Mast Cell Tumor Diagnosis

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@SpringDaisy5:  If it’s low grade, meaning more benign, excision with wide margins is often curative! If it’s high grade, usually it’s recommended to pursue additional therapy (chemo or radiation). Make sure your vet sends the mass in for analysis (histopathology). I hope it’s low grade!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@SpringDaisy5:  That’s great news!!! If the mass was on the skin and the surgery went well, recovery is usually as smooth as having a laceration sutured up – just watch for infection, don’t let him bite at the sutures, and if he seems painful ask your vet for more pain meds. There’s no way to prevent future MCTs – they aren’t caused by overexposure to sun or any particular chemicals, it’s just something that happens. A dog that gets one can be prone to more though (ie. not spread of one MCT elsewhere, but instead separate MCTs arise), so get in the habit of doing a weekly body check – pet him all over feeling for new lumps and bumps, and point them out to your vet to get tested. Good luck to your furbaby on a speedy and complete recovery!!

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