The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM with Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip, ACVIM (Oncology)

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide:  Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity
Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM with Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip, ACVIM
Maui Media (2011)
ISBN 9780975263150
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (7/11)

At first, when I quickly perused “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide” I began to realize how in-depth this book is; it covers everything from first finding out to emotional management, from questions to ask to explanation of types of cancer, from causes to treatments, and so much more. This near 500-page reference book covers it all.  Fortunately for me none of our dogs ever had cancer but my interest in making myself aware led me to review this book.

My first interest was the section on causes of cancer.  I was reminded of the carcinogens in the soil from industrial waste.  No different than a danger to humans, these wastes are just as hazardous to animals. I was surprised to read that melatonin deficiency is sometimes a problem in dogs. Since our dogs have no problem sleeping most of the day and certainly all night, I hadn’t even considered this could be a problem.

“Cancer is a big problem, one the body is (theoretically) equipped to handle.  A normal immune system has tools it can put to use to identify cancerous cells and eliminate them from the body.”  This statement gave me an indication that to keep the dogs from getting cancer, boosting the immune system would be indicated.  Again, I was reminded that dogs, no different than people, need sunlight for vitamin D production.  The doctors say “…unless your dog has squamous cell carcinoma or the hemangiosarcoma mentioned, get your dog out into the sun for some time each day.  The hormonal vitamin D manufactured in the body when exposed to sunlight is a good addition to your Full Spectrum cancer care plan.”  I believe exposing our dogs to sun could also prevent cancer.

There is just too much to cover in a review of what this book contains and how it can help you understand as well as assist your dog in healing from cancer.  I would hope the only reason you are reading this review is because your dog has cancer and you are seeking more information.  From what I have seen between the covers of this book is more than one would expect to get from any book. The information is in concise and in lay terms.  The content is understandable and easy to read. There are a lot of references for further research.

Not knowing of any other resource on the market, I don’t have a comparison; however, I highly recommend “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.”  I truly believe that Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger are highly qualified to share this valuable information with us at a time when we are seeking help for our best friend, our dog.

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