my dog has cancer all of his glands are very swollen some are as big as a golf ball, the 4 glands around his throat and the ones on the top of the leg....the vet said that he wanted to do surgery to take a chunk out of one of them to find out exactly what kind it is but i don't have $500 to do that and then he wanted to put him on chemo that would be a couple thousand $ i'm just torn and don't know what to do he is losing weight and throwing up acid because of it, i don't know if he is suffering or not, he still plays (but was never a very active dog in the 1st place)i think i am going to get him re-checked to see what the vet thinks we should do, and see if he thinks he is suffering because he said that if his internal glands start swelling than he wouldn't be able to breath....any advice? thanks
It sounds like lymphoma. Its similar to leukemia. Surgery is not necessary. It can be diagnosed with blood tests and bone marrow extraction. There are 2 types of lymphoma, T and B. T is the worst, B is the better of the 2 if you can call it that. It is treatable with chemotherapy. But, expensive. If chemo isn't done, pain, swelling etc can be managed w/predisnone (sp?) My condolences and best to you and your dog.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
I am sorry to hear about your dog. You may want to check to see if there is a University Vet Clinic in your state. I know Michigan State University has one. They accept animals as patients that may need extended or extensive medical treatment and are often much more reasonable than a regular vets office.
If he is already 9 years old, you have to wonder if it is worth it (I don't mean money wise, I mean the wear and tear on the dog, as he is already in a delicate medical condtion) for chemotherapy. What kind of prognosis do they give him, if you were to schedule him for chemo?
In a way, I too am going through much of what you are, although not directly. One of my puppies, that was whelped in 1997 has cancer. His family has opted not to go the chemo route, because it just may not help to extend his life, nor provide him with a quality life, at this point.
Again, I am sorry that you and your pup are going through this trying time.
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