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Found out my 3 month pup has a maligment mast cell tumour &

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Found out my 3 month pup has a maligment mast cell tumour & they've advised against his next injections or giving him any meds until we meet him next week to discuss options. What's the best to do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 2 years ago.

Good afternoon, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry that you're having this scary situation with Reggie!

It's highly unusual for a dog so young to develop mast cell disease, however anything is possible. Having a mast cell tumor isn't necessarily an absolute contraindication to vaccination, however I can understand why your vet might be hesitant to administer vaccines. Mast cell tumors can do what we call "degranulate" and release a large amount of nasty inflammatory chemicals in response to stimulation such as handling, aspiration, or potentially vaccination. I would suppose this is likely what your vet is wanting to avoid.

In the majority of cases, mast cell tumors can be removed surgically and many do not recur. A microscopic examination of the tumor and surrounding tissues should be performed after it's removed to get more information. There are a couple of different grading scales to determine how aggressive the tumor is and what, if any, further treatments need to be pursued. Sometimes if the mass has been completely removed, nothing more needs to be done other than monitor the pet for new masses. If it's a more aggressive type of tumor, your vet may suggest consultation with a veterinary oncologist to put together a treatment plan to prevent spread of disease.

Ultimately, Reggie's plan will be tailored to individually fit his disease and lifestyle by your vet - who knows him intimately. Please let me know if you have any further questions on where to go from here - we can chat until I've covered them all.

~Dr. Sara

Expert:  Doc Sara replied 2 years ago.
Hi Zoe,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Reggie. How is everything going?
Doc Sara