From: Small Animal Clinical Science

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is recruiting dogs with mast cell tumors for a research study.  

Eligible dog are:

  • Diagnosed with mast cell tumor
  • Otherwise healthy dogs weighing > 5 kg (11 pounds)
  • Have a tumor size of between 1 and 10 centimeters (approxiamately. 1/2 inch to 4 inches) in diameter

Eligible dogs will undergo a biopsy procedure. Owners will then administer at-home treatment with daily prednisone for 10-14 days. Lastly, pets will undergo surgical removal of the mast cell tumor. 

Once the dog is deemed eligible and informed consent is obtained, the study will cover the expenses for the pre-treatment biopsy, the prednisone treatment, and $1,000 towards the cost of surgery. This compensation will only partially cover the cost surgical removal. Typical cost of a skin mass removal in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is $1,800-2,200.

Owners are responsible for any other clinical fees associated with the screening procedures, surgery, any identified concurrent medical issues, or complications associated with surgery.

This study is designed to determine if administering prednisone prior to surgery affects the factors used to define the grade of mast cell tumors, and thus potentially affects prognosis and treatment recommendations.

For more information call 540-231-1363 or email