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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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” […]

Treatment After Lymphoma Returns

September 21, 2015

Pet Cancer Vet (09-21-2015) #2047: Dr Patrick joins Dr. Sue and Tracie to discuss his Welsh Terrier Cardiff’s recurrence of lymphoma and the choices he had to make about treatment. They discuss the emotional toll on people living in limbo with a cancer survivor, knowing the odds are against them — but that Cardiff is […]

Interrupting Chemo for Lymphoma

August 24, 2015

Pet Cancer Vet (08-24-2015) #2046: Adrienne from East Hampton calls about her 10-year old Great Dane mix, Bruce, who woke up with a droopy eye and was found to have lymphoma. His chemo treatment had to be interrupted by his previously undiagnosed mega-esophagus, which caused pneumonia. Adrienne asks Sue the pros and cons of interrupting […]

Preventing Terrible Chemo Reactions

July 27, 2015

Pet Cancer Vet (07-27-2015) #2045: Corinne, an American living in France, calls about her breeding Australian Shepherd Fern, who is only four years old but got lymphoma, which is being treated with a different protocol by the French oncologist. Dr. Sue talks about how to prevent the terrible reaction to chemo that Fern had and […]

Levi’s T-Cell Lymphoma Remission

June 22, 2015

The Pet Cancer Vet (06-22-2015) #2044: Dr. Sue and Tracie talk to Alan in Florida, whose 5 year old German Shepherd, Levi, is in remission from T-Cell lymphoma. Alan wants to know whether the new monoclonal antibody MAb would be a good additional treatment to keep him cancer-free and thanks Pet Plan insurance, which has […]

Specialists Save Pets’ Lives

June 1, 2015

Pet Cancer Vet (06-01-2015) #2043: Dr. Sarah Boston explains surgical oncology — and why and when a specialized cancer surgeon might make the critical difference in your pet’s survival. MP3 Audio [19 MB]DownloadShow URL

“See Something, Do Something”

May 4, 2015

Pet Cancer Vet (05-04-2015) #2042: Dr. Sue talks about her mission to encourage pet owners to “See something, Do Something” and the enormously enthusiastic response she got to the presentation she gave about this topic to veterinarians at a recent conference. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL