We are tackling a tough topic here, mast cell tumors, but we are sharing our experience and knowledge as we travel this complicated path with our Pug.
The dreaded C word! It’s a bump, that I thought was a spider or mosquito bite, not realizing that this could be a life threatening disease for our rescue.
I took our pug, Cecilberry Blue, to the vet in November 2017 because of a bump that wasn’t going away. The vet aspirated it and wouldn’t ya know it, Mast Cell Cancer stage II-III. UGH! My heart sank. She is my daughters pug. I remember being crushed, helpless and very sad. This was a cancer I was not familiar with but I did know we needed to operate as soon as possible to get it off her body.
After leaving the vet; I had to cure my helpless feeling by increasing my knowledge. I read, I researched, I watched video after video. Please note: I am not a vet, I have no medical knowledge, what I do have is the power of research, a drive to do anything for my family (four legged and two) and the ability to act. So this was my path;
CeCe’s surgery was scheduled for two weeks out, only due to the availability of the surgeon. So in the mean time, my research lead me to a topical paste. So I made that paste of turmeric, baking soda and coconut oil and applied it to her tumor twice a day and covered it. Lucky for us our little Blueberry is an excellent patient.
I kept up with the paste until the day of surgery and it could be my imagination, but the tumor did not grow, it actually decreased in size and the paste was attacking the tumor with a constant scab. Before surgery, I told our vet what I had done with the paste, it was important for me to be transparent.
I also immediately changed up CeCe’s diet. I found that the dry kibble has such an incredible amount of sugar in it that I switched her to a 100% organic/non gmo diet, heavy on the protein adding vegetables or, spinach, peas, cauliflower some carrots, cottage cheese or plain yogurt, Probiotics and a little Organic Quinoa or Organic Rice and Bone Broth. I use beef bone broth as CeCe is allergic to poultry. (Please see attached image for a sample of what I make weekly for our pug.)
It was important for me to also boost her immune system to fight this so I also found Dr. Harvey’s Emune Boost Herbal Supplement powder of vitamins and minerals and this is added to her food every morning.
The days leading up to CeCe’s surgery were long and stressful. Hiding the mast cell cancer diagnosis from my daughter as to not worry her at this point, until I knew further details.
We rescued Cecilberry Blue and its my responsibility to do everything I could to help her live a long, happy, healthy life with us.
The vet was wonderful to us and to our CeCe. They took very good care of our pug, she is a squishy face and the surgery complication that come from operating on a brachycephalic breed are scary.
The surgeon was able to get clean lines in removing her tumor. CeCe has about a 6″ scar that runs down her hind leg. Her recovery took about a two full weeks with pain medication, no jumping, running or elevated activity to prevent fluid build up under the skin. Try keeping a Pug down, its extremely difficult, but we managed.
We heard back pretty quickly from our vet after they sent tissue samples out to the oncologist and the surgery was confirmed to have gotten clean lines (they took extra skin, to make sure of this) and the tumor came back as a grade I-II, from a II-III. I’m not saying my paste and diet change helped (I’m not a doctor) but in my heart I feel it did and continues to help and thats all that matters.
Today we are six months post MCT diagnosis and surgery, trying to beat the odds. I have read up on giving our Cecilberry Benadryl and possible CBD oil. I’m going to ask our veterinarian about introducing these options.
(Please note: I have included everything in hyperlinks that I use daily for our dog to help you in your chosen path.)
(CBD oil for pets; I have not included a link for this as I am still in the research phase of introducing this into our Pug’s diet and there are various strengths. Please check with your vet prior to introducing this product into your pet’s diet.)
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