What handsome boys!! I had an MCT scare last year w Booker and we went to a vet oncologist and I am SO GLAD I did that. The consult alone was worth the $190 and I had 6462956147 questions and notes and supplements to ask about. Haha. I was THAT person. So she said the cancer diet was primarily for dogs with different kinds of cancer than MCT. That I should do a good antioxidant supplement, Omega 3s, and could continue with TOTW food. Explained the grading of MCTs and mitotic index, and recommended that since his lumps were along his ribcage that we do x-rays to see if there was metastasis already, which would have changed whether or not she wanted to remove these lumps or do chemo. She said since MCTs are related to histamines and get bigger after activity, and often can cause upset stomach/drooling, she had me put B on Benedryl 2x daily and also Pepcid daily, from the time of the consult until after surgery. My regular vet mentioned no such thing.
The other thing I learned: B's two bigger lumps had Mast Cells in them. My reg vet diagnosed them as MCTs. The oncologist aspirated every tiny lump she could find all over his body. Found mast cells in one of the bigger lumps. After the 2 lumps were removed and sent to the lab, the lab diagnosed them as benign epithelial cell tumors. So, there can BE mast cells in another kind of growth, even if the growth looks suspiciously like a MCT.
I have Pet Plan for him and a CareCredit card, that's the only way I was really able to pursue the specialist but if she has the means even for just a consult and to come up with some ideas for her regular vet, it IMO is totally worth it.
I hope it's just a benign Labby lump, though!!,
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