Lymphoma in dogs is the most common form of cancer found in dogs and just the mere mention of the name can stop the hearts of most dog owners.
There is no known cause of this very deadly form of cancer and there is no cure for it.
Currently most all experts would agree that that although there are methods to extend the life of a dog that has been diagnosed with Lymphoma.
However it most cases it may be only for a few weeks, a few months, and if very lucky, perhaps a year.
However, the outcome is most always the death of your dog.
But what is extremely mystifying about the medical community and Lymphoma in dogs is that they will marvel at extending life with treatments.
However they will always state that there is no conclusive evidence that those same treatments, when use in prevention, produce any desired results.
Stop for a minute and scratch your head and think about this question.
If there are medications or supplements that can prolong the life of your dog, even for short periods of time, would it not make just plain common sense that these same medications can help prevent them?
If they are used in preventive measures against the top cancer in dogs, they may actually help to prevent Lymphoma in dogs.
But remember, this is the same medical community that took over 200 hundred years to admit that Thiamine cured Beriberi.
In fact until only recently have they even begin to study vitamins, minerals, and herbs as actual treatments.
Lymphoma is dogs is the most common form of cancer in dogs and it generally attacks the lymph nodes in your pet, although it also attacks the spleen, the liver, and other organs.
It primarily affects middle aged or older dogs, and there are certain breeds more at risk than others, but it can affect any breed, any sex, and dogs at any age.
The breeds that are most subject to acquiring this very deadly form of cancer are: Labrador and Golden retrievers, Rottweiler’s, St. Bernard's, Boxers, Bulldogs, Basset Hounds, and Scottish and Airedale terriers.
Why these breeds are more at risk no one knows.
With cats, there is a very strong correlation between lymphoma in dogs and the feline leukemia virus, but with dogs, there is not the same connection.
There is no known cause.
There is a lot of speculation that it could be caused by exposure to pesticides or perhaps an exposure to strong magnetic forces.
This is similar to high power voltage wires causing cancer in humans, but quite simply no one knows.
Diagnosing Lymphoma in dogs will depend on the locations of the tumors in your pet’s body. It can be done by blood tests, biopsies, x-rays or ultrasound.
The symptoms will also depend on the location.
The most common form of this cancer is referred to as the multi-centric and accounts for about 80 percent of all cases.
This form is found in your pets lymph nodes that have become swollen. But other than the swelling, there may be no symptoms at all.
When examined, these nodes will be enlarged and very hard. There are also three other forms that you will need to watch for as owners.
The gastrointestinal form will cause vomiting, diarrhea, and a rapid weight loss in your pet.
The mediastinal form is found in the chest and causes shortness of breath.
Finally, the skin form usually causes either single or multiple lymph nodes on your pet’s skin or mouth.
The symptoms of Lymphoma in dogs will be classified by the stage that it is in.
Stage one is where just one node is present; two is several nodes in the same area and three is where all lymph nodes are involved.
Stage four is all nodes plus the liver, spleen and chest; and five is where the bone marrow has been attacked.
In stage five the other areas may or may not be affected, but it will not matter at this point.
This form of cancer is a very rapid in its growth and can literally spread to every organ in your pet’s body. It will attack and penetrate with such force that the organs will begin to fail.
Your pet will start to completely loss their appetite, vomit and have diarrhea to the point that they will become so weak that they will lose the battle.
If not treated after it is diagnosed, you pet will most likely die with two to three weeks.
Like most all forms of cancer, Lymphoma in dogs is considered a systemic disease where surgery or radiation just does not work and is very ineffective.
At these point chemotherapy treatments, drugs, and nutrients are your only hope. These will consist of a combination of both oral as well as inject able drugs or nutrients.
The drugs that are used will vary, but what is quite interesting are the nutrients that are used to treat the symptoms that can prolong the life of your dog.
The most common used nutrients are Arginine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D and D3, and Vitamin B12.
Again, ask yourself a basic question. If these nutrients are used for treatment, could they not also be very useful in the preventing of this deadly disease.
Arginine is an amino acid that is also very well known as a growth hormone re leaser.
A deficiency of this amino acid results in weakness of the muscles and an increase in body fats. Why does it help with prolonging the life of your dog with this cancer?
Again, no one seems to know. Your dog’s body does produce it, but perhaps, just perhaps, they are not producing enough of it.
It not only promotes growth but it also helps your pet’s immune system and there is a lot of growing optimism that it can also help to reduce cancer.
It is available in supplements in the form of arginine or L-arginine.
Vitamin A has also recently been speculated to induce differentiation in leukemic and lymphomic cells in that they cause them to restore back to normal. For this reason it may be able to help with Lymphoma in dogs.
Vitamin D3 when combined with Vitamin D has also recently produced the same affects in several tests.
Vitamin B12 has a substance called nitric oxide which is attached to Vitamin B12. It appears that receptors on a cells surface actually attract this vitamin, and as such, allows it to enter.
The reason it attracts is that it actually helps the cells to grow, but there is where it backfires on cancer and could be especially helpful with Lymphoma in dogs.
Once inside the cell, it releases this nitric acid which attacks and kills the cancer cells from within the cells.
This is quite different as any other form of treatment that attempts to attack and destroy the cancer cells from the outside.
There is one glaring fact in all of this; all of these nutrients are used to prolong the life of your dog and they are, in some cases, very effective.
But would it not make a lot more sense to attack and kill the cancer before it attacks your dog.
More About Cancer & Tumors in Dogs:
Cancer care for your dog has some very interesting facts. The first is
that not all forms of cancer that attacks will be painful.
One of the first important steps for any owner in identifying the
cancer warning signs is to understand what some of the basic
Can cause your pets face to become deformed,
excessive salivation to develop, as well as the development of extreme bad breath.
The bone form is not nearly as common as the nasal form and it is extremely difficult to detect.
Is a malignant tumor of your pet’s pancreas and the
human form of this condition is called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Is a very invasive variety of cancer but it is much different than most forms of cancer.
Are malignant tumors but this is no normal tumor.
One of the first causes of lumps in your dog is from a condition referred to as acral lick dermatitis.
While the exact cause is not fully understood
by the medical community, there is one fact that is fully understood.
In fully understanding them and the forms of cancer
they can cause, it is extremely helpful to understand exactly what a
mass cell is.
Has another name that may be much more familiar to most owners; bone cancer.
Is a pocket of clear serous fluid that can very
easy form immediately following any type of surgical procedure.
Examining your pet at least once every couple of weeks may end up saving their life from this wicked form of cancer.
Are most common in middle aged or older dogs and occur a lot more frequently in larger breeds.