My 8-year-old Pit Bull gets mast cell tumors that we have been removing for the past year or so. We previously had one of them biopsied, and the results showed a grade 2, leaning closer to a grade 1. So the way I have been treating it is to just have them removed when they come up. To this point, they have been raised on the surface of the skin- more superficial than deep in the skin. I also have been giving her benadryl daily at my vet's recommendation to attempt to slow down the release of the histamine that causes the tumors.
This week, I found one that was different than the ones she previously had. It was on her chest- a bit larger and deeper than the surface of the skin. I took her to the vet immediately. They did a senior panel on her to make sure her bloodwork and kidney/liver functions were okay, and they looked at the cells from the lump under the scope. Her senior profile results were really good- better than 2 years ago, actually. Bloodwork was good, and the kidneys and liver are functioning as they should. This was good to hear because she also has been showing too much protein in her urine.
The doctor saw white blood cells with granules when she looked under the scope, which made her suspect another mast cell tumor. We are getting it removed on Tuesday and biopsied. I am worried about this one, just because it looked different than the other ones. I know I shouldn't worry until I know for sure, but I can't help it. If we didn't catch it in time or if it comes back after it is removed, there really isn't a whole lot more I can do for her.
I was just wondering if anyone else has or had a dog with mast cell tumors. What was your experience and how did you manage it?
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