The Pet Cancer Vet™

On “The Pet Cancer Vet” Tracie and Dr. Sue take per-arranged calls from pet owners with a dog or cat” with cancer, in order to give them and other listeners information, support and hope.

Dr. Sue’s philosophy is that cancer is a treatable disease and her motto is “Live longer, live well.” Sue supports an integrative approach to radiation, chemotherapy and surgery with the addition of supplements and nutritional support.  Also known as Dr Sue Cancer Vet®, Dr. Sue is the co-author of the Second Edition of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, which is a best-selling book in small animal health for the last several years.

Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author, and is currently the head of the Oncology Department at the Animal Specialty & Emergency Center in the Hudson Valley, NY.  She is one of approximately 400 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North America. She received her veterinary training at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency in medical oncology at the Animal Medical Center in NYC in 2003. She has recently won the Woof Pack Award for Exceptional Doctor Performance and the Public Relations Achievement Award in the Northeast specialty region.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Susan Ettinger, DVM, ACVIM (Oncology)

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Susan Ettinger, DVM, ACVIM (Oncology)


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Early Spaying and Cancer Risk

April 23, 2018

Pet Cancer Vet (04-23-2018) #2070: Angela calls from Indianapolis — she is a RVT (registered veterinary technician) working toward a specialty in oncology, and just lost her 135 lb Great Dane, Sydney, to osteosarcoma. She feels terrible guilt that she had her dog spayed early (before 6 months), not knowing that this could increase her […]

Treatment Options for Dog with Multiple Mast Cell Tumors

February 20, 2018

Pet Cancer Vet (02-19-2018) #2069: Lynn in Winsted, Connecticut wants Dr. Sue’s advice on what to do for her 12 year old shepherd mix, who was diagnosed with multiple mast cell tumors. Lynn loves her dog dearly but doesn’t want him to suffer through surgeries and the side effects of medications, so has decided not […]

Unexplained Pet Death

November 20, 2017

Pet Cancer Vet (11-20-2017) #2070: Don’t blame cancer for unexplained pet death! Dr. Sue and Tracie discuss a question from a listener who had speculated that her dog’s sudden decline and death might have been caused by an undetected cancer. While Tracie and Dr. Sue empathize with the frustration of not having an explanation for […]

Cancer Statistic Busters

October 30, 2017

Pet Cancer Vet (10-30-2017) #2067: Don’t get hung up on what survival time “most” pets with cancer are given. Enjoy every day and think positive! Dr. Sue talks about “statistic busters” — like kitty Jojo, a two-year-old cat with very tough lymphoma in the chest. He way surpassed the usual six month protocol and survival […]

New Lymphoma Treatments

August 14, 2017

Pet Cancer Vet (08-14-2017) #2066: Dr. Sue discusses new lymphoma treatments, which are valuable because cancer cells do become resistant to chemotherapy the cells have already “seen” (been treated with). Tenovia (more info at www.vet-dc.com) is a new chemotherapy drug, conditionally licensed and requiring extra precautions. MP3 Audio [11 MB]DownloadShow URL

Rabies Vaccine Okay for Dog on Chemo?

May 15, 2017

Pet Cancer Vet (05-15-2017) #2065: Is it okay for a dog on chemotherapy to get a rabies vaccination (required by law)? Dr. Sue gives the answer to Maureen, whose Scottish Terrier was diagnosed with TCC (bladder cancer is common in this breed) and been on chemotherapy for past nine months. Dr. Sue’s advice to others […]

Making Medicating Your Pets Easier

February 20, 2017

Pet Cancer Vet (02-20-2017) #2064: Dr. Sue and Tracie talk to Steve Siegel about Best Pet RX, his compounding pharmacy for animal medications and how they are able to turn any medication into an oral paste, liquid or micro-tablet to make taking medicine easy for cats, dogs and their people. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

Additional Treatments for Pit Bull With Lymphoma

December 27, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (12-26-2016) #2062: Dr. Sue and Tracie speak to Helen in Winnetka, California, whose dog Sinatra is a five-year-old pit bull mix who has been diagnosed with lymphoma. Helen wants to know whether after the traditional CHOP protocol are there any other drugs or treatments she can look into? She’s so happy Sinatra […]

Treating Hemangiosarcoma

November 28, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (11-28-2016) #2061: Erin in Manitoba Canada is a “vet tech” whose eleven-year-old Husky, Holden, seemed “just not right” and with her professional experience and instinct she took him right to the clinic. It turned out he had hemangiosarcoma which meant removing his spleen — but it’s now six weeks out and chemo […]

Lymphoma in a Young Cat

October 24, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (10-24-2016) #2060: Sally calls about her Blue Russian, Celica Blue, a two-year-old kitty who threw up her breakfast — and by that night Sally believed something was really wrong and took her to the ER vet. The shock was that young as she was, the pussy cat had lymphoma. Dr. Sue explains […]