Remove Dog's Entire Ear After Mast Cell Tumor Removal?
I have a 6 1/2 year old American Bulldog who had a Grade 2 mast cell tumor removed from her leg 2 1/2 years ago with clean borders. Recently she had another mast cell grade 2 removed form her ear (not metastasis). It was about the size of a quarter and edges were not clean. They also removed two smaller ones from the same ear.
They are now recommending removal of the entire ear because the edges were not clean. They have said there is no way to know if it has already spread and this may extend her life and keep it from spreading, if it hasn't spread already. They have also said even without the ear removal she could live another 4 years but...maybe not if it has already spread.
I'm very unsure what to do and how painful that procedure would be for my dog?
Would it extend her life if the cancer has not spread or would she possibly have the same life span even if it did spread?
Would she get sick quickly if it is in the lymph system already?
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