresses our human’s emotions and feelings and how to handle them, so they can take care of us dogs and ask the tough questions to the vet and make difficult decisions about our health care.
The book also goes over how the vet diagnoses and determines how advanced the cancer is. It discusses most of the conventional treatments such as surgery, side effects, and chemotherapy. It also talks about the “non-vet” treatments such as diet, alternative and allopathic treatments, and brain chemistry modification. And for you science people, there are chapters in the back of the book that goes into detail about the different types of dog cancer such as Mammary Tumors, Transitional Cell Carcinoma, and Osteosaroma.
This book is almost 500 pages long. It is very easy to read and full of important information. I also like that Dr. Dressler even provides lists of questions to ask your vet about each treatment. The more tools and education we can provide our humans to take care of us the better! We hope you never have to deal with dog cancer, but if you do, we recommend picking up a copy of this book.