This morning we took Simon to the vet for his bordatella, and also to inquire about his increased itchiness. We decided to take both boys to the Greenway afterwards, so Angus was at the vet as well, and I thought as long as he was there, we should get his little bump looked at...
He has had a small bump to the right of the base of his tail for a couple of months now. Some of you may remember me mentioning it when I first noticed. Most seemed to think that it would be OK to just watch it and make sure it wasn't growing. I agreed. And it didn't grow...it has stayed almost exactly the same.
They did a needle aspiration, and it is a mast cell tumor.
I am sort of in shock.
He is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday to have it biopsied. A lot will depend on the grade of the tumor. I am trying to read as much as possible about these. If anyone has any experience and has any encouragement, that would be greatly appreciated.
There is so much going through my head right now. One thing that is bothering me is this: This tumor arose at the precise location where he gets vaccinations. As you may remember, Angus has historically had a very difficult time with vaccinations. So we started titering last year. But, rabies is required by law.
Mast cells, for those who don't know, are the cells that mediate immune system reactions. They signal the body to release histamines. It just occurred to me on the drive home that a) Angus always had bad reactions to vaccines, and b) this tumor is exactly where he gets vaccinated.
Well, I have to go read more. Just wanted to ask if you would to please say some prayers for my darling boy. He will be three on August 4th. Too young for this.
Connie and "The Boys":
Angus, Yellow Lab, CGC, RE, CD
Simon, d.b.a. Flat Coated Retriever, CGC, RE, CD
Gone ahead, but forever in my heart:
Crash, Pit Bull x Rottweiler x Golden Retriever
Oh Connie, (((((hugs)))))). I have no information to give you. Just wanted you to know you and your guy are in my prayers.
Oh man ... I am so sorry to read this. Prayers for all of you!
Oh Connie, how shocking that must have been. Will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I do know that there have bee a few on here that have dealt with that also. Hope one of them jumps in with some words of help for you.
Yikes.. how scary! If its any help, Kaylie had a mast cell (grade/level 1, the 'least malignant') removed 2 years ago, and is doing just fine (she has another lump now in the same spot, but due to her age we're doing a wait-and-see this time.
Positive thoughts and lots of prayers for all of you.... :-*
Bev. & Cooper
definitely sending out some prayers or Angus
~Abby, Molly, and Penny (the honorary lab)
No experience with this type of tumor but I will certainly be keeping Angus and your family in my thoughts. Here's hoping that it is the lowest level type. I am sorry that Angus is having to go through this but hopefully he will get a good report. That is an interesting observation about the injection site area. Let us know if the vet thinks it could be related.
Oh Connie, I so sorry...
I will be sending BIG thoughts and prayers.
Keeping you in my thoughts...
Laura & CJ in New Hampshire