Welcome to Dog Health Forums. Whether your dog was diagnosed with a health condition you never heard about before or you are looking for a place to share thoughts or obtain support about a certain dog disease with other dog owners, this is the right place. Obviously, this is not the place to ask questions when your dog is seriously ill. If so, please don’t waste your time on a forum, but rather, rush your dog to the vet!

Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
MCT in dog's lip. Advice needed please!
11-08-2016, 11:16 AM,
#11
RE: MCT in dog's lip. Advice needed please!
If you believe you are unable to partner with your Vet, then it's time to find a new Vet.

Your Vet most likely wanted to treat the dog's prostrate problem with Lupron, which is injected every few months. It lowers testosterone production, which in turn would cause the prostrate to shrink.

Are you indicating the Vet did not send a sample to a pathology lab??? If not, then the type of cancer remains unknown.

If the expense of Vaccination (Melanoma)/Chemo (MCT) is of concern, then you could still try Prednisone+Prilosec, and Benedryl. Where the Prednisone should help relieve some of the lymph node swelling. Prednisone is used in high doses for a variety of cancers, and then tapered down in dose. The most common side effect is excessive thirst, increased appetite, weight gain, and the potential to cause gastric ulcers. If given for a long period of time, it can affect the liver, kidneys, the thyroid, and cause cataracts. Regular Chem panels once a month or once every other month are taken to keep track of liver/kidney chemistry. My Leukemia (CLL) puppy has been on Prednisone for over a yr. Without it, he would've been dead 6 months ago. And yes you don't give a dog high doses of Prednisone, and then suddenly stop. Withdrawal your prior time, should've been in steps. Eventually a given cancer will become resistant to the Prednisone. For my Leukemia puppy - not yet. For Lymphoma puppies 30-45 days for resistance to Prednisone to arise, when used alone. So each cancer is different.

The Vet should've explained what should've been expected post surgery. And provided appropriate drugs for the pain, nausea, etc.

You indicate your dog has arthritis, and walking problems. My Vestibular syndrome dog had her arthritis flare up post her attacks. Could barely get to her feet. The drug Rimadryl has worked wonders. The catch being the drug has a history of being mean to the liver. So, she gets a CBC+Chem panel once every 2 months. In addition I give her Zantac to protect the stomach from Rimadryl induced acid. For geriatric dogs unable to cope with Rimadryl or the other doggy approved NSAIDs, there are other drugs to ease the pain.

In summary: You should consider another Vet. Ask for a consultation exam. Discuss with the new Vet whether they can diagnose the type of cancer. A new Vet might be able to find a suitable sample to send, taken from the margins of where the tumor was removed. It should be a simple procedure, allowing for the surgery to heal first. Might be able to find something in a needle aspirate of the swollen lymph node - unclear. At the very least they can ask the current Vet for all records. Then discuss treatment options, based on what you can afford financially, and the type of cancer. Discuss the use of Prednisone for palliative treatment of the cancer. Ask for Rimadryl or pain medication to address the arthritis. The goal as always is to give our geriatric dogs the best quality of life in their remaining time.
Reply


Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)