The Magic Bullet Fund


Help Your Dog Fight Cancer:

Empowerment for Dog Owners (3rd edition)

Dog Fancy Magazine  Gentle, accessible and full of hope, Kaplan's book offers an understandable overview of cancer pathology and treatment. Anyone in the unfortunate position to need this information will benefit greatly from her reporter's skill at reasearch, her editor's gift for making tough material readable, and her personal experience."  Terry Winkelmann for 

Animal Wellness Magazine  Laurie's book is a wonderful guide to helping your dog fight cancer. ... Laurie uses personal examples from her experiences with Bullet to guide readers in the right direction in their own battle against canine cancer. The book also features Bullet's survival story, proof positive that cancer doesn't have to mean a death sentence. 

DogWorld Magazine  This compassionate and heartfelt book should be one of the first books the owner of a cancer dog turns to. It will doubtless help that person feel less overwhelmed and more able to navigate the many options available.  

Oncolink The benefit of this book is not so much in the specific medical details, but in the support and guidance it provides in navigating the complicated and stressful world of cancer treatment.Dr. Lili Duda, VMD board certified Veterinary Oncologist.

The Daily Telegram  "Help Your Dog Fight Cancer" by Laurie Kaplan, can help cancer-dog owners know what to expect from the diagnosis and what they can do to help their beloved pet survive. Kaplan is a freelance animal writer who helped her own dog, Bullet, survive cancer and wrote "Help Your Dog Fight Cancer" for other caretakers to better deal with the disease as well as to endure the fear and emotional turmoil that accompany it. 

Outlining the causes and reasons for canine cancer as well as outlining preventative techniques that readers can use and outline to protect their pooch, [this book] addresses care for when the unfortunate does happen. Very highly recommended for personal and community reference collections, "Help Your Dog Fight Cancer" is a must for anyone whose canine companion is diagnosed with a cancer.  Midwest Book Review

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VIN (Veterinary Information Network) This is an excellent resource for veterinarians to have available for pet owners and an excellent book for staff members who are uninformed about cancer treatment.     pdf of review

Laurie Kaplan is one of our heroes. Not only because she’s one of the first authors of fact-based dog cancer support books for non-veterinarians like us, but because she started one of the first canine cancer assistance funds, The Magic Bullet Fund. Her non-profit organization helps pet parents who do not have the financial resources to provide cancer treatment for their dog. Laurie is one of the earliest supporters of pet parents who need emotional, informational and financial help when coping with canine cancer.

Her book, Help Your Dog Fight Cancer, was one of the first written just for pet parents like us. And now it’s just been re-released in a 3rd edition that includes all of the latest canine cancer developments, such as:
The book puts veterinary oncology into layperson’s terms. It includes information on diagnostic tests, treatment methods, side effects, and end-of-life care. “As in humans, genetics and diet play a major role in canine cancer, but environmental carcinogens may be more influential,” Kaplan says, “as dogs are in closer contact with fertilizers and household cleaning products.” She writes that treatment options for dogs are also similar to those for people: surgery, followed by radiation or chemotherapy.

The author says, “Dogs tolerate chemotherapy better than people do,” with minimal hair loss and quick recovery. The book includes lists of symptoms and discussions of types of cancer along with italicized, often illustrated case studies from pet owners, which lend this informative text a personal touch. Kaplan also contributes heartfelt reminiscences of Bullet’s medical history as a four-year lymphoma survivor. She recommends comparing clinics’ fees and getting second opinions. The book has helpful sets of questions to ask one’s veterinarian and other useful insights, such as how to get chemo drugs direct from suppliers to cut costs. She also share information about how complementary medicines and human-grade food can contribute to continued health. And finally, Kaplan discusses “pawspice” care with down-to-earth advice for coping with end of life care.

We give this book a big “3-Paws Up!” and encourage anyone coping with dog cancer to get a copy at Amazon today.

Jenny Hopkins for The South Shore Press  Ms. Kaplan does not sugar coat dog cancer ... I expected a maudlin, touchy-feely piece about a dog who made it because of faith and perseverance. Instead, I found a well written, exhaustively researched book that covers all the bases.

Jerry Stemnock (Hug-A-Dog Harnesses)  It's like having a calm, friendly, no-nonsense person sitting next to you, explaining everything you could possibly want to know about cancer in dogs, from possible-and-avoidable causes to treatment options to home care to moral, emotional and financial considerations. If you own dogs, you can't count on never having one diagnosed with cancer. Buy this book now. Read it for the inspiration and have it ready in case you need it.   

Shawn Messonnier DVM   A nice overview of a tough topic with expert advice . As a holistic veterinarian and author (8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog, The Allergy Solution for Dogs, the award-winning The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, and the upcoming The Natural Vet's Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs,) I appreciate a frank discussion regarding a difficult topic. This timely book offers the experience of a pet owner who faced the challenge of pet cancer as well as veterinarians who deal with this horrible disease on a daily basis. This book presents a good overview which will allow pet owners to make the best decisions for their pets.

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J. Pearce, review   This book has been phenomonal -- Laurie Kaplan's advice for assembling a cancer care team is very helpful, particularly to dog parents who may be "new" to the worlds of holistic and complementary medicine...  This book gives us caregivers hope and a real sense of being able to help our canine friends through this ordeal. Laurie also emphasizes that the degree to which each of us decide to treat (or not to treat) our pets' cancer is a personal matter, with no "wrong" decisions. I highly, highly recommend this book -- three cheers to Laurie Kaplan!!