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Canine Lymphoma with Dr. Sue Cancer Vet


Veterinary oncologist Dr. Sue Ettinger talks about what might be the most common cancer in dogs, lymphoma. She agrees no one wants to hear that diagnosis, but it can be very treatable. Dr. Sue describes how you petting your dog may lead to a veterinary visit, which could lead to the diagnosis. So, always pet your dog (that’s an easy request), and pay attention to any lumps and bumps. What’s good news is that these dogs aren’t typically feeling awful.

Early diagnosis is huge here, and make a decision to treat ASAP because without treatment (chemotherapy) most dogs succumb to their cancer within a month.  With chemotherapy, the average survival time is a year, and maybe two years. And for 80 percent of dogs there are no side affects to the chemotherapy.

In general, most cancers do tend to be a disease of age – but lymphoma doesn’t discriminate by age, even periodically occurring in three year old dogs, Ettinger says.

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