July 13th, 2004, 11:49 AM
Today wasn't the best day as we have found out that our 3 year old white lab was diagnosed with lymphoma. He has 4-6 weeks to live. I would like to thank everyone for their support and wishes. I have one question, if someone could help me, how does an animal get lymphoma?; is it sparked by something or just occurs.
July 13th, 2004, 12:01 PM
Oh No! I am stunned! I am so very sorry for this news. I know nothing about the illness, so I hope others can help. What does your vet say? Man, life sucks sometimes.
I am a foster home for lab Rescue, so I can relate with you. Again, I am so sorry your family is having to go through this.
You should post this question in the Ask the Vet section.
July 13th, 2004, 01:26 PM
I'm feeling for you this morning! How sad!
From what I have found through searching under "canine AND lymphoma" (Google), the causes are really unknown. There are some suggestions that genetics may be involved as there have been some cases of "cluster" cases within same litters. Also, it's mentioned there are higher incidents among dogs exposed to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic (2,4-D) herbicides use on lawns. Other studies dispute this.
It's suggested there have been positive results from chemo-therapy. Has your vet made any recommendations along this line?
These are some interesting websites:
July 13th, 2004, 02:03 PM
OH dear, what a horrible day for you!
I'm so very very sorry, big hugs to you, the family and to your lovely dog!
I wish for things to go as smoothly as they possibly can, anytime you need someone we're all here for you.
July 13th, 2004, 04:04 PM
I am SO sorry to hear this.:( Please don't feel anything you did caused this to happen!
Your dog may not have long, but he is lucky to be so loved and cared for.
July 13th, 2004, 05:16 PM
How very sad for your 3yr old poor dog and your family.I believe everyone here has lost loved animals and like Luba says,if you need to share,we have lots of understanding ears....You will know when the time comes to make that final good deed for your dog and I wish you,your family and your dog all the best :(