The following are some web sites that may be helpful/supportive to those of you beginning your journey up the hills and through the valleys of cancer, with your beloved companion animal.


For mesothelioma patients and loved ones,
this website provides free resources,
education, support, and hope..

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Wilson Mobile Veterinary Services provides veterinary care in the comfort of your home
within London and surrounding areas including  Lucan, St. Mary's, Thorndale and Ilderton.
They also provide end of life care to Stratford, St. Thomas and Strathroy areas.

Dr. Amy's professional affiliations include:
A licensed member, in good standing, of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario
A member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association
A member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
Feline and Canine Cancer Links, including The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund
The Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI) at the University of Guelph is dedicated to providing comprehensive cancer care for companion animals and unlocking the deadly secrets of the disease for the benefit of all species, including humans.

Launched in 2007, the institute is the first of its kind in Canada, combining our expertise in basic cancer biology and veterinary medicine to take an integrated approach to cancer studies that cannot be matched in a human health care environment.

It entails collaborative research of more than 30 cancer investigators from at least a dozen departments across the university: cancer biologists, veterinarians, chemists, mathematicians, computer scientists, toxicologists, psychologists and others who represent Guelph’s unique capacity to broaden the scope of research and deepen our understanding of cancer.

A key component of this groundbreaking initiative is the establishment of a world-class Animal Cancer Centre in the OVC Teaching Hospital. The centre will be dedicated to cancer diagnosis, treatment, teaching and clinical research.

With Petcard everyone can afford the very best in pet care.  Petcard offers a variety of ways you can choose for your veterinary services.  You can choose to finance the full amount, or Petcard can finance a portion.  Your equal monthly payments can also be customized to suit your budget;  payment options range from 6 months to 5 years.

Petcard is offered across Canada for:

  • Veterinary Treatments
  • Veterinary Products
  • Pet Purchases
  • Pet Food
  • Veterinary Hospital Stays
  • Veterinary Dental Work
  • Pet Vaccinations
  • Pet Grooming
  • Pet Boarding

Applying for Petcard financing is quite simple.  
You complete a short application form and fax it to 1-888-689-9862.  
You can also call Petcard and they will take your application information over the phone.
Approval can be confirmed in as little as 20 minutes.
Call 1-888-689-9876 if you have any questions

  • No down payment
  • No collateral
  • High Approval
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Monthly payments

Remember . . .

  • Petcard covers any veterinary or related procedure or product.
  • There is no cost to you for applying for financing or to seek approval.
  • Petcard approval can be given almost immediately, even when you are right at your veterinary clinic.
  • Petcard will pay directly to your veterinary service provider.  You can have a portion of the veterinary services paid for, and the full amount.  It is up to you.
  • It is up to you, if you would like to pay a deposit to borrow.
  • If you go to a veterinarian who is not affiliated with Petcard, Petcard will contact your veterinarian, inform them of the services they provide, and then your veterinarian is given the option to register with Petcard.
  • Petcard will also pre-approve your financing BEFORE you have chosen a veterinary service provider.
  • Even if you do not have a credit history, you can have a co-signer whose credit history would achieve an approval, and would be willing to assume liability of the loan.


CareCredit is a flexible patient/client payment programme, specifically designed for healthcare expenses, that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need, for you and your companion animals. CareCredit is ideal for co-payments, deductibles, treatment and procedures not covered by insurance plans.  CareCredit offers a full range of No Interest and Extended Payment Plans for treatment fees from $1 to over $25,000.

Contact Information:
Telephone US: 1-800-300-3046 ex: 4519
Telephone Canada: 1-866-453-9961

The Citi Health Card program makes it easy and affordable to finance various health care needs, including dental, vision, veterinary, and other medical procedures.

Together, with Pink Warrior ™, we can find a cure for cancer.

ONCO-PET (TM)   It is a new test for detection of cancer in dogs. The company name is BioCurex, Inc. The ONCO-PET website is under construction.

The BioCurex link is

They have a variety of products:

1/ BioCurex Histo-RECAF is a special cancer detection kit for tissues that stains cancer cells brown, clearly distinguishing them from normal healthy cells. Pathologists are able to easily identify cancer cells under a conventional microscope for making a diagnosis.

2/ BioCurex technology can light up Leukemia cells to that only infected blood cancer cells are isolated for targeted treatment. BioCurex reports that physicians can detect any any recurrence of the blood cancer at a very early stage using equipment available today.

3/ A basic blood test can determine if a patient has cancer. Cancer cells shed their cancer marker RECAF into the blood stream where it is detected. The Serum-RECAF will be a standardized blood test widely available in any clinical laboratory. Physicians can then use Serum-RECAF as frequently as required for both the initial screening of patients with symptoms, and monitoring of those patients who have been previously treated for cancer.

4/ They also do tumor imaging. They report that the RECAF technology effectively detects cancer cells, so that cancer tissue can be targeted with special compounds administered to the patient. Since only cancer cells are selected, tumor locations can then be imaged using standard equipment.

BioCurex introduced their OncoPet blood test for cancer detection in companion animals on June 17th, 2009. NO regulatory approvals are required prior to commercialization! Here is the link to the press release:

Here is an excerpt from their June press release:

Dr. Moro stated: OncoPetTM is our response to generate revenue as quickly as possible. It is now ready for use and it requires no approvals that would excessively delay its launching. Marketing in North America is straight forward and the veterinarians we consulted are enthusiastic about the potential the test has to offer. Other markets such as Europe and Japan may be accessed via licensing or distribution agreements. OncoPetTM is now ready for use with dogs, but we anticipate it will also be as effective for cats, which approximately doubles the market size. On June 3rd, Pfizer announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first cancer drug, named PalladiaTM, made specifically to treat cancer in dogs. The ability to diagnose cancer with OncoPetTM and treat it with PalladiaTM presents an intriguing synergy. Moro added: Finally, it is of paramount importance to keep in mind that this RECAF test for companion animals is not a substitution for our RECAF tests to be used in human patients but rather an addition aimed to accelerate revenue generation while the human tests get to market.

For Immediate Release: June 3, 2009

FDA: First Drug to Treat Cancer in Dogs Approved
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the approvalof Palladia (toceranib phosphate), the first drug developedspecifically for the treatment of cancer in dogs.

Palladia is approved to treat canine cutaneous (skin-based) mastcell tumors, a type of cancer responsible for about 1 out of 5 casesof canine skin tumors. The drug is approved to treat the tumors withor without regional lymph node involvement.

All cancer drugs now used in veterinary medicine originally weredeveloped for use in humans and are not approved for use in animals.Cancer treatments used in animals are used in an “extra-label”manner as allowed by the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Actof 1994.

"This cancer drug approval for dogs is an important step forward forveterinary medicine," said Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D.,director of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. "Prior to thisapproval, veterinarians had to rely on human oncology drugs, withoutknowledge of how safe or effective they would be for dogs. Today'sapproval offers dog owners, in consultation with their veterinarian,an option for treatment of their dog's cancer."

While canine mast cell tumors often appear small and insignificant,they can be a very serious form of cancer in dogs. Some mast celltumors are easily removed without the development of any furtherproblems, while others can lead to life threatening disease.

Palladia is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor and works in two ways: bykilling tumor cells and by cutting off the blood supply to thetumor. In a clinical trial, Palladia showed a statisticallysignificant difference in tumor shrinkage when compared with aninactive substance (placebo).

The most common side effects associated with Palladia are diarrhea,decrease or loss of appetite, lameness, weight loss, and blood inthe stool.

Palladia is manufactured by Pfizer Animal Health Inc., New York City.


For more information, check out:

Freedom of Information Summary -- Original New Animal Drug Application

Palladia -- toceranib phosphate tablets for dogs -- approved May 22,2009

For the treatment of Patnaik grade II or III, recurrent, cutaneousmast cell tumors with or without regional node involvement in dogs-- Sponsored by Pharmacia & Upjohn Company, a Division of Pfizer, Inc.


Janet's Veterinary Medicine Blog'  Janet Tobiassen, DVM


Palladia Client Information Sheet




Research at the University of British Columbia.
"This website offers information for residents and visitors of British Columbia, as well as physicians, veterinarians, and medical and environmental health officers."

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Here is some good information for all of us who recreate here on VI regarding this deadly disease that can be contracted simply through being in the great out of doors. Fortunately, if diagnosed quickly enough, it can be reversed; however, if not, it can be fatal.

Unfortunately for our friends, Barb and John and their family, their son Mike was not one of the fortunate ones, and even after visits to the doctors, he passed away due to a lack of early diagnosis. Have a look at the website, some of Mike’s photographs have been included at the site.

Please feel free to pass this information on.


The web resource has amalgamated as a single resource, everything related to asbestos in order to promote education and awareness for victims, their families, and the general public. Their goal is to provide accurate, relevant information that can be used for general informational purposes, and to advocate for a greater awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the realities of Mesothelioma.

Most people walk this planet not knowing their purpose. I am fortunate enough to know mine. I have dedicated my life to helping disadvantaged animals. I have loved animals since I was a small child.

I began working with animals professionally at Safe Harbor Animal Rescue in South Florida. I started in the hospital side of the organization and later moved over to the rescue/adoption center.

Working at Safe Harbor not only opened my eyes, but my heart to an even bigger problem than I ever knew existed.

My husband and I moved to Montana several years ago and I then took the position of Executive Director of Mission Valley Animal Shelter. The picture above was taken at a fundraising event in which Jack Hanna was our featured speaker and presenter. Jack has also dedicated his life to the animals and raising awareness through education.

Working at the animal shelter was certainly a great opportunity to help educate people on the many aspects of being a responsible pet owner.

We moved to a different county in Montana and I am now working at an animal hospital where on a weekly basis I see pets with cancer, diabetes, seizures, kidney and liver disease as well as obesity issues. I feel very strongly at this point in my life that there is a link between the increased incidences of these health issues to proper nutrition and diet.

I started this website in hopes of sharing my knowledge and experience. I invite and encourage you to share yours also.

Life is a daily learning experience. Knowledge is power.

The Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund

The Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund is used to subsidize Alberta pets whose owners are unable to pay for extensive cancer treatment. All Alberta veterinary clinics have information that explains how to apply for subsidization, including forms for pet owners to complete.

The Farley Foundation helps sick and injured pets that belong to low- income seniors and people with disabilities. The Foundation offers financial assistance to veterinary clinics in Ontario to help cover the cost of providing necessary veterinary care for pets belonging to seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement or people with disabilities who receive the Ontario Disability Support Payment, and who cannot otherwise afford treatment for their pets.

The Farley Foundation
420 Bronte Street South
Suite 205
Milton ON L9T 0H9

Dog Disease Research at Broad Institute

Welcome to the largest Golden playground in cyberspace! On the web since 1997, we are teaching others how to strengthen and proactively lengthen the Human-Canine Bond. And, we are developing creative media to raise funds for research in comparative oncology.>

This section of Land of Pure Gold provides a comprehensive listing of articles, studies, grants, support groups, and so much more, related to the study and treatment of canine cancer.

Homeopathy for All . . .

Your Guide to Understanding the Basics of Homeopathic Treatment. This site is an easy to understand guide to some of the theory and clinical applications of homeopathy, sourced from over ten years of study and practice. Homeopathic First Aid can be life changing, not only for you, but for your pets too!

Please visit:

Love/Avon Army of Women is a charitable services fund of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, 1 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  Your support will enable them to recruit one million women to sign up on to the Love/Avon Army of Women and participate in simple but vital breast cancer research.  The Army of Women will expand breast cancer prevention research in new directions ~ moving us beyond a cure, to understanding what causes breast cancer and how to stop it one and for all.

To My Friends & Family,

As we near the beginning of a new year, I would like to share my wish for our future, and ask that you join me in helping to make it happen.  It is rare for me to send a mass emailing, but this is a message that I believe should reach as many people as possible, so please forgive my use of blind copies (and you have my permission and request to forward).

While many of you know of my impassioned fight against canine cancer, I never forget that cancer is also the second leading cause of death in humans.  Although it has been over thirty years since President Nixon declared "war on cancer," 1 in 4 of us will still die from cancer.  So as important as the advances since that time have been, there is still much more to do.  And that's where you come in -- and no, I am not asking for money.

One of the factors that frequently limits scientists' ability to study cancer is difficulty in recruiting people to participate.  To address this need, a wonderful collaboration between the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation has embarked on a project called the Army of Women, with the goal of recruiting one million women to participate in cancer research.  The primary goal of this project is to move beyond searching for cures to focus on prevention.  While this project is aimed specifically at breast cancer, the information learned will undoubtedly move the whole field of cancer prevention forward. 

The Army of Women project asks women to sign up by providing some very basic information such as email, phone number, address, and age, but they do not ask for any specific participation commitments.  Once a person is signed up, they will receive periodic emails informing them of studies that are recruiting participants.  These studies may be as simple as questionnaires about dietary and exercise habits, or may include other kinds of medical history and lifestyle considerations.  Some studies may go further and request blood samples or other personal participation.  But there is NEVER any pressure to participate, so please don't be hesitant to sign up -- you will not be asked to do anything you don't want to do.  You will decide what you want to do or don't want to do, and can respond or not as you wish.

The Army of Women needs volunteers with all backgrounds -- those who have never had any cancer and those who have; those who have a family history and those who do not; those with no risk factors and those with known risk factors; all ages and all ethnic groups.  In a word, they need everyone.  If we want them to help us, we have to help them.  And although the men in our life cannot sign up, it is very likely that they will benefit from these research projects too because factors involved in cancer prevention can often be generalized.  (And that means that maybe our dogs will benefit too.)

So...thank you for letting me share my wish with you, and for considering this request.  If you would like to learn more, or to sign up, please go to   I would also be happy to talk with anyone personally about this.

Rhonda Hovan

Chipper's Haven:  A Safe Haven for Special Needs Golden Retrievers


Our lab is interested in understanding basic differences between normal cells and tumor cells. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with cancer in humans and animals. As we learn more about how cancer cells differ from normal cells, we can exploit these differences to improve diagnosis and treatment and devise better methods of prevention.

At the University of Minnesota we have added numerous collaborations and especially joined efforts with Dr. Leslie Sharkey's group, who bring new expertise in vascular diseases to the group.

The purpose of this site is to provide information for individuals seeking to learn more about cancer, to facilitate recruitment into ongoing studies, and to foster communication among scientists interested in Cancer Biology, Immunology, and Immunotherapy.

Jaime F. Modiano, V.M.D., PH. D.
College of Veterinary Medicine (Comparative Medicine)

University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department
1365 Gortner Ave, Room 410
St. Paul, MN 55108

Dr. Modiano is the lab's principal investigator. He hails from Mexico City, where he graduated from the baccalaureate program at Colegio Columbia. He did undergraduate work in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX for three years before moving on to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his veterinary training and PhD in Immunology at Penn, followed by a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, CO. He was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University as Assistant Professor between 1995 and 1999. Dr. Modiano returned to Denver from 1999 to 2007; there, he held Scientist and Senior Scientist appointments at the AMC Cancer Research Center and he was Associate Professor of Immunology and Full Member of the Cancer Center at the School of Medicine of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In July of 2007, Dr. Modiano joined the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, where he continues his research program as Professor of Comparative Oncology holding the Al and June Perlman Endowed Chair.

Between 2001 and 2003, Dr. Modiano served as Director of Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy for the Donald Monk Cancer Research Foundation; he also is a partner at Veterinary Research Associates, LLP, a company focused on development and implementation of diagnostics for veterinary medicine and a founder/scientist at ApopLogic Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a biotechnology company focused on development of cancer therapeutics. His research program has had uninterrupted support from federal and private sources for 13 years, leading to co-authorship of more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, and ~200 abstracts, presentations, and book chapters focused on various aspects of immunology, cancer cell biology, the genetic basis of cancer and applications of gene therapy.

Dr. Modiano is married to Dr. Michelle Ritt, a board certified specialist and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. They share their home with Logan, a champion agility Gordon setter and Quetzal, a German Shepherd Dog.


Researchers have announced that prevalence of B-cell and T-cell lymphomas among certain dog breeds indicates heritable risk (Cancer Research, Vol 65, No. 13, July 2005). This research, led by Drs. Jaime Modiano, University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre, and Matthew Breen, North Carolina State University, was possible in part by grants made by the Canine Health Foundation to study lymphoma in several breeds, and has been sponsored by 21 breed clubs, corporations, and individuals.

According to Modiano and Breen, the predisposition of certain breeds to develop lymphoma has been recognized for a long time, but this is the first indication that the tumours themselves harbour breed-specific genetic abnormalities. This opens new avenues for investigation that will help us to identify specific genes that contribute to the risk of lymphoma in dogs, and possibly in people.

Cancer risk has long been believed to have heritable components.
However, genes that may be causally related to sporadic cancers such as non-Hodgkins lymphoma have been difficult to pinpoint. This research shows that the prevalence of B-cell and T-cell lymphomas differs among dog breeds. Additionally, it determined that these different prevalence rates are shared among dog breeds that are closely related. The article in the publication Cancer Research states and these results indicate that recurrent genetic abnormalities that occur with significantly higher frequency in a single dog breed can assist in the identification of candidate genes that may be associated with the origin or progression of both canine and human cancers.

Dogs make an excellent model to study heritability factors in cancer. According to the investigators, the limited level of genetic heterogeneity within dog breeds, combined with the fact that the incidence and lifetime risk of naturally occurring (disease) differs among dog breeds, offers a unique opportunity to identify genetic risk factors that contribute to the pathogenesis of (disease).
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Important Breakthrough in the Treatment of One of the Biggest Cancer Killers in Dogs is a British First

October 23, 2006, Nottingham, England ----PR Newswire ---- AN EFFECTIVE and innovative screening, detection and treatment programme for canine lymphoma, one of the most prolific cancers in dogs has been announced by PetScreen, a pioneering British bioscience company. It is the first of its kind to be made commercially available from PetScreen’s Veterinary Cancer Programme, which was launched in the United States in January and in the UK in April at leading veterinary conference and congress events. The lymphoma screen comes after extensive research by PetScreen in both British and North American markets into canine cancer, and will be available through selected veterinary hospitals and primary practices in both markets. The screen itself is based on technology which has emerged post the sequencing of both the human and canine genome and enables malignancies to be detected earlier, when treatment has the best chance of success. Inexpensive, convenient and minimally invasive the screen relies on a small blood serum sample. PetScreen has developed advanced ‘proteomic’ technology uniquely for companion animals, specifically canine at this moment. Their system looks for characteristic patterns to detect lymphoma biomarkers from the blood ‘fingerprint’. Ideally, a mature puppy would be sampled at twelve months, thereafter yearly, but in high risk breeds a six monthly screen is recommended. In addition, any dog which may have been treated for lymphoma should be screened bi-annually for recurrence.
UK published evidence says that 25% of all cancers in dogs is attributed to lymphoma. High risk breeds in both the UK and US for lymphoma cancer include golden and flat-coated retrievers, german shepherds, bull mastiffs and certain breeds of spaniels, including English and Irish water spaniels. At risk breeds include boxers, Bernese mountain dogs and rottweilers. Whilst this list is by no means exhaustive the screen should be regarded as part of an overall
wellness programme for all breeds. If cancer is detected, a combined rapid histopathology and individualised chemotherapy programme is available which helps select the most effective treatment for each individual patient. PetScreen’s Directed Chemotherapy Assay (DCA) highlights resistance from the start and identifies the treatment most likely to be effective from the start. PetScreen is one of a new generation of companies to utilise technologies which are emerging as a result of genome research. Using advanced bio-marker technology linked to state-of-the-art mass spectrometry, robotics and unique neural software, the serum sample creates the fingerprint which patterns proteins in the blood and enables cancers to be identified.
The problems associated with the late detection of cancers are well understood, and whilst proteomic screening is still at an early stage in humans, the work that PetScreen are undertaking in the canine world could have a significant impact on human cancer screening in the very near future.

PetScreen: Detecting and Treating Cancer BioCity Pennyfoot Street Nottingham NG1 1GF United Kingdom

Our mission is to become the premier resource for awareness, education, hope and support of people who are dealing with bone cancer in their dogs. We believe that dogs and their families do not have to battle this disease alone.

This comprehensive website contains information about Bone Cancers,
Diagnosis, Pain Management, Amputation, Chemotherapy, Metronomic
Protocol, Palliative Radiation, Bisphosphonates, Limb-Spare,
Nutrition, Complementary Therapies, Metastases, Clinical Trials and
Research, Saying Goodbye, Resources, and On-line Support
Animal Cancer Centre of Colorado State University. The Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Centre, at Colorado State University's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This web site, is intended to be a resource, for those seeking information about cancer, and the treatments available. The mission of the Animal Cancer Centre, is to improve prevention and treatment of cancer in animals and humans, and this is attained through the thoughtful, innovative, caring, and careful study, of the causes and treatment of this disease in animals. Subjects include: About Cancer, Research Laboratory, Nutritional Support, Clinical Trials, Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Complementary Therapies, and Saying Good-bye
The Merck Veterinary Manual On-Line, Eighth Edition
The Merck Veterinary Manual (MVM) has served veterinarians and other animal health professionals as a concise and reliable animal health reference for over 45 years. Over the years, the MVM has more than doubled in volume, to accommodate advances in scientific knowledge, and the expansion and specialization of the veterinary profession. The new, colour-illustrated and searchable CD-ROM format, allows further enhancement of the MVM as a powerful and convenient reference tool. The MVM and MVM CD-ROM are published on a nonprofit basis through a cooperative effort of Merck & Co, Inc. and Merial Limited, as a service to the veterinary profession.
This web site, contains an excellent section devoted to cancer, including Diagnosis Cancer: A Resource Guide for Pet Owners. You can print out your own copy of this very informative handbook, from The Perseus Foundation. It provides an understanding of canine cancer, and explores both conventional and alternative methods of therapy. It is well worth checking out.
The New England Veterinary Oncology Group LLP (NEVOG) is the only private, referral veterinary oncology care centre, located in New England. Their new, state-of-the-art facility, was designed exclusively to serve the needs of veterinary oncology patients. Their mission, is to provide comprehensive, quality cancer treatment for animals, to serve as an educational resource for veterinarians and their clients, and to promote the advancement of animal cancer research through participation in oncology clinical trials and other cooperative efforts with medical professionals in both human and veterinary medical fields.
Robin's Canine Cancer Files, In Loving Memory of Nicholas
This is a very comprehensive web site, that offers information and links on everything from Homepages and Letters, letting you know, that you are never alone, Cancer Information and Conventional Medicine, No So Conventional Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, and General Health Information, to, Financial Assistance, and Pet Loss Links. It is well worth a visit.
The mission of the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) is to develop and support research that advances the prevention and treatment of cancer for people and pets..
The Veterinary Institute of Integrative Medicine, has compiled a list of the holistic veterinarians located in North America. These veterinarians have affiliations with the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.
As we begin to take more responsibility for our own health, we soon recognize the health needs of our pets. PetSage offers you holistic and healthier choices for your companion animals, from diet, the foundation of health, to complementary and alternative therapies. The research time, they have invested in each product line and item, has gained them a reputation as a knowledgeable and reliable source for holistic and natural pet care products.
This list was founded in September, 1999. The number of canines that are diagnosed with cancer is on the rise. CanineCancer is a support group restricted to people whose dogs are CURRENTLY battling cancer or are awaiting a definitive diagnosis. If you have recently lost a beloved dog to cancer, you may want to do a yahoogroup search for pet loss support groups. Discussions will focus on the treatment of cancer in our members' dogs, rather than cause and prevention. This includes traditional and alternative treatments and therapy. If you do not currently have a dog with cancer, please do not send a subscription request. Previous members are welcome to come back.
United States National Library of Medicine
Includes: Health Information, Library Services, Research Programmes, Clinical Trials, etc.
PubMed National Library of Medicine
Provides a search engine, with many articles available on canine cancer
National Cancer Institute
Includes:  Cancer Information, Resources for Scientists, News Centre, and the Cancer Information Service, which provides the latest, most accurate cancer information.
Canadian Cancer Society. There is a direct link to the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society, and all other provinces.
American Cancer Society

Lung Cancer Alliance
A national non-profit organization dedicated solely to providing support and advocacy for people living with or at risk for the disease.
OncoLink University of Pennsylvania Cancer Centre
Includes: Types of Cancer, Cancer Treatments, Coping with Cancer, Clinical Trials, Symptom Management
Dog Owner's Guide: Human Cancer Treatment Goes to the Dogs
Cancer in the Canine: Veterinary oncology, the study and treatment of cancer in companion animals, has become a growing practice in recent years. Prior to the last decade, veterinary options for therapeutic management of cancer in the dog were limited, and prognosis for such patients was often dismal. Today, new combinations of drugs (chemotherapy), improvements in surgical techniques for removing tumours, radiation therapy, and novel cancer-targeting drugs are successfully prolonging and improving the quality of life of many dogs diagnosed with neoplastic disease. This web site will take the reader from early cellular events to risk factors leading to the development of cancer, from the newest methods for detection and staging of disease, to diagnosis of some of the more common cancers affecting the canine, from conventional forms of therapy to new breakthroughs and clinical trials with novel treatments aimed at eradicating these malignancies in the dog.
Caring for Pets with Cancer
Gulf Coast Veterinary Oncology
Professional lecture notes from Dr. Kevin A. Hahn
Nutrition for Dogs with Cancer: A Review of the Literature, by Lew Olson
Lew can be contacted for support and products.
The Vet Medicine site includes a large section devoted to animal oncology.
This is a veterinary resource centre for the management of canine cancer.
Canine Care: People for Pets Exchange
Includes: Different Types of Cancer, Chemo and What to Expect, Diet and Supplements, Radiation, Alternative Treatments.
Purdue University Comparative Oncology Programme (PCOP)
Includes:  research articles, clinical studies, protocols, chemotherapy side effects for pet owners.
This site exists to provide information on Natural Rearing (Juliette de Bairacli Levy's time honoured recipes) and alternative, holistic, and complementary health care for pets.  Marina Zacharias can be contacted for support and products.
Nutritional Intervention for the Canine and Feline Cancer Patient.
A healthy natural diet for canine cancer, including herbal remedies from Medical Herbalist, Robert McDowell.
The Natural Canine of Vermont:  Includes:  Canine Cancer Diet and Canine Cancer Supplement Kit
Dr. Johanna Budwig's Flaxseed Oil and Cottage Cheese Cancer Diet.
Preventing and Healing Animal Cancer:  The Holistic Approach;  Alternative and Complementary Therapies for Animals with Cancer. and
Premium all meat and organ food (canned).  No grains, fillers, artificial preservatives or colouring, vitamins, or minerals -- meat and nothing but the best -- beef, chicken, turkey, venison, duck, rabbit.
Includes:  Nutrition Study for Dogs with Lymphoma;  Hills Prescription Diet for Canine Cancer Patients;  Nutrition for Dogs with Cancer:  A Review of the Literature;  Diet and Supplements for Specific Medical Conditions.
This study provides hope for thousands of America's 55 million dogs, who may die of cancer. Learn about the cancer diet, developed by Dr. Gregory Ogilvie, DVM.
This web site outlines some important experiments in nutrition and cancer, written by Arthur B. Robinson, Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.
Total Cancer Management in Small Animals;  Susan Wynn, DVM.  Includes:  Basic Diet, Neutraceuticals, Hormones, Herbs, and Other Supplements, as well as Immunestimulants.

The Animal Cancer Institute is a Maryland based Limited Liability
Company founded by Chand Khanna, DVM, PhD, Diplomate - American College
Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology).  The mission of the Animal
Cancer Institute is to help in the development of new treatment
opportunities for pet animals with cancer through the design and
implementation of prospective clinical trials.

Please visit for
current trials.

Clinical sites associated with The Animal Cancer Institute.

Victoria Animal Cancer Institute Network

Animal Cancer Institute at the Friendship Hospital for Animals
4105 Brandywine St., NW
Washington, DC 20016
Chand Khanna - DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVIM (Oncology)
Tony Rusk DVM

Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral of Bowie
formerly Beltway Oncology and Internal Medicine
6700 Laurel - Bowie Road
Bowie, MD 20715
Kathy Arrington - DVM, DVSc, Dipl ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Atlantic Veterinary Internal Medicine
808 Bestgate Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401
Janet Peterson- DVM, Dipl ACVIM (Oncology)

Regional Veterinary Referral Center
6651-F Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22150
Elsa Beck, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology), Dipl. ACVR (Radiation

Southpaws Veterinary Referral Center
6136 Brandon Ave
Springfield, VA 22150
Sarah Shaefor - DVM, Dipl ACVIM (Oncology)
Robert Rosenthal - DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVIM (Oncology), Dipl ACVR
(Radiation Therapy)

VCA - Veterinary Referral Associates
15021 Dufief Mill Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Lisa Fulton - DVM, Dipl ACVIM (Internal Medicine/Oncology)
Eric Boshoven - DVM (Radiation Oncology)

Gulf Coast Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and Oncology
1111 W. Loop South, Suite 150
Houston, TX 77027
Kevin Hahn - DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM (Internal Medicine/Oncology)

Pet Emergency & Specialty Center
5232 Jackson Dr., Suite 105
La Mesa, CA 91941
Brenda Phillips - DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology)

Veterinary Oncology and Hematology Center
123 W. Cedar St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
Gerald Post - DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology)

The Center for Specialized Veterinary Care
609-5 Cantiague Rock Road
Westbury, NY 11590
Gerald Post - DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology)

San Francisco Veterinary Specialists
Carlos Rodriguez - DVM, PhD, ACVIM (Oncology)

San Francisco
600 E. Alabama
San Francisco, CA 94110

901 E. Francisco
San Rafael, CA 94901

Med Vet
300 E. Wilson Bridge Road
Worthington, OH 43085
Deborah Prescott, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVR (Radiation Therapy)

New England Veterinary Group, LLC
180 Bear Hill Rd. Suite C
Waltham, MA 02454
Dr. Jeff Philibert, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
210 Newman Springs Road
Red Bank , NJ 07701
Craig Clifford- DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology)
Christine Burgess- DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology)

Animal Cancer Specialists
11536 Lake City Way, NE
Seattle , WA 98125
Orna Kristal- DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology)
Kerri Meleo- DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology)

A recognized leader in pollution prevention, the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2) encourages actions that avoid or minimize the creation of pollutants and waste, to foster a healthier
environment and sustainable society.


Healthy Paws Initiative

Background and Purpose 
The City of Toronto is among the more than 60 municipalities that have a pesticide by-law to limit the cosmetic (non-essential) use of residential pesticides. Homeowners, tenants, businesses and lawn care companies must comply with the by-law. A critical step to ensuring compliance with pesticide by-laws is to educate residents on how to solve their pest problems without using the banned pesticides. 

To reach those living in suburban areas of Toronto who have a lawn or garden, the Healthy Paws Initiative created by the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention targets suburban pet owners, particularly those with dogs. In the City of Toronto, more than 60,000 dogs use more than 1,000 dog parks. Outdoor pets are vulnerable to lawn chemicals since they breathe closer to the ground, lick their paws and coat, and are more likely to roll around in, crawl on, or even eat the grass that’s been treated with pesticides. They are also vulnerable due to their small size. Pet owners can also be exposed to pesticides when they handle their pets. 

Documents on Pesticide Exposure and Dogs 

The two page Fact Sheet compiled by the group Pesticide Free Yards in Calgary provides information about what to do if your pet is exposed to pesticides. Also included are lots of natural gardening tips. Their website provides even more information about Pesticide Free Yards. 

This eight page article called Dogs and Pesticide Use from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System reports on a wide variety of pesticides and their impacts on animals. Pest control methods that do not involve pesticides are also provided. 

An academic article titled Herbicide exposure and the risk of transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder in Scottish Terriers was published in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine Association on April 15, 2004. The findings suggest that exposure to lawns and gardens treated with herbicides is associated with an increased risk of cancer in Scottish Terriers. The full article can be viewed here. 

Objectives and Targets 

With the help of volunteers, a minimum of 500 dog owners will be reached through the Healthy Paws initiative. Over a four day period at four different parks around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) dog owners will be provided with information and incentives to encourage reducing or eliminating pesticide use on residential gardens and lawns. 

Don Russell Memorial - Kipling and Lakeshore 
Friday June 10, 1-4 pm 

Sherwood Park - Eglinton and Mt. Pleasant 
Saturday June 11, 10am -4 pm 

G Ross Lord - Dufferin and Steeles 
Sunday June 12, 10am -4 pm 

Morningside - Morningside and Ellesmere 
Monday June 13, 1-4 pm 

Commitment from dog owners to try pesticide free lawncare will be documented. The results of this initiative will be reported through the local media. Upon completion of this outreach, ideas will be pursued to further sustain the initiative. 


• Volunteers 
To help get the word out and document the successes of the outreach activities volunteers have committed 3 to 30 hours. Their time will be spent talking with dog owners in the parks about the benefits to dog and human health and the environment of reducing pesticide use on their lawns and gardens through natural gardening methods. Additionally volunteers will provide information about the City of Toronto’s pesticide by-law. 

• Veterinarians 
Veterinarians in the GTA are being approached to have the Healthy Paws flyer in their office or provide their expert opinion by way of testimonial about dog exposure to pesticides. Interested vets will also be encouraged to sign a letter of support for the campaign. 

• Literature 
Both a newly created Healthy Paws flyer and already existing information from the City of Toronto will be available for dog owners during the outreach days. 

• Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) 
Techniques outlined by the principals of Community Based Social Marketing will be used to help achieve bahaviour change among the residents of Toronto. Techniques such as;
Commitment - Asking indiviudals to agree to a small request 
Prompts - Reminders 
Norms - Demonstrating that others in the community are going pesticide free 
will be used during the outreach campaign. More information on CBSM is available on this website 

• Key Partners 
-City of Toronto 
The City of Toronto's pesticide by-law went into effect April 1, 2004. The by-law restricts use of pesticides on public and private property. It permits use of certain lower risk pest control products. The by-law also permits use of pesticides to control a pest infestation. The City does not regulate retail sales of pesticides in the City of Toronto and as such retailers are permitted to sell products that consumers should not be using under the by-law. 

Now in the second year of the by-law, Toronto Public Health and other City departments continue to develop public education materials intended for a wide range of audiences. Key messages in the resources include achieving pesticide reductions through sustainable gardening maintenance practices (including integrated plant health care strategies and using alternatives to pesticides) as well as the message that Toronto has a pesticide by-law. 

More informaiton and resources are available from the City of Toronto on their website 


(coming at the end of summer 2005) 

Key Contacts 

Healthy Paws Initiative, C2P2 - Kady Cowan 

City of Toronto, Public Health - Rich Whate 


Dr. Rona Sherebrin, DVM, CVA  --  Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, including Acupuncture, Chinese Botanical therapy, Nutrition, Tui-Na bodywork massage

Western/European Botanical therapy Nutraceuticals and supplements Integrative Veterinary Medicine: combining up-to-date conventional techniques with complementary therapies in an individualized patient care plan.

New Location!

Secord Animal Hospital
3271 Yonge St., Toronto

Dr. Rona Sherebrin is pleased to announce that she is now accepting new patients for Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Secord Animal Hospital 3271 Yonge St.Treatments such as acupuncture, botanical (herbal) therapy and tui-na massage are integrated with conventional diagnostic and therapeutic techniques appropriate to each patient.
Consultations by appointment only.

Rona Sherebrin, DVM, CVA

Secord Animal Hospital
3271 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON
M4N 2L8

Cell 416-274-3366



Dr. Rob Butler -- Guelph Animal Hospital.
Full Range of Conventional Veterinary Services, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage, Herbal and Nutritional Support, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Telephone: 519-836-2782

Dr. Autumn Louise Drouin -- North-East Veterinary Services
Veterinarian, Naturopath, Homeopathy, Herbs, Clinical Nutrition, Bach Remedies, Physical Therapies.
Telephone: 905-830-1030

Dr. Janice Huntingford; Dr. Glen Porteous -- Essex Animal Clinic.
Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Conventional and Alternative Medicine and Surgery, Herbal Therapies, Holistic Medicine, Physio and Rehab Therapy, Telephone Consultations.
Telephone: 519-776-7325

Dr. Paul McCutcheon -- East York Animal Clinic.
Homeopathy, Hair Analysis, Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Computerized Organ Stress Immune Testing, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Nutrition, Reiki, Bach Flower Essences.
Telephone: 416-757-3569
Fax: 416-285-7483

Dr. Mark Newkirk -- Margate Animal Hospital and Alternative Care Centre.
Chiropractic, Aquapuncture, Herbal, Homeopathic, Metabolic Balancing, Bach Flower Therapy, Applied Kinesiology, NAET (allergy elimination), Nutritional Supplement Programme, Alternative Cancer Therapies. Telephone Consultations and Internet Consultations.
Telephone: 609-823-3031

Sharon Kopinak
Herbs, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Magnets.
Telephone: 519-853-5142
Fax: 519-853-4245

Dr. Marlene Smith-Schalkwijk, DVM
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Physiotherapy
Tree of Life Veterinary Care
1777 Riverside Lane
Courtney BC
Phone: 250-338-2316

Dr. Elena Petrali
Dewdney BC
Phone: 604-826-1133

New West Acupuncture Place
320 Tenth Avenue
New Westminster BC V3L 2B2
Phone: 604-525-0647

Dr. Paul Deelman
Animal Chiropractor
3807 Morrison Road
Port Alberni BC V9Y 5T9
Phone: 250-723-1400

K9 H2O
3493 Okanagan Drive
Abbotsford BC V2T 4Z3
Phone: 604-864-2284

Just About Pets Wellness Centre
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Magnetic Therapy, Tellington T-Touch
B-2030 Abbotsford Way
Abbotsford BC V2S 6XB
Phone: 604-850-1787

Hudson Place Veterinary Clinic
Holistic Homeopathic Veterinary Service
1300 W 73rd Avenue
Vancouver BC V6P 3E7
Phone: 604-266-2731

The Roving Veterinarian Housecall Service
Homeopathic Veterinary Service and Holistic House Call Service
Vancouver BC
Phone: 604-219-4687

Tellington TTouch/TTouch Headquarters
5435 Rochdell Road
Vernon BC V1B 3E8
Phone: 800-255-2336

Vancouver Island's first and only therapy and leisure pool, devoted
entirely to dogs . . .

  • SAFE: large indoor dog pool with ramp, fully enclosed, supervised,
    life jackets provided
  • WARM: water heated to 27C degrees, air conditioning, all year
  • HYGIENIC: state of the art purification and filtration, shower and
    drying facilities
  • FUN: swim with your dog, toys, games, pool parties
  • THERAPEUTIC: hydrotherapy for rehabilitation, muscle toning, mental
    exhilaration, confidence, impact free exercise, sports fitness
  • HOLISTIC: natural health care products, healing and relaxing therapies
Jens and Chrissie Diron

The Animal Cancer & Imaging Centre, is dedicated to providing the best possible cancer treatment available for your pet. They use state of the art equipment and the latest technology. As a free-standing cancer clinic, their entire focus is on the veterinary cancer patient and his/her guardian. Compassionate care is the mission at the Animal Cancer & Imaging Centre. Cancer is the leading cause of natural death in our pet population. Through the consultation process, Animal Cancer & Imaging Centre staff, discuss treatment options, and help you in the decision making process. They believe that not every pet with cancer can or should be treated. When people with cancer go through difficult treatments in an attempt to cure their cancer, they have an understanding of what’s happening to them and actively make the decision about their own treatment course, while our companion animals can’t make those decisions, and so the staff at the centre, feel that it is their responsibility as care-givers and your responsibility as loving pet guardians, is to ensure that pets undergoing cancer treatment will have a reasonable chance of success with minimal side effects.

This is not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
Resources listed here, are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Animal Intuitive

Lynn McKenzie is an internationally known Animal Intuitive offering phone consultations, workshops and teleclasses in Animal Communication and Energy Healing. Her work is co-creative and very enlightening. Her passion lies in helping others to attune and awaken to the teachings and wonder that all sentient beings wish to share. It is effective in dealing with animal/person relationship issues, physical, emotional and behavioral concerns as well as connecting with the spirits of animals who have crossed over. Lynn is also a flower essence practitioner with her own line of essences developed specifically for animals and aspiring students.

Care During Chemotherapy and Beyond is Scott Hamilton's web site, and was designed to provide up to date information about chemotherapy and it provides excellent summaries of complementary therapies.



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