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wishiwasacollie Sun 28-Feb-16 08:28:21

My beautiful 4 year old collie had a round red hairless mark on her chest. Initially thought she had scratched herself or something had irritated the sin.
2 days ago it became lumpy.
Took her to the vet yesterday who inserted a needle . no infection came out
Looked at us and said it could be mast cell but at this moment dont know. She was very good explained the types. Has sent us away wirh cream just in case its an infection with instructions to see if the lump changes after exercise. She also askex if we had insurance....
Anyway came home spent 6 hours on Dr Google. Went to pieces. Imagined all the worst. Shes only 4.
Eventualky decided. Right one day at a time. Its not confirmed. Deal with it when it does.
Wouldnt mind a hand hold. DH been brilliant but hes devastated too.
So point of post is
1. Anyone else been through this?any hints or tips?
2. How long should I give the cream to work. Vet said a couple of weeks but I dont want to leave it too late but equally want to respect her advice.

KiwiJude Tue 01-Mar-16 19:30:33

When did you see the vet wish and did they send anything off to the lab? I wouldn't mess around with cream, esp for two weeks, a lot can happen with an MC tumour in that time. I'd check back with you vet today and if she didn't send anything to the lab I'd be asking why if she thought it could be MC. MC doesn't have to be a death sentence but timely intervention is key.

Our first boxer had two mast cell tumours removed. In both cases our vet moved very quickly - to vets in the morning for checking of lump, aspirated and sent to lab, results back same day, op performed two days later. Good clear margins both times. Now with our second boxer we unconsciously find ourselves checking him for lumps.

Fingies crossed for good news smile

wishiwasacollie Wed 02-Mar-16 06:39:14

I agree with you and thanks for responding.She didnt send anything off. Just pricked it and squeezed. Nothing came out and she gave us the cream. Will be taking pup back today. With your boxers how much around the lump did they take out. What was the recovery period.

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 02-Mar-16 07:16:24

I always aspirate these a large number turn out to be histiocytomas and nothing to worry about.
If they are a mast cell tumour the advices is to remove 4cm on each side and 1 fascism plane depth which due to the shape of whole looks enormous when stitched up.
With prompt removal the vast majority of mast cell tumours cause no further problems.
In a four year old GR histiocytomas is much more likely than a mast cell tumour, only histo will prove this.

KiwiJude Wed 02-Mar-16 09:25:59

He sailed through his first op. He was fit and healthy at age five and recovery was within weeks. His second op, as per pic, was a different story. He was aged nine then and he didn't cope well at all; it knocked him in a major way and we made the decision after that op that should the need arise again we would not subject him to further invasive surgery although as it turns out, there were probably other factors that contributed to his not coping with the second MC op.

Keep us posted smile

wishiwasacollie Wed 02-Mar-16 18:49:56

Thanks for all the repluez. Off to insist on an aspiration. If thats the word. Love this site

wishiwasacollie Fri 04-Mar-16 15:06:57

Persuaded vet to do fine needle aspiration. Its off to a lab in leeds. We had to post it...........results back on tuesday. Ddog being a star. Fingers crossed. If it comes back inconclusive the lump will be taken out and tested. It has def grown and now has a black spot in the centre

KiwiJude Sat 05-Mar-16 23:01:54

Keep us posted with results, fingies crossed it is nothing!

wishiwasacollie Tue 08-Mar-16 19:04:35

Kiwijude. Good news...its a benign lump a histiocytoma in all likelihood. Ddog now back on kibble ie no salmon, chicken,beef or trwats. Thanks for the support

KiwiJude Tue 08-Mar-16 19:23:57

Fabulous news wish smile though about you and Ddog many times over the weekend.

wishiwasacollie Wed 09-Mar-16 06:36:34

Many thanks. Hope yours are well

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