Monday, November 14, 2011

Book Review: The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Talking dogs book review of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide:  Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality & Longevity.  Written by Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM with Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip, ACVIM (Oncology).  Published by Maui Media, LLC

Some reviewers have stated that if your dog has cancer, you need this book.  I’ll go one step further and say:  if you own a dog, you need this book.  The majority of dog owners will be forced to deal with the heartbreak of losing a dog to cancer.  In fact, if you subtract euthanasia, cancer is  the number one killer of dogs. 

I can honestly say that I wish I’d had this book years ago.  I’ve lost three dogs to cancer, one only a few weeks ago. 

When my review copy of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide arrived, I was a bit intimidated by the sheer size of the volume.  I began to quickly flip through, thinking I’d set it aside to read later.  I found myself compelled to sit down and begin reading right away.  I’d fully expected it to be a downer, but it is the opposite.  As I read, I felt empowered by not only the detailed information, but the upbeat tone of the book.

As Dr. Dressler says:  “Dog cancer is an emergency, and if it is the tsunami you are facing, think of this book as your survival guide.” 

A massive compilation of medical and scientific information could be dry, boring, and over whelming.  It’s not.  The Dog Cancer Survival Guide is written in clear, straightforward, conversational layperson’s language. 

You’ll find everything you wanted to know but didn’t know to ask about canine cancer veterinary treatment, both conventional, as well as holistic treatment options, including botanical nutraceuticals, supplements, nutrition and mind-body medicine.  In addition, there’s a section devoted to how to work with your veterinarian to develop an individualized treatment plan for your dog.

This book has a wonderful balance of factual information about various forms of canine cancer and their treatment, plus a healthy dose of psychological and compassionate support for dog owners.

The clearer your mind and heart are, the easier you learn," says Dr. Dressler. "The more you learn about cancer and how to treat it, the wiser the decisions you will make about your dog’s treatment. The calmer you are, the more likely your dog will be calm, too.”

The organization of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide is excellent and intuitive.  Each chapter includes flagged side notes which range from comments from Dr. Ettinger, examples of true stories of dog’s with cancer, further information and more.

Dr. Demian Dressler is a general practice veterinarian in Maui, Hawaii, who first published The Dog Cancer Survival Guide as an eBook sold to readers of Dr. Dressler’s blog  Dr. Susan Ettinger is a veterinary oncologist at the Animal Specialty Center in New York City.  They first met at The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in the 1990’s.  In The dog Cancer Survival Guide they’ve taken their decades of clinical experience and thorough research of the current literature to explain dog cancer for the lay person.

Talking Dogs recommends this book without any reservation.  What a wonderful holiday gift this would be for anyone who lives with dogs.  Fetch a copy of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle or Nook.

Fetch a look at The Dog Cancer Survival Guide Table of Contents on our Good Reading page.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the letting us know about the Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Good to know it is there for reference.


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