Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author, and vlogger (video blogger). She is one of approximately 450 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North America and currently practices at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Fidu, a teleconsulting company to bring together general practice veterinarians and boarded veterinary specialists. 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 was voted the 2019 Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) Small Animal Continuing Educator of the Year and has recently received awards for Exceptional Doctor Performance and the Public Relations Achievement.
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. She is a frequent contributor to many veterinary publications, including Today’s Veterinary Practice, Today’s Veterinary Business, Clinician’s Brief, Veterinary Team Brief, & DVM360. She also has co-hosted the podcast The Pet Cancer Vet and is a frequent guest on many veterinary podcasts.
There are many myths and misconceptions about cancer in dogs and cats. Most cancers are treatable, and there are a variety of treatment options. Dr Sue’s focus is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care. She strives to minimize side effects – from the cancer itself and treatment – to help her patients lead active, normal lives even while undergoing treatment. Her motto is live longer, live well.
Dr. Sue is most passionate about raising cancer awareness, and she has developed “See Something, Do Something, Why Wait? Aspirate.®” to promote early cancer detection and diagnosis. This cancer awareness initiative for skin and superficial tumors in dogs and cats provides a set of guidelines for pet owners and veterinarians to help identify the best management for skin and subcutaneous (under the skin) masses in dogs and cats. Masses must be sampled and evaluated under a microscope to determine what they are. The sooner we determine whether a mass is cancerous and should be removed, the better for our pets. Most skin and subcutaneous tumors can be cured with surgery alone if diagnosed early when masses are small. Early detection saves lives.
A native of Long Island, New York, Dr Sue knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was in kindergarten. She currently lives in Westchester, New York, with her husband, a veterinary internist, their two sons, and their goofy black Labrador, Matilda, and yellow Labrador, Penelope.
Question for Dr. Sue?
6 days ago
🥃 Are you a glass half-full person? Or half-empty? I try to be positive and look for the positive.
What is positive thing of Covid-19 and all these in-person veterinary conferences being cancelled (trust me, that makes me so sad)? The conferences are going virtual, and we have this amazing opportunity to do them from the comfort of our own home or veterinary hospital.
For this first time, the Banfield Pet Healthcare Industry Summit is online, 🆓 and open to us all. Yes it is FREE!
So register ASAP. It’s tomorrow Monday September 14 and it’s live. The lineup is amazing. I’m honored to be doing a roundtable with @ericgarciafl & @adam_christman And check out the other speakers including @drcourtneydvm @vettechkelsey @drandyroark and @drdavenicol @mollsmcdvm @rebeccarosecvt And I so excited to hear Dan Heath, author of Two of my favorite books, Made to Stick and The Power of Moments
Hope to see you there! #banfieldindustrysummit ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
🎥 Sneak peek for my latest vlog 🎥
What You Need To Know When Your Dog Has Lymphoma
🖥 You can watch the full video on YouTube
In this vlog, I tell you the most important things you need to know when your dog is diagnosed with lymphoma. Then for each tip, I provide links to my other vlogs with even more information.
1️⃣ If you feel enlarged lymph nodes, or your veterinarian does, expect a lymph node aspirate right away.
• Where are my dog’s lymph nodes?: youtu.be/sQTn4BfqlCg
• Lymph Node Aspirates?: youtu.be/mcxWocJw4ac
2️⃣ Live longer: Chemotherapy significantly improves survival times and there are high response rates
3️⃣ Live well: Chemotherapy is well-tolerated
• What Side Effects Do Pets Feel with Chemotherapy: VLOG 93: youtu.be/vgoo_lAfuCY
4️⃣ There are lot of treatment options for first-line protocols and relapse, including the new chemotherapy drug called Tanovea
• Dog Lymphoma Chemotherapy Options Part One Vlog 87 youtu.be/FppPDmPDCPo
• Dog Lymphoma Chemotherapy Options Part Two Vlog 88 youtu.be/vAcr4fy6Hng
• Your Dog's Lymphoma Has Relapsed, Now What? Vlog 61 youtu.be/xK_jA2kJe4Q
5️⃣ Do not start steroids (prednisone) yet. I explain why
• Veterinary Advice on Steroids and Cancer: VLOG 79 youtu.be/JTAfwVaBL5w
• Veterinary Advice on Steroids and Cancer Part 2: VLOG 80 youtu.be/kbOjtuODcbY
6️⃣ What is the most important test you should consider?
• Lymph Node Aspirates? youtu.be/mcxWocJw4ac
7️⃣ Bonus: How can you get a teleconsultation for your pet with Dr Sue? I explain how at
• What is Fidu and How to find the Right Specialist: VLOG 119 youtu.be/bYB1NgVnIPY
▶️ Do you want more info? Check out my lymphoma and chemotherapy playlists for all my videos in one place on YouTube:
• Chemotherapy Playlist www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvGBJ56IQLG-f_zzztoRM5_aVnw6J8wqY
• Lymphoma in Dogs Playlist www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvGBJ56IQLG8Od2OlPRge-00uDB5z2UDv
Please subscribe on YouTube so you do not miss an episode.
Thanks for watching! xo #kickcancersbutt ... See MoreSee Less
Dr Sue Cancer Vet is in Asharoken, New York.
2 weeks ago
A new study debunks dog years 📋
You may have heard that every dog year is like 7 human years, so my 11 year old Matilda is 77, and 3 year old Penelope is 21, right?
Researchers at UC San Diego claim their genetic formula is more accurate than the traditional ratio if 1 to 7. I will be honest, the study is based on epigenetics - not my favorite topic (the study of gene expression). But they looked at a methylation-based formula and this epigenetic clock helps determine the age of the cell, tissue or organism. And the results are super interesting IMO.
Dogs age more rapidly especially when they are young, so a 1-year dog is more similar to a 30-year old person. I guess that makes sense when we remember a 9-month old dog can have puppies.
A 4-year old dog is similar to a 52-year old person. Then by age 7, dog aging slows.
Thanks to by JAVMA news for covering this. The article was published in the online journal Cell Systems if you want to check it out and you like epigenetics more than I do. What do you think? Drop a comment below. 👇🏼 @ Asharoken, New York ... See MoreSee Less