dog with cancer

What to do when your pet has cancer, but you can't see an oncologist for weeks?

You might be here because you’ve just been told that your beloved pet has cancer. You’re probably feeling scared and confused, but don’t worry—we’re here to help!

Pet cancer is a very real disease and one that’s on the rise. According to the ASPCA, “the 10 most common cancers in dogs and cats are: lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system), mammary tumors (breast cancer), skin tumors (skin cancer), kidney tumors (kidney cancer), bone tumors (osteosarcoma), heart tumors (cardiomyopathy), gastrointestinal tumors (gastrointestinal cancer), brain tumors (neoplasia) and bladder/urinary tract tumors.”

Cancer is a scary thing for humans too, but when it comes to pets, there are some things that make it even scarier: like the fact that they can’t tell you what’s wrong or why they’re sick; or how much it hurts them when you see them suffering from symptoms like coughing or vomiting up blood. Or like how much it hurts when you know there’s nothing more you can do for them except take care of them until they die—which could be pretty soon if treatment isn’t successful.

The first thing you need to do is get a second opinion from another veterinarian or best is to talk to an oncologist.

It’s important that you are armed with as much information as possible when you go into this discussion. You want to ensure that your vet has given your pet all available options for treatment and recovery—not just the one he or she thinks is best. 


Connect with board certified oncologists for your pet’s cancer treatment. Pet Cancer Care Consulting provides accessibility to an oncologist in the convenience of your family vet’s office leading to personalized responses and additional information to make critical decisions for your pet family members.

Dr. Venable is Board Certified as a medical oncologist from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She continues to seek and learn about new clinical trials and offer new cutting-edge therapies to her patients. Dr. Venable has authored numerous publications and has been a speaker on local and national levels. She is a VIN consultant, an adjunct professor of veterinary oncology at Midwestern University, and a member of numerous veterinary associations. Her oncology philosophy is one of a team-based approach with the local veterinarian and pet family to provide compassionate, individualized care and optimal quality of life for pets and their families.


Dr. Ruth Roberts DVM, CVA

Dr. Ruth Roberts Holistiv Vet

Dr. Ruth Roberts is The Original Pet Health Coach, and has supported thousands of dogs and cats to overcome health hurdles like kidney disease, GI Illness, allergies and cancer. Her natural approach to healing creates a gentle yet effective path for your pet to take on their journey to wellbeing. Dr. Ruth created The Original CrockPet Diet, a balanced home cooked diet for pets, as the foundation of health. Dr. Ruth is now training passionate pet parents, and pet professionals to be Certified Holistic Pet Health Coaches so that more pets can be helped holistically.