When cancer affects one of our beloved pets, it can be devastating news. As a pet parent, you’re concerned about the health of your dog, and if you have received a diagnosis of lymphoma, you likely have many questions and anxieties.
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We are going to use this article to answer all your questions about lymphoma in dogs: what it is, what the life expectancy is, and what treatment options are available to you. I know you will find this article informative!
If you have any questions about other types of cancer affecting dogs, check out our complete guide to dog cancer for more details.
What is Lymphoma in Dogs?
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that mostly affects the lymph nodes, which are part of a body’s immune system, helping fight infections and keeping your pup healthy. They can be found all over the body.
The most common type of lymphoma in dogs is multicentric lymphoma - nearly 80-85% of all cases of lymphoma diagnosed is this type. This means that the cancer doesn’t affect only one part of the body, but the lymph nodes all over are affected.
What Causes Lymphoma in Dogs?
It is possible for any dog to be diagnosed with lymphoma, and there is no singular cause. But certain breeds, such as Golden Retrievers and Boxers tend to be diagnosed more frequently. As dogs get older, they are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer as well.
What Are The Stages of Lymphoma in Dogs?
Lymphoma in dogs often starts off by affecting a single lymph node, then progresses to other nodes in the same part of the body, eventually affecting other organs in the body.
Stages of Canine Lymphoma:
- Stage I - Only one lymph node is affected
- Stage II - Lymph nodes in the same area are affected (one half of the body)
- Stage III - Multiple lymph nodes all over the body are affected
- Stage IV - Liver or spleen is affected
- Stage V - Blood, bone marrow, or other organs are affected
Because lymphoma in dogs can be difficult to diagnose, it is rarely diagnosed in the early stages. It is often found in Stage III or later.
Symptoms of Lymphoma in Dogs
The first sign is often swollen lymph nodes. Other signs of lymphoma in dogs, such as loss of appetite and weight loss, weakness, and a lack of energy, might be noticeable if the cancer has already progressed to the later stages and is affecting other organs.
As a pet parent, it’s important to regularly check your pup’s lymph nodes to look for swelling. If you notice anything abnormal, make sure to take them in to see a vet for early diagnosis!
Dog Lymphoma: Life Expectancy
Depending on how advanced and severe the cancer is, dogs diagnosed with lymphoma tend to live for 6-12 months. Thankfully, in the majority of these cases, the dog goes into remission, meaning that for a time they don’t have any of the symptoms of cancer, and can live a normal, active life.
Remission isn’t a cure, though, and after some months, the cancer will become evident again and need to be treated.
Lymphoma in Dogs: Natural Treatment
When faced with a diagnosis of lymphoma for your pet, there are so many different opinions, and so much information to consider and understand.
We know that you want the best for your dog’s health, and are likely interested in exploring natural treatment options to help with your pet’s fight with cancer. Canine lymphoma holistic treatment is available!
If you are interested in using traditional methods such as chemotherapy, it is good to know that PIPTOPET can be used for long-term, either on its own, or in addition to other treatment options.
Since the biggest concern with lymphoma in dogs is recurrence of the cancer cells, PIPTOPET can be useful for the current cancer, but to also before recurrences too!
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