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Author: Dr. Lori Cesario

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Want to learn the latest in veterinary medicine from today’s leading veterinary experts?

Each week, our host, Dr. Lori Cesario, board-certified veterinary oncologist, will share what’s new, what’s possible, and what’s on the horizon for our four-legged best friends. Topics will include quality of life, nutrition, cancer treatment, surgery, etc. The goal of this show is to provide hope, inspiration and the knowledge to help your dog live a better and longer life.
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You might have heard about a link that has been found between certain diets and a type of heart disease in dogs called DCM or dilated cardiomyopathy.    Despite the fact that this link has been found across at least 7 publications and 1,100 cases, pet food companies still want us to believe that these diets are safe for dogs.    Dr. Josh Stern is here to explain the controversy and share his research findings. He’s also sharing some of his new research with pharmacogenetics.   Dr. Josh Stern DVM, PhD (Genetics), DACVIM (Cardiology) is chief of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital's cardiology service and has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications. He runs the Stern Cardiac Genetics lab at Davis, where he's already had significant breakthroughs and contributions to science.   If you want to know more about what to feed your dog be sure to tune in!    Resources Mentioned: Stern Translational Cardiac Genetics and Pharmacogenomics Laboratory  UC Davis Veterinary Medicine: UC Davis Investigates Link Between Dog Diets and Deadly Heart Disease  FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy  WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee: Recommendations on Selecting Pet Foods    Full show notes and links mentioned in the episode are available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-36   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
We're always looking for easier ways to detect cancer earlier. It gives our patients the opportunity for better prognoses.    Today we're talking about one of the new ways to detect cancer early. It's called the Nu.Q Cancer Screening Test, and it was developed by a joint effort from a company called Volition and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.   Joining me today is Dr. Heather Robles, who led the research at Texas A&M in order to make this test possible.    Dr. Heather Robles is a board-certified veterinary oncologist and Chief Medical Officer of Volition Veterinary Diagnostics Development. She is also the Professor of Oncology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, along with the Assistant Department Head of Research and the Dr. Fred A. and Vola N. Palmer Chair in Comparative Oncology.    Join us as we spread the word about this test and answer as many questions as we can in this episode.    Resources Mentioned: Volition Veterinary - Nu.Q Cancer Screening Test  Texas A&M GI Lab - Sample Processing/Collection Information    Full show notes and links mentioned in the episode are available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-35   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy
I know how important it is to you to be prepared with the best tools for your pets, so today I am equipping you with some of the resources that I believe will help you with that.   This episode is going to be a little bit different than usual because I am sharing eight different resources that I think you should know about as a dog owner!   Some of these will be helpful if you have a healthy pet without any diseases or conditions, and some of them will be helpful if your pet has been diagnosed with a disease or condition.    There is something for everyone in this episode, so I am sure you will learn something new!   Resources Mentioned: PubMed - Search scientific studies  Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: Browse By Breed - See what genetic diseases/conditions your breed should be screened for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: Breed Statistics - See how likely each condition is for each breed Memorial Sloan Kettering: Search About Herbs - Research interactions and uses of different herbs  Canine Cancer Academy: Finding Clinical Trials For Your Dog - Search for available clinical trials  www.vetspecialists.com - Find a veterinary specialist Colorado State Argus Institute Counseling and Support Services - Get support after a difficult diagnosis  Podcast Episode 27: Raising Our Standards For Your Dog's Quality of Life w/ Dr. Page Yaxley - Get information about hospice and palliative care www.pethospice.com - Get information about hospice and palliative care The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement - Get support after pet loss  The Canine Cancer Academy - Access canine cancer and health articles, podcasts, and guides   Full show notes and links mentioned in the episode are available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-34   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Remember back in Episode 2 when we talked about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study? Well, today I have some more golden retriever goodness for you.    My guest for you today is Dr. Erin Hales. She has a PhD in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis, and she is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Morris Animal Foundation where she is leading their Golden Oldies study.   The Golden Oldies Study is a sister study to the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study with the goal of trying to figure out why some golden retrievers live to old age (more than 12 years old) and why some succumb to cancer at an earlier age.    She's going to talk all about the study, refresh your memory about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, tell you how you can participate in the Golden Oldies Study if you'd like to and share her passion for research. She is also reviewing all the ways that the Morris Animal Foundation is helping animals all around the world.   Tune in to find out how these studies are helping us to understand cancer and so much more in Golden Retrievers.   Resources Mentioned: Apply for your dog to be a Golden Oldie - Golden Oldies Contact Form | Morris Animal Foundation  Join the Newsletter - Stay Connected | Morris Animal Foundation    Full show notes and links mentioned in the episode are available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-33 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Today we are talking about diarrhea.   I know it isn’t the most glamorous topic, but it is an important one. We don’t want our dogs to get it, but when they do, we want to get to the bottom of what’s causing it.    Here to share her knowledge on the subject is Dr. Ayeley Okine, a board certified veterinary internist. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she practices at Sage Veterinary Centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she has a strong professional interest in immune-mediated blood disease and gastrointestinal disease.    Dr. Okine is going to talk us through different causes, different treatments, how we make a diagnosis, and when we should or should not be concerned for our dogs.    Whether you have a dog with diarrhea or you just want to be prepared, this episode for you.    If you're interested in learning more about canine cancer, you can get a free canine cancer fact guide over on my website, www.caninecanceracademy.com. Scroll to the bottom and you can download your free guide right there! I hope you enjoy it.    Resources Mentioned: Dr. Okine's YouTube Channel  SAGE Veterinary Centers    Full show notes and links mentioned in the episode are available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-32   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Did you know that there are multiple variations of lymphoma and leukemia?    Today we’re talking about the many faces of lymphoma and leukemia. These diseases can look like many things. Some are more aggressive than others, so having an exact diagnosis is key.    To walk us through that and help us understand it, we are joined by Dr. Anne Avery.    Dr. Avery received her V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Immunology from Cornell University. She was a post-doctorate fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and is currently a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology at Colorado State University as well as the Director of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory.   We’re covering things like what variations exist, what they look like, how they might be diagnosed and why an accurate diagnosis is so important.   Tune in to find out more about these diseases!   Resources Mentioned: CSU Clinical Immunology Laboratory    Full show notes and links mentioned in the episode are available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-31   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you ever felt like you didn’t know exactly what to ask your care provider when your dog got sick? If so, you are not alone.    This is a common concern that I hear over and over again, so I made a question list for you!   In this episode, we’ll first cover questions about diagnosis and treatment. We will also go over how to express your desires and expectations to your care provider so you have a better chance of getting the outcome that you are looking for.    Most of these questions can be helpful no matter what condition your pet is going through, so I really hope you find this helpful whether your pet has cancer or any other diagnosis.   If you want to feel more confident and prepared after a diagnosis, this episode is for you.    Resources Mentioned: www.caninecanceracademy.com/25-questions   Full show notes and links mentioned in the episode are available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-30   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
What would happen if your general practitioner or oncologist had an emergency and you couldn't get in touch with them?   If your dog was feeling sick or really needed a medication refill, would you know what to do or where to go?   Some oncology clinics or general practitioner offices actually had to close for two weeks during COVID.   These are the types of things that we’re dealing with more frequently right now, so I want to make sure that you are as prepared as possible for a similar scenario.   In this episode, I’m walking you through a four-step plan and a list of recommendations that will help you prepare in the case that you don’t have access to your general practitioner or oncologist.    I’m also sharing some questions for you to ask your care provider so that your dog can receive continuous care throughout that time.   If you don’t have an emergency care plan for your dog, this episode is for you.    Full show notes and links mentioned in the episode are available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-29   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Does our environment increase our risk of cancer?    This is the question that today’s guest, Dr. Lauren Trepanier, is working to answer and understand more fully.    I’m very excited to have her on the podcast to talk all about translational medicine.   Dr. Trepanier will be helping us to learn more about how to decrease cancer risk or why our dogs might have gotten cancer in the first place.   Dr. Trepanier is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.  She’s assistant dean for clinical and translational research, has a PhD in pharmacology and she is board certified in both veterinary internal medicine and clinical pharmacology.    Stay tuned for a fascinating episode about how we hope to reduce the risk of cancer for dogs and people.    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-28 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you ever considered hospice care for your pet? Did you even know that's an option?    Today we're going to be talking all about palliative and hospice care. And even if you think you might know what it is, I can assure you there will be at least one or two surprises in today's episode.    It's an important and growing area of veterinary medicine, with the goal of helping your dog have more good days. Today's guest, Dr. Page Yaxley, talks about what makes a palliative and hospice care specialist different from your veterinarian or oncologist.    Dr. Page Yaxley is a board-certified criticalist and an assistant professor in the small animal emergency and critical care department at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Page is a founding member and the co-president of the Veterinary Society for Hospice and Palliative Care, the first hospice organization exclusively for veterinarians. She also teaches end-of-life care and communication and has received many teaching awards.   If you're interested in learning more about how we can make our pets more comfortable at the end of their lives, tune in to this special episode.    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-27 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Do you worry about what would happen if your dog were to get a cancer diagnosis?    I want to try to make it a little less scary and help you understand your options in certain situations.    It can be incredibly difficult to figure out if you should treat your dog's cancer or another serious disease. And if you decide yes, how do you even begin to determine what treatment is best for your dog or your family? It's a lot to think about.    This episode is all about thinking through those decisions and how an oncologist can help you through that process.    If you want to feel a little more empowered to handle a difficult diagnosis, I've got your back.    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-26   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Today we’re talking about how epigenetics could be used to prevent cancer.    We’re not there yet, but the hope is that with enough research, it’s something that we can expect in the future.    We are in good hands today with Dr. Jeff Bryan, Professor of Veterinary Oncology and Faculty Research Lead in Nex Gen Precision Health at the University of Missouri. Dr. Bryan’s specialty is epigenetics.    That word might sound familiar to you, or it might sound completely foreign. In a nutshell, epigenetics is how our experiences affect our DNA. That could be stress, emotional events, foods, environment, exercise, toxic exposures, etc.    What makes this topic so incredibly interesting is that if we can capture, test, and identify some of the epigenetic changes that are associated with specific types of cancer, like lymphoma, then we might be able to reverse them with certain medications or supplements and prevent that cancer from occurring in a specific dog.    That is the focus of a lot of Dr. Bryan’s research, and he’s breaking it all down for us in this episode.    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-25   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Do you worry about knowing when to call your vet and when it’s nothing to worry about? Should you call your vet right away or wait and see if things continue?    Today we are talking about 10 early signs of cancer. By the end of this episode you’ll have a better idea about what symptoms you might want to get checked out to help you make an early diagnosis.     The earlier we catch cancer, the better prognosis we can give our dogs which is why it's so important that we know what we’re looking for.    I'll go through 10 signs of cancer and tell you how you can make an early diagnosis.   This episode will open your eyes so you can understand what changes to look for in your dog and when it might be time to call your vet.  The best thing you can do for your pet is to be knowledgeable and proactive should something ever come up. I hope you enjoy today’s special solo episode!    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-24 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
We’ve had a lot of specialists join us on the podcast, but do you actually know how to work with a specialist?    This is a solo episode all about when and why to see a specialist. I’m going to answer questions about how to make an appointment to see a specialist, how to find a specialist and what type of specialist you should see.   These are all very normal questions to have, so hopefully, we can clear some of those things for you today.   If you think you might want to work with a specialist but don't know how, or you’d just like to know a bit more about them, this episode is a great one to tune in to!    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-23   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you been curious about the effects that cannabinoids, CBD, hemp and similar products have on animals? We’re covering all of it in this episode with my special guest Dr. Dawn Boothe.   Dawn is a board certified veterinary internal medicine specialist and clinical pharmacologist. She also has a PhD in clinical pharmacology and is a professor at Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. In today’s episode, Dawn shares everything you need to know about cannabinoids. She’s going to clear up some misconceptions about what we know, what we don't know, and how we can figure out if what we're giving our pet is reaching therapeutic drug levels in the blood. We’ll be covering how cannabinoids can help with pain and also a few things to keep in mind and be aware of. This week’s episode is going to be helpful for not only dog owners, but also veterinarians.  I found this topic very interesting and educational so I hope you join us for it!  Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-22 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you ever wondered what you’d do if your dog swallowed something they weren’t supposed to?   Fear not!    Today we're talking with Dr. Tina Wismer,  a board-certified veterinary toxicologist and senior director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.   She is sharing everything you need to know about what to do if your dog ingests something that they're not supposed to. She’s covering how the poison control center can help you figure out what steps to take, what information you need to tell them when you get on the phone, and she highlights what an amazing resource the Poison Control Center is.   We’re covering the top 10 toxicities that dog owners call the Poison Control Center for, as well as how much a dog needs to ingest for it to be a problem, and what the consequences are of a dog ingesting too much of one of them.    This is a really important discussion, so I hope you’ll join us for it!    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-21 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
We’re back for Part 2 of our discussion with Dr. Kendra Pope.    In case you need a re-cap, Kendra is a board-certified veterinary oncologist and is also certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, veterinary food therapy, and Tui-na.    Last week we discussed nutrition, misconceptions, and the safety of herbs and supplements.    Today we’re going to dive even deeper into choosing a safe supplement, how to know if it's reliable, and different types of clinical trials going on right now.   Both episodes with Kendra are definitely worth listening to, so if you didn’t catch it, be sure to go back and listen to last week’s episode too!    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-20   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you heard terms like “integrative,” “alternative,” or “holistic” medicine and wondered what they actually mean?   Today we’re joined by Dr. Kendra Pope, an integrative oncologist who can tell us all about it.    There are only a few people in the whole world who have the training Kendra has. She’s a board-certified veterinary oncologist, but she's also certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, veterinary food therapy, and Tui-na.    I wanted to get her on the podcast because I know that there’s a huge interest in integrative medicine right now. Some people also call this holistic or alternative medicine, so Kendra will explain the differences in this episode.    We’re lucky enough to have her on the podcast for the next two episodes to really explain in detail how these treatments work, the thought process behind establishing a successful protocol, as well as the goals of treatment. We’re talking about this for cancer patients and other chronic diseases.    In today’s episode, Kendra discusses how nutrition plays a role in her treatment, misconceptions that are really important to be aware of, as well as how she ensures that the herbs and supplements that she prescribes are as safe as possible.   If you want to learn more about how we can treat cancer beyond just surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, make sure to tune in!     Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-19   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Do you have a new puppy or you're thinking about getting one but don't know how to train one? You've come to the right place.    Today we're talking all things puppies!    On today's show we cover puppy socialization, how to decrease the chance of them developing bad behaviors, correcting bad behaviors if you notice them forming, and how to make them into good citizens that fit into your family.   There's been a huge puppy explosion over the last six months, so I think this is the perfect opportunity to have my special guest, Dr. Melissa Bain on the podcast to help you integrate your puppy into your life and your family.   Melissa is a professor of Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and is board-certified in both veterinary behavior and veterinary welfare.    If you want your puppy to grow into a well-behaved dog, tune in to find out what you need to be doing for the best chance of success!    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-18   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Did you know that allergies are actually pretty common in dogs?   Today's episode is all about dermatology, specifically allergies, which can have a huge impact on a dog's quality of life.    Allergies are incredibly common in dogs, but many owners don't realize that their dogs have them. It's something that we really want to get better at identifying, because when allergies are appropriately diagnosed and treated, dogs are significantly more comfortable, and you can make fewer trips to the vet.    Today’s special guest is Dr. Jennifer Schissler who is an assistant professor of dermatology at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.    We will be covering how to learn about the signs of allergies as well as how to diagnose and treat them.    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-17   Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
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