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Treating the whole dog with Dr. Lori Cesario

Treating the Whole Dog | Dr. Lori Cesario Deep Dive


Think veterinary oncologists are just about chemo, radiation, and surgery? Well, Dr. Lori Cesario is about those and much more. This is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of an oncologist who treats the “whole dog.”

Episode Notes

Dr. Cesario explains the unique perspective her specialty brings to the table, not just in treating cancer, but in evaluating your dog’s overall condition and quality of life. And as a specialist, she has some very creative tips and tricks for following the latest research into pain relief and CBD oil, and even getting traditional chemo drugs at a lower cost than you might expect.

Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show:

You can reach out to Dr. Lori Cesario and find out more about her Roadmap to Dog Cancer at her website:

Here is an article about the Cornell University study on hemp oil/CBD:

Here’s a study about cold laser therapy for pain:

Here’s an article about acupuncture for senior dogs:

The CBD researcher at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine that Dr. Cesario mentioned  but couldn’t remember the name of is Dawn Merton Boothe, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Internal Medicine), DACVCP. You can contact her through this website: and request cannabinoid product monitoring by clicking “Cannabinonid Monitoring” and asking your veterinarian to submit the form.

The name of the compounding pharmacy Dr. Cesario uses is Stokes.

Drugs mentioned in today’s show: Palladia, Leukeran, Chlorambucil

The name of the pet insurance company Dr. Cesario mentioned is Trupanion.

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger.

About Today’s Guest, Dr. Lori Cesario:

Dr. Lori Cesario is a Board-Certified Veterinary Oncologist currently practicing in Southern California.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University.  After college, Dr. Cesario worked in a lab at Cornell University developing mouse models of human prostate and mammary cancers, amongst others.  She then attended Ross University Veterinary School, with a clinical year at the University of Wisconsin.  She completed two one-year internships: a small animal rotating internship at the University of Illinois, followed by an oncology specialty internship at NC State.  She then returned to the Midwest for an oncology residency at Michigan State University. Dr. Cesario is committed to maintaining a high quality of life in patients that are feeling well and improving the lives of patients that are feeling poorly.  She uses her expertise to develop tailored treatment plans for each individual patient and family.  Her professional interests include electrochemotherapy and histiocytic sarcoma. She developed the Dog Cancer Roadmap program so families would have a reliable resource for dog cancer information online.

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Dog Cancer Answers is a Maui Media production in association with Dog Podcast Network

This episode is sponsored by the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger. Available everywhere fine books are sold.

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Dr. Lori Cesario


California, USA

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My mission is to educate, support and guide dog owners after a cancer diagnosis. My goal is to give you the tools you need to make the best decisions for your dog – decisions that will allow your dog to live his best life, despite having cancer.