Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Diet Lymphoma

Helen asks…

Beagle with lymphoma?

My Beagle, 9 yrs old, has recently been diagnosed with lymphoma. It is in a lymph node in his belly and also in the wall of intestinal wall. He is on Prednisone now and is eating well. The only indication of something wrong is that he frequently shivers from the neck down. Any ideas what is going on? Thanks – Gayle

Jimmy answers:

Last year my dog was diagnosed with lymphoma as well. The vet gave him a month to live, but I put him on a high protein diet and put safflower seed oil on top of his food and he lived for about 9 more months. I doubt the shivering has anything to do with the cancer, he’s probably just cold :)

Laura asks…

question about dog illness?

Our dog has not ate in three days, she was vomiting, and had diarrhea, and even urinated on herself and she also had a 104 degree temp, but all of that has stopped and she won’t eat she is caught up on her shots and had has blood work, she is at the vet for the night, any suggestions?

Jimmy answers:

Nutritional/Metabolic disorders: Sudden change of diet.

Infectious diseases: Parvovirus infection, salmonellosis, giardiasis, histoplasmosis, or coccidioidomycosis.

Parasites/Parasite-borne diseases: Hookworms (especially in puppies), coccidiosis (especially in puppies), roundworms, whipworms, strongyloides (usually in young dogs), Rocky Mountain spotted fever, hepatozoonosis (a tick-borne protozoal disease), or Salmon poisoning disease (a bacterial disease contracted by eating salmon, trout or Pacific giant salamanders parasitized by flukes that carry the infective organism).

Allergies/Hypersensitivities: Food hypersensitivity.

Toxicity: Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) or metaldehyde (slug bait).

Tumors: In intestines, colon, or rectum.

Drug reactions: Azathioprine and cyclosporine (immunosuppressants), griseofulvin (antifungal), or tricyclic antidepressants.

Endocrine disorders: Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease).

Miscellaneous disorders: Gastric dilatation-volvulus, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, pancreatitis, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, or certain types of liver disease (idiopathic chronic hepatitis, idiopathic hepatic fibrosis).

Foreign bodies: In intestines.

Congenital diseases: Various types of enteropathy (commonly in Irish Setters, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Basenjis), chronic hepatitis (Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, American and English Cocker Spaniels, Bedlington Terriers, West Highland White Terriers), or pancreatic insufficiency (German Shepherd Dogs).

What to do: If your dog has a single, mild episode of diarrhea without other signs of illness, no action is necessary. If the diarrhea seems to be related to a change of diet, discontinue the new food. If your dog’s diarrhea persists but is unaccompanied by other signs of illness, call your veterinarian during regular office hours to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment. If your dog has diarrhea three or more times in 24 hours, passes blood or shows other signs of illness such as vomiting, contact your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately.

Infectious diseases: Pneumonia, meningoencephalitis and other disorders caused by viral infections (parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, adenovirus-1 or adenovirus-2). Bacterial infections (leptospirosis, nocardiosis, other secondary infections), fungal infections (coccidioidomycosis, histoplasmosis, aspergillosis), aspiration pneumonia (due to vomiting, cleft palate, improperly administered oral medication or force-feeding, megaesophagus, enlargement/dysfunction of the esophagus), enteritis, bacterial prostatitis, prostatic abscesses, mastitis (mammary gland infection), or metritis (infection of the uterine lining).

Nutritional/Metabolic: Puerperal tetany (low blood calcium level in females that have recently whelped).

Parasites/Parasite-borne diseases: Borreliosis (Lyme disease), Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, salmon poisoning disease (a bacterial disease contracted by eating salmon, trout, or Pacific giant salamanders parasitized by flukes that carry the infective organism).

Tumors: In kidney, prostate, or malignant lymphoma (lymph nodes).

Toxicity: Metaldehyde (slug bait).

Immune-mediated disorders: Idiopathic polyarthritis or immune-mediated meningitis.

Drug reactions: Aspirin, chlorpheniramine (large amounts), methamphetamine, or certain cancer chemotherapy protocols (vincristine, L-asparaginase, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, prednisone).

Endocrine disorders: Pyometra (uterine infection).

Miscellaneous: Heat stroke.

What to do: If your dog’s fever is over 103.5o or is accompanied by serious signs of illness (vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, collapse, etc.), call your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately. Otherwise, call your veterinarian during regular office hours to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment. If you don’t know what to do, contact your veterinarian or emergency clinic.

Infectious diseases: Parvovirus, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, pyelonephritis (kidney infection), or peritonitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the abdominal cavity; due to fungal or bacterial infection spread via the bloodstream, or bacterial migration subsequent to diseases/disorders affecting abdominal organs, such as tumors or interruption of blood supply).

Miscellaneous disorders: Pancreatitis, gastritis, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, inflammatory bowel disease, gastric dilatation-volvulus (non-productive vomiting), motion sickness, gastrointestinal ulcers, or peritonitis (due to irritants such as bile or urine in the abdominal cavity).

Toxicity: Ethylene glycol (antifreeze), chocolate, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, alcohol, ibuprofen, naproxen, carprofen, pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, cardiac glycosides (digitalis compounds), iron, zinc, vitamin D, ma huang and guarana (ingredients found in some herbal supplements), rodenticide

Donald asks…

Why is my dog lethargic? She has also vomitted.?

I have been feeding my dog raw meaty bones for about 3-4 weeks. She is an italian mastiff, is 2yrs and 4 months old and weighs 47kg.

She was sick a tiny bit on Wednesday, then again this morning, then again this afternoon.

Yesterday she had her biscuit (Wholebake Original) with salmon oil on it, then 3 raw chicken legs for her dinner. In the evening she became lethargic and has been today, although she is fine and like normal when engaged.

She hasnt been spayed and was due to come into season at the beginning of August, but she didnt so i am hoping she is just coming into season but I am worried that she might have a bone stuck somewhere.

I don’t have insurance for her yet, although I alm going to sort this out tomorrow now.

Should I be really worried? Should I take her to the vet when they open in the morning or should I leave her and see how she goes? I’ve heard that when feeding raw meaty bones the dogs may sometimes regurgitate their food, so this is what she might have done and just be lethargic as she’s coming into season.
She only ate 2 raw eggs for her breakfast and ignored her plain biscuit (she normally has something on it, not plain) then this afternoon she was looking for her dinner (james wellbeloved & a ceaser as i was at my mums), which she ate when given and then she ate a little bit of biscuit (wholebake) and pilchards when we got home.
Thanks Lorraine, she’s been on prize choice frozen slabs and wholebake original (a holistic mixer biscuit) as well as raw meat/chicken wings as & when for almost a year but as i’ve introduced bones i’ve noticed her stools are better (they were looser then i’d have liked) so have moved over to rmb’s rather than prize choice. she only had the jw & ceaser today because i was at my mums and had nothing else to give her. I was told by Helen Withey (google her) that wholebake original and meat/fish with some fruit & veg would be fine for her.

The insurance company I have researched (vetsmedicover) wont pay out for 30 days but I am going to get it in case of future problems.
Add on: I’m not so worried now. she got up, sat looking at me, so i let her out and she found a bit of bone from yesterday that she is now chewing away on.

Prize choice is ok as a freezer filler in case of low stocks but i dont think its good at all for a main staple. I’m going to find green tripe for her, i’ve found a place online that will deliver chicken carcasses and all the rest, in London, http://www.mobilepetfoods.co.uk/ i’m going to buy in bulk from this place when i get a freezer sorted.

The insurance is expensive, but definitely worth it. if i had to have her x-rayed to look for bones that would have cost me a fortune. the company i’ll probably go with (vetsmedicover) is £35 a month but seem the best and most reasonably priced so far.

Helen Withey is worth looking up, she’s written a book called ‘Dog knows best’ about nutrition and i finished her Canine care, training and management course this spring.

Jimmy answers:

They don’t normally regurgitate their food at all.

I feed raw and have never had any problems whatsoever, and have contact with hundreds of raw feeders who also don’t have any problems.

Can I just say that if you do have a problem then getting her insured tomorrow isn’t going to help one little bit. When you insure, they will not pay up for anything that happens in the first 14 days, and quite rightly so, otherwise people would wait until there is a problem before insuring.

It is possible that she is coming into season here.

It doesn’t sound like the food is a problem but I can’t be sure. If you’ve been on it for 3-4 weeks then she shouldn’t be being sick because her tummy isn’t used to it. See how she is in the morning.

Add on – you shouldn’t really be feeding James Wellbeloved and a raw diet. You must decide RAW or kibble… And not both. This will not do her stomach any good and will make her sick as the ph levels in the stomach have to be different to digest each type of food. It doesn’t cope with both. Do a bit more reseach on raw.

Add on — yes the Prize Choice blocks do not have enough bone content in them for sure. Mine have a base of chicken backs which a lot of butchers will give for virtually nothing. I know the wholebake original, and if you are going to use a mixer then that is best as it is not an extruded make. Ie the type which have to reach really high temperatures to achieve the sizing.

I still give Prize Choice for variation and especially the tripe. Very important part of a raw diet as it contains more nutrients than most. Go for variety when raw feeding. As many different types of meat and from as many parts of an animal as possible. Hence Prize Choice come in handy for some of their stuff.

Do let me know if she is ok.

I will google Helen Withey – always like to read other people’s works on any nutritional opinions.

Add again – wise choice to insure. You just never know. My avatar b*tch had an abscess that came up twice and they thought it was cancer or lymphoma… £2600 later !!!!!
Then last week my boys ears needed flushing as they get really bad left over from his days before I got him. Twice he’s been in as they were perforated… £300 + £200 + back in again this Wednesday to check again …. Gees.. Good job I am insured with both of them.

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