My dog, an 8 years old Boston Terrier, just had a small tumor (located between two toes) removed and the test indicated it to be cancerous. Due to the location of the tumor, the vet doesn't think he's removed it completely.
Our next move is to see an oncologist for radiation therapy. If you have experienced this types of treatments with your dog, would you give me some feedback? How effective? And any sufferings involved? Thank you in advance.View Thread
I'm so sorry for your loss. Over the years I'd had to euthanize many of my pets so I know how heart wrenching it is to go through. The only good thing out of it is that your beloved dog is no longer suffering. Incidentally, I've always told my husband that I wish I could go that way when the time comes.
As for what caused the mast cell tumor, I personally don't think it's related to the rabies vaccination, but maybe someone else would be able to shed some light on this subject.
Oh, on a happier note, my dog, the Boston Terrier, is still alive and kicking. We ended up deciding not to seek any treatment after the removal of the tumor. And it has been 3 years since her surgery, I'm happy to say that she is as healthy and playful as ever, knock on wood.
Sometimes I did wonder if the lab test was wrong to begin with but I chose not to question our veterinarian and just be happy with the outcome.View Thread
Thank you, Dr. Sandy, for your reply, I agree with you 100% that the quality of life for our pets should be the most important concern, I absolutely don't want to see my dog suffer unnecessarily. We had a visit with our vet this morning and my dog's stitches are healing very nicely. Our vet also talked about his own dog gone through radiation therapy without any side effects, I guess it all depends on the location of the tumor, since my dog's is on a foot, there shouldn't be any discomfort. The cost is very high but a dog is a member of the family so that's no object. Right now we're just waiting for the stitches to be removed in a week, in the meantime our vet is going to discuss with an oncologist about this case.
As for pmjpm's claim that mast cells tumors have been caused by rabies vaccinations, I don't know what to think? Is this an legitimate claim? In the state I live in, it's against the law not to have your dogs vaccinated.View Thread