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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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 […]

Lymphoma, Importance of Delaying Prednisone Before Chemo

October 17, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (10-17-2016) #2059: Jason and Andra explain how they had just moved to Scottsdale AZ when — at a routine vet visit — they discovered lymphoma in their Boxer-mix, Kane. Dr. Sue discuses the differences between B-cell and T-cell lymphoma and the importance of not beginning prednisone before chemotherapy. MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow […]

Treating German Shepherd After Hemangiosarcoma Surgery

September 12, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (09-12-2016) #2057: Vivien in Austria wants advice about Mato, her German Shepherd dog, who had successful surgery for hemangiosarcoma of the heart. Now she wants to use Apocaps, various supplements and vitamins along with low dose chemo and wants to know how to mix them for maximum benefits. After 5 cycles of […]

Cardiff’s Lymphoma Treatment

August 1, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (08-01-2016) #2055: Dr. Patrick Mahaney (from Holistic Vets) joins Dr. Sue and Tracie to talk about Dr. Patrick’s dog Cardiff and his lymphoma treatment, including the new therapy “t-cell monoclonal antibody.” The FDA has said it is safe but is it really effective (and it’s costly — does pet insurance cover it?) […]

Chihuahua with Squamous Cell On Tongue

June 27, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (06-27-2016) #2056: Dr. Sue discusses Alexandra’s nine-year-old Chihuahua with squamous cell on his tongue. Should she do definitive radiation — or will the intense effects of mouth radiation (swelling, pain, burnt tongue) be too much for the little guy? MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow URL

Pit Bull with Spinal Cord Cancer

May 30, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (05-30-2016) #2058: Dr Sue and Tracie talk about Megan’s dog Kekoa in California — a big beautiful seven-year-old pit bull, who sadly has spinal cord cancer. Dr. Sue explains what this sort of cancer is and answers Megan’s question about whether cyber-knife (which is not surgery but targeted radiation) is the way […]

After Dog’s Passing, Questions About Treatment Decisions

April 4, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (04-04-2016) #2054: Micky’s 12 year old Labrador Bentley, in San Francisco, passed away from mast cell cancer but left her with questions about treatment decision. Dr. Sue talks about the cancer she calls “the great impersonator.” MP3 Audio [15 MB]DownloadShow URL

Diagnosing and Treating TCC Cancer

March 7, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (03-07-2016) #2053: Lucy in New Jersey has been to several specialists to figure out how to handle the serious urinary problems her Westie Bailey is having — and has decided to go see Dr. Sue herself to get to the bottom of how to best diagnose and treat the TCC cancer to […]

Pet Health Tech Often Too Costly

February 8, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (02-08-2016) #2052: Cody, a Maltese in Orlando, Florida, has a nasal tumor that cannot be properly diagnosed without a costly CT scan, which his owner Erica cannot afford. Dr. Sue and Tracie talk about the moral quandary financial realities create for many pet owners when sophisticated technology is out of their financial […]

Case for Annual Chest X-Ray, Abdominal Ultra Sound

January 11, 2016

Pet Cancer Vet (01-11-2016) #2051: Dr. Sue explains again the importance of getting at least a yearly chest X-ray and abdominal ultra sound from the time a dog is middle-aged (based on dog’s size) in order to catch problems when they are smaller and more treatable. Optimally for senior dogs these routine screenings should be […]