The Magic Bullet Fund

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer

Empowerment for Dog Owners

Turn Despair into Confidence
Become Your Best Friend's Best Advocate

3rd edition

Table of Contents


Foreword by Bruce N. Hoskins, DVM.......................... xi
Thanks to You!............................................................... xiii
Preface............................................................................... 1
 
About Canine Cancer.................................................... 5
Causes and Prevention.................................... 8
Early Detection............................................... 17
Lymph Node Locations................................ 19
 
The Most Common Types of Canine Cancer........ 21
Tumors............................................................ 22
Bone Cancers................................................ 37
Cancers of the Blood.................................... 42
Multiple Cancers............................................ 50
 
Your First Decisions.................................................... 53
What Other Tests are Needed?.................. 54
Your Dogís Cancer Team............................ 57
Find a Treatment Plan.................................. 61
When Should Treatment Begin?................ 63
Could it be a Misdiagnosis?........................ 64
 
Your Dog Has Cancer...Now What?........................ 67
Should Your Dog Have Treatment?........... 70
Donít Believe Everything You Read........... 72
Donít Believe Everything You Hear ........... 73
Donít Ever Believe ďItís Just a DogĒ............ 74
Keep a Journal............................................... 75
 
Surgery for Canine Cancer........................................ 79
Amputation Surgery...................................... 85
Pain Control.................................................... 89
 
Radiation Therapy for Canine Cancer.................... 93
 
Chemotherapy for Canine Cancer........................ 101
Traditional Chemotherapy........................ 102
How Much is Enough? .............................. 110
Intralesional Chemotherapy..................... 114
Electrochemotherapy................................. 115
Medical Cautions........................................ 115
Treatment Failure........................................ 122
Chemo Costs............................................... 123
 
Side Effects to Cancer and to Treatment............ 127
Paraneoplastic Syndromes....................... 127
Surgery Side Effects................................... 129
Radiation Therapy Side Effects................ 129
Chemo (Drug-Specific) Side Effects....... 130
Chemo Side Effects................................... 133
Donít Panic!.................................................. 140
 
New and Alternative Treatments........................... 143
Comparative Oncology.............................. 144
Immunotherapy........................................... 146
Vaccine Therapies...................................... 147
BMT for Dogs with Lymphoma................. 152
Other Treatments and Therapies............. 156
Alternative Therapies................................. 158
Clinical Trials............................................... 159
 
Whatís Your Dog Eating?......................................... 163
About Diet and Cancer............................... 165
Bulletís Cancer Diet.................................... 168
Water............................................................. 175
Donít Forget the Treats............................... 176
Frozen Fishies!............................................ 178
 
What Else Can You Do?........................................... 181
Donít Blow a Fuse!...................................... 183
Vitamins and Minerals............................... 184
Supplements................................................ 185
Organ Support............................................. 189
Bulletís Supplements................................. 190
 
Whole Health Issues for Dogs with Cancer........ 193
First-Aid Kit For a Dog With Cancer......... 202
 
From Warrior to Angel.............................................. 205
When Pawspice Begins............................. 206
When Pawspice Ends................................ 210
After the Loss............................................... 211
 
Bulletís Story............................................................... 217
 
Appendices.................................................................. 235
Search the Internet...................................... 235
Join a Support Group!................................ 236
Vaccination Waiver..................................... 237
Early Warning Signs................................... 238
Chemotherapy Protocols........................... 239
Chemotherapy Drugs................................. 244
Schools of Veterinary Medicine................ 246
Quality of Life Scale.................................... 248
Reading List................................................. 250

Index.............................................................................. 253

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