Hello all it's been a while since I've posted anything. We had a Grade 2 MCT removed from Simba's front armpit about 6 months ago. The margins were clean and a very low mitotic index (1-3). Per the oncologist we were golden (completely excised) and that this one would not spread or come back.
Simba being a very allergy prone little guy has been scratching constantly with all this crazy weather. We have noticed he has been scratching near his rib cage lately. Wouldn't you know it it was about a 1/2 hour ago today I just noticed a nasty red looking patch right on Simba's hind leg. It almost looks like he might have been licking and biting as his leg and it's very irritated.
Simba has had multiple episodes of dermatitis over the years and we are scheduled for extensive allergy testing in the near future.
I'm wondering if this could be another one of these ugly MCTs coming back to haunt us yet again or maybe another bout of dermatitis. I remember the first MCT he had felt like a soft lump of skin which didn't appear to look like a red sore. This just looks like a patch of very red irritated skin on his hind leg; near the kneecap. If I pinch his skin together really tight in the area I kind of feel a raised area (maybe the size of 1/4 of a sweet pea or pencil eraser). I really have to grab at the skin to feel anything. Running my finger along the area you just feel simbas's bony kneecap.
I'm a bit worried if this is in fact another MCT. Looking at the are it is (kind of where his knee cap is) it appears surgery would be very difficult. I've also read that MCTs on the legs are very difficult to treat.
I might be jumping way ahead of myself and thinking the worst here. I'll most likely have a trip to the vet later on today to have them take a look.
Any thoughts or ideas would be helpful.
Sorry, I have no advice for you. Just wanted to send good Pug vibes Simba's way and hoping that it isn't anything to worry about (which you will anyway until you see the Vet)!
**Patrice - owned by Miss Lola Falana**
Mast Cells are what makes up Mast Cell Tumors. Mast cells are a component of the immune system. They release histamine, which is part of the body's allergic response. Mast cell tumors, especially if messed with, squeezed, scratched or bitten can release large quantities of histamine causing allergic symptoms in the dog, if the tumor releases enough histamine they can even (rarely) have an anaphylactic reaction and die. Smaller histamine release can cause itchiness. Any dog with a history of MCT's should remain on benadryl (1 human 25 mg. tablet twice daily) and Tagamet (1/4 of a human tablet twice daily) for life. these both have components that hinder histamine release (benadryl) and reception (tagamet). Not only will it slow the growth and histamine release of any tumors which they may still have, but they also slow or help prevent the spread of MCT's and may prevent new tumors from popping up. They are both low side effect drugs and most dogs tolerate them very well.
I would also look to boost your dogs proper functioning immune system by feeding the best diet I could possibly afford, preferably raw, and supplementing with Omegas, and a superfood/anti-oxidant. Enzymes and probiotics would also be beneficial.
For the skin issue a very short course of steroids, to break the established itch cycle, followed by treatment with neem oil applied to the area (and any other itchy areas) would be very beneficial. I would have the vet evaluate the area soon, just in case it's a MCT, but they are normally not open, however he could have just itched it open, so get it looked at.
If you decide to put her on this regimen or a component of it and need recommendations for brands, etc. we would be glad to help.
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- Mohandas Gandhi
Prayers it's not mast cell, please update us after the vet visit.
Jackie,Mom to Robbie & Stacy my human children and Tinker my furkid.