Lymphoma In Dogs

Lymphoma In DogsAlthough lymphoma in dogs is a common cancer, it is only curable in about half of all canines. Leave the dog illness diagnosis for your veterinarian, but here is a summary of what’s going on in your dog’s body if lymphoma should strike. The lymph glands produce white blood cells to fight infections, but with the cancer the cells produce too fast, which “chokes out” the red blood cells from oxygen. It eventually will kill the hapless dog without treatment. Symptoms and treatment will be given ahead.

Symptoms of lymphoma in dogs

Lymphoma in dogs will have some overt symptoms. The suffering dog will have a loss of appetite, lethargy, swollen neck, shoulder, and glands behind the knees. Some dogs show a change in their skin, but this is not common symptom.

Causes of lymphoma?

The lymph system in dogs circulates white blood cells and lymphocytes throughout the canine’s body. The white blood cells fight off infections, while the lymphocytes help prevent the diseases from forming.

The lymphocytes are produced in the bone marrow. The dog’s body loses control of the growth of these two important cells, and they begin to grow at an alarming rate. Eventually, they take over the circulatory system as well, and starve the red blood cells. The dog will then die if left untreated.

Treating lymphoma

Lymphoma, although common to dogs, is life-threatening. Without treatment your dog suffering with it without treatment will live only several more weeks. Some breeds are more susceptible to it than others. Golden Retrievers, especially, are susceptible to lymphoma. Chemotherapy known as Madison Wisconsin Protocol is highly effective in sending lymphoma into remission, fortunately.

Two chemotherapy drugs are toxic but effective in treating lymphoma in dogs:

  • All chemotherapy drugs are toxic, but attack cancer cells and destroy them outright. Chemotherapy drugs are highly effective in fighting off lymphoma cancer.
  • Heteropolysaccarides are found in foods, and in large quantities somehow trigger the normal immunity into killing the cancer cells. This is an effective diet for many mammals, by the way.

Consult your dog’s vet as to the best diet should your pet come down with lymphoma.

Other treatments

The chemotherapy drugs are highly effective in stopping the cancer, but there are other treatments also available. Lymphoma strikes many dogs, but around a half of them can be cured from proper treatment.

There are several forms of therapy today besides the chemotherapy that are effective, also. One means of treatment is radiation, which is not that popular, yet effective. Another immunomodulation therapy, also called K-9 Immunity. This is an immune system enhancer, and there are other ones just as effective. This form of cancer has the highest remission rate among dogs that are otherwise healthy, reportedly.

The cost of treatment is high, but for your pet dog it may be worth it. In less than two months without the needed treatment, he will perish.

Lymphoma in dogs is treatable, thank goodness! Should your dog come down with lymphoma, as many do, stay calm and consult your vet. Let your vet diagnose the illness, however.  Then, let the vet suggest which of the treatments are most effective for your treasured and loyal pet. Often lymphoma is treatable, and will go into remission once treatment is undergone.