Sept. 12, 2022

Dog Cancer True Tail: Dunbar | Dr. Katie Berlin & Tara Diehl #183

Dog Cancer True Tail: Dunbar | Dr. Katie Berlin & Tara Diehl #183

Dunbar’s no cat, but he does seem to have nine lives. With the help of his loving owners and great veterinary team, he has been fighting cancer since 2019.

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When Dunbar coughed up blood in October 2019, Tara knew things were about to get rough. He was soon diagnosed with undifferentiated pulmonary carcinoma with lymph node involvement. But thanks to the dedication of his humans and a great pet health insurance policy, Dunbar has been able to get the treatments he needed.

Through surgery and chemotherapy, Dunbar has always been happy and outgoing, lovingly referred to as “the mayor” by his veterinarian Kate Berlin. So when the cancer reared its head again in early 2021, they resumed the fight.

Dunbar is now 12 years old, and sweet as ever. Listen in to hear the details of his story, as well as the integrative therapies and supplements that have been helpful alongside his chemotherapy treatments.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

The Other Side of the Exam Table podcast episode

Dog Cancer Survival Guide


Related Links:

Choosing the Right Clinical Trial for Your Dog podcast episode featuring Dunbar’s oncologist Dr. Clifford

About Today’s Guest, Dr. Katie Berlin:

Katie Berlin is a veterinary content strategist and podcaster for Central Line: The American Animal Hospital Association Podcast and The Vet Reset. She graduated from Williams College in 2000 with a degree in Art History and worked in art museums before going back to school and earning her DVM from Cornell in 2009. She is a certified personal trainer and marathoner, and co-host of the Veterinary Super Friends podcast with Carrie Jurney of Not One More Vet. Through the podcast and her website, The Vet Reset, she hopes to help veterinary professionals find sustainability and happiness by focusing on both mental and physical wellness.

She currently lives in Colorado with her Chihuahua named Franky, and her two senior cats named Simba and Basil. She also has a “quirky” horse named Remy (AKA “Squish” for his squishy nose).

In her spare time, Dr. Berlin enjoys horseback riding and training for half and full marathons. She is also a certified BollyX instructor and enjoys strength training, reading, blogging, and watching cooking reality shows and sports documentaries. In addition to a passion for low-stress veterinary visits, she has a special fondness for senior pets, anesthesia and pain management, and veterinary staff wellness.


About Today’s Guest, Tara Diehl:

Tara was a veterinary technician and veterinary practice manager for 15 years. She has a degree in Criminal Justice with a second major in Biology. 

She is a certified dog trainer, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog evaluator. Tara and her husband, Chuck, run WestWind Diving Dogs, a sanctioned facility for North America Diving Dogs. They live with their three dogs Dunbar, Kaos, and Memphis, and three cats Oliver, Allie Cat, and Aramina. 

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