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Valerie | 9 months ago
Hi There. My Dog Ruby Had Sudden Onset Mast Cell Tumors Present About 3 Weeks Ago. She…

Hi there. My dog Ruby had sudden onset Mast Cell Tumors present about 3 weeks ago. She’s an energetic 4 year old pit/great dane mix (I know because I spent a billion dollars on a DNA kit). I noticed about 7 subcutaneous lumps on her left side while she was outside playing. They felt like little oblong marbles under her skin. Our vet is an hour away. We had moved a few months back and kept our vet because we love him so much. We still see him for routine care. There is a vet very close to our home and I have read good reviews and have had email conversation previously when I was deciding whether or not to switch vets. I was concerned Ruby would have cancer, I just felt it, and didn’t want her to have to make several long trips to our vet if she were to require surgery, etc. So I decided to take her to the new close to home vet. As it is Covid-19 season, I did not get to go inside the vet’s office with her. They aspirated one of the lumps and were concerned. She was scheduled for surgery in the following week. I talked to my other vet about this, and he was not pleased to hear they aspirated her, because he was worried that the histamines from the tumor would cause it to spread. I was alarmed and researched Dr. Google for 2 days. It seemed to me after my research that the aspiration was standard course of care. Ruby had her surgery and had 2 large masses removed. They could not take all of them because there would have been too many incision sites. Directions for care included keeping her inactive for 10-14 days, not an easy dear with an anxious 65 lb lap dog. On day 7 of recovery, I noticed a fluid buildup around the incision site. Back to Dr. Google, I decided she had a seroma. I called the vet the next morning and we took her over and my suspicion was confirmed. They told us to call if it got worse. We still haven’t received the pathology back on the two masses that were removed. This morning I decided I needed to do more research, as two new masses have cropped up (the tumors, not seroma). Ruby is in good spirits and just wants to play and run with our other dogs. She’s mad at me, I’m sure of it, for making her lay around all day. Is it normal to have a seroma after surgery? Why do these tumors pop up all of a sudden?

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dana ginsberg | 2 years ago
My Tenacious, Wonderful, Beloved 12-year-old Cat Is A Cancer Survivor. She Has An Uncommon…

My tenacious, wonderful, beloved 12-year-old cat is a cancer survivor. She has an uncommon form of cutaneous mast cell cancer that causes her to have thousands of small tumors all over her skin. 2 1/2 years ago she had a splenectomy and takes antihistamines daily to control what is now low-grade cancer. Last year she started having upper respiratory issues, including severe congestion and nasal discharge. To make a very long story short, after an exploratory, CT scan, rhinoscopy, multiple biopsies and cultures she’s finally been diagnosed with possible rhinitis which includes an E Coli infection, severe sinus inflammation, and a nasal polyp. When last visualized (about a month ago) the polyp is in her nasal passage, just above her throat. She’s on her 2nd, 2-week course of the antibiotic Meropenem, which I inject subQ 3x a day, which makes me a bit nervous considering the tumors – I’m concerned it could cause a histamine reaction and trigger the cancer further. We’ve been seeing a specialist in the Los Angeles area, and the bills have become astronomical. The polyp needs to be removed, we’ve been told it will cost $1500 – 3,000, depending on whether it can be pulled out, or if it’s too far up, I’ve been told the surgeon may have to go thru her soft or hard palate, (which, to put it mildly has me a little freaked out). We have to be careful dealing with her based on her cancer (which so far is under control and we treat as a chronic condition). The good news is that she handles anesthesia rather well. (She’s one heck of a tough cat). My questions are: is it normal to have to go thru the palate to remove a polyp? Are there any surgeons in the LA area that are versed in both the easier traction surgery, as well as the more complicated version, that won’t cost an arm and a leg (I’m willing to go further out)? How common, or dangerous, is going thru the soft or hard palate?

Thank you, from both of us!

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, It is hard for me to answersome of these without knowing he patient. I will say that I have seen a lot of polyps and never had to make any approach other than in the mouth as all of the YouTube videos on this surgery show. If you cannot afford the specialist find a general practictioner in your area and ask them to look at your cat and try to remove it. My guess is that they can do it fairly easily and affordably. If they can’t then you are prob not any worse off than you are now.… Read more »

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Jessica Hendrick | 2 years ago
I Recently Found A Bump On My 2 Year Old Yorkie’s Lower Back. He Has…

I recently found a bump on my 2 year old Yorkie’s lower back. He has environmental allergies which lead to skin problems where he often gets infections and scabs. The bump appeared 2-3 weeks ago and I figured it was just a scab, since he often gets them in the summer. I am worried about what it could be. I have done some research on histiocytoma and am hoping that is what it is. I am worried about the possibility of it being something cancerous or a mast cell tumor. The bump does not appear to be hurting him or itching him. He does not have any changes to personality and is eating/drinking/using the bathroom normally. I have a vet appointment scheduled, but of course am worried until I have the appointment. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I agree with sarah. It looks relatively small and superficial. Therefore the hope it that it is just a benign skin mass. These should all be examined by your vet and monitored by you. If you get worried, or if the mass changes, or if your pet is undergoing any other surgical procedures have it removed and submitted for biopsy. In the end the only way we can diagnose a mass is with a biopsy. Good luck. Please let us know what the vet says.

Sarah
2 years ago

Hello??
It is very hard to tell from a picture. Sorry- I know that isn’t what you want to hear. I can only say that so long as your dog is still eating and drinking normally, showing no signs of distress or lethargy, then ?those are all good signs. Your vet will be able to really get a good, close look at your dog and be able to tell you more. I’m glad you already have an appointment. Good luck!

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Sarah Bubb | 2 years ago
Hello, How Can You Tell If Your Dog Is Just Slowing Down B/c Of His…

Hello, how can you tell if your dog is just slowing down b/c of his age or if it’s something else? Our dog is a 100# yellow lab (Hunter). He’s about 10 years old which I know is senior for a dog of his weight and age. He’s been really slowing down playing ball and walking lately. He doesn’t want to do it as often or as long, sometimes never. We lost his sister dog to a spine tumor earlier this year but best i can tell he seems to be okay emotionally with her loss. How do i know that this is “normal” for him? He eats and goes to the bathroom normal, he’s sleeping normal. He’s on normal preventative and gets his yearly checkup. We try and play with him (catch) instead when he’s laying down inside the house. He seems to like to do that from time to time as an alternative – where he just lays down and catches the ball that we throw to his mouth. Is there any way to tell if he’s got arthritis and we should be giving him some type of anti-inflammatory or something else could be going on? Maybe I’m being too cautious (he had a mast cell removed a few years ago) and it’s probably just senior age / summer time heat but how do I know? I know he has thickening of his elbow joints.

Thank you for ideas,
Sarah

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello Sarah, My pit bull mix pup is 9-1/2 years old. I notified the same thing with him. He just didn’t seem as peppy and eager for play, walks or even food. He just seemed to be aging exponentially quicker than I thought normal. I had run blood work (a full panel ) 3 months ago and I’ve been watching his wrist like a hawk as it has been sore and swelling (I feared it was cancer,,, three sets of X-rays and 6 months later I am fairly confident it is just osteoarthritis), but after three booodwork checks his thyroid… Read more »

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Megan Daley | 3 years ago
8 Year Old Shih-tzu Maltese Diagnosed With A Bulging Disc :( Hi, Thank You For Making…

8 year old Shih-tzu Maltese diagnosed with a bulging disc 🙁

Hi, thank you for making all of the videos on youtube. I have found them very helpful with my little guy Benson…it’s nice to see a vet that goes the extra mile for their patients. Our vet clinic is also caring and affordable as well, which is hard to find these days.

Benson is a miracle dog. He has already survived a grade 2 mast cell inguinal tumor so Cornell and our local vet love him and call him their miracle dog (this was 2.5 years ago)

Now for his most recent issue which is why I’m writing; For a week, he was dragging his front left paw. We took him to our vet (on Monday, March 19th) and she diagnosed him with arthritis….things got worse throughout the week to the point where he would knuckle his front left paw. Our vet had only told us to limit his activity and no jumping so we didn’t restrict him to a crate. By Sunday morning (March 25th) (and he was on 5mg of prednisone since Monday) his back left paw was now knuckling and he was getting worse to the point where he could barely stand up.
We took him back to the vet and they did x-rays and found a bulging disc right around his shoulder blades. He has been on 10mg of prednisone, Methocarbamol, gabapentin and in a crate 24/7 ever since Sunday the 25th. Luckily, he is really only affected on his left side of his body.

We are seeing a little bit of improvement at times and at other times, he is still just as bad as he was on Sunday.

He has never lost the ability to pee or defecate (thankfully) annnnd Benny loves to eat (or drink) so that will never be an issue haha…

However what worries me is the fact that he is ALWAYS as stiff as a board in the morning when we get up or when he gets stressed/excited. It’s as if he re-injures himself because he can’t walk and can barely stand. It takes him at least an hour to recover, stop panting and then relax again until it seems like he is not in pain anymore….

Is there anything we can do to prevent the “morning/excited episodes” or is it all just part of the process? I thought the muscle relaxer would help but it isn’t. I have even gone so far as to put signs on our front door asking visitors to not knock or ring the doorbell.

Last question-do you have an opinion about a dog chiropractor?

Any advice you could give, we would appreciate! We love our little guy-he has such a personality and adds so much fun to our lives.

Thanks so much,
Megan and Missy

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
Thanks for being such a kind parent and for all of the nice things you commented on. I think that some of the morning stuff is normal and that the pain has been unmedicated overnight sonit often takes a little while after the morning meds to see them relax and feel better. I think asking about acupuncture is a better place to start than chiropractic help. By massage is also beneficial. Also aquatherapy when she feels stronger might also help her recovery. You can also ask about laser therapy. I hope this helps. Very best of luck.

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Savitri N | 3 years ago
Hi. I Noticed An Angry Red Lump On My 3-year-old Beagle’s Foot, Near Her Claw…

Hi. I noticed an angry red lump on my 3-year-old Beagle’s foot, near her claw today. Pretty sure I didn’t see it yesterday. It doesn’t seem to hurt her at all. It’s not soft, but also not rock hard either. It’s not bleeding. She’s not licking it, so I don’t think it itches. She doesn’t have fleas or ticks. Her diet was recently changed from kibble to raw; not sure if it has anything to do with it, but I’ll mention it just in case. She seems to ber her normal self, NO vomitting / diarrhea / weakness. Brought her to the vet, and she was given 3 shots: dexamethasone, viccillin, and amoxicillin, and we were told to watch for the bump for the next few days. I’ve been surfing the web, and I think the bump could be histiocytoma orrrrr (God forbid) a mast cell tumor / mastocytoma. We live in Indonesia, and in the city we’re in, vets don’t really have labs where they perform tests and such. I’m losing my mind thinking about what my dog could possibly have. Please help if you’ve experienced a similar case. Pic attached.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I would ask your vet about your concerns. I would also prepare for all of the skin lesions you are concerned about. Typically in cases like these I give my patients a few weeks to see if it resolves. If not I do a punch biopsy to submit for pathology through a veterinary diagnostic lab. If it gets larger ask your vet to remove it. It is small enough to allow many options at this point. Best of luck. Please let us know.

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Megan Simpson | 3 years ago
I Found A Lump In My Pups Shoulder Today. She Is About 15 Months And…

I found a lump in my pups shoulder today. She is about 15 months and Ian a golden retriever/springer spaniel mix. The lump seems to be be glistening, like there might be puss. I’ve done some research and seems the most probable options are a histiocytoma, mast cell tumor, or cyst. Could anyone give their two cents?

I just spent a lot on an Ortho for when she injured her leg playing and money’s a little tight. If I need to, I’ll take her in, but if there doesn’t seem to be an urgency, I’ll wait till next month

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Julie Brader
3 years ago

After enlarging the photo it looks like an open wound and obviously infected. She needs to see a Vet for diagnosis and medication to stop the infection. The last thing you want is infection in her bloodstream and sepsis. Hope she is ok.

Sarah
3 years ago

Will she let you clean it yourself? Or is she too sensitive to the touch to allow you to take care of it? If she will let you express it and treat it, at least you’d be ahead of the game until you can get an appointment to the vet. I for some reason can’t get a good view at the wound- to me it almost looks like a pimple or ingrown hair folicle. I would still make a phone call to the vets office and let them know. If she lets you clean it out, tell them that and… Read more »

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3 years ago

I’d hazard a guess that this is a puncture wound, particularly if there’s a pus-filled lump behind it. That needs antibiotics.

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Faith Claflin | 4 years ago
I Have A 3 Year Old Lab. She Had A Mast Cell Tumor Removed 9…

I have a 3 year old lab. She had a mast cell tumor removed 9 days ago. After five days she developed a seroma. On Tuesday I had it drained. Today is Thursday two days later and it’s come back even bigger and it’s harder with fluid leaking. I called the vet earlier they told me to ice it, that is not helping. What should I do. the top picture was tonight. Middle picture was 1:30 p.m. today. Bottom picture was January 30th before they drained it. Thank you for any help

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Sarah
3 years ago

I would call my vet first thing, and explain to them your concern and let them know that you would like them to check her again. I’m sure that they will be happy to. I know that if I called my vet with these concerns, they would see my pet right away. Hopefully your vet can also put your mind at ease with advice and possible things to look for…what is normal and what is not normal to see, etc. good luck?

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

I don’t drain or pester seromas. I watch them and wait. They will usually keep coming back if you keep annoying them. Please keep in touch with your vet and please let us know how things go.

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Jim Roberts | 4 years ago
My 6 Year Old Boxer Developed A Red And Black Bump On Her Ear Over…

My 6 year old boxer developed a red and black bump on her ear over the course of a week and it has grown to twice its size over the last month. It is now sticking out from the surface of her ear skin more than a quarter of an inch. It just recently started oozing blood.We took her to the vet and they told us it was impossible to know if it was the benign histiocytoma or a mast cell tumor without taking it out, but they wanted 900 dollars for the procedure! And this is the vet in the area that is known for having less expensive procedures than the others in the area. I would love to just have it removed but the price seems exorbitant for what looks like a fairly simple procedure.Can you help me identify it more closely? I’ve attached a few pictures to help.

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Jana
4 years ago

I’ll answer the easy part of the question first. It is possible [and recommended to do so before an actual surgery] to identify a bump and that is through fine needle aspirate. Normally, multiple samples and multiple slides are done and sent to the lab which then looks at the cells closely. The aspiration is quick, easy and cost-effective. The main reason why it is preferable to identify before excision is that if it is a cancer, more tissue AROUND the growth needs to be taken out in order to make sure all cancer is removed. This may actually mean… Read more »

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Linda Walker | 4 years ago
My Dog Has Mast Cell Tumors. Suzanne From Vet Billing Said You Can Help. She’s…

My dog has mast cell tumors. Suzanne from vet billing said you can help. She’s already had a double operation 3 months ago. Running out of money.

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