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Please help Sammy get the treatment he needs to stop the spread of his Mast Cell Tumor.

Two weeks ago we brought Sammy to the vet for what we thought was a small skin rash on his lip. After doing a biopsy we were told it was a Mast Cell Tumor.

Mc's are specialized cells that normally are found distributed throughout the body and help an animal respond to inflammation and allergies. Mast cells can release several biologically active chemicals when stimulated, among them histamine, heparin, seratonin, prostaglandins and proteolytic enzymes. Although these chemicals are vital to normal bodily function, especially immune response, they can be very damaging to the body when released in chronic excess.

Over the last few weeks Sammy has had a number of tests and we decided (without taking his entire lip and some of his nose) we would do a marginal removal of the tumor. At this point the tumor has been "staged" and we need to find alternative treatment to kill the remaining cells.

In simplest terms, Stage 1 refers to a single tumor with clean margins and no signs of spreading. Stage 2 and Stage 3 show progressively greater signs of invasion, perhaps to local lymph nodes, demonstrating dirty margins, or presenting as multiple tumors. Stage 4 involves systemic metastasis and carries a grave prognosis.

Our beloved Sammy has stage two. Our family has gone back and forth on treatment options and what would be best for Sammy without impeding on our families financial stability. We have decided to go ahead with radiation treatment.

We are asking friends and family to donate whatever you can to help us reach our goal of $5,000. The Norwalk Veterinary Oncology & Hematology Center has estimated Sammy's treatment to be in this range. All remaining monies will be donated to Sandra de Feo at The Humane Society of New York.

He will have radiation 5 days a week for 3 weeks with follow-up tests to determine if we they were able to kill the remaining cells.

We hope for the best and moving forward with this option puts us at greater ease in knowing we did all that we could to help treat Sammy's condition. He is 7 years old and in excellent health aside from this situation. Those of you who have been fortunate enough to have been jumped on, slobbered & generally knocked over by him know that he is a member of our family and one of the most lovable dogs alive. As Devon would say "oh, Sammy, you’re my buddy". We ask you to help our buddy get the care he needs so that we can enjoy a few more years of slobber and drool.
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