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#285930 - 06/17/13 06:40 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: TimberWolf]
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Originally Posted By: LMS
Thinking of you and Banshee. hugging

Ditto hugging
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#285947 - 06/17/13 08:40 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: MaxaLisa]
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I read this once or twice a day and my heart aches for you.

Thinking of you and Banshee, also.

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#286219 - 06/19/13 12:27 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: PositiveDog]
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Thank you all for your kind thoughts. I've been so bummed that I haven't wanted to come back to her thread. Our intention was to call the vet this week and schedule him to come to our house on Friday.

However...this girl blows my mind....

Since 6/1, we've gone from her playing with Jax to her barely able to walk with her head tilted so bad it's a wonder she wasn't walking in circle and having a terrible time eating with severe drooling to the last couple days where her eating is better, the head tilt is not noticeable and the drooling is less AND she's not stumbling and almost falling over.

While I believe the diagnosis of brain tumor is correct, I have to wonder if we missed an abscessed tooth (she does have a couple left) or ear infection because this all just does not make sense.

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#286233 - 06/19/13 02:04 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: LifeAsMe]
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I wish rollercoasters in health were as much fun as in amusement parks. I have no ideas but I understand that Banshee's latest rally in health sounds odd.

take care,

MJ

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#286238 - 06/19/13 02:16 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: Mary Jane]
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Could the tumor be pressing on something some days and not others? Glad she's feeling a little better but the roller coaster stuff is no fun. Went through it for years with Cleo.
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#286248 - 06/19/13 03:25 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: BowWowMeow]
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I have no idea. Do they grow and regress? I'm baffled by it. But this is Banshee. She never ceases to amaze me. I called and left a message for the doc. I looked up the symptoms for an abscess and she doesn't have any except the difficulty eating. And only one symptom related to ear infection, head tilting. But all her symptoms point to a brain tumor. Just seems odd that she would seem better the last couple of days. If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't believe it.

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#286250 - 06/19/13 03:35 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: LifeAsMe]
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Originally Posted By: LifeAsMe
I have no idea. Do they grow and regress? I'm baffled by it. But this is Banshee. She never ceases to amaze me. I called and left a message for the doc. I looked up the symptoms for an abscess and she doesn't have any except the difficulty eating. And only one symptom related to ear infection, head tilting. But all her symptoms point to a brain tumor. Just seems odd that she would seem better the last couple of days. If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't believe it.

Yes, mast cells are variable. I don't know about when you get to the stage that you are at, but, in general, they do. And maybe, with the changes and additions you have made, there is a response? Pretty amazing if this is the case.

In Boxers, they aren't supposed to be as aggressive as in other breeds, so, maybe, that gives you a better chance to affect a change.

WHATEVER is going on, if you can't find anything else that is wrong, keep doing what you are doing!
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#286255 - 06/19/13 03:44 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: MaxaLisa]
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There is no way to know if it's a mast cell. If I had done a chest xray AND if anything showed up on it, that MIGHT indicate mast cell. There was so many ifs and mights that I didn't ask for one. The most common brain tumor in Boxers is a Glioma and the breed seems to be predisposed to brain tumors.

So I wait for the doc to call back to discuss. We currently aren't doing anything because we thought the supplements were causing the vomiting issues. Now that she's back to square 1 we should discuss starting them again one at a time.

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#286293 - 06/19/13 06:04 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: LifeAsMe]
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well...more questions. smile Doc said what I described was vestibular disease. He described two scenarios:

1) brain tumor spreading with fingers causing bouts of vestibular disease. But he said with brain tumors it usually gets progressively worse without getting better.
2) inflammation around the vestibular nerve caused the seizure, had an episode of vestibular disease. May come back, may never happen again.

Every time we think this is it, she bounces back. He said "she's using up a lot of lives but we'll take them."

Very possible she has a brain tumor and this is unrelated also. I think she's taking lives off of me too! But I can't be anything but thrilled at this little come back.

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#286296 - 06/19/13 06:13 PM Re: Mast Cell Tumors [Re: LifeAsMe]
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I don't have anything wise to contribute, just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and Banshee, keeping both of you in my prayers!
grouphug hugging hugging grouphug
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