Lymphoma in Dogs
Lymphoma is cancer
of the lymphatic tissue. The lymph system is a core part of the body’s immune
system. The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that defends the
body against infections. It is comprised of a network of lymphatic vessels that
carry lymph (a clear, watery fluid that contains protein, salts, glucose and
other substances) throughout the body. The lymphatic system also serves as a low-pressure
drainage system that collects interstitial fluid throughout the body and
returns it to the bloodstream.
Canine lymphoma is a very
common form of cancer in dogs which has many forms which vary in
aggressiveness, symptoms and prognosis. It can occur in dogs of any
age. 5 primary forms of lymphoma in dogs are cutaneous lymphoma, extranodal lymphoma, medistinal lymphoma, alimentary lymphoma and multicentric lymphoma. One of the most classic signs to watch for is swelling of a lymph node. Symptoms often include:
painless swelling of lymph nodes, lack of appetite, weakness, lethargy, and
weight loss. Canine lymphoma can occur in any dog, but some breeds that are
inflicted more often are Boxers, Golden Retrievers, Saint Bernards, Basset
Hounds, Airedale Terriers and Bulldogs.
is not a cure for lymphoma and the best course of action will depend on the type,
stage and aggressiveness. Even though a cure is not possible, a pet can go
into remission for a period of time with treatment. Chemotherapy is the
most common treatment offered to canine lymphoma patients. Even if you
choose not to pursue chemotherapy, seeking the advice of a cancer
specialist, referred to as a veterinary oncologist
is recommended. This is because you can gain insight and be sure you
have explored all of your options from a cancer expert. Regardless of what treatment you and your family pursue, supportive care using a cancer diet and holistic supplements can
improve the quality of life for your pet and sometimes, the quantity of time as well. We have worked with many
canine lymphoma patients since 2005 and have found that pets that used
both conventional and holistic treatments fared best.
Supplements for Canine Lymphoma:
Immune Harmony- Immune Harmony contains plant sterols and a limited
amount of antioxidants. The product modulates the immune system,
rather than overstimulating it. While it is always best to consult the advice of your veterinarian, many client have safely used the Immune Harmony formula along with chemotherapy.
Resveratrol for Dogs-
acts on the process of carcinogenesis by affecting all three phases: tumor
initiation, promotion and progression and suppresses the final steps of
carcinogenesis. Resveratrol For Dog also supports immune function.
of omega-3 nutrients (essential fatty acids) that can help your pet fight cancer. Amazing Omegas is a highly purified fish oil made from sardines, anchovies and mackerel processed with minimal heat to preserve the oil in its natural state. Packed in glass bottles to prevent any chemicals from plastic leaching into the oil, Amazing Omegas is the highest quality, purified fish oil available for pets.
Curcumin for Pets- is
essential for dogs (and cats) with cancer as it has cancer-fighting properties
and is a critical antioxidant. Curcumin for Pets absorbs best when digested
with fat, especially Omega 3 fatty acids (Amazing Omegas). Scientific studies have shown the benefits of curcumin for cancer patients. If your pet is undergoing radiation, curcumin can protect the skin undergoing radiation.
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Importance of the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is a core part of your dog's immune system, which acts as an extensive drainage network that defends the body against infections. It is comprised of a network of lymphatic vessels that carry lymph (a clear, watery fluid that contains protein, salts, glucose and other substances) throughout the body. The lymphatic system also serves as a low-pressure drainage system that collects interstitial fluid throughout the body and returns it to the bloodstream.
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Cutaneous Lymphoma in Dogs
While not the most common form of lymphoma (that would be multicentric lymphoma) cutaneous lymphoma in dogs is one of the easiest to identify early on and has shown advancement in treatment options.
When a dog has cutaneous lymphoma they will develop red lumps on the skin, which is where the cancer originates. Symptoms of cutaneous lymphoma include ulcers, nodules, hair loss, itching, scaling and the dog may exhibit oral problems such as nodules or lesions on the lips and gums.
Causes of Lymphoma in Dogs
The causes of lymphoma in dogs are still largely unknown. However, through recent studies it is believed that environmental factors have a huge impact. The studies found that dogs in homes where chemicals such as solvents were heavily used or where 24-D herbicides were used on lawns had a higher instance of getting lymphoma.
Symptoms of Lymphoma in Dogs
The symptoms of lymphoma in dogs will vary depending on the type of lymphoma present. However, the most common sign of lymphoma in dogs is a painless enlargement of the lymph nodes.