Ask the Vet About Lymphoma in Dogs and Cats
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Question:My Siamese male cat is 13 years old-stopped eating and was lethargic. Went to the vet and blood work showed high white cell count--kidneys, liver all ok. He was on antibiotics for two weeks and then the next two weeks he was great...then he started not eating and lethargic but not as bad as before. So back to the vets we go...he was looking a little "swollen" so she pulled some fluid out of his side and brought it in to show us-it was pale yellow. So at this point she diagnosed lymphoma and he is now on steroids. Is there a relatively painless test for this or does this seem to be correct???
Answer:If she submitted the fluid to the lab for analysis and they saw lymphoma cells and/or if she spun it down and saw them in the office, that is diagnostic, but we usually have to do a biopsy of the mass to confirm the diagnosis - this can sometimes be done by an experienced ultrasonagrapher via a fine needle aspirate but usually by surgically entering the abdomen and obtaining a biopsy. If the latter is necessary & the mass seems relatively easy to remove, a removal may be performed and the entire mass sent to the lab for analysis.
Question:my dog has end stage lymphoma with a month to live. I cannot leave him alone and asked a friend to sit with him while I am at work. She is afraid of the dog transmitting Coronavirus to her. Can a dog be a carrier of the virus to humans? I have never heard of this before.
Answer:No, not that we know of. Your dog would have to be exposed to an infected person very shortly before contact with her - it can live on them for a little while, like a doorknob or a table or our hands if we aren't washing, etc., but that's the only way.
Question:I've asked your for information six hours ago,and still haven't received any response. Please respond! This is an extreme situation, or eles I'll go eleswhere for this information ,thanks.
Answer:Sorry it took so long - we usually answer questions within 24 hours. For immediate help, you can always call your veterinarian, emergency clinic or contact sites that charge a fee like Justanswer.com.
Question:I joined your pet organization last night@9:00pm. I did successfully sent you a message about my dog with Lymphoma. I provided all necessary info including card# . Now 20+ hours later,I still haven't received an answer. Please respond now, thanks .
Answer:There must be a technical problem - we will almost always answer within 24 hours. I answered 3 different lymphoma questions this morning - maybe check your spam. Here is a really good article about lymphoma, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust, that you will hopefully find helpful: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951455
Question:How can I help my dog Gypsy breathe better with herbal means, she has it at her throat. I do only herbs to treat myself also . Thanks !
Answer:You will have to contact a veterinary oncologist for an accurate answer to your question. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com. Here is a good article about lymphoma, written by another veterinarian from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951455
Question:My dog has a growth about 3" diameter that is getting bigger and smells horrible. He acts the same and it doesn't seem to bother him other than he licks it. What could it be?
Answer:I worry about 2 things that you mention: it is getting bigger and it smells - malignant, cancerous masses tend to grow relatively quickly and get secondarily infected, so have your veterinarian check it as soon as you can to see what kind of a tumor (benign vs malignant vs everything in between) it is so you can make an appropriate plan for him.
Question:ABOUT 3 WEEKS AGO MY DOG HAD REALLY PUFFY EYES WITH GOOP IN THEM. I NOTICED ABOUT A WEEK LATER THAT HER GLANDS WERE SWOLLEN UNDER HER FRONT LEGS(ARM PITS) AND NECK AREA. THE VET SAID CANCER PRETTY MUCH WITHOUT CHECKING HER. HER ENERGY LEVEL HAS NOT CHANGED A BIT, APPETITE IS GOOD AS WELL. COULD THIS BE A REACTION FROM THE "HEAD COLD" SHE HAD THE WEEK PRIOR AND IF SO, WHAT CAN I GIVE HER TO REDUCE THE SWELLING IN HER GLANDS?
Answer:It can still be lymphoma, even with her feeling good. Your veterinarian will want to rule out other things like tick borne diseases with some blood work. Referral to a veterinary oncologist is ideal for treatment of lymphoma, but prednisone will make her feel better if that is not an option.
Question:Can I give my dog prendozone with ciprofloxacin hes in a lot of pain and has been on this in antibiotic but hss ran out of pain meds for about 4 days now It's very urgent hes in a lot of pain and his limp nodes are very swollen his right eye is almost completely closed
Answer:I can't really tell what is going on with your go from your question but if he has lymphoma, predisone can potentially help him feel better if he is in that much pain BUT the oncologists don't like for you to give it if you are eventually going to get stronger chemotherapy for him. You can give it with cipro but you can't give it with a lot of other medications. If he hasn't been diagnosed with lymphoma, definitely don't give it because if he has infection, prednisone will suppress his ability to fight it off. Consult your veterinarian, who knows his entire history, for better advice.
Question:How much is the procedure for removal of cist
Answer:You will have to get a quote from whoever is going to potentially perform the surgery and they will need to see the mass to be able to guess. Costs vary WILDLY based on MANY different variables with masses : how big the mass is, whether it is attached to underlying structures, whether a skin graft might be needed, how old your dog is (may need addition pre-surgery bloodwork and/or x-rays), whether there are anesthetic complications, where you are in the country (city vs country costs vary), etc etc etc
Question:This lymph occured due to possible infection.is there medication available that may reduce the swelling. Pefer drops.
Answer:A lymph node that is enlarged due to infection will almost always need prescription antibiotics that you will have to get at your veterinarian. You categorized this under Lymphoma, which is an aggressive malignant cancer, and needs to be ruled out by your veterinarian as a cause of the enlarged lymph node as well, so see your veterinarian when you can.
Question: Age 11 years,4 months , She was never spayed. It is the size of Gherkin pickle. Soft to touch. Never had copulation wit a male. What do you recommend? PLEASE.
Answer:Have your veterinarian check it when you can. It may be benign and nothing to worry, but I worry about breast cancer because she has never been spayed. The hormones in an unspayed female increase their chances of breast cancer.
Question:I have a rat terrier mix, he is 12 years old. Lately i've noticed a large jelly like pudge on the side of his stomach in front of his right back leg. It looks awkward. It's soft and he doesn't seem to be bothered by it, but it doesn't look good. What could this be? Thanks for your help.
Answer:I would really have to seen him and probably run some tests on it to tell you for sure like a fine needle aspirate. Cats don't get lipomas (benign fatty mass) as commonly as dogs do but they can, so that's a possibility. If it is symmetrical (he has one on both sides), it may just be where he deposits fat. If it popped up suddenly, it could be a hematoma (large bruise). It can also be any other type of cancer, so have your veterinarian check it when you can.
Question:I took my dog to the vet for swollen glands, and he wasn't eating or drinking. They did a general exam by touch, and drew blood. By that they said he had lymphoma, and put him on a antibiotic, and prednisone, and advised me to re up the dose when I see he is not responding to it. The more I read, the more questions I have about his diagnosis, and what to look for. He's 11 years old, and other than the knots in his lower jaw/ upper throat, he seems relatively fine. It's been three weeks now, and I have no clue what I'm doing or what to watch for, but I have noticed the knots are seeming to harden, is this normal? Also should he need medicine for pain.?
Answer:Yes, lymphoma lymph nodes can enlarge and/or harden as the disease progresses. Lymphoma is a very aggressive form of cancer so work closely with your veterinarian, especially from here on. I tell my clients to watch their appetite. On prednisone, his appetite should be good, so when it starts to decrease, you will want to contact your veterinarian - that's when they will probably want you to increase his meds. Most lymphoma patients don't experience a lot of overt pain, especially early in the disease. The prednisone should help with most discomfort at this stage because it is anti-inflammatory. He may need stronger pain meds toward the end.
Question:My English springer spaniel "Buddie" was diagnosed with lymphoma 9 days ago. He is 13 1/2 yrs old. He is currently on prednisone 20mg bid. In another day he drops to 20mg once a day. I was given Tramadol 50mg every 12 hours if needed. He seems to be having nausea every few days. Looks dumpy, weak and won't eat each time. Can you recommend some medication to alleviate his nausea? He has been give 4-8 weeks.... it's considered advanced stage. Thank you
Answer:Consider adding Cerenia - it's a really good anti-nausea medication that you give once daily. Your veterinarian more than likely carries it - if they don't, we do, but you would need a prescription from them. The tramadol can upset his stomach, so depending on how much he weighs, work with your veterinarian to find a dosage that doesn't upset his stomach. There are other pain meds that his stomach may handle a little better if you can't find a dosage that doesn't upset his stomach. When he drops to once daily prednisone, his appetite may decrease even more, so let your veterinarian know if he really stops eating. With cancer patients, it's important for them to keep eating - preferably more than they did before they were diagnosed (but that's hard to do) because the cancer increases their metabolism. Here's a link to Cerenia if you want to read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Cerenia-prod11268.html