The Pet Cancer Vet™

On The Pet Cancer Vet Dr. Sue Ettinger takes per-arranged calls from pet
owners with a dog or cat with cancer to give 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.

Susan Ettinger, DVM, ACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Susan Ettinger is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary
Internal Medicine (Oncology), one of approximately 300 board-certified
veterinary specialists in medical oncology in North America. She is the co-
author of the book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide which Tracie believes is
indispensable for anyone whose dog is diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Sue
initiated the medical oncology service at the Animal Specialty Center
(ASC), a private practice specialty hospital in Yonkers, just north of New
York City. If you would like to join Dr. Sue and Tracie on the air with
your questions, please write

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

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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 […]

Mastiff’s mast cell cancer, osteosarcoma

December 7, 2015

The Pet Cancer Vet (12-7-2015) #2050: Why is a pea-sized bump worth paying attention to? Can it really save your dog’s life?! Dr. Sue talks about Bruno, a 13 1/2 year old Mastiff, who got his first mast cell cancer in 2006 — and had multiple tumors for 9 years, all successfully treated. He was […]

“Poster Dog” for Skin Cancer

November 16, 2015

Pet Cancer Vet (11-16-2015) PCV #2049: Tracie and Dr. Sue speak to the lawyer who represented a pit-bull named Mickey in a vicious dog case in Arizona. The lawyer saved the dog’s life — then Mickey developed skin cancer and became a “poster dog” for early-detection and treatment of cancer. Mickey has his own Facebook […]

The Signs of Lymphoma

October 19, 2015

Pet Cancer Vet (10-19-2015) #2048: Bev in Toronto Canada has a question about her “baby,” Gizmo, a 10-year Shitzu/Bichon cross she has had since the pooch was 7 1/2 weeks old. Tracie and Dr. Sue discuss what the signs of lymphoma are, what the prognosis is if found early, and what a “grade” or “stage” […]