- Many lymphoma symptoms in dogs mimic other health conditions, so confirming a diagnosis with your vet is important.
- It’s difficult to figure out whether your dog has a positive prognosis without first determining what stage the disease is in.
- Dogs may be able to undergo chemotherapy, radiation and surgery with positive results and tolerable side effects.
Just like humans, dogs have a significant risk of developing cancer at some point in their lives. Advances in veterinary care mean that a cancer diagnosis isn’t always fatal, and there’s hope that your dog can return to an active, healthy life with proper care.
Canine lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancer your dog might experience. Here’s what you need to know, including the common types and symptoms to look out for. We’ll also look into what causes lymphoma and the treatment options available.
What Are the Most Common Types of Lymphoma in Dogs?
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. Your dog’s lymph nodes, spleen, and bone marrow contribute to producing white blood cells that help fight off disease and infections. Canine lymphoma affects these organs and the effectiveness of your dog’s immune response.
There are over 30 known types of canine lymphoma with varying degrees of severity and symptoms. While hearing that your dog is diagnosed with cancer can be worrying, you shouldn’t panic until your vet does more tests. Depending on the type of lymphoma, your dog may qualify for treatment and be able to return to an active, healthy life.