My Dog Has Recovered from Mast Cell Tumour

My Dog Has Recovered from Mast Cell Tumour

by Labrador Owner

I don't normally post on forums, but I wanted to give some hope to any of you who are going through the pain of having your dog diagnosed with a mast cell tumour.

My precious puppy (I still call him a puppy even though he is now more than 6 years old) was diagnosed with a mast cell tumour at age 2 years 6 months.

As you can imagine, I was devastated. It went through the usual biopsy and removal. According to the vet it was a large tumour, although barely visible on surface, the wound required 12 stitches. The histology came back as grade II, so not as good as I was hoping for, but not as bad as I feared.

He made a good recovery after surgery, and got loads of sympathy for the large wound he had on his back near his tail. I, like anyone else in this situation, trawled the internet for any information I could find. I came across a lot of information on the quality of ingredients put into dog food. I had been feeding him an expensive kibble, and he never seemed to like it much. With hindsight, I should have trusted his instincts.

I began to cook for him myself, and almost immediately I noticed a difference in him. He was more energetic (perhaps partly because tumour was removed), but he was far more supple too. He was like a new or better version of his old self. He loves his food now, any food! This makes me sad that I had forced him, according to conventional wisdom, to eat kibble.

Although no longer a puppy, in everyone's eyes but mine, he regularly gets mistaken for a 2 year old dog. Many people, including his vet, comment on what good shape he is in.

He has had no further recurrence of mast cell tumour, although he has had a lipoma in the past few months. I am told these fatty lumps are common in Labradors. Apart from that he is a healthy, happy, bouncy dog of 6 years 6 months and he is a joy to be around.

I hope, if you are reading this, that your dog will make a full recovery too.

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Apr 28, 2013
Wishing Pebbles Lots of Luck
by: Labrador owner

The very best of luck to you and Pebbles. Will keep my fingers crossed for you both. Good luck with the natural approach to her recovery but even if you decide to go down the chemo route etc, she will still get benefit from all the other stuff you do. If you decide to home-cook for her, then that is one less "toxin" her body will have to deal with. It makes it easier for her to deal with chemotherapy or other drugs she may need.

Give your little princess lots of love (as I'm sure you already do). That is also a fantastic healer.

Sending you both lots of love and light.

Labrador owner

Apr 28, 2013
Staying positive
by: Rhiannon

Thank you for your story. Our puppy (9 yrs old) Pebbles just had surgery yesterday on MCT. She had 4 taken out, and unfortunately they found more while examining her. The surgeon and oncologist didn't want to do that many incisions with not knowing yet what the other lumps are, so they did the 4 we know for sure were cancerous. They are being sent out for biopsy to see what grade they are. At this point we have chemo/ radiation or other meds to slow the growth of others if those are too cancerous.

I'm so torn on what to do, just like what you said it falls back on what they eat. I too have fed expensive kibble but I'm finding out that's not good for them no matter how much it costs. I have been researching nonstop on an all natural approach to help out my princess. I really don't want to poison her with chemo or radiation. I've never had to go through this, it's all so new to us. I'm very thankful for these forums.

Mar 04, 2013
Good luck
by: Anonymous

Good luck Kathy.

It's a nerve wracking time, but wishing you lots of luck with it. Hoping your precious pup is back to him/herself really soon.

Mar 03, 2013
by: Kathy

Thank you for taking the time to tell your story of hope.

I just started the process of MCT removal for my Sully.

I am feeling hopeful:)

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