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Mast Cell Tumor's in Dogs

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Initial post: Oct 29, 2010 11:28:57 AM PDT
Karen L says:
Does anyone have a dog that has had this? or has it now?

A week and 1/2 ago we were told our 8 1/2 yr old humane society mix dog had one just on the outside of his armpit. He had surgery on Wed, and is recovering. I've been checking out the Cancer Diet for dogs and was wondering if anyone had success with it.

Thanks for any feedback.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 12:39:59 PM PDT
K. D. Lee says:
My 9 yr old dog had two mast cell tumors removed and then one month later one more removed. I do not feed a specific cancer diet for dogs but I have done a lot of research on proper diet for dogs with immune issues. I give her a grain free, low carb, all natural food that I was told is important for her immune system, it also has high Omega's. I also purchased the raised dog food bowls to make it easier on her digestion. It has been over 8 months now and she is back to her normal spunky self again.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 1:53:32 PM PDT
Karen L says:
I'll try the raised dog food bowl too. Has your dog had any problems with their stomach? Mine seems to be bothering him but not sure if it's the pain from surgery or pain from taking the rimadyl (for pain) on his stomach. I read that some people give them something for their stomach acid plus benedryl. It's so frustrating when you know he needs the pain meds but then those hurt him too.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 6:21:47 PM PDT
Mast cell tumors are rated like any other cancer, stage 1, 2, or 3. And it's important to know if they got clear margins when they removed it. Also, stitches from mast cell tumor surgeries should stay in longer than usual, because it's a slower healing process.

My 12 year old had a stage 2 removed two years ago, with clear margins. Our vet said if it didn't recur within 6 months, we were good. So far, so good. Another dog I know had one removed and it was back within a couple months. That dog is now on chemo.

And from what I read, stage 1 is pretty benigh, considered cured when removed. Stage 3 is usually terminal. Everything else gets lumped into the stage 2 catagory.

We also started Chinese herbs to support the immune system. Find a qualified (usually homeopathic) vet who can prescribe the right ones if you're interested.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 8:24:15 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2010 7:34:35 AM PDT
redbone says:
We found a mast cell tumor (grade 2) on our purebred coonhound when she was ~8 y.o. We had it removed, with good, clean margins and she underwent chemo (vinblastine) for 3 mos. We did not use a Cancer Diet, however, she was prescribed a "gentle" diet (Hill's i/d) during that time. It seemed to help.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2010 7:41:55 AM PDT
redbone says:
Our coonhound was on rimadyl for post-op pain (it's an anti-inflammatory). She tolerated it quite well for several days, but it eventually upset her stomach. If your dog is vomiting or having diarrhea: stop the rimadyl immediately. Also, make sure you are giving it with food. Call your vet and ask if they can prescribe a different pain med if your dog is less than a week post-op.
When our dog was first diagnosed with the mast cell tumor our vet said we could give benadryl if she appeared itchy or was licking or biting the mass (mast cell tumors contain histamines and can cause an itching sensation). We didn't find she needed that. We did give her generic OTC pepcid throughout her treatment to keep stomach acid under control.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2010 3:36:50 AM PDT
Karen L says:
Thanks everyone. I was told by a rescuer that it isn't a death sentence, but to hear some good outcomes is very encouraging. His surgery site is looking way better and he wants to run and play again. BUT, I know he can't for another few days.

I think I was mistaken on the pain from Rimadyl, I think it was from the antibiotic they prescribed. Stopped that and will call vet Monday to see if he really needs it, to change it to something milder.

Thanks again!

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 8:08:29 AM PDT
Hello Karen,

It's not a death sentence if caught early. My English Mastiff had a stage 3 tumor and it hid from us under his thigh so we didn't catch it early enough. We removed it and tried the new drug paladia but the tumor returned. My baby was 11 years old which is getting old for a Mastiff. Unfortunetely he didn't make it and I lost him late last year. In my research diet can help. You've probably already read about the histamine response. One thing that I've learned is that removing as much grain from their diet is helpful because it's a common allergy for dogs. Basically the idea is to reduce as many causes for the histamine response as possible. The combination of Benadryl and Pepsid is a good idea. The Benadryl isn't only for the visible itching... it also helps control the overall histamine response. I would recommend the site for more information. Switching your dog to a high quality, grain free diet is definetly a good idea. I've looked at the "Cancer Diet" before and basically the idea is to feed the dog a more natural diet that will boost their immune system - which also removes grain. This is also good and I would recommend looking into it further. I've now got a 1 year old mastiff and three year old Great Dane that I've switched to Blue Buffalo and they're doing great on it. I'm really trying to prevent cancer with them early.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2010 10:58:19 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2013 1:46:14 PM PDT
Vikki says:
I am looking for exactly this type of food for my dogs. Can you tell me what it is please?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 2:09:10 PM PDT
if you mean Hills Science Diet for Cancer I personally don't recommend. The theory and ingredients are better than any of their other foods which are really poor quality, usually the firt ingredient is corn or white rice with meat "by products." A healthy dog doesn't need carbohydrates for energy just protein and fat, a cancer dog even more so. The premise behind Hills cancer diet is "there" but the ingredients are still not good. A diet that is about 60% protein, 35% fat and 5% carbs from the proper vegetables (not starchy ones like corn or carrots or potatoes) is a good start but if your dog has never eaten that proportion of fat, you will have to proceed gradually or most certainly deal with tummy upset and diarrhea. My dog has Mast Cell Tumor grade !! and his oncologist does not recommend raw food which I have been feeding since I rescued him at 1 1/2 yrs. I usually buy Small Batch frozen complete raw (95%protein/fat and 5%veggies), so if I don't cook for him from scratch now I will cook this instead. Oncologist feels immunocompromised cancer dogs should not risk salmonella from raw food if you are feeding that. I will attach a separate link and fabulous resource on feeding from a PhD in animal nutrition (I am not affiliated or sell her products, but her research is sound) that will guide you in so many aspects. Oncology said the only supplement they feel proven to help diet is the addition of Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Hope this helps. Link to follow.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 2:14:12 PM PDT
Here is the link to some great and healthy cancer diets for your dog. Best of luck. Also this author has written a book about nutrition and is available on Amazon. I have not purchased as I got enough info off her newsletter site (which you can sign up for for free at the home page of same link). Here is also the link for her book if you have further interest. Just go for organic healthy foods that are cooked but fresh (not dry kibble) and know the extra bit of time it takes (I cook a big batch while I am making family's dinner), is one of the best gifts you can give your dog, and it makes me feel like I am doing something when I feel so often I have no control. Let me know how your dog is doing and God bless you both! Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 2:18:05 PM PDT
Benadry and pepsid are not normally recommended unless there is a mast cell tumor producing the irritating histamine that causes inflammation and extra acid in the stomach. You did not indicate which grade tumor your dog has or if it is in lymph nodes or liver, spleen or lungs. All of that makes a difference. My last dog could not tolerate Rimadyl, just ask your vet for a different pain med, there are lots out there. Rimadyl seems to have this side effect for many dogs.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 2:22:01 PM PDT
I replaced the Rimadyl with Deramaxx and it worked much better. Every dog responds differently. Here is a great great article on pain medications from Whole Dog Journal :

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 3:34:59 PM PDT
Karen L says:
I appreciate all the responses, but this is an old post. My big furry guy passed away Feb 28th, 2012. He had just turned 10 yrs old. He had a mast cell tumor that metastisized into his lymph nodes. Cancer developed in his lungs. I credit a natural diet to having him as long as we did. He will be forever missed by all of us. Now we have another rescue that we have started on a natural homemade diet. I really think it's the best diet for a dog. I mean, really, I don't care how good a frozen dinner is, it will never be as good for us as whole natural foods. So, the same can be said of our pets.

Thank you all!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 8:00:54 PM PDT
I'm so sorry Karen you lost your furbaby last year. This forum can be confusing when its hard to find post dates. I agree homemade meals for our.dogs are best sadly most won't take the time. Best to you and your present and future doggies ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2013 2:52:19 AM PDT
Karen L says:
Thank you, Caroline! It's getting easier to talk about him without tears and with smiles and laughter instead. He was a big goofball. Prayers to you and your puppy too (they are all puppies to us).

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2013 6:03:19 PM PDT
Thanks Karen! Do you happen to know how to UN-follow this forum? It seems to now be my Amazon opening page and as I have discovered is history. Can find anywhere that tells me how to un follow a forum. thanks.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 2:32:40 AM PDT
Karen L says:
On the right of your screen almost to the top, you will see a box titled "This discussion". In the box is a yellow button that says "Stop tracking this discussion". I'm on a home computer and so it might be different if you are on a smaller device (like kindle or iphone). Hope this helps!
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