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Boxer w MCT- leg/skin pain HELP PLEASE-DESPERATE
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NavinsMom posted:
My 6.5 year old neutered male boxer has been a picture of health his whole life. Up until the 9 months or so all that has changed rapidly. A lot of things have happened in the past 6 months ( we have been to hell and back) so I am confused by symptoms and signs. About 8 months ago I found a small lump on my dogs thigh. My local vet told me to "keep an eye on it" as it was too small to aspirate. The lump stayed the same size and we moved out of state. I brought my dog to a new local vet and had her look at the lump, which was now developed into two on either leg. We scheduled a surgery to have them removed as he is too anxious to do needle aspiration ( he acts like he will bite) TWO DAYS before his scheduled surgery, we had a freak accident involving a game of fetch with a stick. He was impaled in the throat and required emergency surgery. The wound was severe, lots of blood, tears and hysteria. The vet noticed a heart murmur while she was examining him. He had a successful surgery and spent the next month healing. The lumpectomy was again put on hold. Within the last two month tiny little bumps have developed. Finally this month we had the surgery on the bigger lumps, and were devastated to learn it was mast cell tumors, grade II. The histology report noted clear margins and complete removal of the tumors. I took him to Texas A&M to check his heart and get a second opinion on his MCT. The cardiologist gave him sedation and ran numerous tests and cleared him as having a low grade heart murmur that would only require yearly monitoring. Oncology looked at his histology report, examined his remaining small lumps on his legs, palpitated his lymph nodes and did a blood panel. They cleared him to be ok, but I could bring him back for lymph node aspiration for peace of mind. Again I am told to "keep and eye" on the small remaining bumps. The mystery here is that about three months after the first lump appeared, I noticed the dog started acting differently. When he urinates his legs shake. When I touch him on his hips or shoulder blades he flinches, as if it hurts. He became slower on walks over time, some days worse than others. Since the first surgery with the stick, his energy has been much lower and he began shedding more. I just attributed it to healing and antibiotics. This is a dog that used to run/walk 2-3 miles a day with me with energy left over only four or five months ago. Now, after the tests they ran on his heart two days ago, the dog is almost completely lame. He acts as though his legs are hurting. He lays down and kicks his legs as if they hurt and moves around as though he cannot get comfortable. I took him to experts in the field and spent hundreds of dollars and was told to "keep an eye on him". I mentioned how slow he is on walks, how he acts like his skin hurts and they act like I am crazy. He is taking benadryl 50 mg per day since the MCT removal. I also switched him to a raw diet about a week ago, after the MCT diagnosis. He has been taking a supplement called NuVet for the last month. If anyone out there can help me- we are desperate. My husband and I consider him to be our only child. We are devastated and heartbroken. Can't eat or sleep. Please, I'm praying for an answer. Thanks so much- Megan
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