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Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs and Cats

mast cell tumor on dog's face

Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs and Cats

As our pets age, it’s common to notice some lumps and bumps. While many of these growths are harmless, it’s important to be aware of the risk of skin cancer, particularly mast cell tumors. Mast cell tumors are the most prevalent skin cancer in dogs and the second most common in cats. These tumors can vary widely in appearance, differing in color, shape, and size. While they primarily develop in the skin, mast cell tumors can also affect internal organs such as the bone marrow, spleen, liver, and gastrointestinal tract.

On June 20th, 2024, Dr. Jonathan Ferrari, Service Head of Surgical Oncology, discussed the diagnosis and treatment of mast cell tumors in pets. While the thought of your beloved companion developing cancer may be frightening, many pets can have a good and prolonged quality of life as long as the tumor is caught early and treated properly.

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Dr. Jonathan Ferrari

Jonathan Ferrari, VMD, DACVS (SA), ACVS Fellow, Surgical Oncology
Service Head of Surgical Oncology

Jonathan came to the Animal Medical Center by way of Philadelphia, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. He completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery here at the Animal Medical Center and continued on as a resident in surgery, where he was the Kovner Surgery Resident. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He is certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small Animal Surgery and a Fellow in Surgical Oncology. He is committed now to providing comprehensive care for dogs and cats with cancer, and pursues clinical research to better treat patients fighting cancer. Beyond veterinary medicine, he enjoys cooking, running, and attending theatre and music events in the city.

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