We got this great note and reminder from Jim about his Sheltie, Deacon. Thankfully it has a happy ending. Be sure to check your fur babies!
Just wanted to share some news with other Sheltie owners. I recently discovered a small growth on Deacon’s snout. I thought it was a mole of some sort. Just so happens he was scheduled for a vet visit the next day. The vet saw it and immediately biopsied it and determined that it was a Mast Cell Tumor which is a cancer related to over-active immune response.
He had surgery a few days later after treatment with Prednisone to shrink the tumor (which worked amazingly well). After pathology reports it was determined that it was a low-grade tumor and was removed with clear margins. The vet said Deacon should be fine but these tumors tend to reoccur, are fast growing, can metastasize and be deadly.
They are most common on Pugs, Bulldogs and Boxers but can occur on any breed. Tumors are difficult to detect on Shelties due to the heavy coat but with Deacon’s location it was fairly easy to see. I just wanted to share so that other owners can check their pets skin frequently, be on the lookout for these tumors and can be encouraged to seek medical aid as soon as possible.