Multiple Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

Lili Duda, VMD
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
I have a 5-year-old female Pitbull mix. I took her to the vet about 5 months ago to look at her "warts." She had one on her eye, and forearm. He told me they were just warts, and not to worry. Well, it turns out, they were mast cell tumors. Anyway, she had 13 different little warty things removed, 12 were mast cells (the eye was papilloma).

They were all grade I. He said the margins were clear. But why does she have them all over her body? He said I should have an aspirate taken from her spleen, liver, and bone marrow. He said he has never seen multiple sites of grade I tumors before.
Please help me to sort this out.

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