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    Default Mast Cell Tumors

    I thought I would post this important "health issue" to raise awareness. I live in Canberra & look after my 2 staffies making sure they have regular check up's etc. I took my 2 y/o Boots for his annual needles and check on the 7th Nov up no problem's. I took my 10 y/o Floyd the following day for his check up and also wanted the vet to look at a small lump that developed about 8-10 weeks ago. It was about 1cm in diameter on his upper RH rear leg. It has not bothered him & was not sore to touch, no bleeding or discharge but it worried me.

    The Vet looked at it & said he was sure it was a mast cell tumour and that they are normally cancerous. He drew a sample from the tumour and put it on slide to examine. When he returned he stated it was cancer and had a cell count of 26 which was a concern. I was due to leave the next morning for Townsville. He said it needed to be removed ASAP so I left my best friend to have surgery and went home very upset & worried and couldn't help shed a tear.

    I picked him up that afternoon & was informed when they shaved the area to operate they found another smaller one nearby. They removed both tumours & surrounding good tissue to be sure they got it all and sent the samples to the lab for testing. I was devastated at the thought of loosing my beautiful mate. The vet rang me Thursday night in Townsville with results and I braced for the worst. The small one was a category 0 so nothing to worry about. The main one was a category 1, again good news.

    The Vet thought the main one would come back as an aggressive category 2. He did say the fact there were 2 is concerning. I just wanted to know if it was caught in time and his prognosis. Yes we got it in time and the Vet said he would expect Floyd to die from old age or something else. He stressed the importance of giving both dogs a good monthly "feel over" and to record any lumps & bumps and should I detect another new growth or lump that doesn't go away get him to the Vet's ASAP.

    I was so relieved at the outcome and could't help getting emotional again (I can't help it I'm an emotional person). I don't care about the $ 600.00 bill my best mate is worth every cent and then some. For those that don't know about Mast cell cancer ask your vet and get any odd lumps /growths checked as these tumours can become very aggressive, very fast. It attacks the stomach, gastro track & other vital organs. I was lucky & I thank God I still have my precious Floyd!! Sorry for the long post, hope it saves someone else's precious dog Kevin.
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    Hi, i'm glad it all went well, MCT is a worry and some breeds are more susceptible to them than others, if you want to see what an extremely aggressive MCT and the size they can get to looks like have a look in my album, due to its location and his age he wasn't able to have the wide margin surgery.
    Beau

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    It actually grew about 1/4 larger than in this pic.
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    Thanks for your story Stubbie1962

    I often see dogs - some of our family dogs with small round lumps on them, and they're usually just fatty lumps or cysts not cancers. So I wouldn't have been overly worried if Frosty got one. But I guess if it was growing very fast - then I would.

    How did the one your dog had, feel? Was it hard or squidgy or just like the rest of the muscle?

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    Cant answer for stubbie but Sirs was sometimes soft sometimes rock hard, it changed daily. Temperature and exercise also had an effect upon the texture of the tumor.
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    WOW Beau that is a large Tumour. I really feel for you and your beloved pet & wish something could be done. Floyds was just raised enough from the skin and with no fur I spotted it. I honestly didn't think anything of it at the time.
    It developed on the muscle on the out side of his RH rear leg. It was about the size of a pea and stood out as there was no fur on it. It just looked like pink skin and yes was hard / soft at different times. There was no bleeding, colour change or anything to suggest it was a problem. It didn't bother my dog i.e. he wasn't licking it or anything and I could touch / squeeze it without it causing any pain. The dog never had any problem letting me feel it. Just something about it just bothered me enough to make an appointment with his vet the morning before I departed for Townsville. Thank God I did and the Vet said the sooner it was removed the better and arranged to operate that morning. I pampered him all night and flew out the following morning exhausted. My 17 y/o daughter lives with me so she is looking after him while I am gone. It's healing well & the Vet has seen him 3 times and kept me updated. I've Managed to pull some strings & organised to return to Canberra on the 26th and can't wait to see my boy (and my daughter and the other staffie Boots). Cheers Kevin.

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    Such is Life
    Last edited by Rid****; 12-11-2011 at 08:37 AM.

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    I know that God will not leave you in times of trouble. I pray that your dog will fully recover. How is the dog now?
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    Floyd appears to have recovered very well from his surgery. He's eating well and back to his walks and car rides. Glad we caught it when we did and the follow up visit gave him the all clear. Thank for the support and messages. Kevn

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    Reading your story has made me feel better as my pug is going in for surgery tomorrow to have a mast cell removed off her leg....fingers crossed.

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    This is an old thread, I'm closing it. Feel free to start a new thread about your dog, Jessie.

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