Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food For Lymphoma

Chris asks…

Large bump on the back end of my dog….?

Now before I get a bunch of “take her to the vet” answers. I have an appointment already, but thought maybe someone here can perpare me for what I think I am going to hear at the vets office.

The dog is 13 and a half years old. Female. Lab/Brittney Spaniel mix. She had a sezier about 6 months ago. She drinks a lot! She eats very slowly when before she used to gobble up food quickly. She has delveloped very quickly a large bump, about the size of a softball on her side in the rear. It is very hard. Any ideas what it might be? I am thinking the worse….
She sleeps all day and night…she is awake probably 3 hours total all day. She has had several accidents in the house, too.

Jimmy answers:

Without actually looking at the lump it’s hard to say what it is, but by your description it sounds like a tumor. Tumors develop quickly and are solid (not soft or movable like cysts or abscesses). Your vet will run some blood tests, may want to do a biopsy or a needle aspirate of the lump to determine if it’s benign or malignant. One possibility that what your describing sounds like Lymphoma. My friends dog was diagnosed with this when he was only 5 years old and had similar symptoms (drinking lots of water, urinating in the house, became lethargic, and a sudden appearance of a lump). They did go through with treatment for a while, but they saw he was suffering too much so they did have to put him down :( If it was caught earlier he probably would have handled it better. Here are a few links with information:

http://vetmedicine.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=vetmedicine&cdn=homegarden&tm=10&gps=115_230_1020_629&f=10&su=p284.2.420.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.bathbrunswickvet.com/library/cancer1.html%3FarticleID%3D3

http://vetmedicine.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=vetmedicine&cdn=homegarden&tm=209&gps=50_327_1020_629&f=10&su=p284.2.420.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.southpaws.com/topics/cancer.html

http://www.peteducation.com/category_summary.cfm?cls=2&cat=1638

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=575

I hope this helps and that everything turns out ok. Don’t start to worry until you get more precise answers from the vet. I wish you the best of luck!

James asks…

should i worry if my dog doesn’t want to eat and is barely going #2?

he only eats food i give him like, ham but when he eats it he makes like a gulping sound.

Jimmy answers:

Don’t take chances with not eating…. I don’t want to scare you and I’m sure your dog it just fine and probably being picky but here’s my experience. I came back from a 3 week holiday (had a sitter staying in my house to look after my 2 dogs and cat) and my young dog (not even 3) was thinner. The sitter said she had really not been eating much. Lacey however was very very attached to me so I put it down to depression, as did the sitter. A week later when she still wasn’t eating much (would eat ham if offered but ignored or just played with her normal food) I took her to the vet. 2-3 weeks later I had to put her down because her week little body could not handle the chemo to get rid of the horrible aggressive lymphoma that had been attacking her. My vet told me that one week would have made no difference…. But I still cry when I think about it and still wonder what horrible horrible thing out there would give my perfect little girl such a horrible disease – and that it only presented itself when I left….. She’d have been at the vets within days had I not gone on holiday… and she might be curled up at my feet in the evenings still if I had been there to do so…

Call your vet.

Helen asks…

my dogs dying& little uncomfortable, no relieving problems here, when do I let her be put to sleep?

she’s old and so awesome!

Jimmy answers:

That is a very personal decision, one that, ultimately ,YOU have to make. I sympathize with you– it’s a very difficult time, and you have my condolences. <> :(

I had to make that decision last year for my wonderful Himalayan kitty who was dying of lymphoma. Though she was still perky, she could no longer keep her food down. She was literally starving to death. I just knew that I didn’t want any of my loved ones just wasting away. I also wanted to remember a little kitty who was still at least somewhat cheerful and not really suffering. I also knew her well enough that I figured she wouldn’t have wanted that kind of suffering for us. Knowing that she was only going to get worse and the cancer was not treatable (it had already spread to her liver and spleen, as well as distant nodes), I wanted to enjoy every HAPPY moment I could with her.

So, while she was able to explore the garden with me by her side, I let her do so one last time. I let her sit on my lap one last day. I let her cuddle under the covers with me one last night. Then, on a bright sunny spring morning, we went to the vet and said our good-byes. Most animals are not afraid to die when the time is right. They know. So when we put the anesthesia gas mask on her– our vet does that so the pet doesn’t even feel the needle– she took a deep breath and closed her eyes. I’m a vet tech, and it’s extremely rare for an animal to close its eyes under anesthesia. I was very surprised when she did that. She kept them closed when the vet gave her the injection, and when she finally passed away, it was as if she literally “went to sleep”. I will always remember that last visit to the garden, and her peaceful passing, and how she didn’t suffer.

Most animals don’t close their eyes when they die. My clients ask why that is. My only explanation is that animals don’t fear death like we do. They face it “with their eyes wide open”. We humans are more afraid of death than they are, I guess. But putting your furbaby to sleep, especially if she is suffering, is the last and greatest act of kindness you can do for her. Always remember that, and remember her and all the years of joy and love that you have shared. Look at her, and revel in those memories. Then you will know when the time is right to say good-bye and send her to the Rainbow Bridge.

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