Ask the Vet
Ask the Vet
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Michael Dym
Back to results
Enter Your Information All fields are required

While efforts are made to answer all questions as quickly as possible, if an immediate answer is required or if your pet is in need of urgent or emergency care, contact your pet's veterinarian immediately.

*Please note: Questions submitted and the answers will appear on our website as a benefit to all pet owners. Please make sure not to include any personal information in the box where you enter your question.

Ask the Vet
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Michael Dym
Thank you! Your question has been submitted.

You will receive an answer from Dr. Dym and our vet/tech team as soon as possible, usually the same day.

All answers are provided for informational or educational purposes only, and are intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your pet's veterinarian.

It may be necessary to consult your pet's veterinarian regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your pet's symptoms or medical condition.

Close
Ask the Vet
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Michael Dym
Oops! Your question has not been submitted.

An error has occurred, please reload the page and try again.

Close
Ask the Vet
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Michael Dym
Got questions? Ask Dr. Dym & our Vet Team:

While efforts are made to answer all questions as quickly as possible, if an immediate answer is required or if your pet is in need of urgent or emergency care, contact your pet's veterinarian immediately.

Do these answer your question?
Showing of | See All
Have another question, or can’t find your answer?
Submit your question
We're Sorry!

There is no answer related to your question

Can’t find your answer?
Submit your question
Category
Back

Lymphoma (Lymphosarcoma) Symptoms in Dogs and Cats

Symptoms of lymphoma (lymphosarcoma) in dogs and cats

Symptoms of lymphoma in dogs and cats may vary and often mimic many other illnesses depending on the organs involved and the length of time before diagnosis. Non-specific symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, increased thirst and/or urination, fever, shortness of breath, fluid buildup in the chest, weakness, nasal discharge or bleeding, vomiting, and diarrhea. You may notice painless swollen lymph nodes on your pet which can be subsequently confirmed by your veterinarian.

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite/weight
  • Increased thirst/urination
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid buildup in chest
  • Weakness
  • Nasal discharge/bleeding
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Diagnosing lymphoma (lymphosarcoma) in dogs and cats

All pets with clinical signs associated with lymphoma should have a full veterinary exam, blood work, and urine analysis to help determine overall body health. Radiographs and ultrasound of the chest or abdomen are often used to find out if the cancer has spread to other organs. When peripheral or abdominal/chest nodes are involved, needle aspiration of these affected areas is often used to tentatively diagnose lymphoma. However, the gold standard of diagnosis and staging is done through biopsy, and examination of cells under a microscope by a veterinary pathologist. Bone marrow aspirate or biopsy is often needed also to determine if the cancer has invaded the marrow. If the central nervous system is possibly involved, CT scan or MRIs should also be done.