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Modern Dog published a lovely review of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide in their Winter 2011/2012 edition, which hit the stands on December 1, 2011. The full text is below, or you can download the PDF here.
Modern Dog Review
The Dog Cancer Survival Guide
By Dr. Demian Dressler, with Dr. Susan Ettinger
(Maui Media; 2011)
Caring for a dog with cancer can be overwhelming. Is surgery the best option? What about chemotherapy? Or alternative care? At this troubling time, having The Dog Cancer Survival Guide by your side is like having both a knowledgeable and a caring friend beside you.
Written in plain English for the layperson, this comprehensive book provides expert advice on the entire spectrum of cancer in dogs. It offers the latest research on everything from possible causes such as carcinogens in the air and soil, to the role of free radicals and antioxidants. Importantly, for the health of your dog and for your own peace of mind, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide gives you a down-to-earth appraisal of treatments that have been proven to work. This includes a realistic evaluation of conventional methods such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to alternative methods such as plant-based nutraceuticals.
It includes a thorough discussion of the major cancers found in dogs as well as the main chemotherapy drugs, so you can better understand what you and your beloved pet are facing.
Significantly, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide shows you how to care for yourself so you can face tough decisions with a clear mind and a steady heart. This valuable and compassionate guide is a must-have for anyone caring for a dog with cancer.
Library Journal published a review of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide on August 25, 2011. The full text is below, or you can read the original on their website.
Library Journal Review
Dressler, Demian, DVM, with Susan Ettinger, DVM. The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments To Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. 2d ed. Maui Media. 2011. 500p. illus. index. ISBN 9780975263150. pap. $34.95. SCI/PETS
With this book, canine cancer—the number one killer of dogs—loses some of its sting. The message that the dreaded diagnosis is not necessarily a death sentence will reassure many readers. Dressler, a general practice veterinarian, and Ettinger, a veterinary oncologist, advocate the “full spectrum” approach to treatment, in which conventional tools (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation) and alternative remedies (supplements, botanical nutraceuticals, mind-body medicine) are considered. Their counsel, in short: “Try everything.” The book’s divided structure is somewhat unusual (but nonetheless effective), as Dressler uses the first two-thirds to give a comprehensive overview, while in the last third, Ettinger details 12 common cancers and their conventional treatments. Clever use of sidebars (part of the book’s “Dummies”-style packaging) allows the authors to comment on each other’s ideas, so the reader gets a practical demonstration of the value of second opinions. Anecdotes from appreciative readers of the first (ebook) edition have been sprinkled throughout the text, providing further advice and support.
Verdict Faced with a bewildering set of circumstances, owners of dogs with cancer will welcome this guide, which will help them calm down, think clearly, consider the options, and, ultimately, make more confident decisions.—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.Read More
The Dog Cancer Survival Guide is like a crash course in canine cancer for the layperson. It takes a bit of the mystery out of the dreaded disease by teaching some of the what, why, and how regarding cancer and cancer treatment. After reading it, you will be better equipped to help your best friend live life to the fullest, regardless of the prognosis.
Pennie Clark Ianniciello is the Book Buyer for Costco and helps readers all over America choose their next read with her monthly Pennie’s Picks column in The Costco Connection. She is also an incurable dog lover. After reading The Dog Cancer Survival Guide she said:
The Dog Cancer Survival Guide is indispensable reading for any dog owner dealing with cancer… this book guides, supports and educates you!
Jan Rasmusen is the nationally respected holistic dog care expert and award-winning author of the book Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care. After reading The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, she said:
As a holistic dog care author, I knew exactly which experts to consult when my sweet Maltese Jiggy developed a large liver tumor. But even with advice from a top cancer specialist and help from a half dozen veterinary friends, I still had numerous questions. Exactly how should I adjust Jiggy’s diet? What supplements should I add? What else could I do to help him? I found the answers I sought and more in Dr. Dressler’s book. I was particularly impressed by the thoroughness of the information. The book is easy to read, but wonderfully complete. If your dog has cancer, I urge you to get two things: a second opinion … and this book.
Dr. Ruth MacPete is a practicing veterinarian, writer, and media personality who is known as “the pet vet” for her advocacy about important pet health and behavioral issues. After reading The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, she said:
The Dog Cancer Survival Guide is a great resource for pet parents whose dogs have been diagnosed with cancer. This easy-to-read book provides important information about canine cancers and discusses both conventional and holistic treatment options. Besides being informative, the book helps guide people as they navigate through a difficult and emotional path.”
Dr. Bob Goldstein is the Veterinary Director at the Healing Center for Animals, in Westport, Connecticut and the Editor of Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice. He is also the co-author of Wellness and Longevity Programs for Dogs and Cats, and is the Director of Integrative Veterinary Therapies for the animal cancer foundation, Riedel Cody Foundation. After reading The Dog Cancer Survival Guide he said:
Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger have succeeded at the incredible task of writing a book that really helps pet parents who are struggling with the many decisions faced when their beloved animal has been diagnosed with cancer. Presenting and explaining both complementary and conventional medical options for the treatment of cancer in ‘one book’ is a giant step in the direction of ‘one medicine’ offering integrative medical choices to pet parents for the betterment of their animal’s health.
A comprehensive guide that distills both alternative and allopathic cancer treatments in dogs… With the overwhelming amount of conflicting information about cancer prevention and treatment, this book provides a pet owner with an easy to follow approach to one of the most serious diseases in animals.
Dr. Stanley Coren is a scientist and the author of many best-selling books about dogs, including Born to Bark, How to Speak Dog, The Intelligence of Dogs and How Dogs Think. After reading The Dog Cancer Survival Guide he had this to say:
I wish that I had had The Dog Cancer Survival Guide when my dearly beloved Flat-coated Retriever, Odin, contracted cancer. It would have provided me alternative courses of action, as well as some well needed “reality checks” which were not available from conversations with my veterinarian. It should be on every dog owner’s book shelf–just in case…
Picking up The Dog Cancer Survival Guide is anything but a downer: it’s an ’empowerer.’ It will make you feel like the best medical advocate for your dog. It covers canine cancer topics to an unprecedented depth and breath – from emotional coping strategies to prevention – in plain English. Read this book, and you will understand cancer stages, treatment options, and types, and much more. If you have just had the dreaded news, pick up a copy and it will guide the decisions your dog trusts you to make.
I have just finished reading The Dog Cancer Survival Guide cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It is a cross between a comprehensive oncology text book and a compassionate review of the struggles that pet owners and their pets face with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The authors show obvious concern for medical accuracy while presenting the realistic, wide ranging, and up-to-date cancer treatment options.
This will be the book that every veterinarian in general practice will need to have as a reference text, and they should make it available to pet owners. The authors broadcast empathic concern for the patient and pet owners alike. The message of this book jumps off the written page and into the hearts of every reader, and will become the at home bible for cancer care of dogs. The authors have given you a sensible and systematic approach that practicing veterinarians will cherish, while their academic and heartfelt synergism provides a pragmatic guide to the reader.
This book gives hope to pet owners at a very difficult time. I found the book inspiring and, clearly, it will become part of my daily approach to cancer therapy for my own patients.
The future is upon us and this ground-breaking book is a vital cornerstone. In dealing with cancer, our worst illness, this Survival Guide is educational, logical, expansive, embracing, honest — and so needed.