The Pet Cancer Vet™

The Pet Cancer Vet™ was a weekly podcast from 2013-2019 with a devoted following, co-hosted by Radio Pet Lady Network producer Tracie Hotchner and oncologist Dr. Sue Ettinger. The first 72 episodes of the show gave advice, information and hope to millions of people whose pets had cancer --- and continue to be available for listening here and on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Audible and Stitcher, even though Tracie has not actively been creating new episodes. Stay tuned for the new version of the show very soon!

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


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Treatment Options for Dog with Multiple Mast Cell Tumors

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 to treat the cancer aggressively but to “let him be happy until he seems to be experiencing discomfort.”  Lynn doesn’t have pet insurance or unlimited funds, but questions if she has made the right decision. Dr. Sue suggests a consultation with a veterinary internist or oncologist — which is not necessarily that expensive — simply to learn what the options are for treatment and the cost/benefit.