Why Is Cancer Killing Our Pets?: How You Can Protect and Treat Your Animal Companion
Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Description
The first book to examine the environmental, dietary, and lifestyle-related causes of cancer in pets and to assess the full spectrum of treatments--both alternative and conventional.


• Foreword by Gary Kowalski, author of The Souls of Animals.


• Cancer is the leading killer of cats and dogs, but this book explains that it is often preventable.


• Includes research on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, and guinea pigs.


• A valuable resource for all pet owners, whether their animals are still healthy or not.


Cancer is now the number one killer of most domestic animals. This fact raises a fearsome specter for those who know how confusing and painful it can be to endure the course of this disease in their pets. Having lost four animal companions to cancer, author Deborah Straw became frustrated by the lack of concrete knowledge about the causes, prevention, and treatment of cancer in pets. This thorough and comprehensive guide to every aspect of the disease in animals is the result of her search for answers.

Readers will discover the many environmental, dietetic, and vaccine-related culprits that may cause cancer in pets, and they'll learn preventive measures that can be taken to safeguard their pets' well-being. Should your animal's diagnosis be confirmed, the full spectrum of both conventional and alternative treatments is presented, from chemotherapy and laser surgery to herbal therapy, acupuncture, and touch therapy. Readers will find information about both caring for a sick animal and grieving its loss. Full of knowledge, options, and support, this is an essential resource for protecting your pet.





Praise and Reviews
"The first book to examine the environmental, dietary, and lifestyle-related causes of cancer in pets to assess the full spectrum of treatments--both alternative and conventional. Cancer is now the number one killer of most domestic animals.  Readers will discover the many environmental, dietetic, and vaccine-related culprits that may cause cancer in pets, and they'll learn preventive measures that can be taken to safeguard their pet's well-being.  Full of knowledge, options, and support, this is an essential resource for protecting your pet." The Pet Tribune, November/December 2000

"Straw's book is a comprehensive examination of the issue, covering everything from the rise in incidence to the emotional distress.  It takes up cause, treatment, prevention and greif."
Green Mountain Bookshelf, The Burlington Free Press, December 24, 2000

"Without endorsing any particular form of care, but stressing the value of expert intervention, Straw discusses cancer prevention, traditional and  alternative cancer treatments and how to cope with the loss of a pet to this relentless disease."

Publishers Weekly, Jan. 22, 2001

"Straw offers a thoughtful and balanced exploration of everyting from surgery to holistic remedies, emphasizing prevention, cure and treatment of cancer in pets."

Catfancy, April 2001, Vol. 44 No. 4

"She is a very thorough researcher who offers an extensive examination of the possible causes of cancer as well as the conventional therapies and holistic remedies available today.  It also provides a wealth of data and encourages the reader to ask questions that they may not have considered previously.  Readers will feel better enabled to make an informed choice and more empowered to take charge of their animal's well being.  An excellent reference for every pet owner's bookshelf." 

Pet Times, March 2001

"Maginificently evergreen. . . . It's literally food for thought served with a breezy, unassuming charm."
Seattle Union Record, December 2000

"An excellent guide to the causes, prevention, and treatment of cancer in pets.  The reader is empowered to take charge of their animal's well-being and become a more responsible consumer of veterinary and pet care services.  Offers a judicious and balanced exploration of everything from surgery to herbal remedies, with as much emphasis on prevention as on cure."

Pets Magazine

"Straw's book is the first to bring together much needed and encouraging information, in depth, in one reference volume."

Rita M. Reynolds, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, August/September 2001

"The beauty of this book is the wide range of both conventional and alternative approaches to pet health, especially cancer treatment."

Karen Alene/John Steinbacher, The Challenge, Fall/Winter 2001

". . . an essential resource for protecting your pet."

Petagonia.com

"Straw goes along with veterinary oncologists who indicate cancer is a disease of the aged . . . but she also offers evidence in a journalistically sound manner - that environmental factors, diet and vaccines also contribute."

Steve Dale, GoodNewsforPets.com

"The information Straw provides in her book can help us consider changes we can make for our animals to help prevent cancer, and the courses we can take if cancer has been diagnosed."

Esther Caldwell, Animal, Fall 2001

". . . a good resource for those interested in creating the healthiest environment possible for their four-legged companions."

Kathleen Head, Alternative Medicine Review, Vol. 6, Supplement, 2001

". . . clear, concise, and revealing.  It ends with a chapter on grieving and accepting the loss. . . . This compassionate ending to a well-researched and written book is, in itself, worth the purchase price."

Neil L. Mace, Field Trail Magazine, Fall 2001

"This thorough guide to every aspect of the disease in animals is the result of her search for answers."

Pet New Zealand, September 2001

"This book is one to be celebrated, studied, embraced and referenced again and again to help us make responsible, informed decisions."

Rob Gee, The Critter Exchange, November 2002




 
Deborah Straw
Deborah Straw is a longtime animal, health, and lifestyle writer based in Vermont. She is also the author of an ecotourism guide, Natural Wonders of the Florida Keys, and is a wide More...
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