Give Cancer the Paw
When we first heard about this new Blog Hop – Give Cancer the Paw – we were anxious to participate since we lost our black Lab, Becca to osteosarcoma about 18 months ago. We wrote about our experience with Becca in our Tale of Tails: Becca series which documented her diagnosis, treatment and our eventual struggle with letting her go.
For the Hop we wanted to do something a little different, something that would offer our readers value. I’m a librarian, so I’ve spent most of my career doing research, and of course going to the internet is the first thing I did when Becca was diagnosed. But, being a librarian, I know all to well that most of what you find on the internet is just bad information from unreliable sources – its outdated, from questionable sources or just plain wrong. Online forums are notorious hotbeds of misinformation. Knowing how to sort the good information from the bad takes work and experience. That gave me the idea to put together a selected list of resources for pet owners facing canine cancer – sources that you could rely on to be accurate, informative and knowledgeable. Since this is a quarterly Blog Hop, I will be doing this exercise for each Hop, so be sure to come back to find more information in the future.
Let’s start with some basic resources – websites that provide good, thorough information about canine cancer. As always when using the internet, check the original source and more importantly the date of the information. Things change rapidly in the medical community, so you want to be sure you are reading the most current information and not something from 2009.
Canine Cancer Resources
1. The National Canine Cancer Foundation. The National Canine Cancer Foundation is a nationwide, contribution funded, 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to eliminating Cancer as a major health issue in dogs by funding grants directly to Cancer researchers who are working to save dogs lives by finding cures, better treatments and accurate, cost effective diagnostic methods in dealing with canine Cancer.
This website contains a wealth of information on canine cancer including fundraising events, local support groups and an extensive Library with specific details on the types of canine cancer.
2. The Dog Cancer Blog. Dr. Damien Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger contribute to Dog Cancer Blog, as well as a growing number of dog experts and health professionals. Dr. Dressler & Dr. Ettinger are co-authors of the definitive dog cancer book: The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.
In addition to the book and the website, they also provide a wide-range of videos on canine cancer available for viewing at Dog Cancer TV. There’s close to 100 videos or podcasts covering all different types of cancer and cancer treatments including surgical as well as holistic & homeopathic options. There are even videos on dealing with guilt, emotions and end of life decisions.
3. The website CanineCancer.com contains a wealth of information and support resources. It includes a section on clinical trials your dog may be eligible for as well as alternative therapies, nutrition, diet and a Facebook Community for support.
4. Georgia’s Legacy, Canine Cancer Resources mission is to raise awareness of canine cancer and provide information, resource referral and emotional support to anyone whose life has been touched by this devastating disease. Their site contains extensive information about cancer signs, diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials as well as financial assistance, hospice care and end of life support.
I hope these four resources prove helpful to anyone looking for more information about canine cancer. In future posts, we will provide similar resources lists on the role of diet & nutrition in preventing and treating cancer, the types of canine cancer, self-help and support and alternative treatment options. Our Facebook page today will also be devoted to canine cancer articles and resources.
Give Cancer the Paw Blog Hop! Many thanks to our sponsors Peggy’s Pet Place and Pooch Smooches for creating this hop and allowing us to honor our dear dogs who have passed and help others dealing with canine cancer presently.