|09-15-2013 06:16 PM|
I know exactly what you're going through. I lost River to lymphoma two years ago this December at 9 years old. Our vet does a modified protocol of 4 single chemo shots 3 weeks apart. It was not super expensive (about $300 per shot) and was extremely successful for remission with no side effects. I'm not home right now, but if you pm me I'll get you the details in case you want to try for a second remission. Keep positive. They are making advances in blood cancer treatments. Love her every day and make her life the best, no matter how long it is.
I wish you the very best!
|09-15-2013 12:15 PM|
|greek00||Just an update, We r trying chemo, she is on her fifth week and doing great!! Her blood work has just came back normal and all lymph nodes are back to normal..but so expensive and unfortunately there is no cure..along with treatment we have changed diet and got a new GSD puppy, she is enjoying the pup and is re-enegrized, no one believes she has lymphoma..we will continue to treat for as long as we can (finances permit) than we will switch to oral treatment..I do know the fate Miley faces but we have brought her some more time and a very high quality,(no side effects at all) prognosis with full treatment is 20 months with a 25% chance of two years and beyond, we will enjoy one day at a time...|
|08-17-2013 02:31 PM|
My pit bull, Felony, was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. We tried the chemo protocol--CHOP. Most dogs tolerate this and will have a remission. Felony was one of the few dogs that could not tolerate it at all. It caused vomiting and dehydration.
So we switched to at home care, prednisone and a few other drugs--can't remember the names-- administered orally. Fel's initial diagnosis was in August of 2010 and she passed in December of 2011. She had a good year and a half. She had some stomach problems from the chemo but she didn't care that she was farty.
My advice is to try the chemo if possible. Most dogs tolerate it well and your dog is so young. However, the chemo treatments are very expensive. It would have cost us around 10 grand to complete Fel's treatment. It's also a huge time and scheduling commitment. Not all families are in a position to afford the money and time for chemo.
If chemo doesn't work, prednisone, liver support and at home care can give good results and quality of life. We worked with a hospice vet and our goal was that Felony should not suffer at all. What finally ended her life was a persistent and painful paw inflammation that no longer responded to treatment.
Find a vet who is willing to discuss all alternatives with you. There are oncology vets. If there's a vet school near you, you may want to contact them. There may be a study going on and they usually are up on the latest treatments.
I wish you the best of luck. I'm sorry that this has happened.
|08-17-2013 12:53 PM|
I lost a 7 year ild Siberian Husky to Lymphoma. At the time funds were tight, I gave him Tetracycline and Prednisone. That gave us an additional 8 months with him.
|08-17-2013 12:38 PM|
I have a beautiful 4 year old GSD who has just been diagnosed with Lymphoma, our family is completely crushed. I am looking for any opinions, or past experience's with Lymphoma or chemo treatment in their dog. I realize there is no cure but she is only 4 and want some more life for her, without suffering or poor quality. Ive read mix reactions to chemo. She did receive cortisone shot yesterday, any opinions, prior experience or more knowledge would be greatly appreciated, thank you