If Your Beagle Is Diagnosed With Lymphoma/cancer……

…. Does that mean his days are numbered? Surely not! These days, Cancer has an answer, provided that it is diagnosed early. Lymphoma accounts for 10-20% of all cancers in dogs, which makes it among the most common cancers seen in any breed, including Beagles. Shockingly enough, it is becoming more common in young dogs, though the disease is supposedly more common in older dogs. However, in case your Beagle is found to have Lymphoma/cancer, or if you somehow suspect that your dog is having it, then it is no use to delay its treatment. However, if you are clueless about the treatment options for the disease, then this write up can do you (and your dog) some good. First of all, it is important for you to know what Lymphoma actually is.

Get Introduced To It

Lymphoma can occur due to the increased reproduction of the cancerous lymphocytes in lymph nodes. Apart from the lymphoid tissues of liver, it can also affect gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow and skin.

The precise cause of the development of lymphoma is still not known. Nevertheless, genetics, as well as environmental factors, (such as exposure to chemicals like pesticides and herbicides) can also lead to the malady.

Does Your Dog Have Lymphoma?

The indications of Lymphoma in dogs include:

  • See if your dog has a lump under the armpits, groin, behind the knees and jaw.
  • Nauseous feeling, sudden weight loss.
  • Breathlessness.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Anemia; low count of white blood cells.
  • Cough.
  • Accumulation of fluid around the lungs.
  • High level of calcium in blood.
  • More water consumption.
  • The skin may turn red or flaky. It may develop itchiness or lump.

Diagnosing the Disease

In most cases, veterinarians identify canine lymphoma through the following ways:

  • Biopsying the visible lumps.
  • Performing an ultrasound.
  • Taking x-rays.
  • Blood/ urine test.
  • If your dog appears to have Lymphoma in intestine, the vet can also perform an endoscopy.

Treating Lymphoma

It is a fact that canine Lymphoma cannot be cured completely. However, its timely detection, and right treatment can make your dog survive for many more years. The different modes of treating the cancer include:

  • Chemotherapy is a common mode of treatment for dogs with lymphoma. It consists of a combination of oral, as well as injected drugs. They are given on a frequent basis. The medicines which are generally used during the therapy include L-asparaginase, vincristine, cyclophosphamide, prednisone, and doxorubicin.
  • Sometimes, prednisone or doxorubicin is given alone.
  • Nutrients like arginine, vitamin A, D and vitamin B12 can also be given to soothe the indications of canine lymphoma.

Now that you know that treatment of Lymphoma/cancer in dogs is actually possible, you should waste no more time in taking your dog to the vet. Remember, if not treated in time, it can lead to death within two months of time. So hurry or you can end up sorry!

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