Mast Cell Tumor Info and OTC Pain Meds for Dogs

Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell and I’m at home today answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page.

The first question comes from Maria. She asks, “What’s the typical prognosis for a dog with a mast cell tumor on his snout that is oozing blood?”

Unfortunately, mast cell tumors are pretty aggressive tumors, especially ones that are near the mouth. Prognosis without surgery typically isn’t great. Mast cell tumors can be surgically removed and there are some new chemotherapy drugs that have a lot of promise. Contact your veterinarian and see what options you have.

The next question comes from Susan. “Is there a good over-the-counter pain reliever to give a Doberman?”

Not really. The over-the-counter things that you can get at the pet stores typically have aspirin in them, which can be safe in small doses for some dogs, but Dobermans tend to be prone to certain bleeding disorders. I would recommend that you get a prescription pain reliever for your Doberman.


  • jack sparrow

    interesting video on mast cell tumors,are the removal and treatment mentioned covered by pets best insurance?

    • crich

      Hi Jack, our regular pet insurance plans do include the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as long as it’s not pre-existing. We also offer Cancer Only plans in many states, starting at just a few dollars per month. You can find more information at


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