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.