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::: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 :::

Dog Cancer News is a weekly newsletter from the Team of Dog Lovers behind, brought to you by Maui Media, publisher of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Aloha Rene...

Happy Tuesday! It's Molly :-)

Thanks for taking a peek at this edition of Dog Cancer News, where I'm trying out a few new features to see how you like them. 

We're still collecting responses on our newsletter survey (take it here if you haven't done and have three minutes now), so I'll let you know next week who wins that $25 gift card :-)

Meanwhile, browse below and just click links for things that interest or amuse you. Feel free to reply to this email to let me know what you think! 

I so appreciate our community, and you, for being a part of it. 

Stay Safe and Be the Love Your Dog Knows You to Be, 

Molly Jacobson, Editor
The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

National Dog Day Is Wednesday, August 26, 2020

What better day to give your dog a Dr-Dressler-Approved Cheat Day than to celebrate National Dog Day? Check out our BINGO card on Instagram to play to win big: 

Supplement Spotlight: Yunnan Baiyao

An internal bleed is perhaps the scariest part of certain cancers, particularly cancers of the blood vessels like hemangiosarcoma. When that happens, veterinarians of all stripes (these days anyway!) will often turn to yunnan baiyao, a herbal preparation from Traditional Chinese Medicine known for its ability to stop bleeding fast.

Lori, a member of our Dog Cancer Support Group on Facebook, helped her dog Pono with his "worst bleed ever" just a couple weeks ago. It took THREE of the red "emergency" pills from the center of the yunnan baiyao pack to get his bleeding to slow and finally stop, but it did help, and Pono's doing better. 

To learn more about yunnan baiyao, check out this article by Dr. Dressler.  And if you are looking for a trusted source, we recommend Pine Street Clinic.

Dog Cancer Diet Friendly Recipe: Nutty Nuggets 

Fact: dogs love peanut butter.

Fact: oats are a recommended source of complex carbohydrates in Dr. Dressler's dog cancer diet due to their cancer-fighting polysaccharides. 

Fact: my dog Roo adores yogurt.  

Fact: You do not have all the time in the world to cook for your dog.

These treats could NOT be easier to make, and your dog will ADORE them. And since they are made from pantry staples (at least, in my house), you can probably make them right now! For National Dog Day!

Nutty Nuggets

Makes about 15 1-inch round treats. Can also be rolled into smaller sized treats for little fur pals :-)


  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I like full fat, personally, for more flavor and better bioavailability. But if you have a lower fat version on hand, that's fine. Just don't use a flavored yogurt, please.)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (no trans fats, no xylitol, no fillers -- the best peanut butter is just plain peanuts ground up.)
  • 1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats (no quick oats they will get too mushy, and no steel cut oats, they will not digest well,)


In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until fully combined. You might want to use your hands to really mix everything up AND to "scent" the treats with your own pheromones for your dog's pleasure. 

Using your fingers or a spoon or melon baller, scoop the dough and form into 1 inch balls.

Place balls on a cookie sheet or similar tray, careful not to crowd them, or they'll stick together. 

Cover tray with cling wrap and refrigerate until the balls are set and firm. 

After about 30 minutes they will be ready for your pup to try.

Nutrition Facts:

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1-inch Nutty Nugget
Servings: 15
Amount per serving  
Calories 71
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.9g 6%
Saturated Fat 1.1g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 3%
Total Sugars 0.7g  
Protein 3.4g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 12mg 0%
I calculated these numbers based on this recipe analyzer.


  • Once chilled, the balls will keep in the refrigerator for up to two days. I like to freeze them, which makes for delicious icy treats!
  • Keep in mind that I am not a veterinary nutritionist or a human nutritionist, so this is for informational purposes only. 
  • There are no common allergens in this recipe, but of course common sense tells us: if your dog is allergic to any of these ingredients, make substitutes or just skip this recipe!

Dog Cancer Headlines From Around the Globe

😍😍😍Jenny Leech in Crystal Lake, IL, made a "bucket list" for her rescue dog Theo. And now fellow dog lovers around the world are making the end of his life A.Maz.Ing

🤓🔬💡The "One Health" idea Dr. Dressler has been talking about for over a decade is taking hold at University of Saskatchewan, where a team is looking at the similarities between dogs and humans in this new cancer study

🌟🐶🙁 Justin Roiland, co-creator of Adult Swim, the animated series, just broke the news that his dog and muse, Jerry, has cancer.  Read the story here and visit him on Instagram to give him some love and show him how our community is full of aloha.

🐶🧑‍⚕️A brand new report about the veterinary imaging market has just been published, and it looks like it's big business.

🐶😳😐An Australian veterinary magazine weighs in on a new long-term study that looked at spay/neuter status and cancer development

Hawaiian Word of the Week: Kuleana

We're based in Maui, so we like to send a little Aloha your way. 🌈🏝️

Like so many Hawaiian words, there is no direct English translation for kuleana.

Kuleana means responsibility, particularly a sense of personal responsibility, and even more so, a sacred duty. When you have kuleana, you are responsible and accountable.

There is also a sense that the one you are responsible for knows that you are responsible, and gives back to you in some way. 

"My dog is my kuleana, so I will always give her the best life I can." 

The Amazing True Story Behind Tripawds

If your dog has had to lose a limb, you probably already know about (and if you don't, you absolutely should). We've been huge fans of Rene and Jim and their community of dog-loving tripawd-experts for years!

Buckle up and get ready to ride in their RV (mobile headquarters) as they tell you the intricate tale of their dog Jerry, their journey to tripawdism, and their incredible support for all of us who love our dogs. A must-listen episode of Dog Cancer Answers

Subscribe to Dog Cancer Answers in the podcast app of your choice, or watch the YouTube video here

Molly's Mental Health Minute

😤🤬😡Got anger? Irritation? Or, as my grandma would say, "discomfort?" 

Dr. D counsels us in chapter two of his book "The Dog Cancer Survival Guide" to discharge those angry feelings for the sake of our own mental health and our dog's emotional wellbeing. 

If you have a counselor or pastor or similar person who is trained to listen, that's great. But when you just need to EXPRESS that anger so you can move on to the next thing ... I have a few ideas. 

In a safe place, hopefully away from your dog (who really doesn't want to or need to deal with your anger), try one of the following:

  • Pound sand. I like to go outside the dig a hole in the garden and then fill it back in.
  • Take two pillows outside and smack them together. Watch the dust fly out and feel the satisfaction. 
  • If you've got a heavy bag, put on your boxing gloves and hit it, many times in a row. 
  • Or, if you don't have a heavy bag, go get a bag of ice from the store. Put it on the ground and hit it with a bat or similar. You would not believe how satisfying this is!!
  • Scribble. Take a blank piece of paper, or a bill you've already paid, or any piece of mail you don't care about, and grab a pen. Then just SCRIBBLE. No need to make words or images -- just SCRIBBLE. Hard. 
  • If you can, take a walk and talk. I like to go to a beach that is always empty in the hot windy afternoons and walk up and down it, over and over, speaking out loud about all the things that are bothering me. By the time I have no words left, I'm hot, sweaty, and tired. But boy, do I feel better. Best to do this one where no one can hear you :-)
  • Working out can be very therapeutic. Whether you do bicep curls with a soup can or hit the gym or stream a workout video,  physical exertion can discharge the stress hormones that tend to build up when we're upset. 
  • And in a pinch, a dance party can do the same thing. Blast some music and MOVE. Sometimes this is the only thing that will make me feel better!

Dr. Dressler's Books and Recommended Supplements

Check out* for our curated collection of everything from books to supplements to food to black-out curtains -- everything we can think of for your dog.

Dr. Dressler's Publications:

  • The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity by Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), available in paperback and digital editions everywhere books are sold, including on our Dog Cancer Blog publication store. 
  • FREE for readers of this blog, the earlier Dog Cancer Diet available on Kindle and on our publication store.
  • The Dog Cancer Coping Guide was Dr. Dressler's first publication, an audiobook designed to help us all cope when we first hear the words "dog cancer." 
  • Dozens and dozens of audio-only seminars in the Dog Cancer Vet series. Whew -- if you like details, these are for you! 

Supplements Dr. Dressler Generally Recommends 

Below is a summary of the supplements and general medications Dr. Dressler includes in his "supplement hierarchy" appendix at the back of his book. These can be found in your local grocery or pharmacy, at your veterinarian, or online. We've provided links to products we specifically recommend where appropriate.

NOTE: Do not use this as a shopping list, please, because not every item on this list is needed for all cancers. And please remember that absolutely ALL of these should be checked with your veterinarian before use. This list does NOT constitute medical advice, in any way, shape or form.

First Priority: Full Spectrum Side Effect Management

If your dog is having chemotherapy or radiation treatments, managing side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney, liver and/or heart damage is your first priority. If your dog is not suffering these symptoms or is not receiving these treatments, skip to Second Priority: Full Spectrum Nutraceuticals.

  • Fresh ginger root, useful for nausea and vomiting, see page 144 for dosing, details, and precautions. Fresh ginger can be bought in your local grocery store and added to any/every meal according to the advice in the dog cancer diet (chapter 14). 
  • Cimetidine, useful for nausea and vomiting, see page 145 for dosing, details, and precautions. Brand-name Tagamet can be found over the counter or online.
  • Glutamine, useful for healing the GI tract after vomiting and diarrhea, also for weight loss due to cancer cachexia, see page 146 for dosing, details, and precautions. There are many sources for glutamine, and here's a link to one we like
  • Cordyceps, useful for protecting the kidneys and liver when using chemotherapy drugs known to adversely affect these organs, see page 148 for dosing, details, and precautions. There are many sources for cordyceps, and here's a link to one we like.
  • Coenzyme Q10, useful for protecting the heart when using chemotherapy drugs known to adversely affect this organ, see page 149 for dosing, details, and precautions. Available in many brands, we like this one

Second Priority: Full Spectrum Nutraceuticals

Here are the recommended apoptogen nutraceuticals listed in order of their importance. Not every nutraceutical is appropriate for every case, so please check chapter 12 for details.

  • Apocaps CX (CXE in Canada) is useful for most dogs, see Chapter 12 for dosing, details, and precautions. Available from the manufacturer and online. You can also get it at this link.
  • Artemisinin is useful for some dogs, and may be rotated with Apocaps, see Chapter 12 for dosing, details, and precautions. You can get it from several providers, including your veterinarian, or this link
  • Neoplasene may be useful as a salvage technique, may be used along with Apocaps, see Chapter 12 for dosing, details, and precautions. Neoplasene is manufactured by Buck Mountain Botanicals and they are the only ones who sell it. They only sell to veterinarians, so you must go through your veterinarian to use it. 

Third Priority: Other Full Spectrum Supplements

Here are the other supplements we recommend for dogs with cancer, listed in their order of importance.

  • Mushroom-derived polysaccharides, useful for most dogs, especially when used with the product called Transfer Factor, see page 181 for dosing, details, and precautions. There are many medicinal mushroom blends available, but Dr. Dressler particularly likes K9 Immunity which has transfer factor built-in. You can also give these separately. 
  • Krill oil and/or fish oil, useful for most dogs, see page 202 for dosing, details, and precautions. Alternating krill oil and fish oil to vary the source and the cost is a nice idea. 
  • Dietary enzymes (used to pre-digest food), useful for most dogs, see page 207 for dosing, details, and precautions. Here's a good brand for dietary enzymes.
  • Modified citrus pectin, useful for most dogs, see page 190 for dosing, details, and precautions. There are many brands available, we like this one.
  • A general Multivitamin, useful for most dogs (and strongly recommended if you are feeding a completely home-cooked diet), see page 186 for dosing, details, and precautions. EverPup, developed by Dr. Dressler himself, is a great choice for a multi. 
  • Doxycycline, useful for most dogs, see page 192 for dosing, details, and precautions. Prescription-only -- ask your veterinarian.

*While we choose the products to feature on this, ALL purchases are made through third-parties like and other online retailers. We may in some cases (not all) earn a small commission if you choose to purchase from those sites, but you do not pay more by using the links on the site. 

Dog Cancer Answers Podcast FAQ's

Think of a podcast as an on-demand internet radio show. You can listen to any episode, at any time, even long after they "air." You can listen on your smartphone, or on our website, or even on our YouTube channel.

Apple Podcasts - Pocket Casts 

Google Podcasts - Stitcher - Spotify 

You'll hear Dr. Demian Dressler, Dr. Sue Ettinger, and other leading veterinarians offer hope, options, and information about dog cancer. You can also: 

A Personal Note from Molly Jacobson, Publishing Editor

For those of you who are new to Dog Cancer News, welcome, and we're so sorry you have to be here. You aren't alone. There are tens of thousands of dog lovers facing dog cancer who get this newsletter every Tuesday, and hundreds of thousands more who have in the past. Please take care of yourself, and reach out for support if you need it.

Join Our Private Facebook Support Group

If you've read "The Dog Cancer Survival Guide," and are also on Facebook, you should join our private Facebook Group just for readers! It's one of the most supportive, non-dogmatic cancer support groups on Facebook, just for readers of Dr. Dressler's full-length book. Super active, and TONS of support and help.

To join, go to the group page and click "join." 

Love Your Veterinarian? Recommend Them!

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Tell Other Dog Lovers So They Can Help Their Dog, Too. Here's a quick link to start your review.

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