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An Extra-Special Maine Coon

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Dayle, my 10 year old Maine Coon Mix, was unlike any kitten I had ever seen! He was born with seven toes on each of his front feet, a true genetic mutation but he was all mine! Little did either of us know, ten years later he would need to have one of his precious toes removed.

In September 2013, I found two lumps on Dayle’s ear and toe. After removing both masses, Dr. Dennis of Stratham-Newfields Veterinary Hospital suggested we send out biopsy’s to get a clear answer as to what type the masses were.

All I could do was wait for the results, hoping for the best. A couple of days later, the masses were confirmed to be mast cell tumors (MCT’s). Dr. Dennis consulted an oncologist and we made a plan. The oncologist suggested aggressive action including an ultrasound, a spleen sample, removal of the affected toe and finally chemotherapy.

Dayle is currently going through round three of four chemotherapy pills in an effort to attack the mast cells. Although he does not seem to enjoy the trips to SNVH and blood work for monitoring, he is more loving to the staff upon arrival!

I could not be happier with the amount of care and friendship Dayle has been granted through SNVH’s knowledge and Trupanion’s continued coverage. The knowledge that Dayle will have coverage for anything revolving around his MCT’s is comforting.

Dayle is still fighting his battle with MCT’s but he has not lost his sassy personality even with one less toe!

Carrie-Ann L.

Hampton, New Hampshire

Enrolled: April 2013
Condition: Mast Cell Tumors
Total Paid: $6,559.63

About Kathryn @

Kathryn works at Trupanion alongside her little sidekick, a rescued Papillion mix named Modie. She loves all animals big and small but is a dog enthusiast at heart. By the third grade, she had memorized every dog breed and their characteristics and dreamed of being an agility dog trainer or the next Steve Irwin. When not at Trupanion, Kathryn spends her time playing soccer, baking cookies, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her little sidekick.

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