Archive for the ‘Canine Cancer’ Category

And the Winners Are…

October 31, 2010

 

The results are in!  Five winners were selected from the 58 entries in the Speaking for Spot Halloween Contest. Each winner received an adorable canine Halloween costume compliments of OhMyDogSupplies.com

Ready to meet the winners and hear the stories supplied by their human companions?  I’m ever so pleased to present Buddy, Gayle, Marty McFly, Roxy, and Elmer Fudd. Before you begin reading about them, grab a couple tissues. I think you might just need them!

Nebraska winner:  Buddy, a devilishly handsome (and lucky) doggy doctor

According to Buddy’s mom Linda “Buddy is 10 3/4 years old and will turn 11 in January.  I have known him since he was born but he wasn’t a member of my household until a little over two years ago.  He used to be shown in the conformation ring but because of medical problems was neutered.  He has been trained as a Delta therapy dog and has made many trips to hospitals and rehabilitation centers to help others feel better.  On a Sunday morning in August, 2008 his owners (and my best friends) were murdered at their rural home north of Lincoln by a young man who was looking for money for drugs.  Why he and his granddaughter were spared we will never know.  He was found later that day by a neighbor as he and Annie (the granddaughter Boxer) were wandering the neighborhood, probably looking for help.  He was turned in to animal control and I went and got the two dogs the next morning.  A daughter took young Annie but asked if I would like Buddy to stay with me.  He has been my constant companion since that time.  I had back fusion surgery this summer and Buddy was at the door to greet me when I came home and lay beside me to comfort me during the three months of recovery.  We are now pretty much back to normal and taking the walks that we both love.  He is a memorial to the friends that I lost and whenever I am missing them I talk with Buddy.  I am so glad to have him in my life.”  

Tennessee winner: Gayle, a vampire who’s a sweetie pie

Charon, Gayle’s human companion, tells this story.  “Gayle was a found puppy (during a thunderstorm in Texas) in May 2000.  In January of 2010, (when Gayle was ten years old) we noticed a small lump on her right front wrist.  It was a soft tissue sarcoma, grade III.  Gayle had her leg amputated February 17, 2010, followed by five rounds of doxorubicin chemotherapy.  She is the bravest girl I’ve ever known.  She’s ever once backed away from doing what we’ve asked, and she never really complained, even though there were a few times when the chemo was pretty rugged.  I’ve been by Gayle’s side during every step of this journey.  I’ve knitted a zillion socks watching her recover, sitting through chemo, and just being in the moment with my sister. Every day with Gayle is a gift and a learning experience.  She’s not only my ‘sister’, but she’s my teacher.  I learned a big lesson when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July.  Through surgery and now radiation treatment, Gayle is by my side every step of the journey.  We both know how lucky we are to have each other, to have such supportive family and friends and to be enjoying every moment.  Gayle keeps a blog to document our challenges and achievements – www.etgayle.tripawds.com.”

Maine winner: Marty McFly, an insanely adorable “Maine lobstah”

Here’s what Lisa has to say about her little dog. “Marty McFly is thrilled to be selected as a costume winner.  He is a very special Miniature Dachshund whom I rescued from a shelter in Ohio two years ago when his time as a stray was up.  He arrived skin and bones and with pneumonia, and almost didn’t make it.  After lots of TLC, he gained five pounds and blossomed into an incredible dog who has taught us so much.  He has been a therapy dog, and made lots of friends at a local nursing home.  He adores children, and if we’re out for a walk and he spots a child he makes a beeline right to them to give them kisses.  It makes us wonder whether he had children in his previous home.  We do not know his true age, but estimate he is about 14.  He has lots of spunk, loves to chase squirrels, and ‘sings for his supper.’  There are thousands of senior dogs in shelters with so much life left.  We feel so fortunate to have this one in our life.  Of our five dogs, he makes us laugh the most.”

Northern California winner: Roxy, a cherub of a chimp

Karen adores Roxy as you can tell from her description.  “As a volunteer dog trainer and foster provider at my local shelter, I was asked to come to meet a couple puppies that had been placed in the back of the shelter in a small enclosure with their mama.  The mama was a confiscated ‘breeder dog,’ that is, a dog whose sole purpose is to become impregnated with money-making pups.   The shelter’s plan was to euthanize the mama once the puppies could make it on their own due to her being a Pit Bull and that fact that she was a black dog.  Add to the fact that she was engorged with milk, and you have a dog whose adoption chances are nil.  I went down and met the puppies and mama and learned she had been in that small enclosure with them for over a month without ever having gotten out or any contact aside from being fed. She was scrawny and scared, but she still had a sparkle in her eye and absolute love of people. I brought the pups home along with the mama who we called Roxy. We spent the necessary time socializing the pups and eventually they were adopted, but since the day I brought her home Roxy has truly been my best friend.  We eventually adopted Roxy.  Her adoption essentially saved the lives of four dogs:  Her life was spared, her two pups’ lives were spared, and another stray dog had a chance at life since an enclosure was empty.  Roxy has become a great teacher of life.  She has taught us to live in the present and not dwell on the past, as she never looks back at her hard life with regret. She does not let the bad things that have happened to her affect her today.  She taught us that we can change if we just let go. Against the odds, Roxy has become an ambassador to her breed and is now effectively helping other shelter dogs become stable and happy dogs. She has opened the eyes of so many people with misconceptions about this breed.  She is a friend to anyone she meets.  Roxy has impressed us all with becoming a certified ‘Good Canine Citizen’ and is currently in training for therapy. Roxy’s story is important and we want to send this message to the masses:  Many many shelter dogs are put down needlessly every day. So many of them are good dogs like Roxy that just need a chance at a good life. Provide food, shelter, leadership, exercise, and love and the benefit you receive in return is immeasurable.”

Southern California winner: Elmer Fudd, a precious little vampire

Anne shares her home and heart with Elmer Fudd.  Here is how she describes him: “Elmer is about 13 years old and I adopted him from the LA city shelter about six months ago after a plea went out for him from the shelter staff.  He’s probably a Jack Russell/something mix and they said he was geriatric and visually impaired, but he’s actually a pretty active and somewhat hyper little guy.  But he’s got some kind of brain damage. I’m not sure what caused it.  We saw a neurology specialist but without spending a lot of money on an MRI and spinal tap, we don’t have a definitive diagnosis and I decided to watch and wait and see how things go for now.  He mostly walks in circles, always in the same direction.  He can’t go up and down steps and if he’s on the sofa he’ll walk off and fall on the floor instead of jumping – I think it’s a visual problem.  He has hearing impairment too, he can hear but can’t identify the source of the sound and has not really learned to understand any words.  He has a bunch of other quirks but he’s very sweet and full of spunk.  He likes to be picked up and held, having his ears rubbed and eating.  Especially eating, he is just crazy about food.  He is very curious and loves exploring the yard (in a circular fashion) and chasing the cat when he has the chance.  I could go on and on, but anyway he’s a special dog and I think he makes an awesome vampire.”

Now here’s wishing you and your four-legged family members a safe Halloween and abundant good health.  

Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of  Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association 2009 Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, 2009 Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, 2009 Eukanuba Canine Health Award
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Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller. 

You can support your favorite rescue group.  The Speaking for Spot Gives Back Program shares a portion of the sales proceeds with approved non-profit organizations when you purchase a book via the Speaking for Spot website and designate the organization at the time of purchase.

Morris Animal Foundation 2010 K9 Cancer Walk

April 14, 2010

I am gearing up for Morris Animal Foundation’s 2nd annual K9 Cancer Walk to be held in Elk Grove, California (www.curecaninecancer.org/) on Saturday, April 24th.  Just as was the case last year, I will be a speaker at this fabulous event along with Dr. Michael Kent, a staff oncologist at the UC Davis veterinary school.  The actual walk will begin at 10:00 am and the speakers program will be at 11:30 am.

Care to join me there?  If you cannot participate in person, I hope you will consider joining my virtual Speaking for Spot Team (http://maf.convio.net/site/TR/Events/CCC?team_id=1260&pg=team&fr_id=1040).   And if you are able to attend, please come introduce yourself to me.  I would love to meet you!

Here is the blog I posted one year ago after the very first K9 Cancer Walk.

Walking to Cure Canine Cancer

This past Saturday, I saw four three-legged dogs- each one having lost a limb as part of their treatment for bone cancer.  I met another sweetie pie with a shaved patch over one side of his chest.  His mom told me this was the site where her pup’s chest cavity was drained of fluid produced by a cancer growing at the base of his heart.  Yet another dog I encountered had an orange-sized tumor on the bridge of his nose. 

Believe it or not, I met none of these dogs in a veterinary hospital setting; rather, we were all gathered in Elk Grove, California, the site of the very first Morris Animal Foundation Walk to Cure Canine Cancer. Morris Animal Foundation has launched an unprecedented $30 million fundraising effort with the following goals in mind:

1.  Provide new treatments for dogs currently suffering from cancer
2.  Establish a high-quality tumor sample bank that can be used by cancer researchers
3.  Develop prevention strategies so that cancer might one day be eliminated or, at the very least, drastically reduced in incidence and severity
4.  Train new researchers who will work towards discovering preventions, treatments and cures

An important part of the fundraising effort will be in the form of “Walks to Cure Canine Cancer.”  The Elk Grove Walk raised $17,945!  I had the honor of speaking at this fabulous first-of-its-kind event-what a thrill to be part of it all!  More than 300 dogs and their humans gathered together in the fight against canine cancer.

As unfathomable as it sounds, cancer will be the cause of death in one out of every four of our beloved canine companions.  There’s so much we don’t yet know about what causes canine cancer and how best to treat it.  I’m thrilled with the Morris Animal Foundation plans.  They are an incredibly ethical and effective organization, and I am expecting great things. To learn more about the Morris Animal Canine Cancer Campaign, please visit www.curecaninecancer.org/. I encourage you to participate in any way you can.

Best wishes to you and your four-legged family members for abundant good health, 

Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association 2009 Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, 2009 Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, 2009 Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life

Website: http://www.speakingforspot.com
Become a Fan of Speaking for Spot on Facebook 

Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, or your favorite online book seller.

Canine Cancer Walk 2010

March 26, 2010

K9 Cancer Walk

April 24, 2010

 Join Us to Help

Morris Animal Foundation Fight Canine Cancer!

Elk Grove Regional Park – Elk Grove, California 

Registration/Check-in: 8:30 a.m.

K9 Cancer Walk–3K/7K: 10:00 a.m.

Speakers’ Program: 11:30 a.m. 

Speakers:

  • Dr. Wayne Jensen, Chief Scientific Officer, Morris Animal Foundation
  • Dr. Nancy Kay, Diplomat, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine & Author of Speaking for Spot
  • Dr. Michael Kent,  Associate Professor, University of California–Davis School of Veterinary Medicine  

If you are local please come and walk in memory of dogs that have lost their battle with canine cancer or celebrate those that have survived. Your participation helps us help your best friends lead longer, healthier lives. 

Too far to participate in person?  Join Speaking for Spot’s virtual walk team.  Participants will receive a T-shirt and a dog bandanna this year, compliments of the Sacramento Canine Cancer Campaign Volunteers and I will draw the name of one Speaking for Spot team participant who will receive a personally signed copy of Speaking for Spot.

To join the Speaking for Spot virtual walk team click here: http://maf.convio.net/site/TR/Events/CCC?px=1004841&pg=personal&fr_id=1040.

Have you lost a canine family member to cancer or do you have one currently diagnosed with cancer?  Please share your story with us in the comments below or on my Facebook Fan Page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Kay/105415179814.

For more information visit www.K9CancerWalk.org.

Best wishes to you and your four-legged family members for abundant good health,

Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, ACVIM
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association 2009 Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, 2009 Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, 2009 Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life

Website: http://www.speakingforspot.com
Become a Fan of Speaking for Spot on Facebook

Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, or your favorite online book seller.

A Gift of Spot

November 21, 2009

Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life by Dr. Nancy KayWho doesn’t have a dog lover or two on their holiday gift list?  If you are brainstorming the “perfect present” for your friends, relatives, veterinarian, groomer, and Dog Park buddies, here is an idea to consider.   How about a personally signed copy of Speaking for Spot!  I would be pleased, in fact, honored to personally inscribe as many gift books as you like. Heck, I’ll even provide the wrapping paper (dog motif, of course). Additionally, now through the end of December, 10% of the sales proceeds will be donated to Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign (www.curecaninecancer.org/).

Here’s what a few people who love dogs have said about Speaking for Spot: 

“From vaccinations and pet insurance to second opinions and end of life decisions, dog lovers often feel overwhelmed trying to make the best choice for their pup, pocket book, and peace–of–mind. Thanks to Speaking for Spot, we finally have a book that makes sense of it all! With experience, warmth, wit, and candor, Dr. Nancy Kay provides an authentic, user–friendly guide for making all types of health care choices for your dog.”

– Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian on Good Morning America, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, and cofounder of petconnection.com 

“Speaking for Spot is an engaging, compelling and truly indispensable book. Dr Nancy Kay enables her readers to become well-informed advocates for their pets’ health care decisions. She has provided the perfect guide that will make a tremendous difference for dogs and for the people who love them.”

-Claudia Kawczynska, Editor-in-Chief, The BARK magazine 

If a dog owner could have only one book for health information, this is it. This is an excellent book at a reasonable price.  I highly recommend it.”

-Dr. Susan M. Cotter, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Sept. 15, 2009 

There are two ways to obtain personalized copies of Speaking for Spot.  You can mail your own books to me or you can purchase the book via my website.  For either option, simply follow the steps found at http://speakingforspot.com/purchase.html

Not only will this “gift of Spot “ be personalized and easy on the pocketbook, it will provide the people you care for with an invaluable resource that will last a lifetime. Don’t forget to “gift yourself” while you are at it! 

Wishing you and your four-legged family members abundant good health,

Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine 

Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, or your favorite online book seller. 

Join our email list – http://speakingforspot.com/joinemaillist.html

Look for us on Twitter – http://twitter.com/speakingforspot

Become a Fan of Speaking for Spot on Facebook

Listen to Dr. Kay’s interview – A Veterinarian Advises “How to Speak for Spot” on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

AKC Genome Barks – Podcast on Canine Cancer Treatments

September 12, 2009

AKC Canine Health Foundation News Alert

The American Kennel Club and the AKC Canine Health Foundation are pleased to debut the next podcast in the Genome Barks series: Canine Cancer Treatments -Thursday, September 10, 2009.

This week, the Genome Barks podcast series welcomes Dr. Jaime Modiano, a member of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Modiano has spent the last 15 years of his career looking at the mechanisms that are responsible for the origin and progression of canine cancer. Dr. Modiano’s current research focuses on better cancer therapies, singling out the canine immune system as a treatment for cancers that are in the process of spreading to various regions of the body.

The Genome Barks podcast series features lectures from the highly successful AKC-CHF Breeders Symposia and provides responsible breeders and pet owners an inside look at the work being done by the AKC and the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

New podcasts are released every two weeks and can be accessed from either the American Kennel Club website at www.akc.org or the AKC Canine Health Foundation website at www.akcchf.org – click on “Podcasts.” They are also available on Apple’s iTunes or directly at http://www.genomebarks.com
Clubs are encouraged to add the Genome Barks Podcast link to their home pages.

AKC Canine Health Foundation
http://www.akcchf.org

Now, here’s wishing you and your four-legged family members much good health!

Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

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Listen to Dr. Kay’s interview – A Veterinarian Advises “How to Speak for Spot” on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

How Can I Prevent My Dog From Getting Cancer?

September 7, 2009

When it comes to a cancer diagnosis, one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How did my dog get this?” It’s only natural that people want to know what they could have done to prevent this dreadful diagnosis.  

Unfortunately, it’s exceedingly rare that I am able to provide a clear-cut answer. Yes, we know that cigarette smoke, asbestos, sun exposure, and some pesticides and lawn herbicides can be carcinogenic in dogs. We also know that female hormones influence the development of mammary tumors (breast cancer). In most cases of canine cancer, however, there is no discernible cause. 

Genetics clearly play a role in the development of some cancers. Giant dog breeds (heavier than 75 pounds) are predisposed to bone cancer. We certainly see an inherited predisposition to cancer in particular breeds, including Boxers, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boston Terriers, English Bulldogs, Scottish Terriers, and Cocker Spaniels. 

So what can you do to prevent cancer in your four-legged best friend? Here are some suggestions (I truly hope this list becomes longer as our knowledge about cancer increases): 

Avoid exposure to known carcinogens (cancer causing substances) such as cigarette smoke, asbestos, and lawn herbicides. 

If your dog has little or no pigment on his face or underside, avoid letting him sunbathe during daylight hours when the sun is most intense. 

Talk to your veterinarian about when your dog should be spayed or castrated. Neutering prevents testicular, ovarian, and uterine cancer. Neutering female dogs before their first heat eliminates the risk of developing breast cancer, and when performed before two years of age the risk is markedly reduced.  Some data suggests that postponing neutering until a year or more of age in large breed dogs may be protective against bone cancer. More studies looking at this relationship are needed. 

Before adopting a purebred dog from the list of breeds mentioned above, do the research needed to confirm that parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents were cancer free. I recently had the heartbreaking experience of working with two Bernese Mountain Dog littermates who lost the battle to a type of cancer called malignant histiocytosis. Three of their other four siblings had already succumbed to the same disease. 

Have your dog thoroughly examined by your veterinarian at least once a year. Just as with us, the earlier the detection of a cancerous process, the better the chances are for successfully treating the disease. 

Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine 

Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, or your favorite online book seller. 

Join our email list – http://speakingforspot.com/joinemaillist.html

Look for us on Twitter – http://twitter.com/speakingforspot

Become a Fan of Speaking for Spot on Facebook

Listen to Dr. Kay’s interview – A Veterinarian Advises “How to Speak for Spot” on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Back By Popular Demand- Dr. Nancy Kay on Fresh Air with Terry Gross!

August 30, 2009

“A Veterinarian Advises How to Speak for Spot”

Monday, August 31, 2009

This week will be “Animal Week” on the popular NPR show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  The lead interview will feature Dr. Nancy Kay and her book, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life.  This interview originally aired in March and earned the #1 spot on NPR’s “most recommended” list.

Dr. Kay’s interview will be broadcast on August 31st by your local NPR station and streamed via the NPR website (http://freshair.npr.org).  In the future you can readily access the interview as a Fresh Air archived podcast and via ITunes. 

Visit http://www.npr.org/audiohelp/progstream.html to access links for each of these options. 

Please feel free to share this information with friends and relatives along with any organizations devoted to the well being of animals.

Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, or your favorite online book seller.

Join our email list – http://speakingforspot.com/joinemaillist.html

Look for us on Twitter – http://twitter.com/speakingforspot

Become a Fan of Speaking for Spot on Facebook

Listen to Dr. Kay’s interview – A Veterinarian Advises “How to Speak for Spot” on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

AKC Genome Barks

August 28, 2009

The AKC Canine Health Foundation has released it’s newest podcast.

AKC Canine Health Foundation News Alert

American Kennel Club and AKC Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast about the Similarities between Human and Canine Disease [Thursday, August 27, 2009]

The American Kennel Club and the AKC Canine Health Foundation are pleased to debut the next podcast in the Genome Barks series.

This week, the Genome Barks podcast series welcomes Dr. Simon Gregory, a human cancer researcher at Duke University. Dr. Gregory is working with Dr. Matthew Breen, a canine cancer researcher at North Carolina State University, on brain tumors. This podcast discusses the similarities between human and canine disease.

The Genome Barks podcast series features lectures from the highly successful AKC-CHF Breeders Symposia and provides responsible breeders and pet owners an inside look at the work being done by the AKC and the AKC Canine Health
Foundation.

New podcasts are released every two weeks and can be accessed from either the American Kennel Club website at http://www.akc.org or the AKC Canine Health Foundation website at www.akcchf.org – click on “Podcasts.” They are also available on Apple’s iTunesR or directly at www.genomebarks.com

Clubs are encouraged to add the Genome Barks Podcast link to their home pages.

AKC Canine Health Foundation
http://www.akcchf.org

Now, here’s wishing you and your four-legged family members much good health!

Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

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Listen to Dr. Kay’s interview – A Veterinarian Advises “How to Speak for Spot” on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Veterinary Care Links and Resources for You and Your Four-Legged Family Members

August 15, 2009

Some new educational links and resources have just been added to my website! I invite you to visit www.speakingforspot.com and take advantage of all that is there. In addition to the “Advocacy Aids” (free downloadable health care forms for your dog or cat), you will now find resources and links about all of the following:

1. Behavior & Training
2. Canine Disease Registries
3. Deciding Whether Veterinary Pet Insurance is Right for You
4. Disaster Preparedness
5. Disease-Specific Information
6. Paying for Veterinary Care
7. Pet Loss and Grief
8. Symptom-Specific Information
9. Veterinary References
10. Veterinary Specialty Organizations
11. What to Do When the Diagnosis is Cancer

All of this new material can be found on our “For Dog Lovers” pages. It has been designed to supplement the tools and information found in Speaking for Spot, and will be updated on a regular basis to keep you informed about advances in veterinary medicine. I hope you will find it useful and welcome your feedback. Please let me know what you think and advise me of any additions or changes that would make you happy.

Please feel free to link to our website and share the information with your animal-loving friends and relatives.

Now, here’s wishing you and your four-legged family members much good health!

Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

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A “First” in Veterinary Medicine

August 10, 2009

Diagnosing and treating canine and feline cancer is part of the daily routine for most veterinary specialists.  In fact, I’ve guesstimated that 75 percent of the patients I care for have cancer. Depending on which source you read (and believe) as many as 50 percent of our companion animals will develop cancer at some point during their lives.  Depressing stuff, I know, but perhaps this is why I’m particularly excited about a new drug called Palladia, recently introduced by Pfizer Animal Health. 

Palladia (toceranib phosphate) is the very first drug ever developed specifically for the treatment of cancer in dogs.  We are using it to treat a common type of canine cancer called mast cell disease.  Mast cells normally function in the body as part of the immune system.  In fact, they are the cells primarily responsible for producing allergic reactions.  Just as with other types of tumors, mast cell cancer develops when these cells proliferate in an unregulated fashion. Palladia is being used to treat dogs with mast cell tumors within the skin (where they most commonly arise) that cannot be cured surgically.  The drug works directly at the level of the cancer cell and interferes with blood flow to the tumor. 

Palladia is an exciting, new treatment option for dogs with mast cell tumors.  I’m pleased that, for the first time, an effective cancer-fighting medication has been developed specifically for the veterinary profession. Please let me know if your dog happens to have mast cell cancer.  I will be happy to provide you with more details about treatment options.

Now, here’s wishing you and your four-legged best friend good health! 

Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine 

Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, or your favorite online book seller. 

Join our email list – http://speakingforspot.com/joinemaillist.html

Look for us on Twitter – http://twitter.com/speakingforspot

Become a Fan of Speaking for Spot on Facebook

Listen to Dr. Kay’s interview – A Veterinarian Advises “How to Speak for Spot” on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross –