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Early Dog Cancer Detection with Urine-Sniffing Worms | Dr. Page Wages & Chan Namgong #238
05-02-2024
Early Dog Cancer Detection with Urine-Sniffing Worms | Dr. Page Wages & Chan Namgong #238
A company in Raleigh, North Carolina, is using worms to sniff dog urine for cancer metabolites. It’s a simple, non-invasive, relatively inexpensive way to screen for cancer. Could this test catch cancer early enough to make a dent in the number of dogs who succumb to their #1 killer? Six to ten million dogs are diagnosed with cancer every year in the U.S. alone, and veterinarians think half of those cases could be treated and cured if caught early. But our canine companions are naturally stoic, so we don’t often get it early enough. If early detection methods were available and less expensive, it would help us catch cancer earlier. And that might save millions of dogs every year from their deadliest illness. Imaging tests like ultrasound, x-ray, and MRI are expensive and invasive. Few dog lovers can afford to engage them routinely once a dog hits their senior years at age seven. Oncotect’s promise is that their urine test, which costs much less and involves a simple urine catch, will help find dog cancer early. Once they receive the urine in their lab, the company uses C. elegans nematodes, tiny little worms, to “sniff” the urine. Their behavior helps discern whether cancer by-products are present in the urine sample. We are joined today by Oncotect CEO and founder, Chan Namgong. Also, Dr. Page Wages, a Raleigh-area veterinarian who has been using Oncotect for years with hundreds of patients and says this urine test has changed the way she screens for cancer. Join our Facebook support group at https://facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport Call +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question on our Listener Line for a future show! Related Videos:            Early signs of cancer you should pay attention to from veterinary oncologist Dr. David Vail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBuIqGadKbQ A blood test for dog cancer, OncoK9 with Dr. Andi Flory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ahExyrbs8U Someday poop might be used as a screening tool and/or diagnostic for dog cancer, too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDkV5oKS0vw Related Links: Oncotect website: https://oncotect.co/ Chapters: 00:00 START 00:03 Introduction 01:21 What are C. Elegans 02:40 Using C. Elegans To Detect Cancer? 04:55 Conversation with Dr. Page Wages 09:29 False Positives Using Oncotect? 14:18 The Most Bizarre Dog Cancer Oncotect Found 15:02 How Often Dr. Wages Uses Oncotect 21:23 Conversation with Chan Namgong, CEO and Founder of Oncotect 21:44 How Worms Can Be Used to Detect Dog Cancer 24:11 Oncotect Reliability 26:01 Degree of Effectiveness 28:12 All About Nematodes 31:44 What’s on the Report 34:41 How Much Oncotect Costs 43:48 How To Get Oncotect 48:00 What Other Veterinarians Have Told Us -- Get to know Dr. Page Wages: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/page-wages-dvm/ Get to know Oncotect CEO and founder Chan Namgong: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/chan-namgong/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Puppy with Bladder Mass: What Now? | Dr. Lauren Barrow #237
22-01-2024
Puppy with Bladder Mass: What Now? | Dr. Lauren Barrow #237
Patrick writes in about his Irish Setter puppy’s bladder cancer. Could it be something he did that caused such a young dog – in a line of relatively cancer-free dogs – to get cancer? Dr. Lauren Barrow explains what could have caused his dog’s cancer and reassures him that it’s not his fault. Plus, what he can do next for his dog with transitional cell carcinoma. Join our Facebook support group at https://facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport Call +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question on our Listener Line for a future show! Related Videos:            Dr. Charlotte Hacker on the genetic component of cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqR2Yd2DiHo Nancy Reese, DVM, PhD on whether bladder cancer is a death sentence for dogs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhUcJyme52Y Dr. Brooke Britton explains when surgery may be possible for bladder cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCGJc_UvEXE Dr. Demian Dressler tells you what you need to know about transitional cell carcinoma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5prSL7yn82E Related Links: Read our comprehensive article on bladder cancer, including transitional cell carcinoma: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/types-of-dog-cancer/bladder-cancer-in-dogs-including-transitional-cell-carcinoma/ Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is a members only site veterinarians use to connect and discuss: https://www.vin.com/vin/ Chapters: 00:00 START 00:21 Intro 00:46 Patrick’s Question 02:12 We Never Know the Exact Cause of Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) or Any Other Cancer 03:08 Factors that Can Contribute to TCC 04:25 Cancer Does Not Care How Old Your Dog Is 05:30 Cancer in Genetics 08:23 Is It TCC? 09:04 70% of Bladder Masses in Dogs Are TCC 09:28 Odds of Long-Term Survival with TCC 11:30 Odds of Good Life Quality with TCC 12:30 There’s Always Hope 14:06 Outro -- Get to know Dr. Lauren Barrow https://www.dogcancer.com/people/lauren-harper-barrow-dvm-cna/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BIOCERA-VET Cementoplasty for Dog Bone Cancer | Aqui Villamonte Chevalier, DVM, PhD & Dr. Shaina Stewart #236
08-01-2024
BIOCERA-VET Cementoplasty for Dog Bone Cancer | Aqui Villamonte Chevalier, DVM, PhD & Dr. Shaina Stewart #236
Osteosarcoma in dogs is bad news upon bad news. First, you hear your dog has cancer. Second, you hear that the best treatment is amputation. WHAT?? It’s depressing and scary as heck. Well, there’s a brand-new treatment (to veterinary medicine) available: bone cement. Cementoplasty has been used to help stabilize human bones for decades … and now it’s being used in dogs with bone cancer. Join us for a deep dive into the bare bones, elegant technique offered by TheraVet S.A., a company headquartered in Belgium. Their new compound, BIOCERA-VET, is ready for use in the U.S. Veterinarian and imaging whiz Aquilino Villamonte Chevalier joins us from the company to explain how their product works and what to expect if you try to save your dog’s limb. We’re also joined by Dr. Shaina Stewart, a general practice veterinarian from North Carolina who’s one of the few veterinarians using this technique in the United States. The pain relief and support cementoplasty offers to her patients may be worth considering. Join our Facebook support group at https://facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport Call +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question on our Listener Line for a future show! Related Videos:            Related videos about osteosarcoma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK9PQiHGNeI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGIvyktfXlY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yZhgNqzFX8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvPUqHMtxUo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MieBxhkcWuU Related Links: If your dog has osteosarcoma, this article on our website will help you get a good overview of the illness: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/types-of-dog-cancer/osteosarcoma-in-dogs/ Chapters: 0:00 Intro 00:21 About the guests 1:08 When did Cementoplasty started 08:52 How does Cementoplasty work 10:47 Can it be used instead of amputation? 12:57 Why Cementoplasty is not a cure for cancer 20:16 How long is the recovery period 25:29 Proliferative vs Lytic 29:38 Special Trainings you offer 30:05 Countries that offer Cementoplasty 33:02 Outro -- Get to know Dr. Shaina Stewart: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/shaina-stewart-dvm/ Get to know Aquilino Villamonte Chevalier, DVM PhD: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/aquilino-villamonte-chevalier-dvm-phd/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How to Get a Dog to Eat That Refuses To Do So | Dr. Susan Recker #233
27-11-2023
How to Get a Dog to Eat That Refuses To Do So | Dr. Susan Recker #233
How do you get a dog to eat that refuses to do so? Force doesn’t work. Neither does pleading. And panicking certainly doesn’t help … but we all tend to panic when our dogs won’t eat. So, what do we do? Veterinarian, teacher, and veterinary nutrition expert Dr. Susan Recker joins us for an enlightening discussion about why dogs don’t eat, and what we can do to help them. Whether the cause is nausea or pain, she has tips and advice about when to worry about not eating and not drinking, and when to call the vet. Dr. Recker guides us on how to figure out what’s actually wrong – and by the way, it might not be anything wrong with your dog that’s causing the inappetence! Call +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question on our Listener Line for a future show! Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:  “Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dC7ILQ_vtE Article on Dog Not Eating: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/dog-not-eating/ Related Links: Podcast with Dr. Demian Dressler’s advice on a Dog Not Eating: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znYpd8tiCDE Podcast with Dr. Trina Hazzah’s advice on Why Is My Dog Not Eating: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f44dXvaj4uk Podcast with Dr. Sue Ettinger’s advice on What To Do When Your Dog Won’t Eat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MslnrrWYpjE Chapters: 00:01 Intro 00:53 Why Dogs Don’t Eat 01:38 Is it Nausea? 03:44 Pain Can Be a Big Cause 05:54 When To Go To the Vet 08:53 Is the Food Safe? 13:13 Is My Dog Getting Full on Treats? 21:57 Food as an Enrichment Activity 23:05 Gentle Warming Might Be All You Need 25:02 Put the Bowl Somewhere New! 31:33 Peanut Butter or Almond Butter as Toppers 35:05 Bottom Line: Something (Anything) Is Better Than Nothing 37:34 Outro -- Get to know today's guest, Susan Recker, DVM, cVSMT: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/susan-recker-dvm-cvsmt/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Arguing About Dog Cancer | Jeannine Moga #232
13-11-2023
Arguing About Dog Cancer | Jeannine Moga #232
Sometimes you only find out you and your partner have dramatically different perspectives after disaster strikes. It’s hard enough to cope with a dog cancer diagnosis on your own; when you also fight with your most important person, the trouble triples. Social worker Jeannine Moga has spent fifteen years in veterinary hospitals helping animal lovers with difficult decisions of all kinds, from how to handle veterinary expenses to when to choose euthanasia. Host Molly Jacobson is joined by special co-host (and her husband) James Jacobson. They discuss tough times and how to handle them with wise help from Jeannine Moga. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: How to Meditate with Your Dog by James Jacobson is available in audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/How-to-Meditate-with-Your-Dog-Audiobook/B0095YSGRG Podcast about How to Be There for Your Dog at the End with Lori Levine on The Long Leash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6Fz8IJaqzM Podcast about moral injury with Dr. Nathan Peterson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD6h1xvMxFQ Podcast about How to Think About Dog Cancer Expenses with Dr. Lauren Barrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMH4VNBGcSk&t=667s Podcast about How to Know When to Euthanize Your Dog with Dr. Demian Dressler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dj7ajAPhL0 Article about Meet the Heroes Who Fight Dog Cancer Without a Veterinary License https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/building-your-team/meet-the-heroes-who-fight-dog-cancer-without-a-veterinary-license/ Article with Questions to Ask Your Vet About Dog Cancer https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/building-your-team/questions-to-ask-your-vet-about-dog-cancer/ 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) is available everywhere books are sold and on https://dogcancerbook.com Our dog cancer support group is on Facebook at https://facebook.com/groups/dogcancersupport Call +1 808-868-3200 to leave a question on our Listener Line for a future show! Related Links: Article about Dealing with People Who Don’t Understand Dog Cancer https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stress-and-finances/people-who-dont-understand/ Article about Dog Cancer Support and Grief Groups https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stress-and-finances/dog-cancer-support-and-grief-groups/ Article about How to Find a Counselor https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stress-and-finances/how-to-find-a-counselor/ Article about The Four Budgets outlined by Lap of Love https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stress-and-finances/four-budgets/ Article about Pets Are Family https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stress-and-finances/pets-are-family/ Article about Keeping a Journal https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/building-your-team/keeping-a-journal/ Chapters: 00:00 Start 00:45 Introducing James Jacobson, Co-host 01:44 Jeannine Moga’s background in veterinary hospital settings 04:50 Disagreeing during times of crisis due to different perspectives 05:15 Maui’s end of life and letting go of her 07:44 Euthanasia and a misalignment of values 08:30 Guilt and how it warps your thinking 10:12 Role of veterinary staff during a crisis 12:15 Getting perspective and then coming back with your questions 13:30 Taking notes about the situation 14:35 Take a friend or support person 15:55 Getting to yes by starting small 17:20 Financial disagreements and how to handle them 18:40 Euthanasia discussions 21:20 Moral injury: what you need to know 23:30 Upset feelings and how to deal with them 26:33 Anticipatory grief as a marker of love and how to handle it 29:14 Finding support for your grieving 30:15 Jeannine Moga’s final words of wisdom about the privilege of hard times -- Get to know today's guest, Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/jeannine-moga-ma-msw/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pet Health Insurance Is Worth It! | Dr. Amanda Hensley #231
30-10-2023
Pet Health Insurance Is Worth It! | Dr. Amanda Hensley #231
Taking care of a dog or other pet adds up over time. In addition to the daily overhead expenses of food and shelter, there’s the yearly expenses of routine vet care. But what about other expenses? Dr. Amanda Hensley estimates that on average, there is about $10,000 in “unanticipated” medical expenses over the course of a lifetime. Pet insurance can help cover those costs – and is probably going to cost you less over the lifetime of your pet than going without it. So says our guest Dr. Amanda Hensley, who says she will “die on this hill: every pet should have pet insurance.” Dr. Hensley explains the difference between wellness plans and accident and illness plans, who offers them, how much they cost … and whether you should get one, the other, or both. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: Article about Pet Health Insurance: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stress-and-finances/pet-health-insurance/ Healthy Paws Pet Insurance: https://www.healthypawspetinsurance.com/ Fetch Pet Insurance: https://www.fetchpet.com/ Dr. Jules Benson with Nationwide Insurance podcast episodes: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/stats-and-facts/dog-cancer-risk-linked-to-size-dr-jules-benson/ https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/types-of-dog-cancer/nationwide-dog-cancer-study-and-breeds-at-risk-dr-jules-benson/ Related Links: Tesoro’s True Tail About Getting $60,000 Covered by Insurance! https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/stress-and-finances/how-tesoro-spent-60000-on-dog-cancer-treatment-diana-gerba/ All About CareCredit: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stress-and-finances/carecredit-for-dogs/ The Costs of Cancer Treatments: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stress-and-finances/cost-of-cancer-treatment-for-dogs/ Chapters: 00:00 Start 00:39 Every Pet Should Be Insured 01:42 Wellness Plans and What They Cover 04:54 Expect the Unexpected, Especially Cancer 07:50 How Pet Insurance Plans Work: Reimbursements, Co-Pays, Premiums, Deductibles 12:35 Dr. Hensley’s Favorite Providers 14:40 Pre-Existing Conditions (Like Cancer) May Get Partial Coverage 18:11 Pet Insurance Saves Money Over Time 21:10 When Is It Too Late to Buy Pet Insurance 25:21 The Realistic Health Cost of Dog Ownership Over Time: $10K 28:36 Crazy True Tail About Pet Insurance Covering Almost $18,000 31:06 Pet Insurance Is Worth It, Will Get Used, and Gives Peace of Mind 32:30 Most Insurable Dog Breeds 34:30 How to Choose a Policy and What Questions to Ask 40:05 Red Flags -- Get to know today's guest, Amanda Hensley, DVM, MPH, CCRT, CVA: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/amanda-hensley-dvm-mph-ccrt-cva/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Genetics in Dogs and People | Elaine A. Ostrander, PhD #230
16-10-2023
Genetics in Dogs and People | Elaine A. Ostrander, PhD #230
When Elaine Ostrander decided to focus her genetics work on dogs, some of her colleagues thought she’d lost her way. But she’s proven, over and over, that comparing dog genes to human genes unlocks many secrets and leads to solid therapies. “The days of doing a siloed approach to science are long gone,” Dr. Ostrander declares. And she has every right to. We join guest host James Jacobson for a mind-expanding conversation with Dr. Ostrander of the National Institute of Health. We learn so much about how genes shape dogs (literally) and how the shapes they take help us understand our own human DNA. They discuss the role of genes in behavior in dogs, and how new research points toward the possibility that neurodivergent people with things like ADHD and autism might have similar genetic profiles to certain dogs. Join us for a powerful conversation with a woman who helps scientists understand their field, creates tools for everyone to use, and is a super dog lover … even bringing her not-super-smart Border Collie, Tess, to work so she could “work” with the families of her cancer patients and lab partners. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: Dog Genome Project Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DogGenomeProject/ Morris Animal Foundation: https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/ Related Links: Interview with Janet Patterson-Kane of the Morris Animal Foundation: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/trials-and-research/morris-animal-foundations-dog-cancer-research-dr-janet-patterson-kane-deep-dive/ Indy’s True Tail: Golden Hero podcast episode: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/trials-and-research/dog-cancer-true-tail-golden-retriever-hero-indy-kim-peri-dr-mike-lappin/ Genetic Mutations episode with Dr. Charlotte Hacker: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/causes-and-prevention/how-do-genetic-mutations-cause-cancer-dr-charlotte-hacker/ Article about genetic mutations: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stats-and-facts/genetic-mutations-and-dog-cancer/ Article about genetics in dog cancer in general: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/causes-and-prevention/genetics-in-canine-cancer/ -- Get to know today's guest, Elaine A. Ostrander, Ph.D.: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/elaine-a-ostrander-phd/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Detox for Dogs with Cancer | Dr. Nicole Sheehan #229
02-10-2023
Detox for Dogs with Cancer | Dr. Nicole Sheehan #229
If Dr. Nicole Sheehan sees a liver working too hard in routine blood work, she moves to a detox protocol as a matter of course, and especially if the dog has cancer. Why? Because an overworked liver struggles to clear the body of toxins. That’s no good for any state of health! Regardless of whether dogs are overburdened by their environment, a genetic mutation, or both, a liver detox can support the body. How to do it? Simple milk thistle – a widely available supplement. And: regular bathing. In today’s wide-ranging discussion Dr. Sheehan explains why and how to detox your dog – and how to know when you might want to start. Some pesticides are necessary at times: like flea and tick meds. Others, like lawn chemicals, may be less so. And do dogs have a genetic mutation that reduces liver function, similar to the MTHFR genetic mutation found in humans? In the end, Dr. Nicole Sheehan says, we’ve got to really listen and pay attention to our dogs in order to make good choices. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: Watch Dr. Nicole Sheehan sing on Insta! https://www.instagram.com/nicolethevet/ Dr. Nicole Sheehan’s practice: https://wholepetvets.com/ Related Links: Article about gene mutations: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stats-and-facts/genetic-mutations-and-dog-cancer/ Article about free radicals: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/causes-and-prevention/free-radicals/ Article about milk thistle: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/supplements/milk-thistle-for-dogs/ Article about a dog not eating: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/dog-not-eating/ Article about broccoli: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/diet-and-lifestyle/broccoli-for-dogs/ Article about feeding a dog who has cancer: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/diet-and-lifestyle/dog-cancer-diet/ Article about herbicides and pesticides: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/causes-and-prevention/lawn-chemicals-herbicides-and-pesticides/ Article about holistic veterinarians: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/building-your-team/holistic-veterinarians-and-cancer/ An article explaining median survival time: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/diagnosis-and-medical-procedures/median-survival-time-meaning/ -- Get to know today's guest, Dr. Nicole Sheehan: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/nicole-sheehan-dvm/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Repurposed Drugs for Cancer (Mast Cell Tumors) in Dogs | Dr. Lauren Barrow #228
18-09-2023
Repurposed Drugs for Cancer (Mast Cell Tumors) in Dogs | Dr. Lauren Barrow #228
It’s so exciting when a familiar drug in one area shows promise as a new treatment for another health problem. Researchers and clinicians pay attention, especially when the drug is inexpensive and easily tolerated. Such is the case with Panacur (fenbendazole), a dewormer that has caught the attention of cancer researchers. It’s early days of studying its effects on cancer, but some people want to start using it now! And no wonder. It’s mechanism of action is the same one used by several well-known cancer drugs! But would the high doses needed cause the same kind of severe long-term effects of other chemo drugs we’re already using? Dr. Lauren Barrow joins us for a fascinating discussion prompted by listener Tracie’s question about her dog’s mast cell tumors. We talk about the thinking general practitioners engage in around repurposing drugs for cancer … and why a trip to the oncologist might be a good idea. After all, oncologists (especially veterinary oncologists) are not just the keepers of insights and expertise about standard treatment methods … they are the researchers on the cutting edge of oncology. They’re the ones who research and repurpose drugs! Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: Podcast About Panacur (fenbendazole): https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/drugs/panacur-for-cancer-in-dogs-dr-nancy-reese-qa/ Article about Mast Cell Tumors: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/types-of-dog-cancer/mast-cell-tumors-in-dogs/ Article about Benadryl: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/drugs/benadryl-for-dogs/ Article about oncologists Related Links: Podcast about Tagamet and Benadryl for Dogs: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/drugs/tagamet-and-benadryl-for-dogs-nancy-reese-dvm-mpvm-phd-deep-dive/ Chapters: 00:00 START                              00:58 Tracie's Call                    02:13 Worried About Chemotherapy; Are There Other Drugs?        02:54 Panacur for Mast Cell Tumors?            04:45 Other Drugs Kill Using Microtubules, Too: Chemotherapy Drugs       05:14 Any Drug Used to Kill Cancer May Have Side Effects, Even Repurposed Drugs          06:56 Any Other Repurposed Drugs for Mast Cell Tumors?  07:12 Mast Cells Are Immune Cells That Release Histamine 07:35 Give Benadryl to Help with Histamine Symptoms        08:56 Inflammatory Cascades Are Messy     10:46 Grade Three Mast Cell Tumors Are Serious     11:30 Find Out If There's Metastasis Already 11:54 This Is a Case for an Oncologist's Expertise      13:36 Do Oncologists Respect the Word No?            15:06 Chemotherapy in Humans Is Different 17:25 Oncologists Know More About Repurposed Drugs Because They Are the Researchers!       18:46 Cutting Edge Therapies Are at the Onc's Office           19:20 Palladia for Mast Cell Tumors  -- Get to know today's guest, Dr. Lauren Barrow: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/lauren-harper-barrow-dvm-cna/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apoptosis Explained Simply and Why It Matters in Dog Cancer | Amanda Kin, M.S. #227
04-09-2023
Apoptosis Explained Simply and Why It Matters in Dog Cancer | Amanda Kin, M.S. #227
Enter the fascinating world of cell death, where nosy neighbors can tell each other to “die, already” … and cells can wake up one day and realize there’s something very, very wrong. Also learn how cancer manipulates the conscientious cells to make them blissfully unaware of their own wrongdoing … or holds them hostage while they desperately, desperately try to do the right thing and kill themselves for the good of everyone. It’s a glimpse into a world where cells seem sentient, and one could almost start to believe in miracles. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: Article on apoptosis: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stats-and-facts/apoptosis/ Curcumin: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/supplements/curcumin-for-dogs/ Apocaps supplement: https://Apocaps.com Related Links: Supplements that have apoptogens: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/supplements/supplements-for-dogs-with-cancer-dr-demian-dressler-deep-dive/ Apoptosis and dietary apoptogens: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/supplements/apoptosis-and-how-dietary-apoptogens-help/ Article on how to reduce cancer risk using food: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/causes-and-prevention/how-to-reduce-cancer-risk-using-food/ Chapters: 00:00 Start 04:08 Apoptosis 101                            10:22 Training T-cells                          14:31 How Cells Die                             18:17 Cancer Cells Defy Apoptosis                 23:17 Using Apoptosis for Cancer Treatment            25:02 Apoptogens Induce Apoptosis             29:54 Dietary Apoptogens -- Get to know today's guest, Amanda Kin, M.S.: https://www.dogcancer.com/people/amanda-kin-bs-ms/ For more details, articles, podcast episodes, and quality education, go to the episode page: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Can I Give My Dog with Bladder Cancer? | Dr. Lauren Barrow #226
21-08-2023
What Can I Give My Dog with Bladder Cancer? | Dr. Lauren Barrow #226
Today’s Listener Line call is from Gloria, whose dog has transitional cell carcinoma (a common form of bladder cancer). Piroxicam is a common drug used in bladder cancer because it reduces inflammation and has an anti-cancer effect. But is there something else Gloria can do to save her dog? Dr. Lauren Barrow weighs in with advice on how to think about bladder cancer, what other drugs might be helpful, and general advice about diet and supplements. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: Transitional Cell Carcinoma article Diet Articles on DogCancer.com Supplement Articles on DogCancer.com Related Links: Palladia article Piroxicam article Cadet BRAF Urine Test article Bladder Cancer in Dogs: Is It a Death Sentence? podcast episode Chapters: 0:00 Start 1:42 Oncologists as a Key Resource               2:29 Diet Tips                           3:41 Additional Medications                          5:13 Breed Risks and Early Signs About Today’s Guest, Dr. Lauren Barrow: Dr. Lauren Barrow is a small animal general practice veterinarian with a special interest in comparative oncology - the study of cancer in animals and people and how the advancement of cancer treatments can benefit both. She earned her DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) in 2012 from Colorado State University, home of the Flint Animal Cancer Center, a leader in comparative oncology research. As a general practitioner, Dr. Barrow is on the front lines, helping families navigate cancer diagnosis and management, coordinating with oncologists when needed, assisting in making end of life decisions, and is often the first to diagnose cancer in the family dog. As the mother of a cancer survivor, Dr. Barrow has a unique perspective on the relationship between human and animal cancer and its effect on the entire family. Website LinkedIn Facebook Instagram Twitter Other Links: If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.  Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit DogCancerNews.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Curcumin for Cancer in Dogs | Dr. Jessica Tartof #225
07-08-2023
Curcumin for Cancer in Dogs | Dr. Jessica Tartof #225
“Turmeric saved my dog” you’ll hear online. And it’s true that this dark yellow spice, used for thousands of years, has a host of benefits. But it’s really hard to get into the bloodstream, which means it has low bioavailability. Just how useful is it, really? Dr. Jessica Tartof, an integrative veterinarian, joins us to explain why so many of the blends she recommends to her own clients include curcumin … and why feeding your dog spice off the shelf might not be as effective as you hope. Visit us at DogCancer.com to see more articles about supplements along with hundreds of other helpful resources for your dog. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: Curcumin for Dogs article Related Links: Doxorubicin article Apoptosis article Where Do I Start with Supplements for Dog Cancer? podcast episode Inflammation and Cancer article Chapters: 00:00 Start 02:59 Benefits of Curcumin                05:07 Is Curcumin a Miracle Cure?                05:50 Absorption and Bioavailability             09:12 Golden Paste                              10:48 Why So Little Research on Supplements                     14:03 Curcumin Dose                          16:02 Warming in Traditional Chinese Medicine       17:03 Side Effects                     18:28 Giving More Isn't Helpful         20:15 Making the Most of Curcumin             21:23 Curcumin Stains About Today’s Guest, Dr. Jessica Tartof:   Dr. Jessica Tartof is an Integrative Veterinarian who received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in both equine and small animal Western and Eastern medicine. She became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.  She earned her certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (CVSMT) through the College of Animal Chiropractors and the Healing Oasis Center.  A post graduate diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (CVCHM) was obtained through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.  Dr. Tartof pursued training in alternative therapies to get to the root of a problem instead of simply treating the symptoms, which are the warning signs of larger deeper issues. Treating the symptoms is like cutting the top of weeds instead of digging them up at their root. The symptoms will keep coming back. Alternative therapies allow patients to have more treatment options as “one size fits all” doesn’t work for every patient. She also has a soft spot for working with geriatric and blind patients, improving their quality of life and helping to soothe their aches and pains to keep them moving.  Dr. Tartof has joined many people and their dogs on the cancer journey, and has seen firsthand how integrative therapies can offer high life quality. She is glad to join her DogCancer.com colleagues to help dog lovers find safe alternative veterinary information.  LinkedIn  Other Links: If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.  Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit DogCancerNews.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Do Genetic Mutations Cause Cancer? | Dr. Charlotte Hacker #224
24-07-2023
How Do Genetic Mutations Cause Cancer? | Dr. Charlotte Hacker #224
Your dog has trillions of cells, each one containing DNA with about 19,000 genes. Every day, cells die and are replaced by new ones after copying their genetic material… and sometimes those copies include mistakes. Charlotte Hacker has a deep love of genetics, and explains the basics of how genetics work and how mutations can occur. Not all of these mistakes are harmful, but a mutation in the wrong spot or a buildup of multiple mutations can lead to cancer. Listen now to learn about proto-oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, why bigger dogs are more likely to get cancer, and how you can help support the health of your dog’s DNA. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: Genetic Mutations and Dog Cancer: An Overview (article) https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/stats-and-facts/genetic-mutations-and-dog-cancer/ Related Links: Genetics in Canine Cancer article SearchLight DNA Can Find Your Dog’s Cancer Genotype podcast episode Sunshine for Dogs article Chapters: 0:00 Start 3:48 Genetics 101 7:14 Mutation is a Change 11:52 Causes of Spontaneous Mutations 16:10 Oncogenes 18:58 Tumor Suppressor Genes 21:40 Preventing Mutations About Today’s Guest, Dr. Charlotte Hacker: Dr. Charlotte Hacker graduated with her Masters in 2015 studying animal welfare and behavior, and her Doctorate in 2021 with a focus on the use of molecular genetic approaches to study at-risk wildlife. A conservation biologist by vocation, Charlotte’s love for all things animals started with a love for dogs. Her research interests are multifaced and include mammalian genetics, international conservation science policy, and human-animal relations. Dr. Hacker is passionate about writing, science communication, and improving the livelihoods of humans and the animals they share space with. Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, watching documentaries, and traveling. She is based in Washington, D.C., with her rescue miniature dachshund, Nittany. LinkedIn Other Links: If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.  Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit DogCancerNews.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why Venison is Good for Dogs | Dr. Alex Ubell #223
10-07-2023
Why Venison is Good for Dogs | Dr. Alex Ubell #223
Veterinarian Dr. Alex Ubell tells us all about the nutritional benefits of venison for dogs, as well as things to consider when deciding where to get venison for your dog. As well as being delicious, locally hunted venison is a sustainable food source. But hunting comes with its own special considerations for type of bullet used (no lead!), handling of raw meat, and making sure that the deer are healthy and don’t pose a risk to you or your dog. Listen in to learn why venison is a safe option for dogs with cancer and those who need to lose some weight. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: Venison for Dogs article: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/diet-and-lifestyle/venison-for-dogs/ BalanceIt Home Recipe Resource: https://balance.it/ MauiNui Venison: https://mauinuivenison.com/ Related Links: What Does a Veterinary Nutritionist Do? article Nutritionist Lindsey Bullen on Diet and Dog Cancer podcast episode Dog Cancer Diet Guidelines article Chapters: 0:00 Start 2:09 Where to Get Venison 3:06 Nutritional Benefits of Venison 4:33 How Venison Can Help Cancer Patients 6:11 Venison for Weight Management 6:49 Need to Add Fat Source 8:17 When to Avoid Venison 9:21 Safety and Handling 15:36 Cooking Venison for Your Dog 16:53 Sustainability 18:45 Food Safety for Hunters 19:39 Calories in Venison 20:25 How to Start Giving Your Dog Venison About Today’s Guest, Dr. Alex Ubell: Dr. Alexandra Ubell hails from New England and moved back to the Boston area after receiving her DVM from Michigan State University in 2013. She has moved around a bit since graduating, working in private practice and shelter medicine before utilizing her knowledge of epidemiology and public health to work in case investigation for COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic. Dr. Ubell has since returned to working primarily with pets and has been practicing virtual care through telehealth services at a time when veterinary clinics are overwhelmed, providing clients with guidance right at home. Dr. Ubell has always been inquistive about the natural world which led her study veterinary medicine. While practicing medicine is her passion, Dr. Ubell is drawn to education and sharing her love of the biological sciences with others. This can take the form of helping pet parents understand how to better care for their fur babies as well as tutoring high school and college students in biology and chemistry. In addition to her veterinary work, Dr. Ubell enjoys spending time hiking in nearby wooded areas with her heart-dog Fiona and coming back home to Scooter, her 3.5-legged midland painted turtle who has been with her since veterinary school. She is currently learning guitar and making more paint-by number pieces than she has room to hang on her walls! LinkedIn Other Links: If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.  Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit DogCancerNews.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can Regular Vets Do Chemo for Dogs? Yes! | Dr. Kristen Lester #222
26-06-2023
Can Regular Vets Do Chemo for Dogs? Yes! | Dr. Kristen Lester #222
Dr. Kristin Lester is a general practice veterinarian who also offers chemotherapy for her cancer patients. You heard right – any vet can do chemotherapy, not just oncologists. Not all “regular” vets offer chemo, but those that do have some special safety equipment and protocols to keep the clinic staff, you, and your dog all safe and healthy. Complicated and unusual cases still absolutely benefit from seeing an oncologist, but straightforward cancer cases may be able to be handled at your local vet’s office. If an oncologist isn’t an option in your area, see if your vet or another local vet is able to do chemotherapy. Oncologists are usually happy to give advice to other vets remotely. Dr. Lester also tells the story of her incredible dog Sue Louise, the tutu-wearing hunting dog who inspired her passion for chemotherapy. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: USP 800 Guidelines: https://www.usp.org/compounding/general-chapter-hazardous-drugs-handling-healthcare 2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats: https://www.aaha.org/aaha-guidelines/oncology-configuration/oncology-guidelines/ Videos of closed system transfer devices: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=closed+system+transfer+device+for+chemo Related Links: Palladia for Dogs (toceranib phosphate) article Pet Cancer Care Consulting: Dog Cancer Care Online podcast episode Is Dog Chemotherapy Worth It? article Chapters: 0:00 Start 3:41 Sue Louise the Special Dog 9:56 Palladia Experience 12:01 Age is Not a Disease 13:32 Hooked on Chemo 16:53 Not Enough Oncologists 19:34 General Practice Vets Can Fill the Gap 20:48 Chemo Safety 26:44 Hood or Biosafety Cabinet 28:44 Closed System Transfer Devices 31:19 After Your Dog Gets a Chemo Treatment 33:58 Chemo Your Regular Vet Might Offer 36:04 Oncologist vs General Practitioner for Chemo 39:51 Resources for Vets Offering Chemo About Today’s Guest, Dr. Kristen Lester: I have always wanted to become a veterinarian. My grandfather practiced veterinary medicine for over 50 years, so at an early age I was exposed to the joys and fulfillment this career provides. My favorite part of practicing veterinary medicine is being challenged to seek out the right answers and support clients through good and hard times with their pet. I earned my undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Louisiana Tech University. From there I was accepted to Louisiana State University where I graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2006. Geaux Tigers! After marrying my husband, Chris, we took a Facebook quiz that determined we should relocate to Charleston, South Carolina. We moved there on a whim. After discovering all of the wonderful benefits of the Carolinas, we made that area home for a little over a decade. Since then, we have relocated to the Tampa Bay area where I am a general practice veterinarian with a special interest in oncology. A typical day includes spays, neuters, dentistry, wellness visits, and dermatology, but it is my cancer cases that provide me the most fulfillment. There is something about taking something that is sad and scary and turning it into a positive experience for both the pet and their owner that brings me joy. When not working, I enjoy being out in the great outdoors, watching football, taking naps with the pups, and eating delicious food with friends and family. Chris and I share our home with three dogs that we call the “Furballs of Fury” and are the proud guardians of Jeffrey, Pebbles, and Mary Frances. They keep us busy and fill our home with lots of love, funny stories, and dog hair. LinkedIn Other Links: If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.  Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit DogCancerNews.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Where Do I Start with Supplements for Dog Cancer? | Dr. Jessica Tartof #221
19-06-2023
Where Do I Start with Supplements for Dog Cancer? | Dr. Jessica Tartof #221
Billy called in to our Listener Line with a question about supplements for dog cancer. Integrative veterinarian Jessica Tartof explains that each dog will likely benefit from different supplements, but there are some ones that she uses frequently for her cancer patients. Some good starting points to consider are Chinese herbal blends, vitamins, and medicinal mushrooms. Talk to your vet to see if these might be right for your dog, and listen in for more advice and resources! Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: How to Choose the Best Dog Supplements article https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/supplements/best-dog-supplements/ Dog Cancer Dot Com https://www.dogcancer.com/ Related Links: Supplements for Dogs with Cancer podcast episode Medicinal Mushrooms for Dog Cancer Part 1 podcast episode Traditional and Classic Chinese Medicine for Dog Cancer podcast episode Chapters: 0:00 Start 3:03 Medicinal Mushrooms About Today’s Guest, Dr. Jessica Tartof: Dr. Jessica Tartof is an Integrative Veterinarian who received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in both equine and small animal Western and Eastern medicine. She became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She earned her certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (CVSMT) through the College of Animal Chiropractors and the Healing Oasis Center. A post graduate diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (CVCHM) was obtained through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. Dr. Tartof pursued training in alternative therapies to get to the root of a problem instead of simply treating the symptoms, which are the warning signs of larger deeper issues. Treating the symptoms is like cutting the top of weeds instead of digging them up at their root. The symptoms will keep coming back. Alternative therapies allow patients to have more treatment options as “one size fits all” doesn’t work for every patient. She also has a soft spot for working with geriatric and blind patients, improving their quality of life and helping to soothe their aches and pains to keep them moving. Dr. Tartof has joined many people and their dogs on the cancer journey, and has seen firsthand how integrative therapies can offer high life quality. She is glad to join her DogCancer.com colleagues to help dog lovers find safe alternative veterinary information. LinkedIn Other Links: If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.  Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit DogCancerNews.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CBD and Cannabis for Dogs: Then, Now, and Looking Forward Part 2 | Dr. Narda Robinson #220
12-06-2023
CBD and Cannabis for Dogs: Then, Now, and Looking Forward Part 2 | Dr. Narda Robinson #220
This is Part 2 of our discussion of cannabis and CBD for dogs with Dr. Narda Robinson. In this episode Dr. Narda discusses how CBD can fit into a cancer treatment plan, the legal complications of cannabis in veterinary medicine, and some tips for choosing a product. Some things to look for when researching products are a Certificate of Analysis, how the product is processed, sustainability and environmental impact of the growing operation, and what your pet’s specific needs are. In her experience oils are the most reliable and have been studied the most, though many dogs love their CBD chews! Salves are an emerging option that Dr. Narda likes because they can be used to target specific painful areas. However, there are not any products available right now. If considering a human CBD salve for your dog, review the ingredients carefully with a holistic or integrative vet. Many of the essential oils that we love for ourselves can be dangerous for our pets if they are licked or absorbed into the skin. Listen in to hear how Dr. Narda determines if CBD is appropriate for a dog, how it might be able to help your pup, and why discussing these products can be a challenge depending on where you live. Links Mentioned in Today’s Show: CBD and Cannabis for Dogs: Then, Now, and Looking Forward Part 1 https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/supplements/cbd-and-cannabis-for-dogs-then-now-and-looking-forward-part-1-dr-narda-robinson/ ElleVet Sciences https://www.ellevetsciences.com/ Related Links: Cannabis to Help Dogs with Cancer – A Veterinary Oncologist Perspective podcast episode How Does PEMF Therapy Help Dogs with Cancer? podcast episode Cannabis vs CBD and Related Terms podcast episode Chapters: 0:00 Start 1:50 Concerns for Long-Term Use and Contamination 5:43 Cannabis and Dog Cancer 9:35 How CBD Inhibits Inflammation 11:48 Balanced Approach May Not Include CBD 16:13 Choosing a Product 23:47 Why Some Vets Won’t Talk About Cannabis About Today’s Guest, Dr. Narda Robinson: Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA, is a leading authority on scientific integrative medicine from a One Health perspective. She served as faculty at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1997-2016) and currently leads CURACORE VET and CURACORE MED as founder and CEO. A prominent influencer on scientific integrative medicine in both veterinary and human medicine, Dr. Robinson has cultivated her expertise for over 20 years of teaching, practicing, and research. She directs onsite and online programs on medical acupuncture, medical massage, photomedicine, botanical therapy, and integrative rehabilitation. In June 2022, she founded the organization, SIVMA, i.e., the Scientific Integrative Veterinary Medical Association, to expand learning and research opportunities for practitioners across the globe. LinkedIn Other Links: If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200.  Dog Cancer News is a free weekly newsletter that contains useful information designed to help your dog with cancer. To sign up, please visit DogCancerNews.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices