From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-04-10 21:19:00 UTC
Subject: Re: mast cell tumors
>awhile ago I asked about Turlock's 'bump', which I'm assuming to be a
>mast cell tumor. This is what the vet thinks also.
>When we were playing yesterday, I noticed two more on his L foreleg.
>I swear they popped up like overnite. Is this common, for them to
>spring up all over the ferret like daisies? Is he going to continue
>to break out in bumps, or if we remove these, will it stop?
>I know they are not supposed to be something to worry about, but I
>wonder how lumpy he can get?
>Gigi, Turlock, Stasi, Miss Boo and Elvis.
>"Qui me amat, amat et ferretus meum."
We have had several through the years who also broke with many, and
often when one of the tumors was up so were the rest. Usually, we
remove them, but at times they have been on individuals who were not
good surgical candidates or in locations that were bad ones (as on
the supraorbital ridge), and on those individuals we've seen such
things as you describe happen.
It is good that you got to the vet to have it checked.
Be aware that sometimes these can become infected so if removal is
possible it makes sense for that reason and because the individual is
more comfortable without the itchy, bleeding tumor.