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My Dog and Lymphoma :(

February 20th, 2011, 02:01 AM
My Dog has severe allergies. His ears flaps were swollen and full of fluid and the insides of his ears were bad. He was given prednisone by mouth and drops for his ears. He bounced back. After the treatment was over he went downhill. Not himself, depressed, restless, laying on cold surfaces only by the back door, not eating properly and drinking waaaay too much. He always wants outside no matter how cold and will not come in unless we carry him in. I was petting him the night before our recheck with the vet about the progress he has made and noticed his lymph nodes were swollen. The vet checked all of his nodes through out his body, legs, shoulders etc. She looked at me and I said are you thinking Cancer? She said, well it appears that with all the nodes swollen that is probably it. She took a blood test and will call me early Sunday morning to see if there is anything bacterial..Waiting is killing us..We are pretty sure this is it Cancer though we hope it isnt..Chemo is an option but will not cure him...We are devasted by this as he is only 4 years old..He is our baby and our baby may be dying..:(

I want to know if Allergies, and some sites say that they do, if they cause enlarged lymph glands? Has anyone had any experience with this? Has anyone tried using K9 Immunity or anything that will build his immunity up. Is it strange that the vet is not addressing his severe allergies as the cause? We have never dealt with this before and any help would be so welcome.. thank you so much for listening..:(

February 20th, 2011, 01:29 PM
Sorry to hear what you are going through. I pray that your tests are good. I don't know about allergies but I now know alot about prednisone. I just lost my cat to lymphoma in August. She was prescibed prednisone by mouth to help perk her up, get her eating, and try to give her a bit more quality to the life she was living. And when you mentioned the excess water drinking, that just gave me the chills. I know it took a long time for them to finally diagnose my cat, one vet kept insisting it was hairballs and would not run any tests. I got a second vet, and she found the lump without any x-rays, by then that vet didn't even want to do xrays or bloodwork because she was so weak. That is where the prednisone came in.
Sad as it may be, maybe your vet isn't mentioning anything because he wants to see test results first? Cancer is such an ugly ugly disease and it takes so many lives, both human and animal, way to soon. Maybe he wants to rule the worse possible scenerio out first and then go from there?:pray: that you get some positive results. Sorry I couldn't be of much help with any positive info on allergy's.

February 20th, 2011, 08:57 PM
Did you hear anything from the vet, shaesgrammi? Waiting is so hard...

Praying and hoping that it's not cancer and your vet will come up with an effective treatment!

February 20th, 2011, 10:06 PM
I am glad you found us. I told you that the people here are nice and will offer their help and compassion.