Laurie Kaplan


I am a Medical Animal Writer. I wrote numerous magazine articles about dogs and cats in the past, mostly medical.
I was the editor of Catnip Magazine (from Tufts Univ. School of Veterinary Medicine).
I am the author of "Help Your Dog Fight Cancer," and of "So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose."
I co-authored "Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology."

I am the founder and administrator of the Magic Bullet Fund,which helps people who have a dog with cancer but can't afford treatment costs.

In the past I have been a psychotherapist (masters in counseling), a computer software developer, a producer of educational filmstrips/videos and a veterinary surgical assistant.

I live in Briarcliff NY with partner Mike and canine partner Stone.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your book, "Help Your Dog Fight Cancer"?
I was a writer of medical articles about dogs and cats. In 2000, I was the editor of Catnip (a medical newsmagazine for cat owners published by Tufts vet school) and I had a Siberian Husky called Bullet. I wrote songs for Bullet, one titled "You're the love of my life, the dog of my dreams." And he was.

On July 17, 2000, when Bullet was diagnosed with lymphoma, time stopped and I swallowed my heart. Then I got to work, and did everything I could to beat his cancer and defy the dismal prognosis. Bullet's oncologist watched my work and the positive outcome, and convinced me to write a book so that others could learn how to fight cancer for their dogs.

Bullet survived in remission for almost 5 years! I lost him November 20, 2004 to old-age related kidney failure. But he lives on thanks to my incredible memories, to this book, and to the Magic Bullet Fund.
Has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I was very happy to discover Smashwords! It is without a doubt the best way to share this book with people as an e-Book.
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Where to find Laurie Kaplan online

Where to buy in print


Interview with the Author
Interview on Pet Talk TV in Connecticut


Help Your Dog Fight Cancer: Empowerment for Dog Owners
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 79,930. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock
A plain-English explanation of cancer in dogs. Covers causes, prevention and types of cancer, how to communicate with the veterinary team, provide diet and supplements, prepare for cancer side effects and treatment side effects. Discusses over-diagnosis and over-treatment. Guides owners in decision-making and offers a different perspective than would be offered by a veterinarian.
So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose: A Bridge to Healing Before and After the Loss of a Pet
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 21,500. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals
More than half of all households in the U.S. own a pet. Despite the best medical attention, home care and unconditional love, pet owners almost always encounter loss and grief. This book offers guidance and support to owners preparing for a loss, making end of life plans and decisions. Also, presents a new understanding of grief, specifically pet loss grief.

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canine cancer    cat    dog    dogs    dogs and their people    dogs cancer    dogs care    dogs chemotherapy    dogs health    dogs pets    dogs surgery    dogs tumors    grief    guidance    loss    owners    pets    support    veterinarian