True Tails from Readers of the 1st Edition

When we decided to publish the second edition of this book, readers of the first edition were asked “What would you tell a dog lover who is dealing with dog cancer, knowing what you know now?” These are just a few of the many “True Tails” that were contributed. If you’re thinking about getting a copy of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, this is what readers of the first edition have to say to you.

Caesar Smashed the Statistics Because of This Book

“Caesar was diagnosed with a Mast Cell Tumor Grade/Stage III when he was just over a year old. We had a clean removal of the tumor from his inner rear thigh, and began chemo very shortly after. It was a very scary time, but we were fortunate to have a great vet who made some fantastic recommendations to a local pet store. The pet store owner made a recommendation to a lady who specifically deals with Boxers, and she recommended the Dog Cancer Survival Guide. We have recommended the guide to our vet and anyone we know who is going through this horrible process. Caesar has six month checkups and he is now approaching four years old. He has smashed most of the statistics out there and I directly attribute that to Dr. Dressler’s book, our support group and the diet he is now on.” – Matt Cantine, White House, Tennessee

The Only Comprehensive Research … With a Personal Touch

“Dr. Dressler’s book was the only comprehensive research I was able to find on this subject.  I found it to be thorough when dealing with all aspects of cancer in dogs with a personal touch that made me feel that he was addressing me personally.” – Mike Bertuleit, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Our Reference

“We learned a significant amount from the book, and we continue to use it as a reference. Our standard poodle has had a tremendous boost out of chemo (there has been only one round of the 19 week protocol), and we are now at over nineteen months since the end of chemo and we are approaching two years since diagnosis. Apocaps is central to her regimen still, and we use and have used many other recommendations from the book as well. She has lived, and more importantly she has thrived, well beyond the statistical norm, and we credit the book and Apocaps for much of that success. Dr. Dressler is honest and realistic about prognosis, and yet he offers hope and evidence-based advice, and the learned and professional integration of conventional and alternative approaches is something that we did not find anywhere else.”  – Bob Andersen, Broadway, Virginia

Eighteen Months (and Counting) Without Spending $10,000

“The radiation oncologist that we saw after the tumor was removed suggested five weeks of radiation, for five days a week, all for the “small price” of $10,000! They only did the treatments between 8am and noon, making it virtually impossible for anyone who holds a job, but you could leave your dog there for the day for an additional charge of $35per day!! I was beside myself, but I also just wanted it all to go away, so initially, I was willing to pay. However, the more I thought about what that would be like for Yoda, I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I thought, if his days are indeed numbered, I don’t want to burn his little leg so that he can’t run and chase bunnies and squirrels and deer. It was about the quality of his life. I had to find an alternative, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The radiation oncologist and his vet told me that if I didn’t have the treatment done, his tumor would grow back in three to six months. Well it has been one year and six months and the growth hasn’t come back! Certainly, he is aging and isn’t as agile and playful as he was when he was a puppy, but his 10th birthday is April 30th and I couldn’t be more happy! Ever since I adopted him (three days prior to his first birthday!) he has had a steak for his birthday. This year I may make it a filet mignon! THANK YOU for your book, because it gave me the support, strength and encouragement I needed to turn this entire situation from doom-and-gloom to complete possibility for something different.” – Lori, Bethesda, Maryland

Took Me by the Hand … and Became My “Bible”

“I read the Dog Cancer Survivor guide fervently. It has become my “bible” in taking care of my dog. This book has helped not only my dog feel better, but me, too!!! Any dog lover who is facing cancer in a beloved dog truly needs to read and devour the information in the Dog Cancer Survival Guide. This amazing book “took me by the hand” and has given me avenues that I never would have known about otherwise. I cannot recommend this amazing book enough or sing it’s praises loud enough!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Dr. Dressler!!” – Cynthia McKinnon, Sanford, Florida

Helped Me Make Better Decisions: Worth Every Penny

“This book was extremely helpful to me. Even if it had not helped extend Apollo’s life – which I am convinced it did as we were given maybe 6 months and we got 18 months – it explains things that you didn’t hear at your appointment or were too overwhelmed to absorb. It helped me understand how canine cancer works and what to expect. This also prepared me for Apollo’s appointments because I was able to ask educated questions and feel that I was a part of his healthcare team and not just his advocate. This book helped me make better decisions for Apollo so that we could preserve his quality of life for as long as possible. There are a lot of sad truths in this book that as a dog owner suffering from cancer, you don’t really want to read … but they are helpful. This book was worth every penny and I would (and have) recommended it to anyone who has a dog diagnosed with cancer.” – Sandy Miller, Palo, Iowa

Even the Vet Thinks “We Beat This”

“My dog is a beagle named Gordon. We rescued him in 2000; we don’t know how old he was at the time. In September of 2009 he suddenly got very sick. “Critically ill” my vet said. He ended up having a splenectomy. Lab results of the biopsy: hemangiosarcoma. Median life expectancy: 3-6 months. I asked the vet every question I could hoping there was a sliver of hope. Could the lab results be wrong? Could the splenectomy have removed all the cancer cells? Has a dog ever beat it? Our family agreed we didn’t want to put him through any chemo or radiation. Well, a few weeks later I had Dr. Dressler’s book in my hand and was following his Full Spectrum cancer care. I was cautiously optimistic. It’s been 18 months since his surgery and he’s doing great. The vet has even said that he “thinks we beat this.” I’ve made some adjustments accordingly, but I still make Gordon’s food and use the supplements according to Dr. Dressler’s recommendation. I credit Dr. Dressler and his research and his book every bit as much as my vet and his surgery for saving Gordon’s life.” – Kim Gau, Stow, Ohio

No Regrets

“When I heard the diagnosis that my dog had cancer I had no idea where to start, what to do. After taking some time to contemplate what was in front of us, I realized I needed more than just “medical” language, more than just a clinical approach. I needed a game plan for us and for our dog. I know her and love her and needed to make the right choices. The bottom line for me was “no regrets”. I needed to make sure I understood the range of alternatives available, that I was making choices that were “right” given all the circumstances and that I would have peace whatever the outcome. The Dog Cancer Survival Guide gave me a starting place, empowered me to ask questions, push for alternatives, challenge the status quo and change the landscape. Whatever happens now, there will be no regrets on my part.” – Valerie Sachs, Pepper Pike, OH

An Answer to Our Prayers

“When we first found out that our ten year-old Labrador had cancer, we had a sonogram done of his entire body. It showed that the cancer, which had started in his anal gland, had spread to several of his lymph glands, some of which were grossly enlarged. The vet, on seeing the sonogram results, told us our dog had 6 to 8 weeks to live. We immediately started using the strategies in Dr. Dressler’s book, including the high-protein, low-carb diet, the cancer-busting supplements, the immunity-strengthening methods, and the self-esteem building activities. We first used alternated using Luteolin and EGCG, as well as Doxycycline, Modified Citrus Pectin, K-9 Immunity and Transfer Factor, Multivitamins, and Fish Oil. Then, when Apocaps came on the market, we used only Apocaps, along with the K-9 Immunity and Transfer Factor, Multivitamins, and Fish Oil. We used all of Dr. Dressler’s immune boosting strategies, including having our dog in a completely dark room for nine hours of sleep each night. We gave our dog some type of exercise every day, whether it was a short walk, chasing a Frisbee in the yard, or playing ball in the house. We also played fetch and tug-of-war games with him. We also gave him hugs and plenty of petting every day. You could tell that he was happy…his tail was always wagging. Our dog lived not only 8 weeks, but 18 MONTHS longer, largely, we believe, due to Dr. Dressler’s suggestions. He amazed every veterinarian we knew! We were so thankful to have the blessing of this extra time with him. In addition, his quality of life during all these extra months was very good. He was not constantly nauseous and fatigued, as he would have been if we had pursued chemotherapy. He was his normal, happy, energetic self. And when we realized the end was finally near, Dr. Dressler’s advice on how to make the final decision and how to deal with the stress and sadness of losing our beloved friend really helped us. I can’t tell you how thankful we are for this book! It was truly an answer to our prayers.” – Heather G., San Antonio, Texas

Like Having a Second (or Third) Opinion

“Having the Dog Cancer Survival Guide is truly like having a second opinion (in my case a third, along with my general practice vet and the canine oncologist overseeing Sparkle’s treatment). It was so reassuring to me to have good questions to ask, and to see that what my vets are recommending agree with Dr. Dressler.” – Susan McKay, Winnipeg, Manitoba

If She Didn’t Look at His Chart, “She’d Never Know Buddy Was Sick”

“I was devastated when I learned Buddy’s cancer had returned. The same ache in my stomach, the tearing of my heart came back. He had seemed to recover nicely from the melanoma. I had great vets. His affected toe had been amputated. His previous x-rays were clear. How could this have happened again? I immediately started searching the internet. The news was so grim that I felt nothing but despair. How could I watch my pet, my friend, suffer through this? I clicked on Dr. Dressler’s site and scanned the info on his book. I realized that I had to play an active role in Buddy’s” treatment. I immediately ordered the book (e-mail copy.) I downloaded the 300+ pages as soon as i got home from school and began reading. While the news was still alarming I began to feel a little hope. Notes and read up on the research cited. I jotted down questions and was ready form my initial appointment with Buddy’s new oncologist. I listened, questioned, and re-hashed what the oncologist explained to me. I quizzed her about her background, research practices and philosophy of medicine. I was amazed she actually agreed about the medication (doxycycline) to give to Buddy. I began Buddy on the Apocaps and massage therapy. We began daily walks and a dietary change from Beneful to an almost grain-free dog food. I spent more time telling him how grateful I was to him and much more time on my knees praying for a miracle. I began to “beef up” Buddy’s weight and chart his progress. I held my breath and expected the worse. It hasn’t happened yet. Buddy’s blood count is great, his weight is up and his attitude is wonderful. While the doctor says is too soon to tell, she has suggested that he is getting better. She has actually said on more than one occasion that if she didn’t have Buddy’s chart in front of her she would never suspect he was at all sick. I keep waiting for the miracle of Buddy being healed. In the meantime, I know there are options to sitting back and letting the worse happen. I am more optimistic and grateful for Dr. Dressler’s book. It has brought me closer to God, given me hope for the future, peace of mind, and avenues to follow to help Buddy and the rest of my family cope with this “trying” situation.” – Debbie Granger, Chesterfield, Missouri

Grateful for Real Information Backed by Real Research

“We were very grateful to find such a resource as this book. There is so much misinformation on the net and so many self-proclaimed or new age experts today, it was a blessing to find real information backed by real research. Thank you!” – Steven McAfee, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Nothing Is Sugar Coated

“DO NOT GIVE UP! Read the book, cry, laugh, and love with your pet. Use the book to formulate a realistic game plan in regards to attacking the disease to the best of your abilities. When you love a pet as evidently you do (given you found this book and Dr. D), you’ll find trying will make a world of difference to you and will reflect on your pet as well. It was well worth the time, effort and money spent and I would pay tenfold for this information. Dr. Dressler presented everything in a REAL light. Nothing was sugar coated but at the same time the recommendations all had supporting information as to the “why” this can work, and how the research has come about.” – Julian Trevino, Roseville, Michigan

You Won’t Be Disappointed

“Buy this book; you won’t be disappointed. It will help you prepare yourself for all the challenges that come along with your dog having cancer. So many of the things he recommends seem so logical and are things you need to do to help yourself before you can help your dog. You find yourself saying “Wow, this makes so much sense” but yet it was something you hadn’t actually thought of yourself.” – Christine Darg, Winnipeg, Manitoba

My Husband – The Vet – Didn’t Know How To Deal, Either

“When LP was first diagnosed, we were distraught and felt completely hopeless. My husband is an equine vet – yet he couldn’t deal with such devastating news any better than I did. We were emotional disasters – yet when I read Dr. Dressler’s book, I realized that everyone goes through the exact same things we were. We need to be strong for our dogs, we need to be focused. We don’t know where this journey will take us but we are now on a steady course. LP is a happy guy, he’s doing well right now and we’re taking one day at a time. I am sure this has helped LP.” – Susie, Millwood, Virginia

Human in a Dog Suit

“Angus is a nine year-old Golden Doodle. He’s the best dog we have ever had. We’ve always said he’s like a human in a dog suit. He’s always been there for us, always attentive, always ready to put his head on your lap, always ready to give love. Plus, he was fast. He looked like a thoroughbred when he ran. In June of 2010, my wife, Barb, was down at our house on the beach helping our daughter start up a restaurant and noticed him limping and staying off his rear leg. She drove him down to our “beach vet” to be checked and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. He was one of the favorites at the vet’s office and all of the “girls” who worked there were bawling along with my wife. When Barb got him back to the house, she called me and told me to sit down and laid it out — the vet had said that, without treatment, Angus’ prognosis was 6 -8 weeks as this was an extremely aggressive and lethal cancer. We must have cried on the phone for two hours. At the time, it was one of the most gut-wrenching things we had been through. It paled, however, compared to the death of our son, Dave, 5-months later (for which there is no comparison). Barb’s someone that springs to action. She got on the phone and made an appointment with a leading veterinary oncologist in the Raleigh area (where we live), wrapped up a bunch of restaurant-related details, found Dr. Dresser’s book on the internet and sent me the link, packed up her truck and got him back for a consultation. After consultation with the specialist, we signed up for amputation and a 4-week course of carboplatin, hearing that it could extend his life by 6 months and, maybe if we were lucky, a year. I printed out Dr. Dresser’s book, put it in a 3-ring binder, and started reading. I had always been big into supplements, so was drawn to the chapters on alternative therapies. I probably read those chapters about 10 times before it started sinking in and we started off adding just a couple supplements to his meals and giving him purified water instead of tap water. Angus went in for amputation surgery on July 1, 2010 and we spent a long 4th of July weekend lying on the floor with him to reassure him and keep him from chewing his stiches out. Obviously, the wound was pretty gross. Like all good dogs, he kept licking our faces after we had just brought him in to have a leg chopped off. Cancer mechanisms and alternative treatments became our new obsession; I spent hours researching after work every night, reading Dr. Andrew Weill, Dr. Russell Blaylock, internet blog after internet blog, and as many clinical studies and papers I could find on medicinal mushrooms and artemisinin. Surprisingly, I found Suzanne Somers’ book Knockout to be superb. The more research we did, the more we fine-tuned Angus’ regimen. I’m now a big believer in the theory of dogs self-medicating. We’ve never had to force pills down Angus’ throat. He either eats them with his dinner or out of our hand…I persuade myself that he does this because he senses it will help cure his cancer. It’s now 10 months since Angus was diagnosed. He has had to survive the stress of our grieving the loss of our son. And the stress of that event on him — he knows…But, we have doubled our efforts to support Angus in dealing with his cancer. We aren’t willing to lose two of our “boys” in the same year. Angus has been back to the oncologist twice for scans to see whether the cancer has spread (most dogs with osteosarcoma die when it spreads to their lungs). On both earlier visits, nothing showed on the scans and his blood counts were phenomenally good. He’s still bright eyed and has a good appetite. We want to get him another summer at the beach. He’s a great dog, a great friend. He deserves it.” – Al Marzetti, Raleigh, North Carolina

If I Had to Do It Over Again

“Be truly open-minded about alternative therapies. We used both traditional (radiation) and alternative (supplements, immune support etc.) at the same time. If I had it to do over again, I would have tried the alternatives first, and only done traditional if necessary. I think the traditional therapies really strained our twelve-year-old golden – I wish I had trusted the alternatives enough to really give them a go first.” – Sheryl Poole, Andover, Massachusetts

What We Learned with Shadow Helps Keymos Today

“Shadow was one of the true loves of my life. When he was diagnosed, and we then fought the cancer that had attacked him, we came to know that winning the ultimate fight was not as important as the days we shared. Living in the moment really came into its own. While I would always choose to still have Shadow with me in physical form, he opened doors and brought realizations to my life that would not have happened without his illness. I know for certain that it was his path and ours together, to learn. When he friend, Keymos was diagnosed only a year after losing Shadow, at first I couldn’t believe that we had another diagnosis. But, we were already armed. Keymos was already on a wonderful diet, and he began Apocaps immediately. Thought he is older at 13 than Shadow was at only 9 years, Keymos is fit and sturdy. But without the lessons learned from Shadow, we may not have had the tools in place to help Keymos be this well. There is no evidence of cancer in him anymore, and he revels in every day, teaching the younger dogs what he knows.” – Susan Harper, High Wycombe, England

Don’t Settle for the “C” Word

“… although everything seems so terrible and you’re confused and feel helpless you have to try and firstly stay strong for one another. You have to see beyond the word cancer and take positive action immediately. Little steps at a time as there is so much information out there. Do your research, change the diet immediately. Remain high spirited and joyful as soon as you can in front of your dog as they can not only sense your pain but have to deal with theirs too. Remember there is positive guidance and great vets out there. Nothing is impossible: where there is a will there’s a way! If it means trying everything then do, but make sure you spend your time researching the good not the bad. You’re the driving force behind your dog’s recovery. They need you just as you need them. It’s not the end, don’t settle for the C word – beat it as long as you can. At least you’ll live to know that you tried everything in your power.” – Margherita Ferlita, Surrey, England

There Is Always Hope!

“There is always hope! You should learn everything you can about the type of cancer your fur baby has and then no matter how much or how little time you have, live each day for just that day. Yes, you will have ‘down’ days but don’t brood on them, just know that they will happen. Look at the diet you are feeding your friend, and see where you can make it better, variety is very good for them too just as it is for you. Read and learn everything you can: the treatments, the medications, supplements and diets, because it is you who are the closest to your friend, and you know what is best for your dog.” – Shirley, Salem, Oregon

Keep Going – as if You’re In Grad School

“Cry if you need to; but then sit down with the book and a notebook. Write down what supplements sound right to you. Find them on the Internet. Do some research. Consult Dr. D’s blog. Act as if you’re in grad school and really get educated and be proactive. The vets here in North Dakota are not very receptive, and from what I hear, that’s not uncommon. If you don’t have vet support; keep going.” Kris Kitko, Bismarck, North Dakota

Find a Network

“Love your dog and give her the best you have, understand that this is an important and difficult time for both of you. Find a network of people who have been through it to support you, and get as much info as you can beyond what your own vet is telling you.” – Ellen Slater, Redmond, Oregon

Don’t Give Up

“Even though at first you may think the situation is insurmountable, please do not throw in the towel. You can, through help and guidance and understanding, help you and your friend through these tough times. It’s normal to be confused, sad and angry at the same time. You need information from knowledgeable people. You need to become informed on everything dealing with the problem. You can then base your decision and plan of action based on what is best for your friend. The treatment is for them, so don’t give up; do what is possible for them and for you.” Jon Marshall, Norman, Oklahoma

You Will Get Through This

“You will get through this, you will never forget your dog, and he is part of your heart. Bear up, be strong for your dog and just do your best. Your dog will love you the more for it.” Connie Almy, San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions!

“Calm yourself first. Deal with your own emotions. Then, be your pet’s best friend and advocate for his health. Gather as much Information as you can to make informed decisions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. And at the end of each day, give him hugs and tell him how much you love him, cherish him and PRAY for him daily…it will definitely help him and you as well.” – Tina Holloway Johnson, Surprise, Arizona

Ask, and Ask Again!

“Be pro-active in your dog’s care. If something does not “feel” right to you — ask and then ask again. We know our dogs better than anyone else, so, we need to be the folks that speak and act on their behalf. Stay calm — even though this is hard to do at times. Read everything you can about the type of cancer your dog has — that way you can make informed decisions in regard to the type of care your dog needs. Try and keep your dog’s life as normal as possible — which is very important. Talk to your dog and be thankful that they are with you every single day. They are true gifts to us.” Sheril Allen, Austin, Texas

Don’t Be Afraid

“This is one of the toughest things you will ever go through. Make sure you find the right vets, do your research, and double check your research. Not all vets are made the same. Be INVOLVED in your pets care. Research, research, research. Just like when a human goes to a doctor and you have to be your own advocate, you need to be your pet’s advocate too. Don’t be afraid to seek a specialist, don’t be afraid to ask for your pets records to go see a specialist, and don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t be afraid to question anything that doesn’t feel right in your gut. Stay positive around your dog. That’s not to say, that you can’t go hide in your car by yourself and bawl your eyes out. For me, I hid in the shower and cried my heart out, but as soon as I came out I had to put on a happy face and bring out that positive energy for Daisy. Do what you can to help stimulate your dog. You may not be able to do the things you used to do, but maybe just going for a ride, playing a game of paddy cake or hide the cookie, or sitting at a field, by the water, at a park, and just watching the world go by together. That can make a world of difference to your pup and give them something to look forward to every day.” Chris Shoulet, Bethesda, Maryland

Don’t Panic!

“We humans, when we hear cancer, we automatically think – imminent death and that is not always the case. Don’t panic. Make sure you seek as much information as possible about the cancer and treatment options because depending on the type of cancer there could be many treatment plans available. Do not rely on one medical opinion; I work with an oncologist and a holistic vet and they have been instrumental in helping my dog have the best possible immune system and therefore fight the cancer. Also, I am part of a few cancer groups. These groups can provide vital information for your pet because they have been there and done it. They also help you realize that there a lot of other people/dogs out there going through the same thing and can provide support.” – Marian Beeman, Fairfax Station, Virginia

Cancer Is Not a Death Sentence

“To Others Who are Experiencing What I am Going Through … It is a breath of fresh air, learning from Dr. Dressler, that Cancer is NOT a death sentence. Every time I see my little one scratching her bed to make it, every time I see her prancing her little girly prance, every time I see her running along the beach, and most of all, every time I look into her loving, adoring eyes, I know without a doubt that nothing that I do for her is ever too much. Everything counts. Every day counts. And when the time comes for us to part, whether it be from cancer, or from age, I know that it will be she that tells me that it is time (but only for a short while, for hope is eternal).” – Joyce Parham, Julian, North Carolina

Look for the “Light and Life”

“The first thing I would tell them is – be prepared to do lots of research. Not every vet knows or even cares about a dog with cancer or alternative diets. You must be proactive and you must look at all conventional AND alternative sources. Always do what makes your dog feel the best and never continue the process if the “light and life” are not in their eyes any longer.” Maya Sherman, Sparks, Nevada

Falsely Comforted By Surgery

“Shadow’s experience has opened awareness and knowledge that we will use to help all of our dogs, and everyone we meet to both fight and prevent cancer. It’s the number one cause of death in our beloved dogs, and the reasons are mostly man-made, from environment to food to attitude. One lesson I learned in both our dogs, is that they both had a minor cancer experience about 6 months before a major one was diagnosed. With Shadow, he had a malignant growth on his leg that was excised and the vet told us it had been taken out completely. With Keymos, at 12 years his testes got hard, a sign of cancer changes and he was castrated. About six months after each experience both dogs had a larger, life-threatening diagnosis of cancer. Had we realized that the earlier experience placed cancer cells in the body that we could start to fight instead of feeling comforted by surgery, we may have prevented further spread. The most important lesson we have learned is to get off our lazy butts and give our dogs the best natural diet possible, the second is to not take things for granted and to make sure every day they feel joy and play with us. It is good for us all.” – Susan Harper, High Wycombe, England

The Loving Our Souls Have Shared Never Ends

“Be grateful for every day you have and live it as a day of life, not a day of death. Bless your dog with your loving, with your attention, and with the best nutrition and medical care you can provide. Pray that God be merciful to you and grant you a long, healthy life together. Accept that death comes to us all one day, but the loving our souls have shared never ends.” – Steven McAfee, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Unnecessary Heartache

“Keep optimistic but practical as well. Enjoy every day with your pet and cherish them. Say lots of prayers, since I feel God is calling the shots here, and always put your pet’s needs ahead of yours. Be sure to understand your treatment options, including doing minimal intervention. It is a difficult time for both but especially for your pet. Don’t put a time frame on lifespan. You will be setting yourself up for unnecessary heartache.” – Kathleen Lundell, Chandler, Arizona

Our Dog Lived Every Day He Was Alive!

“Take heart that there are a number of ways to manage cancer in dogs. Some cancers can go into remission for years with proper treatment. Be sure you understand what the oncologist is telling you, and ask him/her about alternative therapies that might be used with or without traditional chemotherapy to fight the cancer and keep your dog’s system strong. Our goal was to make sure our dog lived every day that he was alive!” – Connie Hardy, Ames, Iowa

Let Outcomes Unfold

“Deal with it one day/step at a time, and don’t jump ahead. Let outcomes unfold, rather than focusing on the worst case scenario. Don’t beat up on yourself. You did not cause your dog’s cancer. Don’t try to be brave. If you need to cry or do hours of research or watch action movies to feel better, go for it. If not, just love your dog. Don’t waste any energy on things you can’t do anything about. Use your energy to help your dog. Have courage when making the decisions you will have to for your dog’s well-being. Some will be hard, but if you keep the focus on giving your dog the best quality of life possible, they will be easier.” – Susan McKay, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fight If You Have To

“Do everything you can, read the book, cook the food and pray. We enjoyed nearly three times as much time with Tyler as originally diagnosed. Fight with your own vet over treatment, they are not aware of this research and will tell you there is nothing that can be done. THEY ARE WRONG.” – John Arquette, Fayetteville, New York

Counting Time

“I would recommend reading the book, immediately. I would tell the person to make every day special in at least several ways. Worrying doesn’t make things better. Make a plan, but be open to optional changes. Most important, remember that we are all going to lose these dogs eventually to something. We don’t know how soon. So make every day count and be grateful for every interaction you have. Dogs don’t count time like we do. They live in the moment. If we do the same, we can cope better and make life – however long that is – better for us and for the dogs.” – Judith A., Willingboro, New Jersey

There Is No Wrong Decision

“Take a breath! There is no wrong decision in this journey. It is really about the relationship between you and you dog. Only the two of you know what the other can endure. Treat every day as if it is your last together and have no regrets. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.” – Brad Burkholder, Galt, California

For Her, If Not for You

“Try to make the rest of hers fun-filled and full of love (what a dog’s life should be). For yourself, you can pray for a miracle as long as you don’t expect one–hope will likely be the only thing you have to hold onto. Most importantly, as hard as it will be, recognize and accept when your dog’s time is up–for her if not for yourself.” – Denyce Gagne, Danbury, New Hampshire

She Was Not Receptive … But She Could Not Dispute It

“I am so sorry that you have to experience this; but don’t give up hope. You are your pet’s #1 advocate and as such it is your duty to research the current medications available and what research that is being conducted to combat this disease. My oncologist was not receptive to Dr. Dressler’s book but had never read it. Every bit of info I brought out in our initial conversation that I took from the book was info she could not dispute and often agreed with. I believe that the more knowledgeable the owner is about their pet’s situation, the more willing the doctor will be to pursue other avenues. This is merely my opinion, but it makes sense that doctors are more willing to try different medications with owners who are more interested in their pets’ health than with other owners who merely “go with the flow.” Also, many owners are capable of asking very intelligent questions that their doctor may not have considered.” – Debbie Granger, Chesterfield, Missouri

Chemo for the Rest of His Life?

“Finding out your dog has cancer is devastating, especially if your dog is only 7 like my Charlie. There are so many decisions to make and so much research to do, but with the news of cancer, also comes strong motivation to find out everything you can to save your dog’s life. I talked to our chemo specialist here in Kelowna and found out that Charlie would be on Chemo for the rest of his life – once a week for the first six months, and then if the dog is still around the chemo would be reduced to once every two weeks. The side effects can be horrific and we just felt we couldn’t bear to see our beautiful dog become extremely sick from such an ordeal. So we chose the healthier route. I changed the diet drastically. I began giving most of the supplements Dr. Dressler recommends. I do massage and exercise and talking healing every day. I enjoy my daily moments with my dog and know that I am doing everything I can to keep his as healthy as possibly for as long as possible.” – Audry Arnall, Kelowna, British Columbia

It’s the Little Things

“In my line of work, I speak with dog lovers each and every day. Many of them have been through cancer with a dog or are facing that journey currently. There are a few things I would share with anyone watching their beloved pet struggle with cancer or any other disease for that matter: take every moment to be with your pet because nothing means more to them than your presence. Do the things that you can, and don’t obsess over what you cannot. So often it is the very little things like a ten minute massage or hand feeding your dog or carrying them outside and standing over them in the cold night air or a meal you made yourself that really matter so much more than expensive treatments or heroic efforts. If and when the time comes when a difficult decision must be made, be thankful for the mercy that we as guardians can provide our pets.” – Lola Michelin, Shoreline, Washington

Beyond Traditional Treatments

“It is beyond daunting when one first gets the news. Often there are some very hard decisions to make. One I had was – am I doing this for me or her? Especially with an amputation – will her life be as enjoyable? As much as I respect my Vet, he like many others does not have the knowledge and information to go beyond the traditional treatment. I am so happy i did my own research and found Dr. Dressler’s book. It is very empowering and gave me some of the direction I needed to move forward. I believe every Vet should have this book as a resource to offer people when they are faced with this life-changing news.” – Keefer Irwin, Rochester, Vermont

Get Past the Guilt

“Getting past the guilt at the very beginning is absolutely essential. You are no good to your dog while you’re wrapped up in yourself.” – Mignon Owens, Jessup, Maryland

Permission to Grieve: for One Week!

“When we first found out about Gordon’s cancer, all I wanted to do was hold him and cry. But if we ended up losing him, what would our last few weeks together have been like? So, with Dr. Dressler’s point in mind, I gave myself permission to grieve but for no longer than one week. When that week was up, I was going to put the sadness aside and love and enjoy my dog every minute I still had him. Once I read Dr. Dressler’s book I had hope and faith that something could be done. That alone gave me a brighter outlook. Once I started to implement his recommendations, the outlook got even brighter. I am confident that Gordon could sense all this positive energy and love for him and responded to it.”  – Kim Gau, Stow, Ohio

Helpful Kitty Massages Therapy Dog

“My main concern was keeping Daisy’s spirits up, keeping her challenged, stimulated and occupied vs. lying in bed, so that she had something to live for. I was so incredibly proud of her for everything she had overcome all ready; it was easy to tell her how wonderful she was and to thank her for everything she’s ever done, every day with the Pledge of Thanks! She helped me foster over 250 dogs during her life time. She selected the dogs we brought home from the kill shelters, and she helped reassure then, train them when they needed training (manners, house training, you name it). She corrected them, and made it so easy for me. She kept her brothers and sisters in line, she was a therapy dog, and she was always there for me when I just wanted to go for a walk and get away from everything. We did a lot of energy healing and a lot of massage therapy and touch therapy. Even our cat got involved and I found him curled up next to Daisy, both on their sides with his 4 paws massaging her back in a Message Massage! We kept Daisy a Dynamic Dog; stimulated and playful. We took her out to sit at the field and watch the sun set, and the other dogs play, and sniff the air, the grass, and the trees. She couldn’t go far sometimes but just being outside with the other dogs and still keeping to her regular schedule really stimulated her! We also discovered something called the “Dog Brick” which I think is an amazing toy, especially for a dog going through cancer, provided they aren’t nauseous. It is made by Nina Ottosson and has a number of sliding compartments where you can hide treats. The dog can sniff the treats and has to use their brain power to slide the doors open to find and get to the treat. Nina makes a number of toys like this with different levels of challenges for dogs. The great thing is the dog doesn’t have to move much and it takes more brain power than physical power so it’s a great stimulating tool!” – Chris Shoulet, Bethesda, Maryland

Desperate Times Call for Goofy Exercises

“Many of these exercises seem goofy or ridiculous, but I figured in desperate times … so I tried all of them. Imagine my surprise when almost all of them had me noticing a significant change in my dog’s attitude. Even the smallest thing can help. Don’t we always say “attitude is everything?” In doing Pledge of Thanks on a regular basis throughout any given day I was amazed to find out just how much I underappreciated my best buddy. I now have an even more responsive and enthusiastic best friend. I truly believe a happy dog is a healthier one. Lucky for me it works for people too – my outlook has improved drastically.” – Holly Rydman, Olympia, Washington

Is It Time for My Massage?

“I use the Pledge of Thanks daily and all three of my dogs get lots of Message Massages. My oldest dog is a Jack Russell Terrier named Gorilla and last year was a rough one for him. He went through an agonizing vestibular incident, lost most of his sight and toward the end of the year had a series of seizures that left us suspecting that a brain tumor was the cause of his fading cognition and failing health. Massage has always been a part of my dog’s lives because it is my profession. I have a school in Seattle called the Northwest School of Animal Massage and Gorilla is the school mascot! … last year, those massages became as important to me as they were to Gorilla. The time I spent cradling his frail body and lovingly stroking his coat lifted both of our spirits and empowered me as his guardian to be able to provide him comfort. When he didn’t want to eat, massaging him would revive his appetite and then help him keep his food down. When he was restless and couldn’t sleep through the nights, I would lie on the floor with him massaging his crown and his belly until he was snoring peacefully. And when his vestibular incident left him with a dramatic head tilt and sore muscles that nearly immobilized him, the massage helped restore his posture and his independence. Using many of the suggestions from Dr. Dressler’s book and website and with the help of a TCM Veterinarian who provides acupuncture and herbal supplements, Gorilla has regained a lot of his former vigor and is entering his fourteenth year in better weight, with more energy and a renewed enthusiasm for his daily activities. I know we still have some tough days ahead with an inevitable heartbreak at its end, but in the meantime, I am thankful for every glorious moment I have with my amazing dog. Oops…gotta go…someone is looking at me as if to say, ‘Is it time for my massage?’”– Lola Michelin, Shoreline, Washington

My Dog Should Be a Dog … Not a Sick Dog

“I had forgotten how important it was for my dog to enjoy being a dog… not being a sick dog. The few minutes of one-on-one play meant so much to each of us. When I became quiet and focused on him without distractions, our relationship deepened exponentially. Talking with him, feeling my love for him and his back to me at such a wonderful level, gave us a wonderfully expanded relationship. We knew that no matter what happened in the future, we were so much closer than we’d ever been before.” – Susan Harper, High Wycombe, England

Dealing with My Depression Helped Her Stay Happy

“The prognosis was devastating to me and left me with an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. By using the emotional management exercises I changed from a focus on the bad to addressing my depression. She didn’t know “what” was wrong so by me being able to remain positive, in return it let her remain happy. It was a bond that I may have needed more than she, but I’m sure it helped both of us in regards to a feeling of love and the ability to keep living to the best of our abilities.” – Julian Trevino, Roseville, Michigan

Nighty Night: Bedtime Stories for Madison

“Every evening before I go to sleep, while Madison is already resting comfortably on our bed for the night and the room is dark and quiet, I do the Pledge of Thanks, telling her all the reasons that I’m thankful she’s in my life. Some nights I tell her the same reasons over and over, and other nights I think of even more reasons I hadn’t already thought of. The list seems endless. All the while I also stroke her fur softly and the combination of these two activities helps to make me calm, ready for a good night’s sleep.” Christine Darg, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Talk It Out with the Best Listener

“The one I use daily is Pledge of Thanks. It allowed me to express and release my true feelings, after all your companion, your best friend has cancer which is extremely scary but you can talk it out and you have the best listener in the world. I would tell Uli, my boxer companion, how thankful I am for every new day and thankful that we have that time to do things we enjoy, thankful for God and the fact I was blessed to have such a wonderful companion to share each day with.” – Jon Marshall, Norman, Oklahoma

Dogs Pick Up on My Moods

“By re-establishing our daily walks we are all feeling healthier. The walks also keep us happier and we play more than we used to. I am ashamed to say I became really lazy in the past few months. I am also not as depressed about the cancer situation since we are all more active and I believe that Buddy and Jack both “pick up” on my mood change.” – Debbie Granger, Chesterfield, Missouri

Everything Is In Her Best Interest

“One of the first things I did was to try the emotional management exercises, and I found that they gave me a sense of peace, knowing that everything I would be doing would be in Sparkle’s best interest.” – Susan McKay, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Thank Them Every Day

“I do the Pledge of Thanks just about every day (even with my older dog who does not have cancer). I feel that our dogs are “gifts” to us in life, and we need to thank them (every day) for being with us.” – Sheril Allen, Austin, Texas

Singing Through the Pain

“While going through the experience of splenic hemangiosarcoma with my golden doodle Ellie, I sometimes felt overwhelmed with anger and sadness. I also felt uncomfortable about crying a lot in front of Ellie. Needing a safe place to vent my feelings led me to make a special connection with a song. I would get in my car, start to drive, put on the song and just let my emotions go. Sometimes I’d end up crying so hard I’d have to pull-over, but I always felt so much relief afterward. Having a safe place to release my emotional pain was a huge part of taking care of me so I could better take care of Ellie.” – Sarah N. Bertsch, Hudson, Wisconsin

I Was Bent Every Day – So I Vented Every Day!

“I used the Vent if You’re Bent exercise daily! I kept a journal where I could put all my feelings and emotions down on paper as a way to release them. Some days I said the same things, others, I was mad or emotional about different aspects of this disease that had affected the whole family. I also used the Cheat Day on occasion, because, knowing he had osteosarcoma, and realizing that it is the most aggressive and hard to treat cancer, I felt that he shouldn’t be denied what he loved, however, I didn’t want to “feed” the cancer either. The Message Massage also helped him immensely. I could feel him relax under the pressure of the massage and soothing words.” Jill Stout, Medford, Oregon

Was That a Dog in the Drive-Through Window?

“The Vent if You’re Bent exercise helped me let out the anger about my young dog being diagnosed with a disease that was going to rob us of many years together. Cheat Day was for Apollo: on chemo days we started adding a trip to McDonalds or A&W on the way home. I would buy him a single cheeseburger and let him have the meat and cheese. Most of the time he was very happy to get it.” – Sandy Miller, Palo, Iowa

Caught Up in the Insanity

“It was easy to get caught up in the insanity of trying to decipher what the vets were saying, looking for additional information to help with decisions, searching for others with similar experiences, and those things associated with such a horrible diagnosis that took away from the bond with the dog, the very thing we were scrambling around trying to figure out how to help. Doing the emotional management exercises, while a little underwhelming at first, were very valuable and reminded me of things that we did regularly before the diagnosis. It was a good reminder and helped me get grounded again.” – Brad Burkholder, Galt, California

Don’t Accept the Standard Line

“Don’t just accept the conventional thinking that most vets and vet oncologists will give you. It will be the same as human oncologists — cut it out, burn it out with radiation, poison it with expensive chemo drugs. As Dr. Andrew Weil said in Spontaneous Healing – ten or twenty years from now conventional cancer treatments will be considered barbaric. Unless it is a tumor that hasn’t metastasized, it’s likely to be an expensive and unsuccessful route. Instead, help bolster your dog’s immune system so his immune system can cure his cancer or extend his life. Improve his diet with whole and unadulterated foods. Only give him purified water to drink. Start him on K-9 Immunity and Apocaps right away until you can figure out a supplement protocol. If you can’t afford the Apocaps and K-9 Immunity, you can get herbs and supplements such as turmeric, green tea, fish oil capsules, milk thistle, quercetin and astralagus from many reputable online vendors (subscribe to Consumer Labs to make sure you’re buying from a good vendor). Do your best to find a vet who gives credence to alternative therapies. Even if you want to utilize conventional chemotherapy, alternative therapies can be used in a complementary fashion. Read Andrew Weil. Subscribe to Dr. Russell Blaylock’s newsletter and read all the back issues on cancer. Read the Dog Cancer Survivor Guide…and when you’re finished read it again. Don’t accept the line that alternative therapies are not “evidence-based” because gold-standard double-blind clinical trials have not been done. This does not mean that there is no evidence that alternative work; it just means that FDA-style clinical trials are simply too expensive to run on natural substances that cannot be patented. Love you dog every day. Give him a reason for living. And then maybe you’ll actually see him in Heaven.” – Al Marzetti, Raleigh, North Carolina

From “Just One Hour to Live” to “No Longer In Danger”

“We used Artemisinin, and one of our vets wanted to use Neoplasene … I’m not sure what worked best or if it was a combination of everything that we were doing but her cardiac hemangiosarcoma that had ruptured, did solidify and start to shrink, and over three months went from she only had an hour to live to she was no longer in danger of having that hemangiosarcoma rupture.” Chris Shoulet, Bethesda, Maryland

It’s Been Eleven Months and Counting With No Obvious Signs of Cancer

“I have used Apocaps since (I think) May or June of 2010. Our dog, Maya, was diagnosed with Renal cancer April 15, 2010. We thought she had a urinary infection and following an X-ray (which showed a massive tumor instead of a kidney) we were sent to the specialty clinic for an ultrasound and to meet with an oncologist. She had her kidney removed on April 20th. We received the following as part of the histology report: “Diagnosis: Left Kidney: High-grade malignant neoplasm with multifocal to coalescing necrosis, mineralization and vascular invasion. Comment: The differential diagnosis this neoplasm includes high-grade renal cell carcinoma and nephroblastoma. Regardless of the histogenesis, this is a malignant neoplasm that has largely effaced the kidney and has metastatic potential. Although the tumor appears completely excised, moderate atypia, frequent mitosis, tissue invasion and vascular invasion warranted a guarded to poor prognosis. Close clinical follow-up for possible recurrence and/or metastasis is recommended.” We were advised to expect life span of 6-8 months with the shorter span more likely. The oncologist recommended that she be placed on Palladia and low dose Cytoxan. We sought a second opinion at another clinic – same prognosis provided and same recommendation. Because we were not able to find anything that assured us that Palladia was going to be effective, we chose not to go that route. At this point we located Dr. Dressler’s book and decided to follow his recommendations and commenced using Apocaps. On March 15, 2011 Maya will have survived 11 months following her diagnosis. She is showing signs of age (she is now 10+ years old), but is not currently showing any obvious signs of cancer.” – Valerie Sachs, Pepper Pike, OH

Cancer Cells: Take a Long Hike!

“I used Apocaps as soon as I could get my hands on them. Our first dog, Shadow, was diagnosed with cancer and given 2-3 weeks to live. We changed his diet to the highest degree according to Dr. D’s advice, and he went on Apocaps as soon as possible. Shadow was with us for seven quality months, before he passed on in his own time. I am absolutely positive that Apocaps was an essential ingredient to this longevity. Our second dog was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer a year ago. He went immediately onto Apocaps, and we have celebrated his one-year anniversary from a cancer that has a best-prognosis of 3 months. He is fitter and healthier than ever. I am convinced that Apocaps gave both my boys the ingredients their bodies needed to support their health while telling cancer cells to take a long hike.” – Susan Harper, High Wycombe, England

Once We Started, He Was His Old Self

“We used Apocaps and our dog Tyler has more energy and was his old self once we started using them. When we first learned of them we bought four bottles and then for a while they were not available. A short while later they were reintroduced to the market and we bought them and the improvement in Tyler was incredible.” – John Arquette, Fayetteville, New York

Everything to Induce Apoptosis

“We’ve used about everything Dr. D recommends to induce apoptosis. Along with a lot of other supplements, we give Angus three Apocaps at mid-day and we cycle Artemisinin 4 days a week, giving Essiac & Transfer Factor on the other three nights at bedtime. Along with breakfast, he gets K-9 Immunity (medical mushrooms), Colostrum Plus, Krill Oil, IP-6, Indol-3-Carbinol, Beta Glucans, Probiotic Complex and a couple Veggies for Life tablets. Along with dinner, he gets Turmeric, a Quercetin/Bromelain capsule, a Carnitine/Co-Q 10 mix, Milk Thistle, D-3, Red Clover, Astralagus, Alpha Lipoic Acid. Other things that have been mixed in from time to time include garlic, green tea extract, digestive enzymes, pine bark capsules, etc.” –Al Marzetti, Raleigh, North Carolina

I Swear by Apocaps!

“I use the Apocaps on a daily basis and swear by them! My oncologist warned me that Buddy’s white blood cell count would drop dramatically after undergoing chemo but it didn’t happen! It dropped two points and went up almost immediately. He has gained weight on a regular basis.” – Debbie Granger, Chesterfield, Missouri

It’s Almost As If He Doesn’t Have Cancer

“I am still using Apocaps and have just picked up the K-9 immunity. I’m not sure if it is the Apocaps, or the diet … but Charlie has shown an increase in energy over the past two weeks. It’s almost as if he doesn’t have cancer at all.” – Audry Arnall, Kelowna, British Columbia

T-cell Lymphoma Responds

“My mixed breed/pitt was diagnosed with t-cell lymphoma in October, 2009 when she was nine and half years old. At that time I found The Dog Cancer Survival Guide on the internet and have used it as my guide to Full Spectrum treatment. That has included a full course of chemo (Wisconsin Protocol, and recently a modified second course). As soon as our vet was sure she was able to handle the chemo with little side effects, I added a number of complimentary protocols based on Dr. Dressler’s book: we switched to grain free dog food (a mix of wet and dry) and ordered Apocaps (at that time it was still distributed in powder form). I also incorporated K-9 Immunity caps and Salmon Oil into her food. As it is difficult to get a dog to take the caps- I open them and add to her food. In the case of the Apocaps- which she gets twice a day half hour before meals- she gets the cap contents mixed with small bits of boiled chicken in the chicken broth- and loves it. Everything else (we have recently added liver and joint support meds proscribed by our vet) is crushed and added with the K-9 Immunity to her dried food, which is then pre-bagged for an entire week’s servings and added to her wet food. Although this seems complicated, we have it quite organized, and she has been thriving so far. I think it is necessary to mention that there is a significant financial cost to taking this path. In our case, I believe the complimentary protocols- particularly Apocaps and the K-9 Immunity caps- are what kept Honey’s immune system strong enough to hit the lymphoma hard (we were told t-cell was an aggressive form), and we have had the resources (and ongoing results) to make that decision an easy one. Our primary vet told us that Honey only had a few months without treatment, and our oncologist was wary because it was the t-cell, not b-cell variety. It’s now a full year and a half since her initial diagnosis and I’m hoping she can make it through at least one more summer so she can go up to our lake and muck around with the frogs and chase chipmunks again.” Lyn Pentecost, New York City, New York

Combination Works for Sienna

“We’ve used Apocaps, in rotation with other anti-cancer supplements, since Apocaps first became available [March 2010] after Sienna’s cancer diagnosis. Sienna’s cancer hasn’t returned to date. We believe the combination of changes we made to her diet, as well as cancer-fighting supplements we’ve introduced along with positive life changes have all come together in bringing her back to health. We can’t pinpoint exactly which supplements are helping her most, but we do believe Apocaps has something to do with her continued health!” – Tammy McCarley, Sacramento, California

More Energy: He’s Doing Great

“I used Apocaps and found them to be very helpful in helping Hydro gain his energy and not be so lethargic, he’s willing to take walks and it’s not such a struggle. He’s not having difficulty walking anymore. He’s doing great.” Maria J. Neal, Aurora, Colorado

I Will Continue Using Them

“Since Dr. Dressler’s Apocaps became available [in March of 2010] I have been using them for Lucy. It is two years now since she was diagnosed and treated for the Mast Cell, with a mitotic index of 4. I truly feel that the Apocaps have been helping her and I will continue using them.” Shirley, Salem, Oregon

I Have Tested This … by Running Out of Apocaps

“I use Apocaps on my dog. I do see an improvement in how she recovers from exercise, being a Tripawd. I have tested this a few times, by running out of Apocaps.” Tracy Snow-Cormier, Portage, Maine

Remarkably Healthy and Strong

“After a lot of online research, I finally found places from which to purchase Apigenin and Luteolin, both of which were used in my dog’s cancer-fighting diet. My golden doodle Ellie had a very aggressive form of cancer, yet the time she had with us was remarkably healthy and strong right up until the very end. I have no doubt this is due in part to the nutraceuticals we used.” – Sarah N. Bertsch, Hudson, Wisconsin

Did the Nutraceuticals Work?

“I primarily used Luteolin, Curcumin and Artemisinin as Apocaps were not yet available. I also changed her diet to include as many naturally occurring version of each. We were also attending a clinical trial for Palladia. Did the nutraceuticals work? I can’t say for certain either way, but if I had to do it again, I would definitely go the same route.” – Julian Trevino, Roseville, Michigan

I Only Wish They Were Available Earlier

“I used the Apocaps and Artemisinin with Apollo. I do believe they helped. I only wish they had come out and been available when Apollo was first diagnosed.” -Sandy Miller, Palo, Iowa

He Puts Himself to Bed!

“I have made sure the room is totally dark now for sleeping. He actually puts himself to bed at 10:00 every night, even if we’re still downstairs watching TV!” Vicki Hagopian, Hudson, Massachusetts

Vet Was Amazed at Blood Results

“During Lucy’s chemotherapy she was on K-9 Medicinals K9 Immunity and Transfer Factor. Her doctor had warned us that she would probably developed lower white cell levels and maybe even stop eating but during the entire four months of chemotherapy her blood levels were always well in the normal ranges, she food intake was good and she remained a happy joyful Golden. Her doctor was always amazed at each week’s blood results and I attribute this to the K-9 Immunity and Transfer Factor she was on.” – Shirley, Salem, Oregon

We Were Very Afraid of Recurrence … But It Has Been Over Two Years

“My Boxer had mast cell tumors. We had them removed but were very afraid of recurrence. I have used several immune boosting strategies that Dr. Dressler recommends. I feed the highest grade food along with his recommended immune boosting food. I also use Birkdale K9 Immunity daily; give a good sleep environment and plenty of exercise and activities. She is doing great and it has been two years.” – Jon Marshall, Norman, Oklahoma

It’s Really Quite Simple

“I now make food for both of my beautiful Black Labs. Once I got “in sync” with making the food, it is really quite simple. I make it in bulk, portion it out into containers and freeze it. I also make all of my girls’ treats. I bought a $30 dehydrator and I dehydrate boneless, skinless chicken breast strips and brown rice mixed with all natural peanut butter. Feeding my pets in this fashion in something I will always do…it makes sense for all dogs!!” – Cynthia McKinnon, Sanford, Florida

Best Decision We’ve Made

“[The dog cancer diet] has helped her tremendously. Olivia is full of life and energy. Her blood tests have come back normal. Overall it’s been the best decision we’ve made.” – Margherita Ferlita, Surrey, England

I Had to Keep My Human Family from Eating Her Food

“I was scared that she would get a sore tummy and have diarrhea to try differently. I tried your suggestions. Pre-packing then freezing it made it easy to heat and serve. It looked so good; I had to label the packages so my human family wouldn’t eat it by mistake. Kristi never lost her appetite while on this diet and her stool would be a little softer but still formed.” Lois Boesing, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

She Eats Like a Horse

“Sadie has allergies so at first I was worried about adapting it, but the book is so easy to understand and I got ideas I’d never thought of. Sadie is looking and acting so much better and loves her new diet. She had pretty much stopped eating her premium dog food (grain free fish and sweet potato) and even showed little interest in the homemade stuff I had been making, but the combination of foods in the cancer diet has her eating like a horse and I think she might even be regaining some weight.” – Ellen Slater, Redmond, Oregon

Half the Food Is Cancer Diet

“I feed Orijen, some can food (Wellness and BC) I add in the diet supplement in Dr. Dressler’s book along with added (Birkdale) omega-3 fatty acids. The home cooked meals in Dr. Dressler’s book accounts for 1/2 of each meal. All combined I know that it has helped greatly, my boxers look great and I know they feel great.” – Jon Marshall, Norman, Oklahoma

Increased Well-Being and Life Span

“I think that Dr. Dressler’s dog diet with his home cooked foods, plus the Omega-3 oils increased Thor’s wellbeing and also most definitely increased his lifespan.” – Connie Almy, San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica

True Believer in Home Cooking

“I have seen a difference in my puppy’s energy level and overall wellbeing. He seemed to chew at his feet a lot and he has completely stopped doing this. I am a true believer in the home-cooked meal.” Tina Holloway Johnson, Surprise, Arizona

She Wanted to Eat the Delicious Food!

“Learning about canine diet was one of the most important things I took away from my experience with canine cancer …. The change in food definitely helped keep my dog strong during chemotherapy because she wanted to eat the delicious, nutritious food. Her legacy lives on in the health of my other dogs because they are benefiting from what i learned from Dr. Dressler. This dietary improvement has made a positive difference for my elderly dog who suffers from arthritis, too.” – Sarah N. Bertsch, Hudson, Wisconsin

It Empowered Me

“Dietary benefits aside, making Gordon’s food was cathartic. It empowered me. When we found out he had cancer, I felt absolutely helpless. Making his food gave me the opportunity to have some control in what felt like a hopeless situation. I didn’t have to just stand back and watch; I could fight it for him. I was doing something that had real potential to heal him. For the base mixture I primarily used turkey. I’d usually cook and debone a whole turkey (I eventually went to boneless skinless turkey breasts). Sometimes I would add a pound or two of ground beef. I always used all the recommended cruciferous vegetables, the red/yellow peppers, Shitake mushrooms, and low-fat cottage cheese. Beef or chicken liver depending on what was available; same with turkey necks until I found out I could order them in bulk from the grocery store and could always have some in the freezer. I chose brown rice over the oatmeal at my vet’s recommendation. At each meal we’d add some combination of garlic, ginger root, parsley and other recommended herbs, sardines in olive oil, blueberries (he picks them out if he can) and coconut oil. In the evening meal only, we’d add fish oil. Lastly, I changed all his in between meal treats to only freeze dried or dehydrated chicken, beef, or fish. He got nothing with flour or starch or carbs.” – Kim Gau, Stow, Ohio

Seemed Labor Intensive Until We Were Fighting Cancer

“Home cooked meals seemed like a labor intensive tasks until we had a cancer diagnosis to fight. It is now so easy – all the dogs get cooked chicken or lean beef at every meal as the main ingredient, along with loads of cooked broccoli. Krill oil supplements add the highest quality omega-3s we can give. They love their diet; there is never any food left in the bowl.” – Susan Harper, High Wycombe, England

Bug for Blueberries

“We use both krill oil and fish oil capsules. We’re just too busy to do the home cooked meals, but he gets a mixture of ZiwiPeak Venison (real meat, air-dried, no grains) and Preference foundation mix from The Honest Kitchen to get him vegetables. He often gets raw broccoli florets with his breakfast and if we make a salad, asparagus or cauliflower for dinner he always gets some of the leftovers. He’s also a bug for blueberries and blackberries.” –  Al Marzetti, Raleigh, North Carolina

When My Wife Isn’t Looking …

“Angus gets a couple of walks per day. Mostly what he looks forward to is walking by, and in, the ocean in the morning. He’s got a “sister”, Maggie, to hang out with during the day. We play fetch with his stuffed monkey for short periods, but don’t press it for fear of an accidental injury to his remaining rear leg. He gets massages and, when my wife isn’t looking, energy therapies (the few times she’s seen me do this, she rolls her eyes and asks me what planet I came from).” Al Marzetti, Raleigh, North Carolina

It’s a Shame to Assume He’s Not Up for It!

“Exercise every day is a must, and enjoyed by all. If one dog doesn’t have high stamina every day, he does what he can and thoroughly enjoys it. We simply roll the ball closer rather than throwing it far, and let him walk while the others run around. It’s totally accepted, never seen to be a sad thing, and I can tell he enjoys it as much as ever. It would be a true shame to not go out because I assume he’s not up to it. We mediate or just stay quiet together a lot. Touching, singing to him, sending boundless love and joy to him has benefitted us all.” – Susan Harper, High Wycombe, England

Ellie Led Me to a New Healing Ability

“When we got the diagnosis of splenic hemangiosarcoma for our golden doodle Ellie, I dove into learning as much as possible about any and every treatment option. I already had experience with the power of prayer, meditation and visualization but I had never heard of Reiki (a form of light-touch/energy therapy). I was so intrigued. There was just something about it that sounded so powerfully comforting. Now, thanks to Ellie, I am a Reiki teacher and practitioner – for pets and people. All of my dogs benefit from Reiki treatments with increased relaxation and decreased pain & stress. I hear the same reports from people. My elderly arthritic dog has a way of nestling into my hands whenever he wants a Reiki session – he and Ellie used to share Reiki sessions together and their moods and bodies always seemed lighter afterward. One of the greatest gifts I received from Reiki was its calming effects when it was finally time for Ellie to cross-over. In the midst of that very difficult decision, the presence of positive Reiki energy helped me know I was doing all I could for Ellie’s well-being. Reiki also helps me know that Ellie and I continue to be connected in energy and spirit.” – Sarah N. Bertsch, Hudson, Wisconsin

Competitive Retriever Never Left Out

“Zia is a Labrador Retriever — her litter was bred to be working/competing dogs. So, after she recovered from having her lung removed at 5 months — I was able to slowly start training her again and she was able to compete (much to the surprise of her veterinarians at Texas A&M — that did her surgery). She is a high energy dog that has been training and competing all her life. I still take her with me when we train dogs — which would be her “play date”. She is also walked on a daily basis, and I still do (as Dr. Dressler calls it) manageable training challenges. I want her to feel as if she is still part of the world of retrieving that she is used to. I want her to never feel like she is left out of anything. She thoroughly enjoys herself daily.” Sheril Allen, Austin, Texas

“Chores” No Longer a Dirty Word!

“I take my dog along to do most the daily chores around the farm. This gets him out and exercising and offers him time to play with the other animals. He is very “social” and loves all other creatures. In addition he seems to respond to being able to “help out” and we chat about what needs to be done and our plans for the day. He plays nicely with the neighbor dogs and enjoys rubbing noses with the horses. I see so much more energy and expression when other animals are involved. He also gets lots of praise and encouragement during this time. Now the word CHORES is not a dirty words at all. He runs to the door in anticipation and I actually look forward to that time now – it is a win win for everyone!!!” – Holly Rydman, Olympia, Washington

Interactive Toys, Reiki, Prayer All Help

“We found a toy called the Dog Brick which requires brain power, a good nose and not too much physical power and it’s a great interactive game for Daisy, we would hide cookies and she figured out where they were. Great toy for a dog who can’t move too much. She also loved her trips to the holistic vet too for ozone therapy, massage therapy, reiki, and all over energy healing. And lots and lots and lots of prayers. There were 100’s of people praying for Daisy every day. She had touched so many people throughout her life and truly was an amazing dog who had done so much and impacted so many dogs and people during her life.” – Chris Shoulet, Bethesda, Maryland

At Least as Important as Chemotherapy

“Exercise, play, massage, and prayer really helped all of us (dogs and people) to live with and through Casper’s year with lymphoma. Few doctors will go so far as to recommend these healing strategies, yet we know from ages past that they have worked for others. These therapies are at least as important as traditional chemotherapy in managing cancer in dogs.” – Connie Hardy, Ames, Iowa

He Dazzled My Clients

“I took Max with me everywhere I went. He came to the office and dazzled my clients with his charm and good looks. If I did errands, he came along and we went for short walks at each stop we made. We visited friends, meditated together, continued training on a low-intensity basis. I continued body work on him and did tons of praying and visualizing.” Judith A., Willingboro, New Jersey

Meditation, Visualization, and Massage

“As our Jack Russell Terrier, Gorilla, starts to age and his health decline, we had to adjust his exercise, but we still insist on getting him out for some controlled exercise every day. Meditation, visualization exercises and massage are also a big part of our life. Our little “G-man” loves his Reiki sessions especially. He also gets great benefits from regular acupuncture and from the occasional hydrotherapy swim session.” – Lola Michelin, Shoreline, Washington

We Are Clearly Type B

“We used your book as a support and guide to determining how we would address the horrible reality that our dog had cancer. Your book gave me the following: 1. Education 2. Channeling energy into action not remorse, regret or second guessing 3. Providing a decision-making platform. My husband and I discussed her condition, her age, her prognosis and what makes her happy. We adopted her at two. She is a very emotionally needy dog, she is “fretful”, does not like vet offices (our vet come to our house) and does not readily embrace strangers. We decided that any protocol requiring a lot of time in vet offices would reduce the quality of her life. Your book helped us determine what we are – clearly – Type B.” – Valerie Sachs, Pepper Pike, OH

The Best Dog Caregiver

“I did not do radiation or chemo. I did not want to put Jazzie through that. If his cancer were a different kind, maybe I would have. [My best advice is] don’t give up on your dog. Read about what kind of dog care giver you are before you make decisions. I wanted to cure Jazzie, but I was unwilling to do things that may have made him feel bad. I was “the best dog caregiver” I could be within my finances and time. [Taking care of you first] is important, because one must be strong and know how to proceed emotionally.” – Jo Anne Kikel, Denver, Colorado

We Lent Our Vet This Book and Came Up With a Plan

“Read Dr. Dressler’s book and educate yourself about options available to you. We were offered radiation treatment as a huge cost. After lending our vet Dr. Dressler’s book we came up with a plan of attack together.” Susan Taniguchi, Avondale, Arizona

Empowered to Find the Right Vet

“Don’t listen to the oncologist when they say, “He only has __ to live.” I had to go on anti-anxiety medication, because I was so afraid of my dog dying! Then I got Dr. Dressler’s book. It totally empowered me. I felt like I actually could make a difference in the outcome. Traditional vets only know radiation, chemo, and surgery. If you talk about supplements, etc., they just stare at you like you have two heads. Thank goodness, I found a terrific oncologist who is open to everything, and actually carries on a conversation about all the alternative things that I am doing for my dog. I know Dr. Dressler strongly recommends talking to your vet before administering any of the supplements. So now, I bring in a whole list of things my dog is eating and taking, and he gives me the thumbs up. I also, because of the book, knew about what to do before surgery, and what questions to ask the vet. Don’t ever give up hope.” Vicki Hagopian, Hudson, Massachusetts

Extremely Supportive and Open-Minded Vet a Blessing

“I was really blessed to have an extremely supportive and open-minded vet during my Ellie’s battle with cancer. I was able to show him parts of Dr. Dressler’s book and discuss which natural products I wanted to use (K-9 Immunity, for example), and he was totally open to writing prescriptions for whatever else I needed to get from him (doxycycline). I know some people might not be as lucky to have such a flexible vet. My vet was a very important part of my having access to the full range of cancer-fighting agents.” – Sarah N. Bertsch, Hudson, Wisconsin

I Have Referenced My Journal Countless Times

“I have a lot of advice for the reader. Become your dog’s personal advocate. Research, research, research. Combine what you’ve found and learned into a program that you believe intuitively is best for your dog. Think positively. Consult experts, but make your own decisions. Never let a vet/other animal professional push you into treatment or a lifestyle change or otherwise, that you are not comfortable with or don’t believe in yourself. Read this book cover-to-cover. Find an integrative veterinarian, and/or a veterinarian that is open to options above and beyond surgery, harsh drugs and radiation. Feed your dog the best possible diet you can afford. Stay up-to-date with research and information. KEEP A MEDICAL JOURNAL SPECIFIC TO YOUR DOG – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve referenced mine for my dog. Love your dog. Be grateful for the time you have together. Ask the universe, friends and family for positive thoughts and prayers – every little bit helps. Most of all, enjoy every minute you have with your dog and try really, really hard not to dwell on the illness or diagnosis. Positive thinking works miracles!” – Tammy McCarley, Sacramento, California

I Wish I Had Kept a Journal

“Per Dr. Dressler’s suggestion, keep a journal with every little bit of information and observation. I did not and have wished many times that I had. Don’t give in or give up. Be hopeful and determined. Put in the time and effort and try the things Dr. Dressler recommends. Do this. Do it with 100% commitment because you have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. Even if you can’t implement everything, implement all that you can.” – Kim Gau, Stow, Ohio

An Individual Decision

“Treating our boy was expensive, emotionally and financially. There are a few things that we said we would never do this again with another dog, but other times that we feel that it was completely worth it. It is a very individual decision based on your dog, your circumstances and your available resources.” Candice Lapa, Fresno, California

Don’t Worry If You Can’t Afford Expensive Treatments – Your Dog Is Stronger Than You Are

“If you are facing the challenge of cancer with your beloved canine, please know that you are not alone. Your emotional pain is singular, yet it is shared by so many. Love your dog as much as possible each and every day. Do whatever you need to do in order to spend as much time together as possible, even if it’s just riding around in the car or lying on the floor together. Take photos. Lots and lots of photos. No matter what the outcome, this is a precious time. Speak in terms of positive things and tell your dog how great s/he is. There will be moments when you may feel overwhelmed with conflicting information, various treatment options, and differing opinions. Gather as much knowledge as you can at any given moment, and then make a decision based on what you know (at that moment) and how your heart feels (at that moment). If you have honestly done this, then do not second guess yourself as that can be excruciating. If a treatment plan isn’t working, be open to trying something else. And always be open to trying less rather than more. Never forget that your dog will tell you what you need to know, but you may have to be very patient and pay very close attention. Don’t worry if you cannot afford very expensive treatment options. Embrace what you are able to do and do not focus on the “what ifs”. Be thankful. Be thankful every time you hear the paws patting across the floor or feel the warm tongue on your hand, every time you see the glistening eyes and feel the soft ears. Give extra-long tummy rubs or neck scratches. Rejoice if you are given a good prognosis. And if you are not, remember that your dog is stronger than you are. Together you will be able to get through whatever comes next. Keep track of how enjoyable life is from your dog’s perspective. If the time comes when you must make a decision to help your dog through the end of this struggle, be there to love him/her throughout the process. It is a privilege to love a creature that much. Never forget that cancer cannot rob you of all the happy times. Keep the memories alive. Always remember that love is stronger than cancer. Always. No matter what.” – Sarah N. Bertsch, Hudson, Wisconsin

“I Did My Absolute Best Today”

“… every night, say to yourself ” I did my absolute best for my dog today.” When things start to get bad, and there isn’t much you can do for your dog, still say” I did the best I could for my dog today.” How you, your family, your vet help your dog leave this life is what you will remember about the whole experience of his disease. Have a plan ready. I was so grateful that my vet came to my home, my grown children could be there, a service came to take him for cremation and returned his ashes. Everyone was so caring and respectful. I know it is very hard to think about this ahead of time. Believe me, it is worth it. On that day, you can again say “I did the best that I could for my dog, and myself.” – Mignon Owens, Jessup, Maryland

She Gave Me One Last Gift, a Gift of Love

“Your book gave me hope and the knowledge of what and how I could help Kristi in her final days. Every morning we would pray together then we would go back into time and remember our life together. From the first day I met her, carrying her in my arms, training her every day, playing ball and catching Frisbee, we were inseparable. She would listen and lick my face, wiping my tears away. Remembering and talking about it with her, made the sad moment turn into happy times. It would even perk her up and we’d play for a while. (Her memory will never die.) She was a puppy at heart and would wonder what was wrong with her. I explained why she would get tired so easily and couldn’t run and play like she used to. I told her about the place called heaven and there would be endless fields to run in. When the time came for her to go, I told her she would get all her strength back and could play again, but I wouldn’t be there. Papa would be waiting for her, and one day, we would all see each other again. As much as I tried, I couldn’t hold back my sadness and turned to wipe away the tears. When the time came to put her down, she knew it would break my heart, so she gave me one last gift, a gift of love. We played tug of war with one of her favorite shredded, busted up toy one last time, and then Kristi passed away quietly in her sleep the next morning. I am so glad that we had that and many other moments to share and the time to remember our lives together. Thank you!” -Lois Boesing, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Your Dog Will Let You know

“If and when it comes time to help them cross the bridge, they will let you know and they will, in their own way, convey their appreciation to you for a life well lived.” – Jill Stout, Medford, Oregon

North Carolina State University Is a Very Special Place

“We heard about the stem cell bone marrow transplant program at North Carolina State University and – after doing a lot of soul searching – decided to make the commitment so LP could have a chance for a longer life. While LP was there for three weeks, we also used so many things we had learned in your book and found the staff at NC State so accommodating. They were so open minded about LP’s diet and even have a nutritionist who worked with us. They have one person who spent time just sitting with LP during the extended time when we couldn’t see him. I stayed in Raleigh for a couple of weeks and kept doing my visualization exercises and I am sure it helped LP and me. My husband is an equine vet and we deal with vet schools all the time. North Carolina State University is a very special place that we both highly recommend.” Susie, Millwood, Virginia