Approach the cancer journey with hope.
can give you their best educated guesses on what will happen with
cancer, but the truth is, they’re not in charge of life
and death. There have been cases of dogs, as well as humans, outliving
oncologist once told me that my mom, who had contracted a particularly
nasty form of cancer, statistically was not going to live throughout
the year. He then ordered me to take his words and throw them
out the window because he wasn’t in charge! He implored
us to live life with joy, laughter and hope instead of under a
cloud of fear and doom.
enough, he was right.
He wasn’t in charge.
7 years later, Mom
is still going strong!
own Research Director has a Golden who has been living with lymphoma
for 5 years and counting: Lola (right)
2) Talk to other pet owners who have been down the canine cancer
owners of dogs who have/had cancer are fountains of information.
They can give you first hand information on what to expect. You
can fill out our Mentor
Request form or ask your oncologist if there is a
support group in your area.
Always talk to an oncologist whenever possible.
vets will treat cancer but, similar to people, you wouldn’t
go to your family doctor for cancer. Oncologists have access to
the latest information & technology.
We invited 3 professionals to answer our most frequently asked
questions - See their
videos on our site
are many books written on canine cancer. One book that we particularly
like is, “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer” by Laurie Kaplan.
You can order her book at this
our Research & Resource
Page for links to sites that might be helpful to
5) If you need financial
assistance, there are places that will help you.
are impressed by the list of 8 places you can try located on Laurie’s
web site -
has some wonderful suggestions on what else you can do –
Click on the image above, or here
to get to their site
Find clinical trials.
Cancer Society has links to the most current clinical
can also find a list of current clinical trials through the College
of Veterinary Medicine
7) Don’t freak out if you
can’t afford traditional treatments.
is still a lot you can do to help your dog. In our Video
Center you will see a Wellness Expert talk about
these options -
8) Consider adding a Wellness Program to
have several dogs who have outlived their prognoses. The one thing
that they all have in common is that the owners incorporated
a health regime to increase their dogs’ immune systems.
For example, they’ll change their pups’ diets to include
more protein. They’ll add supplements to the food. If you
go to a Wellness/Holistic Expert, a plan can be tailor made for
your dog. For information on what can be done, please visit our
9) Don’t feel guilty about any decisions
will quickly learn that everyone has an opinion about what you
should do with your dog. Some will tell you to go the distance
while others will tell you to not spend money for treatment.
need to go with your heart and do what is right for you. Don’t
let anyone make you feel guilty about any decisions you make.
DON’T MOURN THE LIVING!
live under a cloud of doom and fear. Live life to the fullest!
What a tragedy it would be to spend precious time mourning the
living. We all live in the ‘Circle of Life’. Don’t
waste the ‘Life’ part! There is plenty of time to
shed tears later. Right now take it one day at a time and appreciate
the life that is left in your pup.
remember, there is always hope!
Here (left and right) are just two of our dogs who are still going
strong... (as well as Lola, above)