Animal Specialty Center
By Animal Specialty Center
Published: August 15, 2011

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Animal Specialty Center is pleased to announce that staff veterinary oncologist Susan Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) has co-authored the newly released 'The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity' (Maui Media, LLC). Dr. Ettinger, in collaboration with author Dr. Damien Dressler, known as 'the Dog Cancer Vet,' has produced a comprehensive manual of evidence-based strategies that can optimize the life quality and longevity of dogs with cancer.

Statistics show that cancer is the number one killer of dogs with dogs over the age of ten having a one in two chance of developing the disease. Some popular breeds have even higher cancer rates. For those pet owners coping with the realities of their dog's cancer diagnosis, the authors, based upon decades of clinical experience and thorough research, explain dog cancer for the lay person, including:

• Everything you need to know about conventional western veterinary treatments (surgery, chemotherapy and radiation) including how to reduce their side effects.
• The most effective non-conventional options, including botanical nutraceuticals, supplements, nutrition, and mind-body medicine.
• How to analyze the options and develop a specific plan for your own dog based on your dog's type of cancer, your dog's age, your financial and time budget, your personality, and many other personal factors.

For further information about 'The Dog Cancer Survival Guide' please visit Copies of the book may be ordered through (a link is provided on the book site) and can also be purchased at Animal Specialty Center.

If your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, please call Animal Specialty Center at
914-457-4000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ettinger.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care


TEL: 914-457-4000

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Animal Specialty Center is a fully-equipped 24/7/365 emergency hospital serving communities in and surrounding lower Westchester. If you suspect your pet may be having a medical crisis, we have a staff of top veterinarians, technicians and client care specialists prepared to handle all pet medical emergencies.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations requiring immediate medical attention: Auto accidents, traumatic injuries (fractures, bites, burns, lacerations, wounds), respiratory emergencies (choking, difficulty breathing), vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating/defecating, shock, loss of consciousness, dizziness, staggering, tremors, seizures, paralysis, toxic reactions, poison ingestion, labor and delivery problems, blood in urine or feces, swollen, hard, painful abdomen, heatstroke.