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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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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 
Today I want to give the spotlight to radiologists!   Radiologists tend to be behind the scenes in veterinary practice. Pet owners don’t really go to visit them, but they are a really important part of veterinary practice.    So let’s find out more about what they do and why they’re so important from board-certified veterinary radiologist, Dr. Chelsea Kunst.    Dr. Kunst practices tele-radiology at home with her three crazy dogs and performs ultrasounds for veterinary specialty hospitals near her home.    She is going to talk to us today about how we use radiologists, how they help us in our everyday practice, and best practices going into radiology.   If you want to learn about what radiology can do for our pets, this will be a great episode to tune in to!    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-16 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you ever heard that kibble causes cancer? Or that certain foods can treat cancer?    Dr. Jennifer Larsen is back for part II of this series to help us separate fact from fiction as far as nutrition and cancer are concerned.    Dr. Larsen is a Board-Certified Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.   Last week we covered general nutrition, and this week we’re covering diets for cancer patients, supplements, as well as pre and probiotics.    This is Part II of a two-part nutrition series, so if you haven't listened to last week's episode, I would love for you to do that after you finish this one.   As you probably know, the internet is quick to tell us that kibble causes cancer and that many canine diets can prevent cancer or help in cancer treatment. So the question is...is this true? That’s what we’re going to answer today.   If you’ve been confused about what is and is not safe to feed your dog, be sure to tune in!    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-15 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
If there's one question that most dog owners struggle with, it's “what should I feed my dog?” or “what is the best food out there?”   Well, to help sift through the mayhem and bring us the facts is Dr. Jennifer Larsen. She can tell us what the science says vs. what we might think, or what a food company might want us to believe.    Dr. Larsen is a Board-Certified Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.   Luckily for us, she's going to be here for two episodes! In this episode we'll cover general nutrition, and next week we'll cover cancer supplements and pre/probiotics. Be sure to come back here next week to catch Part II.    I know you love your dog and want to feed your dog the best type of food, so we're going to clear up some misconceptions and find out a lot of really helpful information from Dr. Larsen today.   Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-14 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
How do you treat a dog when no options seem viable? For some of you, Dr. Bill Culp might have an answer.    His goal is to improve the quality of life and extend the life of his patients by discovering new ways to use interventional radiology. What am I talking about? Don’t worry, we’ll cover it all in today’s episode.    The cases that get referred to Dr. Culp are typically those that have had tumors that we just don't otherwise have a lot of hope for. The tumors are either too large for surgery, don't respond well to chemo, don’t respond well to radiation, or a combination of all three.    Dr. Culp is doing not only exciting, but also really important work. Today he is sharing the results of his work so far, his current clinical trials, and also talking about what he's most excited for in the next few years.   Join us to find out what interventional radiology is and how it’s bringing hope to previously hopeless cases.    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-13 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you ever heard hemangiosarcoma referred to as a death sentence? Well, turns out that might not be entirely true.    Today’s guest, Dr. Erin Dickerson, is here to talk to us about her research into increasing the survival rate for dogs with hemangiosarcoma. And let me tell you, she makes the future look bright!    Hemangiosarcoma is cancer that commonly occurs in the spleen of dogs and unfortunately is usually diagnosed pretty late in the game. Even with treatment, it has a pretty poor prognosis of maybe four to six months with surgery and chemotherapy. I would love to be able to diagnose this disease earlier and have better treatment options for these patients.   Today, Dr. Dickerson is going to talk to us about the latest developments, current trials, what the next few years might look like, and give us some hope for the future.   Join us to find out how new research is bringing hope to dogs and owners facing a hemangiosarcoma diagnosis.    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-12 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you ever wondered why physical therapy is standard for people but not for dogs? Or what options are actually out there for dogs?   I’m joined by Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little to discuss why physical therapy is standard for people that have been injured and undergone surgery, but not yet standard in veterinary medicine, even though there are many dogs that could benefit from it.    Dr. Marcellin-Little has been a pioneer in his fields for decades, he is board certified in small animal surgery and sports medicine, and is currently a professor in orthopedic surgery at UC Davis.    Today on the podcast, we'll discuss physical therapy, the use of prosthetics and orthotics, and which dogs are the best candidates. Dr. Marcellin-Little has some really valuable insights into what care is appropriate for what dogs, and how it can actually be more of a challenge for us as owners than for our pets. He’s also sharing the latest in tech for the creation of prosthetics, including the development of 3D printing.   You’re not going to want to miss this opportunity to sit down with someone who has all the answers to your questions about physical therapy, prosthetics, and orthotics, so don’t go anywhere!  Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-11 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you ever thought about how your dog’s vision might differ from yours?    We often assume that our dogs are very similar to us, and in some ways they are, but they can also have very different needs from us.    Today we’re having a fascinating conversation with Dr. Freya Mowat all about our dogs’ eyes. Did you know that dogs don’t see as many colors as us? But they don’t only see in black and white! That’s actually a myth. Did you know that they can see better than us at nighttime? Or that you can actually test your dog’s vision at home? Dr. Mowat is here to teach you all about that and more. We’re myth-busting, breaking down misconceptions, and shaking off assumptions that we make about our pets.    Dr. Mowat is here to talk all about canine vision and how it differs from our vision, as well as her research on aging in dogs and how that affects their vision. She’s also sharing some important info about SARDS as a leading cause of blindness in dogs and vision aids that can really be helpful for dogs that have lost their vision.    If you’re interested in learning more about your dog’s vision, be sure to tune in to this episode!    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-10 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
If you’ve ever wondered what resources are out there for dogs with heart disease, Dr. Brian Sutherland has answers for you.    Dr. Brian Sutherland is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon who completed a Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at Colorado State University and a surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His clinical specialties are minimally invasive surgery, thoracic surgery, degenerative heart disease, and congenital heart disease.    My goal with this podcast is always to bring you the latest from all corners of veterinary medicine, and today we're talking about heart surgery. Specifically, surgery to fix congenital heart conditions and mitral valve disease. Mitral valve disease is actually one of the more common heart conditions in dogs, and at this point is almost exclusively treated with medication. But today, we're bringing you the surgery option.    We’re talking risks, benefits, symptoms, other treatments, and more. Stay tuned!    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-9 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Do you think of arthritis as a disease in old dogs? Would you be shocked if I told you that it actually starts in young dogs? Well, you’re not the only one.    Today’s special guest, Dr. Duncan Lascelles, is going to teach us how to recognize the signs of osteoarthritis in young dogs, so that we can give them the best possible care and quality of life. He’s going to talk all about pain in dogs, both chronic pain from arthritis and also cancer pain. I hope you’re ready to learn something new!    Dr. Lascelles is a professor in Small Animal Surgery and Pain Management at NC State. He has a Ph.D. in pain. He did his surgical residency at Cambridge and a surgical oncology fellowship at Colorado State University. He is the only person I know that's board certified not just by the American College of Visionary Surgeons, but also by the Royal Veterinary College and the European College.   If you, like me, are invested in reducing pain in dogs and improving their quality of life, be sure to catch this episode!   Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-8 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Don’t we all want our dogs to be comfortable and have the best quality of life possible?   Keeping their teeth and gums healthy is a big, but often overlooked, part of that.    Today, we are joined by Dr. Chris Snyder from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, and we are talking all things teeth. We'll learn about how to care for our dog's teeth, an online resource for effective dental products, signs of oral pain to be on the lookout for, why tennis balls are bad for toys, anesthesia-free dentals, and much more.   Dr. Chris Snyder is joining us from Madison, Wisconsin. He is a board-certified veterinary dentist, a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, and a founding fellow of oral and maxillofacial surgery with the American Veterinary Dental College.   If you've ever wanted the opportunity to hear from a board-certified veterinary dentist, now's your chance! Be sure to tune in.     Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-7 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy 
Have you ever wondered when we will finally understand the science we need to beat cancer?    Well today’s guest on the podcast, Dr. Stephen Johnston, has some fascinating research to share with us about preventing cancer in dogs, and hopefully humans.    Stephen Johnston is the director for the Center for Innovations in Medicine (CIM), a Professor in the School of Life Sciences, and Director of the Biological Design Graduate Program at The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. He has authored over 150 journal articles, has over 20 patents, and even developed a gene gun which delivers the melanoma vaccine.   Today he’s talking to us about one of his main projects, cancer eradication and the development of  a universal preventative cancer vaccine. He’s bringing us up to date on his Vaccination Against Canine Cancer Study and how you might be able to help.    If you want to find out how you could be part of changing the future of cancer prevention, make sure you tune in to this episode.    Show notes available at www.caninecanceracademy.com/podcast-ep-6 Don’t forget to say hello on Instagram @thecaninecaneracademy and on Facebook Canine Cancer Academy
Welcome back to Your Dog Wants You To Know This! Today we are excited to have Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, MS, DACAW, professor of Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is board-certified in both veterinary behavior and veterinary welfare. She also has a Master’s degree in advanced clinical research and is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.   We are going to dig into anxiety, aggression and why dogs eat feces. When it comes to a dog with generalized anxiety, the best thing a behaviorist can do is manage the expectations of an owner and determine what really needs to be addressed versus what an owner might want to see.   In this episode we’ll cover: The owner’s perception of anxiety vs. the behaviorist’s Managing an owner’s expectations for their pet Behavioral medications for dogs with generalized anxiety Prioritizing needs vs. wants Managing feces-eating behavior Not all dogs are anxious, but they all can experience anxiety. This episode is full of interesting information about the latest studies on medications, best practices for a usually calm dog experiencing anxiety, and why dogs seem so interested in eating poop that you won’t want to miss.    If you’re loving what you’re learning on this podcast every week – Please subscribe, rate and review it by heading to Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.   Links & Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Website: https://www.caninecanceracademy.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecaninecanceracademy/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caninecanceracademy/ American College of Veterinary Behaviorists: https://www.dacvb.org Find a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist: https://www.dacvb.org/search/custom.asp?id=4709 2020 Veterinary Behavior Symposium: https://www.dacvb.org/page/symposium Decoding Your Dog: https://www.amazon.com/Decoding-Your-Dog-Explaining-Behaviors/dp/0544334604 Decoding Your Cat: (Coming Soon!)
Welcome back to Your Dog Wants You To Know This! Today we are lucky to have Dr. Bernard Séguin, DVM, MS, dip ACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Professor of Surgical Oncology at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University.   We are going to dig into what surgical oncology is, how attitudes in surgical oncology are shifting, and what the latest advances in surgical oncology are, including some special information that hasn’t even been published yet. Dr. Bernard Séguin will also share the best recommendations for the outcome of your dog’s canine cancer.   In this episode we’ll cover: New approaches to mast cell tumors including proportional margins (not yet published)  Only about 200 Surgical Oncologist Worldwide with the title. We’re not going to do what’s best for me, we’re going to do what’s best for the patient. Making a comprehensive plans for canine cancer patients with other specialists involved to determine the best route for each specific case. Having the owner be a part of the team in decision making. What is right for one dog in a family, may not be the same as the same kind of canine cancer of a dog in another family. Limb Sparing; preserving the function of limbs for dogs with bone tumors (Osteosarcoma). Amputation is an option, but for some families that is not acceptable so limb-sparing comes into play. New techniques to reconstruct the limb, using 3-D printing technology. Making implants specific for each dog. This is still is testing but long-term goals are to decrease complications, make the dog more resistant to infection, make them biodegradable and more. Dogs that have amputation verses the limb sparing have generally the same survival rate. Around 50% with a limb spare will have an infection. The big picture of surgical oncology is changing. Not every dog needs the big surgery and they’re now finding ways to control the tumors without doing those big surgeries. New evidence that will be published soon on the effects of Prednisone (a chemo-therapy drug for some forms of cancer). This has been highly controversial in our field. Prednisone does not change the grade of the tumor. If your dog has a mass or small tumor, DON’T WAIT! It’s not a life or death emergency now, but you don’t know if it’s benign or malignant. Get a sample taken of the mass, the longer you wait, the more difficult the tumor could be and the less likely it can be cured. Knowledge is power. VIN and Oquendo Courses available.   Dr. Bernard Séguin attended the University of Montreal of Veterinary School. He became fascinated with surgery during a Summer Externship and continued to learn more as in Intern at the University if Illinois. He went on to do general practice and completing his residency, and wanted to continue learning and ended up at Colorado State University in the Surgical Oncology Fellowship program. This was his life changing moment, he has been in academia ever since. His focus became surgical oncology in cancer.   If you’re loving what you’re learning on this podcast every week – Please subscribe, rate and review it by heading to Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.   Links & Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Website: https://www.caninecanceracademy.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecaninecanceracademy/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caninecanceracademy/   CE Opportunities & Other Course Information: VIN Courses: https://www.vin.com/ce/ The Oquendo Center Course: https://www.viticusgroup.org/wvc-academy  Veterinary Surgical Oncology Textbook: https://www.amazon.com/Veterinary-Surgical-Oncology-Simon-Kudnig/dp/0813805422/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=surgical+oncology+veterinary&qid=1594772741&sr=8-1
Welcome back to Your Dog Wants You To Know This! Today we’re digging in to Radiation Therapy. We’re going to discuss treating cancer, stimulating the immune system and relieving pain for your furry family members.   Did you know that certain types of radiation therapy can actually stimulate the immune system to kill cancer cells, or that one of the main uses for it in veterinary medicine is to improve quality of life and decrease the bone pain associated with cancer?   Today, I’m very excited to have Dr. Keara Boss, DVM, DACVR, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. She’s going to share with us what radiation therapy can offer today and also what we're excited about for the near future.   In this episode we’ll cover: Clear up common misconceptions about radiation therapy. Discuss how radiation works. Discuss how radiation can help dogs with cancer. Discuss recent advances and ongoing research and clinical trials. We discuss the different types of radiation and how each is valuable in oncology Learn how radiation can actually stimulate the immune system to kill cancer cells What is flash radiation and the future of radiation therapy Exciting advances in treating cancer with radiation plus immunotherapy   After Dr. Keara Boss navigated her way through Vet School trying to find her niche, she got the research bug and was fascinated with cancer and all of its complex parts. But it was radiation that really pulled her in because it involved her love of math, physics and really interesting biology. Keara completed her Ph.D. 13 years after college, so many hours of hard work went into getting where she is now.   More people are coming around to radiation therapy and we have so much packed into this episode you’re surely going to want to take a listen and hear all of the new accomplishments in radiation therapy and where the future is going to help treat cancer in our pets. We’re working together in the common goal of curing canine cancer.   If you’re loving what you’re learning on this podcast every week – Please subscribe, rate and review it by heading to Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.   Links & Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Website: https://www.caninecanceracademy.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecaninecanceracademy/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caninecanceracademy/ Colorado State University, Flint Animal Cancer Center: https://www.csuanimalcancercenter.org/
Welcome to another episode of the Your Dog Wants You To Know This! Here, you’ll get expert veterinary advice each week with me, Dr. Lori Cesario. I'm a board Certified Veterinary Oncologist and owner of the Canine Cancer Academy. This week we’re going to discuss the research process and connections to why cancer develops in certain dog breeds. Are you curious why certain dogs develop cancer? Why cancer is so common in dogs or how you might be able to decrease cancer risk for your dog? This week I'm very excited to bring you Dr. Kelly Diehl, a Board Certified Veterinary Internist and Senior Director of Science and Communication for the Morris Animal Foundation, where she has been for six and half years. Now fully engaged in the largest canine study, called the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.   In this episode you’ll learn more about: This study follows over 3,000 Golden Retrievers over the course of their lifetime. One of the largest, most comprehensive canine, prospective studies to date. The risk of cancer is actually 60% in the golden retriever breed. We have at least one dog in each of the 48 contiguous United States. Documentation is taken is great detail on the nutritional, environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is projected to cost roughly $32 million dollars.   Listen in for more details about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and learn more about why the study is tracking whether these dogs live in an environment with carpet, whether they eat vegetables, whether they swim in ponds, or live with a smoker, and how this data is being collected and processed to determine what causes cancer in dogs.   Links & Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Website: https://www.caninecanceracademy.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecaninecanceracademy/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caninecanceracademy/ Morris Animal Foundation: https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/? Fresh Scoop Podcast by the Morris Animal Foundation: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fresh-scoop/id1440087311?mt=2   If you’re loving what you’re learning on this podcast every week – Please subscribe, rate and review it by heading to Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Want to learn the latest in veterinary medicine from today’s leading veterinary experts?    Join me, Dr. Lori Cesario, a board-certified veterinary oncologist, each week as I share what’s new, what’s possible, and what’s on the horizon for your four-legged best friends. Topics will include quality of life, nutrition, cancer treatment, surgery, and more. The goal of this podcast is to provide hope, inspiration and the knowledge to help your dog live a better and longer life.    I'm so excited to take this journey with you!
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