Give Cancer the Paw

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give cancer the paw buttonWhen 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I know all to well that most of what you find on the internet is just bad information from unreliable sources – its outdated, from questionable sources or just plain wrong.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 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.
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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.


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  1. Great post! Very helpful for folks who are just finding out a pet has cancer. (I mentioned Dr. Dressler’s book in my post as well. Great minds…) 🙂

    Thanks for joining the hop!

    (I didn’t know you are a librarian. Cool! I have my MLIS, although I never worked in a library. I did corporate research and worked as an analyst.)
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  2. Thanks for putting together the great list of resources.
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  3. What a great post! Terrific resources and I, personally, am a big fan of Dressler and Ettinger.
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    • Just read your post about Bennie – sweet guy.
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  4. Thanks! A friend of mind reminded me that although we’re doing our best with our dogs (nutrition + health), cancer and other health issues can still happen and it’s best to be educated. Thank you.
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    • Just like with yourself…genetics plays a role too, so ever watchful!
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  5. Thank you for joining the hop! Good point about up to date sources. When I did a search, the first site that came up is Morris Animal Foundation. Do you know anything about them?
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    • I do and they are a good resource as well. Will probably include them in subsequent lists – they do a lot with obesity too.
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  6. There’s a lot of fantastic resources in here! Thank you from someone who tends to find all the wrong resources:)
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    • It’s so easy to do – they are much more common than the good ones 🙂
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  7. This is such a great post, love all the resources you put together – the internet sure can be a minefield to navigate and even harder when you’ve just had a cancer diagnosis.

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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    • Yep – you’re frantic at that point and willing to accept anything that supports your own point of view.
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  8. Awesome list, thanks for sharing! Hadn’t heard of some of these, will definitely be passing along to clients!

  9. We can go to the moon, but we can’t cure cancer…I think it is partially because cancer makes a ton of money for many folks, sadly. Sure wish they would find a cure as it is one nasty disease.
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    • I hope you are wrong, but I sometimes think the same thought.
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  10. Great post, thanks for sharing this info
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    • Your welcome, thanks for stopping by.
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  11. Great post….having trustworthy resources is so important! I’m one that always runs to the internet for information, and I try to be careful in where I get it, but sometimes it’s not easy to weed through all the information out there to get to what is reliable. When our first dog had cancer in 1999, I really didn’t have a lot of places to go for info and had to pretty much rely on our vets at the time. Which may not have been best in that case, but that’s another story. We still got 3 happy months with Shelby and we’re grateful for that. I hope we never have to go through it again, but if we do it’s great to know where to go for help.
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    • It’s like wading through a minefield…what’s good, what’s bad, what’s accurate, what’s marketing spin…The internet, a blessing and a curse.
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  12. Thanks for the great, informative post! People need access to valuable, reliable info when faced with such a traumatic diagnosis for their pets!

    When my Shadow’s littermate, Emma, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma back in February 2012, I went looking all over for info about it. And I asked our vet about Shadow’s chances of being diagnosed with it. After asking me a bunch of questions, he said that although he obviously can’t guarantee we’ll never have to worry about it, he felt we have been doing all we can to keep both girls healthy. So many things can be blamed for a canine cancer diagnosis, it’s impossible to pinpoint one or two things that led to Emma being stricken with it, even though neither of her parents and none of her siblings that we know of have been. By the way, Emma has been in remission since her effected leg was amputated. Two other friends were not so fortunate. Cancer is such a terrible disease. I pray that a cure is found in my and my dogs’ lifetimes.

    • So glad to hear that about Emma and of course that Shadow is fine. I loved our oncologist we had with Becca – he was great – he would come in, sit down and spend as much time as I wanted talking it through. I wish amputation had been an option for her because the prognosis is so good and they adapt so well and so quickly. She just would never have been able to support herself given her other orthopedic issues. I share your prayer!
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  13. You and I both lost Labs to osteosarcoma at about the same time. Thank you for this post. I couldn’t agree more about how much bad info there is on the web. I was lucky to have a cutting-edge veterinary hospital relatively close to me so I relied on them for information but lots of people don’t have that luxury. Thanks again.
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  14. Great post! So sorry about Becca, and yes cancer sucks.
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  15. What an amazing post! I know my first thought always is to google and I do usually check more than one resource, but it’s good to have so much information available in one place.

    Thank you so much for compiling these websites together, I intend to book mark this page and pray to God that I never need it.
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  16. Thank you for posting up those resources. You are so right and you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. This was a great way to display the correct information. Thanks for taking the time to do the research. Hopefully one day we can really cut the numbers of cancer cases. Keep giving cancer the paw!
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