Canine lymphoma is a blood born disease that creates tumors in any part of the body that it can get to containing lymph tissue. This tissue resides in almost all of the major organs, the lymph nodes, and even in the liver.
While the cause of this disease is not known, it is known that the most common dogs to contact canine lymphoma are golden retrievers. Most middle aged dogs are at a higher risk for contracting lymphoma, but golden retrievers have the highest possible risk.
Unlike canine leukemia, lymphoma can be treated with surgery and oral chemotherapy treatments. The good thing is that less than 10% of dogs that have lymphoma ever get any kind of side effects from the chemo treatments. The only real side effects that you might notice are the loss of hair, appetite, and sometimes diarrhea. While the chemo therapy won’t cure the lymphoma, there is a good chance that your dog will go into remission and the lymphoma won’t come back.
Lymphoma is a very serious disease and, if left untreated, your dog has a life expectancy of 4 to 6 weeks. If you start to notice symptoms such as lethargy, loss of appetite, repetitive vomiting, and diarrhea, then you should have your dog checked out by a vet as soon as possible. The sooner you diagnose lymphoma, the sooner you can begin the treatments for it.
There have been some people that have found a holistic approach to the treatment of canine lymphoma to be highly effective. Although, there are some vets that will not agree with this approach, and you should still attempt to do everything the vet says, you can still find a peace of mind in the holistic approach.
There have been a few cases of the holistic approach causing the lymphoma to go into complete remission with absolutely no side effects. You can search online for sites that have holistic options for your pets to see if it will work for yours. While it may not completely cure the disease, being able to give your family dog at least some comfort towards the end of its life is always a good thing. You can also find support groups online as well to help.