Malignant Lymphoma in dogs is fairly common and unfortunate to say the least. Whether you’re currently treating a dog with cancer or are just looking for prevention tips, it’s always a good idea to adopt a holistic approach and consider all possible options when it comes to your dog’s health. Maintaining a healthy and happy pup is the best you can do to ward off most diseases. Hemp-based products are shown to assist in the treatment and management of malignant lymphoma in dogs and help to support dogs’ overall well-being.
While there are many times your dog doesn’t act “themselves” and it usually means nothing more than a late night escapade with the treat jar, it is important to be able to decipher changes in your dog. Subtle changes like an increase in thirst, excessive panting or decrease in weight do not necessarily indicate malignant lymphoma in your dog, but it’s a good idea to be aware of the warning signs. Here are three things you should know.
1. The nitty gritty of malignant lymphoma in dogs
Malignant lymphoma refers to a specific type of cancer that is the most common type of cancer found in dogs. In layman’s terms this cancer tends to affect, but is not restricted to, these parts of a dog’s body:
- Lymph Nodes
- Bone Marrow
- Central Nervous System
The most common indicator of malignant lymphoma in dogs is in the lymph nodes. There are many lymph nodes in a dog’s body, however, two of the most obvious and common places where a tumor may occur are under the jaw and behind the knee. A tumor will appear as a fleshy protrusion that will not necessarily be sensitive to the touch.
Lymphoma affecting the skin may appear as dry, red, flaky skin – much like an allergic reaction.
Lymphoma affecting the stomach or intestines may appear as a decrease in appetite or outright anorexia. Vomiting, diarrhea and/or especially putrid smelling bowel movements may also be indications.
Lymphoma affecting bone marrow or the central nervous system generally indicate that the cancer has reached an advanced stage. Typically the more obvious symptoms listed above will have presented themselves first.
2. Potential causes of malignant lymphoma in dogs
Unfortunately the causes for malignant lymphoma in dogs is not known definitively but are likely numerous. Environmental causes such as herbicides and pesticides have been cited as well as more industrialized areas yielding more cases generally. Additionally, a weakened immune system is known to render dogs more susceptible to the disease. Chronic lethargy, decreased appetite, sallow appearance and poor digestion, among other signs of illness, can mean your dog is operating with a compromised immune system.
3. Treatment options
The earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance for successful treatment. Untreated, most dogs will surrender to their symptoms in a matter of weeks so the first step is to recognize potential symptoms and schedule a veterinary examination immediately. If your dog is diagnosed with malignant lymphoma then the treatment will depend on how far along the cancer has progressed. Typically treatment includes chemotherapy. If the disease is caught early sometimes a surgical removal of malignant tumors is all that is required. In some cases radiation therapy may also be employed. Depending on the stage of the disease, treatment can result in full remission or at least a prolonged life.
Hemp-based products have been shown to help mitigate the effects of chemotherapy as well as support the immune system. In short, as a preventative measure hemp oil and other hemp-based products play a key role by boosting immunity. A healthy immune system is the number one way to beat any disease. And should a positive diagnosis be made and aggressive treatments employed, hemp oil will help your dog manage their recovery.
And most importantly (okay, 4 things)
You know your dog better than anyone. If you notice a change in behavior, do check the treat jar. But if you notice any of the symptoms listed above then you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. And continue to support your dog’s health with hemp-based products for dogs.
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