One of the keys to helping your dog fight cancer is educating yourself about your dog’s cancer type, treatment options and what to expect during the process. Don’t count on your vets for all of the information you need. A little time invested in research and education can often reduce your anxiety and frustration and can help you to better know what questions to ask at each vet visit, and to be prepared for the inevitable bumps along the road.
To help you in this process, I’ve put together a list of my favorite books related to canine cancer:
Help Your Dog Fight Cancer by Laurie Kaplan
By far the best book for dog parents on how to help their pups in their fight against cancer, this book was written by author Laurie Kaplan after her beloved dog, Bullet was diagnosed with lymphoma. In this book, Laurie shares the story of how she and Bullet successfully battled cancer, plus Bullet’s homemade diet, supplements used, and great tips on what to expect along the way and how to be an effective member of your dog’s cancer fighting team. A must-have resource for anyone whose dog has been diagnosed with cancer. Plus, proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Magic Bullet Fund, which provides financial assistance to help dogs get the lifesaving cancer treatments they need.
**A second edition of this book is available as of 2009. For more information, CLICK HERE.
The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs by Shawn Messonier, DVM
This is a great book written by a leader in integrative veterinary medicine, featuring easy-to-understand information about the most common types of cancer and their treatments. This book also features valuable information about the best holistic supplements and alternative cancer therapies available today. The Natural Vet’s Guide is a perfect resource for pet owners who want to know how to get the best out of conventional and complementary medicine to help their dog successfully battle cancer.
This book provides a good overview of common types of canine and feline cancers and their respective treatments, and includes important information about caring for your pet with cancer. Cancer and Your Pet also looks at some of the most current research being done to diagnose and treat various types of cancer more effectively.
Sparky Fights Back by by Josee Clerens and John Clifton
The very first book I read after Georgia’s diagnosis, this book will give every pet owner new hope about their dog’s chances of successfully battling cancer. Through the story of their dog Sparky, Josee and John provide a detailed account of Sparky’s journey with cancer — from diagnosis to successful cancer survivor.