The Wags and Walks team was evaluating dogs at the animal shelter when they came across this senior boy, struggling for comfort under the weight of obvious growths and masses on his body. Mason was brought in as a stray and was in obvious need of medical help. The team couldn’t say no and pulled him from the shelter.
Mason was hurried to a vet to evaluate the masses clinging to his body. The vet diagnosed him with with multiple mast cell tumors and it was clear Mason needed surgery to save his life. The size of the tumors were worrying – two of them were over 10 inches in diameter.
This sweet boy underwent surgery as soon as the vet could schedule it. The surgery to remove his mast cell tumors was completed. They took radiographs of Mason’s body to evaluate the success of the surgery – all tumors were removed and thankfully none had metastasized anywhere in his lungs or abdomen.
Now, Mason needs chemo treatments and oral chemotherapy for the remainder of his life to ensure his body can function. He’s already started an intensive 10-week, 3-times-per-week chemo treatment, but needs additional medication – including antihistamines – to help him continue to live a long, healthy life.
Mason is an older gentleman with mellow energy. Since his surgery, he’s definitely coming out of his shell – he loves butt rubs, walks and any attention he can get. Walks and Wags is looking for a foster in the Los Angeles area that can support Mason on his journey to becoming a cancer-free pup.