Mast cell tumors (MCTs) are the most common form of malignant skin cancer that occurs in dogs, accounting for about 14 to 21 percent of all skin tumors. There is significant variability in the presentation of MCTs from dog to dog and even from tumor to tumor, which explains why this form of canine neoplasia is often referred to as complicated and challenging. But the fact remains that MCTs are treatable, and many dogs are considered cured after treatment and go on with happy, healthy lives.
How Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs Develop
Mast cells are a subtype of white blood cells that derive from the bone marrow and then become residents of specific tissues, especially those that are closest to the external surfaces of the body, such as the tissues of the nose, mouth, lungs, skin, and around blood vessels. Their primary functions include defense against parasitic infection, tissue repair, and formation of new blood vessels; they also play an important role in the allergic response system. They can be activated by the immune system – a process called degranulation – to release a wide variety of inflammatory mediators, including histamine and heparin, which in turn modify immune reactions and inflammation.
When mast cells replicate in higher than normal numbers, an MCT (also known as a mastocytoma) can form. They are usually first noticed on or just under the skin, but they can form anywhere on the body. The most common location is on the trunk, followed by the limbs and in between the toes; they can occasionally be found on the head and neck. The skin mass might appear as a raised lump or bump or growth; it can soft or firm; hairless or covered by hair; it may or may not be red, ulcerated, or swollen.
MCTs can also occur internally, developing on the spleen, liver, intestine, and in bone marrow, as well as on the salivary gland, nasopharynx, larynx, oral cavity, gastrointestinal tract, ureter, and spine. This type is more aggressive, and it is usually preceded by dermal and subdermal tumors.
MCTs can not only vary in location, appearance, shape, and size, but also have a tendency to present with varying clinical behavior, which is suspected to be influenced by breed. MCTs can even change in size (increasing and decreasing from day to day!) because of reactions occuring in the mass. This is due to secondary inflammation caused by the release of histamine, which then results in intermittent swelling.
This type of tumor tends to present in dogs of middle age or older, but can occur in dogs of any age. No gender predilection has been reported. MCTs typically present as a solitary tumor but about 11 to 22 percent present with more than one tumor and 10 to 20 percent of those that have had an MCT will develop a new MCT in another location at some point.
The Cause of Mast Cell Tumors
The cause of MCTs is unknown. Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to them, so there may be some genetic component. A genetic mutation in the protein c-kit tyrosine kinase receptor – called a c-kit oncogene – is found in 25 to 30 percent of tumors. Chronic inflammation may also predispose dogs to developing the disease, such as dogs that have a history of allergic skin disease. There has been no association found between sun exposure and MCT in dogs.
Breeds With a Predisposition for Mast Cell Tumors
MCTs are over-represented in Pugs (at risk for multiple but low-grade tumors), Boxers, Labrador Retrievers (at increased risk for the more aggressive form), Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and Boston Terriers. Other breeds showing an increased likelihood of developing the disease include Schnauzers, Bullmastiffs/Bulldogs/ Bull Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Fox Terriers, Weimaraners, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Shar pei, and Dachshunds.
Diagnosis of Mast Cell Tumors
The initial evaluation of a suspected MCT begins with a fine needle aspirate and cytology, from which a diagnosis is usually made. Grading of the tumor cannot be done at this point as only cells are obtained from the aspirate; visual examination combined with the cytology report will determine if the MCT is a candidate for surgical excision.
It is reasonable to stage (evaluate how far the disease has spread) the tumor prior to surgery; in cases of a recurring tumor, multiple tumors, or evidence of metastasis, staging in advance is considered necessary.
When an MCT spreads, the cancer usually moves into the regional lymph nodes near the tumor, then to the liver and spleen; it can also spread to other places in the abdomen as well as to the bone marrow. At a minimum, the staging tests should include an aspirate of the lymph nodes near the tumor and an abdominal ultrasound.
The ultrasound can show if there is any evidence of metastasis or anything suspicious that requires further testing. Aspirates of the liver and spleen may be recommended, even if all the organs appear normal, because they may harbor cancer cells.
Treatment for Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs
The preferred treatment for MCTs is surgical removal – and for many cases, this is the only treatment needed. Prior to surgery and to alleviate some of the unpleasant symptoms of MCTs, a dog may be placed on antihistamines and antacids to mediate the effects of the histamine generated by the mast cells. Because MCTs are prone to growing into surrounding tissues, the visible tumor is removed with the addition of wide surgical margins – 2 to 3 centimeters on all sides, as well as layer of tissue below – in an attempt to remove all cancerous cells; as a result, the surgical sites can be quite large. If there is more than one tumor, a biopsy is recommended for each one because individual tumors can be of different grades and require different courses of treatment.
The excised tumor(s) will be sent to the lab for pathology; the resulting biopsy report will provide the tumor’s grade, confirm whether or not the tumor was completely removed (“clean” or “dirty margins”), and provide a foundation for prognosis. If the biopsy report shows that detectable cancer cells remain, the tumor can regrow. In these cases, a second surgery (if the site is amenable) or radiation therapy can be recommended. Mast cell tumors can be slower to heal post-operatively with suture sites that have the potential to break down.
If the location of the lesion disqualifies it as a candidate for surgery, further diagnostics can be performed to obtain its disease stage. If the tumor is deemed too large for removal, chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments may be recommended in an attempt to reduce the mass to an operable size. Inoperable tumors should be evaluated by incisional biopsy for histologic grade.
The decision to pursue additional treatment should consider the grade of the cancer as well as the results of other prognostic tests. Post-surgical radiation and chemotherapy are warranted on a case-by-case basis. The most important considerations when determining if a patient needs additional treatment following surgery are tumor grade, how complete the excisions of the tumor were, and whether the MCT has spread or not.
Mast Cell Tumor Grading
Traditionally MCTs have been classified using the Patnaik grading system, which assigns a histological grade of I, II, or III to each tumor. Studies have shown that the grade assigned to a particular tumor can vary as it is based on the subjective opinion of the pathologist; accordingly, sometimes a second evaluation of the biopsied tissue is warranted.
- Grade I. About 33 to 50 percent of MCTs are classified as Grade I; these tumors act in a benign manner and are usually considered cured with complete surgical excision and simple monitoring over time. They tend to be contained and not prone to metastasis or recurrence. One exception is low-grade tumors on the dog’s muzzle or lips; these have a high rate of spread and need to be treated more aggressively, as 50 to 65 percent of them will develop metastasis.
- Grade II. About 25 to 45 percent of MCTs are classified as Grade II – and this is where the decisions about their treatment get really challenging. Some Grade II tumors act like Grade I tumors, but others are similar to Grade III and more difficult to treat.In general, Grade II tumors are less defined than Grade I tumors and about half of them are more likely to spread into surrounding tissues and other parts of the body, with about 25 percent having already spread at the time of diagnosis. A Grade II tumor with a mitotic index (more on this below) of greater than 5 should be treated as a Grade III tumor.
- Grade III. About 20 to 40 percent of MCTs are classified as Grade III. These very aggressive tumors invade quickly and into deep tissue layers. About 50 to 90 percent grow and metastasize, with most cases showing spread by the time of diagnosis. If removed, 55 to 95 percent are likely to recur. Surgery along with chemotherapy and/or radiation is usually recommended.The Kiupel system of MCT grading is more recent and achieves better consensus among veterinary pathologists. This simpler approach categorizes the tumors as either high-grade or low-grade; the assessments this system uses provide for a more accurate prediction of the behavior of the disease and therefore hopefully to determine a more significant prognosis. High-grade tumors tend to be associated with increased likelihood to metastasis and poor prognosis with an average survival time of approximately four months. Low-grade tumors have a median survival time of more than two years.
As there is no single factor or test that accurately predicts the behavior of the disease, supplemental testing can be invaluable in developing an accurate assessment and improving the prognosis of affected dogs.
- Mitotic Index. This test measures the rate at which the malignant mast cells are dividing and populating at the time of biopsy (this is one of the tests in the Kiupel system of grading) and is now usually included in biopsy reports. A tumor with a mitotic index of 5 or less can be treated as a GradeI MCT with a good prognosis and a median survival time of more than five years (regardless of histological grade). MCTs with a mitotic index over 5 should be treated as GradeIII tumors. Median survival time for those with higher mitotic indexes is two to four months, again, regardless of the grade.In general, the higher the mitotic index, the poorer the prognosis. For those tricky Grade II tumors especially, this test provides insight into how the tumor is likely to behave, so an appropriate treatment plan can be developed.
- MCT Panel. The MCT prognostic (or proliferation panel of tests can derive additional information from the biopsy sample may help develop a prognosis and treatment plan, especially for high-grade/Grade II/Grade III tumors. This panel evaluates the specific markers AgNOR, PCNA, Ki-67, c-Kit, and tests for c-Kit mutation status, which are related to the proliferation of the MCT.
Approximately one-third of all dogs with MCTs have c-Kit mutation of the mast cells. This is an abnormality in the c-Kit gene, which affects a protein found on the cell’s surface and is involved with proliferation and other biological activities; the mutation causes the tyrosine kinase receptor enzyme in the gene to be stuck in the “on” position, causing uncontrolled growth. In particular, the c-Kit mutation test can indicate whether chemotherapy is warranted, as well as provide a guideline for which chemotherapy protocol to use.
While the presence of this mutation is usually found in higher-grade tumors and indicates a more aggressive form, it also may be more susceptible to treatment with a class of drugs known as KIT inhibitors. Palladia and Kinavet are two chemotherapy drugs that target this mutation specifically; they act by cutting of the blood supply to the tumor and inhibiting tyrosine kinase (a protein that plays a role in growth and development).
MCTs are very susceptible to radiation therapy, a localized treatment. Radiation is especially helpful in preventing regrowth for incompletely excised tumors. The majority of dogs with low-grade MCT remain tumor-free two to five years after surgery and radiation therapy.
Even dogs with Grade III MCT can benefit from this dual mode treatment; one study documented 70 percent still alive one year following treatment; another study reported a median survival time of 20 months. It may also be used to treat tumors that are not candidates for surgical removal due to size and/or location, either to reduce the size prior to surgery or as palliative care by reducing the size of the tumor and improving clinical signs. It does not prevent metastasis.
Radiation as a primary treatment is considered a palliative approach; the addition of chemotherapy and steroids can improve this approach and may be offered for cases with no other treatment options.
Chemotherapy may be recommended as part of the treatment protocol in cases where the MCT has metastasized or has been rated as high-grade or Grade III, as well as those with a positive c-Kit mutation result, dirty margins, high scores on either the prognostic panel or mitotic index, or presenting with multiple tumors. Chemo may also be considered to prevent tumor recurrence, especially when radiation is not an option.
Combining chemo with surgery typically improves the prognosis of dogs with high grade tumors; median survival for dogs with GradeIII tumors undergoing surgery alone is six months while those who undergo surgery and chemo have a median survival time of 12 months. Combination chemotherapy protocols, often in conjunction with steroids, also offer improved efficacy. Commonly used drugs include Lomustine (CCNU), Vinblastine, Palladia, and Kinavet. Vincristine, L-asparaginase, and cyclophosphamide have also been used with some effectiveness.
In addition to antihistamines, supportive medications to consider include: prednisone to reduce inflammation; cimetidine, an antacid that helps to counter the increased acid production in the stomach caused by the MCTs; and intralesional triamcinolone, a corticosteroid, which can be injected directly into the tumor to reduce size. Cryotherapy is sometimes used to freeze and destroy small MCTs; this approach can be an option for older dogs for whom anesthesia and surgery are not an option.
Prognostic considerations for MCTs include grade, clinical stage, location, systemic symptoms, status of surgical margins, and mitotic index. Mast cell tumors that are completely removed and are Low-Grade, Grade I, or Grade II with a low mitotic index and free of metastasis have an excellent prognosis, with most cases being considered cured. Dogs with tumors that were incompletely removed but subsequently treated with radiation therapy have an excellent prognosis as well, with 90 to 95 percent having no recurrence of the tumor within three years.
Poor prognosis is associated with MCTs that occur on the muscle, around the mouth, in internal organs, in the bloodstream, or in bone marrow; those that are ulcerated, large, fast-growing, or recurring are also in this category. Dogs with c-Kit mutation are also associated with poor prognosis, as are dogs with Grade III tumors as local recurrence and/or spread is likely (only about 10 percent of these dogs live a year past surgery). Survival rates for dogs with a mitotic index of over 5 is only two to four months. As daunting as some of these figures are, remember that these are only guidelines; every dog is different.
On the Horizon
A number of exciting therapies for MCTs are in development:
- New treatments using receptor tyrosine kinases inhibitors for tumors with c-Kit mutations are an active part of cancer treatment research for both humans and dogs.
- QBiotics has completed clinical trials on Tigilanol Tiglate EBC-46, a novel anticancer pharmaceutical protein kinase C activator isolated from the seeds of the Blushwood tree (Fontainea picrosperma). The drug, administered by injection into the tumor, stimulates the immune system, resulting in destruction of the mass as well as the blood supply to the tumor. Complete tumor destruction was achieved in 75 percent of the cases after a single injection; the trial demonstrated that the treatment was well-tolerated (minor side effects) with rapid healing and minimal scarring. Application for approval is in process.
- A recent study at the Animal Health Trust Center for Small Animal Studies looked at the genetic changes in mast cells that promote metastasis. Researchers hope this will help develop a highly accurate test that can predict whether an MCT will metastasize; if successful, targets can be identified for new drugs to prevent metastasis. Future research will attempt to identify the causes of those genetic changes, resulting in the development of new cause-targeted anti-metastasis drugs.
- The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is conducting a clinical trial to evaluate an experimental drug in dogs with solid tumors (such as MCTs). The hope here is that the drug will not only stimulate the immune system to destroy the cancer cells but also kill the cancer cells directly.
- Oncolytic virotherapy is an emerging therapeutic option for cancer treatment. Studies have found that a modified Sendai virus (of the Paramyxoviridae family) can spread in tumors and kill malignant cells while sparing normal cells.A recent pilot study of six dogs with MCT received the oncolytic Sendai virus treatment. It was well-tolerated with minor transitory side effects. All tumors responded, either partially or completely, indicating a promising approach. Because this treatment does not overlap with any known mechanism of current conventional MCT treatments, researchers hope it will prove effective in combination with other protocols, and warrants additional research.
- Companion Animal Health recently initiated a partnership with Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc. to conduct clinical trials in the treatment of MCT using a combination of laser and nanoshell therapy. The approach of this treatment is to destroy the tumor without damaging adjacent healthy tissue. The initial results are encouraging, and trial outcomes should be published soon. It is hoped that it will deliver an improved treatment option and extend life without harmful side effects.
Watch Those Lumps
My Border Collie Duncan had 29 lipomas. Every time he developed a new lump, I had it aspirated and checked to make sure it was just a lipoma, not an MCT. I also tracked every one of his lumps on a diagram (see below) so I knew whether any given bump was new and potentially dangerous or just an existing lipoma.
Early detection for MCT is key and important for obtaining optimal treatment and long survival rates. If you find a growth on your dog that doesn’t go away after a month, please see your veterinarian to have it aspirated. Even dogs with high-grade metastasized MCTs can have a good quality of life.
How long can a dog live with a high grade mast cell tumor? ›
High Grade Mast Cell Tumors
These tumors share a universally bad prognosis with survival times of less than 4 months. They behave aggressively and require more aggressive therapy.
Some mast cell tumors grow slowly over time, while others seem to pop up overnight and grow rapidly. They can also wax and wane, swelling when the mast cells degranulate. Handling the tumor can cause degranulation, causing the tumor and surrounding areas to feel itchy as well as to grow larger.How serious is a mast cell tumor in dogs? ›
Mast cell tumors are quite serious when identified in dogs. If untreated they can cause anaphylactic shock or if they progress into a more aggressive form they can metastasize and ultimately lead to death.What happens if you don't remove a mast cell tumor from a dog? ›
Severe digestive tract symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping from stomach ulcers are often the terminal effects of mast cell cancer, marking the end of quality of life.Is a mast cell tumor in a dog always cancer? ›
Mast cell tumors (MCTs) are one of the most common types of skin cancers in dogs. Because most MCTs in cats are benign and cured by complete surgical removal, this guide will focus on canine MCTs. It is not yet known why MCTs are more often malignant and prevalent in dogs than in other species.How do you stage a mast cell tumor in dogs? ›
Stages of mast cell tumors in dogs
Stage I – Single tumor without metastasis. Stage II – Single tumor with metastasis into the surrounding lymph nodes causing secondary growth. Stage III – Multiple skin tumors, or a large tumor that has invaded the subcutaneous tissues. There may or may not be lymph node involvement.
One study found that dogs with incompletely excised grade III mast cell tumors followed by radiation therapy had a median survival of 20 months.Why does my dog keep getting mast cell tumors? ›
Causes Of Mast Cell Tumors
As mentioned, some breeds of dogs are more at risk of developing a mast cell tumor. This is due to a well-known protein mutation called KIT that is more susceptible in certain breeds.
Tumors need sugar for energy. To counteract this process, dog owners must choose a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates for their dogs; this way, as numerous documented cases testify, your dog's body will literally starve tumors out, impeding them from metastasizing!What is the lifespan of mast cells? ›
Resident mast cells are long-lived cells that can survive for up to 12 weeks in the skin of Wistar rats (Kiernan 1979). Under specific conditions, mature mast cells are able to proliferate after appropriate stimuli (Kitamura 1989; Galli et al.
Can a dog survive Grade 3 mast cell tumor? ›
Abstract. This study reports the outcomes of dogs with grade 3 mast cell tumors (MCTs). Clinical and histopathological data were available for 43 dogs. Median progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were 133 and 257 days, respectively.Can dogs recover from mast cell tumor? ›
Prognosis varies by case, but oftentimes: Localized low grade MCTs can often be cured if: They are completely removed with surgery. They are incompletely removed with surgery but also receive conventional radiation therapy.Should you remove mast cell tumors in dogs? ›
Surgical removal is recommended for most skin mast cell tumors. This is true for dogs presenting with multiple tumors or dogs who develop more than one mast cell tumor over time.Do mast cell tumors appear suddenly? ›
The biological behavior of these tumors can vary widely; some may be present for many months without growing much, while others can appear suddenly and grow very quickly. The most common sites of MCT spread (metastasis) are the lymph nodes, spleen and liver.Why is Benadryl used for mast cell tumors? ›
Benadryl—this is an H1 blocker that is given to block the effect of histamine release. Mast cell tumors have histamine in their granules. Ranitidine (Zantac®)—This is an H2 blocker that is used to help block the effect of histamine release, as well as to help with acidity in the stomach.Can mast cells go into remission? ›
Patients with MCAS may go through periods of remission followed by a flare-up of symptoms. Over time, symptom-free intervals shorten and eventually your symptoms become chronic with fluctuating levels of intensity.Which grade of mast cell tumor is a dog most likely to survive? ›
Grade I tumors are well differentiated and are the least aggressive and least likely to metastasize (spread to other organs). Complete surgical excision of Grade 1 MCT is usually curative.Are mast cell tumors painful for dog? ›
Symptoms vary depending on what organ is affected. For most dogs, mast cell tumors are not a painful cancer. In fact, mast cell tumors are typically diagnosed after a pet owner takes their dog to the veterinarian because they've felt a lump in or under the skin.How do you prevent mast cell tumors in dogs? ›
Surgery alone for lower-grade tumors provides the best long-term control, and chemotherapy is not typically required. However, in higher-grade tumors, even without evidence of spread, a combination of surgery and chemotherapy is often recommended.Is mast cell disease terminal? ›
Mast cells build up in the skin, causing red or brown lesions that itch. By itself, cutaneous mastocytosis isn't life-threatening. But people with the disorder have significant symptoms and have a much higher risk of a severe allergic reaction, which can be fatal.
What percentage of mast cell tumors in dogs are low grade? ›
Canine cutaneous mast cell tumors (MCTs) are one of the most commonly diagnosed cutaneous malignant neoplasms in dogs. Approximately 90% of all canine MCTs are low grade according to the recent 2-tier grading system.Do mast cell tumors always come back? ›
Recurrence rates may be as low at 23% for incompletely resected Grade II MCT, but 71% will recur within 1 year. I recommend additional local control. For Grade I or Low Grade tumours, if margins are incomplete watchful waiting can be considered, if the client is against further local control, or if it is not possible.What triggers mast cell disorder? ›
When triggered, these mast cells release substances that can cause signs and symptoms similar to those of an allergic reaction and, sometimes, severe inflammation that may result in organ damage. Common triggers include alcohol, spicy foods, insect stings and certain medications.Do mast cell tumors shrink with Benadryl? ›
While Benadryl is not going to treat or cure the mast cell tumor, it plays an important role in alleviating some of the side effects of histamine release like redness and swelling at the tumor site.Can stress trigger mast cells? ›
Stress conditions activate mast cells to release prestored and newly synthesized inflammatory mediators and induce increased blood-brain barrier permeability, recruitment of immune and inflammatory cells into the brain and neuroinflammation.Which grade of mast cell tumor is a dog most likely to survive? ›
Grade I tumors are well differentiated and are the least aggressive and least likely to metastasize (spread to other organs). Complete surgical excision of Grade 1 MCT is usually curative.Can mast cell tumors spread to organs? ›
Fortunately, the majority of mast cell tumors are localized to one spot. However, rarely they will spread to lymph nodes, the blood, the spleen, the liver, the lungs, the bone marrow, or other skin locations.What is a high-grade mast cell tumor? ›
High-grade tumors are aggressive tumors that can be invasive and recur locally. They also tend to spread to regional lymph nodes and may spread more distantly to organs such as the liver and spleen.What percent of dogs with a high-grade mast cell tumor will have a positive C kit mutation? ›
Breed predilections support some component of underlying genetic causes. Mutations in the c-kit tyrosine kinase receptor, which can lead to malignant transformation of mast cells, are found in 25%–30% of intermediate to high-grade tumors.What is the lifespan of mast cells? ›
Resident mast cells are long-lived cells that can survive for up to 12 weeks in the skin of Wistar rats (Kiernan 1979). Under specific conditions, mature mast cells are able to proliferate after appropriate stimuli (Kitamura 1989; Galli et al.
What should I feed my dog with mast cell tumor? ›
Tumors need sugar for energy. To counteract this process, dog owners must choose a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates for their dogs; this way, as numerous documented cases testify, your dog's body will literally starve tumors out, impeding them from metastasizing!What are the best drugs for mast cell tumors in dogs? ›
Vinblastine and prednisone or CCNU appear to be the most favored drug protocols for the treatment of mast cell tumors. The use of these drugs is always with surgery. Ancillary drug therapy is important with canine mast cells.What triggers mast cells? ›
When triggered, these mast cells release substances that can cause signs and symptoms similar to those of an allergic reaction and, sometimes, severe inflammation that may result in organ damage. Common triggers include alcohol, spicy foods, insect stings and certain medications.Is mast cell fatal? ›
Mast cells build up in the skin, causing red or brown lesions that itch. By itself, cutaneous mastocytosis isn't life-threatening. But people with the disorder have significant symptoms and have a much higher risk of a severe allergic reaction, which can be fatal.Do mast cell tumors metastasize to brain? ›
Mast cells (MCs) can significantly induce proliferation and invasion of brain metastasis (BM) cells.Are mast cells always malignant? ›
Not all mast cell tumors are malignant (cancerous). Fortunately, though, malignant MCTs are among the easiest types of cancer to treat. Mast cell tumors most commonly appear on the skin as nodules, but can also form inside the body, affecting bone marrow, intestines, liver and spleen.Do mast cell tumors appear suddenly? ›
Mast cell tumors of the skin can occur anywhere on the body and vary in appearance. They can be a raised lump or bump on or just under the skin, and may be red, ulcerated, or swollen. While some may be present for many months without growing much, others can appear suddenly and grow very quickly.Can a dog recover from mast cell tumor? ›
Prognosis varies by case, but oftentimes: Localized low grade MCTs can often be cured if: They are completely removed with surgery. They are incompletely removed with surgery but also receive conventional radiation therapy.Does prednisone shrink mast cell tumors? ›
Prednisone—This is a steroid that is used to decrease inflammation associated with the mast cell tumor, and some mast cell tumors will respond to prednisone alone.Is CBD oil good for dogs with mast cell tumors? ›
Types of cancer in dogs include canine lymphoma, melanoma, mast cell tumors, bone cancer, hemangiosarcoma, and mammary cancer. Although CBD alone will not cure cancer, and it is not a miracle drug, CBD can be an excellent supplemental treatment for dogs undergoing cancer treatment regimens.
Does Benadryl help mast cell tumors? ›
H1 antagonists such as benadryl should be used along with cimetidine prior to and following surgical removal of canine mast cell tumors to help prevent the negative effects of local histamine release on fibroplasia wound healing. H1 antagonists also should be used with cryosurgery or hyperthermia therapy.