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[Ask Laurie]

Was your doctor’s explanation of your dog’s diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis complete, inclusive and clear?

Do you need help sorting out all of the information you have collected about canine cancer?

Do you need help sorting out the information you have about your dog’s cancer?

Do you want help finding the best plan of attack against your dog’s cancer, including treatment, diet, supplements etc.?

Do you have specific questions about canine cancer, treatment options, side effects, diet, supplements, and/or home care?

I will help you!

I’ll make suggestions, inform you of the treatment options for your dog. Not only the one that your doctor is recommending.

Together you and I will find the plan that works best for you and your dog.

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NOTE  This is not for people who have a dog in the Magic Bullet Fund! If you are receiving financial assistance from MBF for your dog’s cancer treatment, you can email or call Laurie with your questions anytime!

I would like to Thank Laurie Kaplan for all her advice, listening, and direction she gave us threw this difficult time. I found Laurie, and thank god I did, she has been wonderful with keeping me sane. I was so overwhelmed at one point when I was running back and forth between second opinions, tests and worrying about Magnum’s future that I thought I was going to lose my mind. Had it not been for Laurie, I think I would of lost what little mind I had left. I was so worried about making the right decision for Mags. I have discussed everything with her from after we came back from Cornell, to the x-rays showing, mets, getting a second opinion, she has been great. Excellent at helping me sort everything out. Laurie is (the) best advocate you could have for your dog, she will fight with you till the end. She has amazing knowledge, and I wouldn’t of made it through without her. So thank you again Laurie!
Sue Coleman (Magnum)
I consulted with Laurie and she suggested I talk to my vet. about lowering the dosage of Meika’s prednisone also. I did this and  he agreed to lowered the dosage from 1 1/2 pills per day to 1/2 a pill. He does believethat is what was causing the excessive drinking and panting. He said her blood work came back normal again and that he is pleased with how she is doing. I appreciate everything you are doing for us. We are so thankful for all the help we have got from Laurie.
Terri DeWitt (Meika)
Laurie is one amazing woman who unselfishly gives so much of herself to us and our pups & who knows from experience what we go through with a cancer dog. She was our lifeline on countless occasions during our Kobi’s journey. We could not have made it as far as we did without Laurie’s support and guidance. She is the one I trust to answer such questions & to explain things in a way that I can understand. I can’t thank you enough, Laurie & Bullet, for what you have done for us. I know how much you miss your boy, but I know he is proud of you for what you’re doing. You are a brave and generous soul. God Bless.
Lisa Lopes (Kobi)
Laurie provided her invaluable knowledge regarding treatment, drugs, and diet. Laurie was also there for me emotionally. In the beginning and in the end Laurie counseled and comforted me. Laurie’s knowledge integrated with compassion helped Blizzard survive, and she helped me survive until I was strong enough to let him go. Thank you Laurie. I hope I can help someone someday in the way Laurie has helped me.
Jennifer Quick (Blizzard)
I had a realization this past week after speaking with Laurie. The world is and can be a great place.. (Laurie) provided a vast amount of knowledge, care, and compassion that you won’t find in many places. Laurie filled in all the gaps regarding Rookie’s health: supplements, diet, and what to expect throughout treatment. That support is something that I will remember the rest of my life.
Jennifer Rendfrey (Rookie)
Thank you so much for all of your help, and advice. Sissy is eating better and seems to be happy. Thanks for your help. Thank you so very much for helping us to provide for our dear Sissy!!!
Lisa Nelson (Sissy)
I called Laurie anytime I had questions or needed moral support of any kind. She would help in any way she could. She always had the right words or answers to the questions I had to comfort and guide me when I was so distraught that I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown. Laurie made phone calls to the veterinarians when I needed her to. Sophie had a vet that diagnosed her, and a vet that performed her surgery.It feels so great to still have her with us! Thanks to Laurie we still have her with us! We pray that we have many more years to come with her in our lives!
Jennifer and Daryl Swearingen (Sophie)
I am writing to thank you, for enabling my Buster to get the treatment he needs for his tumor. Your coordination with the veterinary surgeon at Virginia Tech, as well as your great amount of  knowledge of canine cancer has enabled Buster to receive the best care possible, which would otherwise have not been possible. I want to thank you for the hard work and  dedication to the cause of fighting canine cancer.
Rick Nickel (Buster)
I am so grateful for all the help and support I have received. I feel blessed every time I spend time with Toby and see how he recovered so quickly.
Anneka Luna (Toby)
You provide so much information – THANK YOU!!!!
Sharon and Don Samuelson
Every dog is different, never give up hope. Try everything and don’t be afraid to ask for help for your best friend.
Rita Deanda (Mooba)        
I really want you to know that you’ve made a difference in my life and of course Manta’s. I really can’t imagine where we would have been without your help and the hope that you provided for us.
Jennifer Anderson (Manta)
I wanted to share that with you and let you know I appreciate you and your sharing Bullet’s story, as well as the wealth of information that you have. Thank you!
Danielle Truex (Tigger)
I want to thank all of you for your kind words of support in both helping to give me strength and encouragement to get through this time of hope.
Lori Christensen (Xena and Kirby)
We are thankful for all your help and support with Stella over the past several months. We couldn’t have done it with out you.
Jenn and Anthony Erdelyi (Stella)
Have taken all of your suggestions and Alex gained 14 oz..Thank you for giving Alex and us this chance to fight this dreadful disease.
Judy and Rene Gagnon (Alex)
Laurie did a lot for Nakkai, we became close [like a part of the family]. We still are close and we don’t know what we’d of done with out her.
Sharon Driber (Nakkai)
I just wanted to take a minute and write a quick thanks to you for all of your help. And thank you for all of the help that you personally have offered to Olly. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to spend this time with Olly, and watching him recover so well has been amazing. I know this is a long road we are on, but I am enjoying every minute I can with him, and hoping for the best.
Sara Stull (Olly)
You have come to the right person for help! Laurie has many years experience helping others go through the difficult situation that your in right now. She even had her own dog fight and win cancer and I’m sure she had a lot to do with his recovery. She is an ever constant person of compassion and understanding and has written her own book on the subject. She even called me at home one day which gave me much encouragement! So just ask Laurie and if she doesn’t know the answer she will find it! She has a special gift to deal with this terrible disease on a daily basis. You’ve come to the right person. 
Cassandra Bell (Petey)
Thank you so very much for everything you are doing to help Casey. Thank you for being here to give Casey a chance to survive. Thank you so much for the support. I honestly don’t know how we could do it without you. It will be great for me to have the emotional support. I really appreciate everything you are doing and know it was a miracle the day I found you on the internet. My prayers were answered. I feel fortunate to have your group behind us giving us moral support and being there to answer questions during this difficult time.
Cathy Curry (Casey)
Laurie has been my rock and keeping my spirits up through this whole process. I have to thank Laurie for  guidance through this time…for their help getting through this and helping to provide the success that we are having!
Karen Summers (Tensing)


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  1. Rachel / Sep 30 2011 3:27 am

    Laurie helped me through a very confusing time and gave me enough knowledge and guidelines to go into difficult cancer treatment decisions with a sense of empowerment. No longer was I just a caregiver that was at the mercy of whatever the Oncologist said because I had some valuable tools that Laurie gave me to help me. Laurie is also very compassionate and will help you with diet and supplements.
    Thank you Laurie for your expert advice.

  2. Beverly / Nov 22 2011 9:56 am

    Mu precious dog Rommy , a Labradoodle was diagnosed with lymphoma last April. We borrowed the money to put her through the first chemo therapy. Based on everything I have read, it should have kept her cancer free for six to 18 months. But it came back in six weeks!!!! We are devastated. We are trying the next round of Chemo, but it costs about $1,300 per month. We put this on our almost maxed credit card for one month of treatment, but the tumers are still there and we just plain don’t have anymore money to go forward.

    She is happy and doesn’t seem – at least at this point – to notice that she has cancer. Of course she has slowed down a little. We want to keep her on the chemo, but don’t know how we can afford it.

    does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you so very much for any info at all.

    • Laurie Kaplan / Mar 18 2012 7:33 pm

      I’m so sorry I didn’t see this post until now, Beverly. Is Rommy still fighting cancer or has she gone to the Bridge?

  3. Kevin Koop / Jul 4 2012 8:44 am

    Hello Laurie,

    First I would like to thank you for writing, “HELP YOUR DOG FIGHT CANCER”. My wife and I have a 9 year old Jack Russell who was just diagnosed with malignant cancer. Our vet gave us 3 options 1.) surgery/chemo (at a cost of $4,000) not really in our budget at all, 2.) steroid called prednisone 3.) just put her done. I told him #3 was out of the question as long as she doesn’t appear to be in pain and is acting normal (for a jack russell). We chose option #2 that was last week.

    Her lymph nodes have decreased in size. A couple of days ago I was in our public library and looking for research and found your book. After reading it and talking it over with my wife (who went to school to be a vet tech) I asked her what she thought about changing our dogs food to more people food as you have suggested in your book. She agreed it probably wouldn’t hurt and to talk to our vet about it.

    Also after reading about different dog foods I would really like to go after them and the FDA with a vengeance. I am getting ready to start my own website. It started out mainly about independent bands, but I have add politics into the mix and people seem to be responding. I am getting ready to add the final piece to the project, sales and marketing (including charities which will get center page banners). I would love to add THE MAGIC BULLET FUND with a link back to your site of course. All the advertising will be local to Colorado Springs to start because that’s where I live and so I can monitor the progress of the advertising, but I also have the means now to add geo-targeting into the mix. If you are interested please contact me. I have included my email and website below.

    Sidenote: I too use WordPress.

  4. Laurie Kaplan / Jul 6 2012 4:05 pm

    I am available for consults to anyone who has a dog with cancer and wants to talk about the difficult decisions. We will talk about treatment options, diet, supplements, and home care. I will help you with the same guidance that I have provided for 200 dogs and their families through canine cancer treatment in the Magic Bullet Fund. Read my book and then if you want me to help you on a more personal level, schedule a consult at

  5. Laurie Kaplan / Jul 6 2012 4:16 pm

    I don’t understand what you said about trying to subscribe and getting a warning – tell me what site and what does the email have to do with the site?

  6. Rosemary Goff / Jun 6 2014 8:19 pm

    Just wondering if this book covers TCC. My beagle has it in her bladder.

  7. Susan Koehrn / Nov 30 2014 3:27 pm

    Hi Laurie,

    We have a bichon frise with mast cell cancer. He has undergone 2 surgeries. The first surgery was done by a surgeon who removed 6 growths, but only 1 was a cancerous mast cell tumor…grade 1. A 2nd mast cell came back within less than 8 weeks of the first surgery. He just had the 2nd surgery Tuesday 11/25/14, by a different vet because the first surgeon would not extend another payment plan (The original payment plan was not even paid off due to the 2nd growth appearing so soon). We were lucky to have this vet extend a payment plan to us. We are waiting on results of the biopsy. I’ve read about the importantance of diet and supplementation and agree completely. When BooBoo was 6 months old, he was diagnosed with kidney disease and we were told to put him down because he would never recover. I went home, researched alternatives, put him on a raw diet, added transfer factor canine complete and other supplements….and 90 days later, there was NO sign of kidney disease. He is now 12 years old. So I understand the impact diet and supplementation can make. We are frantic now, because we cannot afford any further treatment; yet our dog, BooBoo, is our baby. My heart is breaking. Can you guide me to another option? We are located in Indiana.

    Thank you very much, Susan Koehrn

    • Laurie Kaplan / Dec 1 2014 11:37 am

      Susan, Mast cell cancer becomes more difficult to treat when there is (has been) more than one tumor, particularly if they are in different locations. Diet and supplementation are very important. When medical treatment offers a “cure” and the dog is a good candidate for the treatment, that would be the first choice with a cancer-fighting diet and supplements in place as well. When medical treatment such as surgery, chemo or radiation is not an option for any reason, then the diet and supplements become paramount.
      I will email you a link to a discount order page for my book Help Your Dog Fight Cancer. I cannot type out the whole book here but the information about diet and supplements will help you and BooBoo.

      • Susan Koehrn / Dec 1 2014 2:18 pm

        Thank you Laurie. Are there any financial aid programs you can suggest? It appears BooBoo does not qualify for the Magic Bullet Fund, as he is 12 and under 40 lbs. Can you explain why he would not qualify? I don’t understand the distinction between 11 and 12?

  8. Eugene Russel Cuthbertson / Jul 18 2015 12:48 am

    My sister, Bari Lynn Cuthbertson is a member I believe and she has a dog named “Davey.” She sent me a birthday card and greetings but left off her current phone number and I’ve been worried about her, especially during today’s horrible fires. I lost a beloved sheltie to cancer and months later, lost one to a heart problem. My mare, raised from her birth, lived almost 35 years. By online searching I got a sheltie in horrible condition from Olympia Washington, but she’d been debarked and her ribs shown and she was terrified of men. Nevertheless, She’s at about 29 pounds and healthy, but still fears men. I want to pet and love her but she avoid me touching her. It’s heartbreaking. I am a writer and my current novel, “Lucifer Dust” is doing well on Amazon. I don’t know if getting “Dakota” a sheltie or just puppy friend will help her, but I’d like to try. My sequel, “Shannalee” will soon be out, but I still don’t have my own dog. What shall I do?

    • Laurie Kaplan / Jul 19 2015 12:24 pm

      Gene this is a question for a behaviorist. Dakota must have had a horrible life until you found her. You say you still don’t have your own dog, but I think that Dakota is your own dog. I hope she will come around and respond to your love.

  9. Eugene Russel Cuthbertson / Jul 19 2015 3:09 pm

    I live in Anaheim, close to Disneyland and I don’t know of a behaviorist, except maybe a vet (?) My question is whether or nor getting a second dog for her, would help “Dakota” or not. She eats from my hand and actually she’s gotten fat, especially for a sheltie. “Dakota” was given to me and I had her flown down from Olympia, Washington. You could se her ribs and she’d been debarked (Now she can bark a little, but I had to be gentle and angry at those show dog people we got her from. I’ll start taking her for walks when it cools off a little. She very hairy. I ran into the strange mentality when I showed and competed with my mare, “Feisty” because some of those people cared more about ribbons and trophies than they did their animals. We might have been able to save one of our previous shelties if we known about you and your services. My sister, Yesterday, Bari Lynn evacuated out of Phelan just in time to beat that awful fire and she took 5 dogs with her, but I don’t know where she is now, though I do have her current phone number. ‘Got no answer. My new novel is coming along fine and will soon go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. When that happens I’ll sent you a donation. Please keep in touch when it is convient for you.
    Gene Russel Cuthbertson

  10. Eugene Cuthbertson / Jul 19 2015 3:18 pm

    That earlier vet was EXPENSIVE and had no interest in saving my “Annie”, so we ended up with “Dakota” and she gets the best of care. I saved her life from being put down. My own health situation has been tough, with arthritis injections and the docs banned me from training horses again, or at least for a time.

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