My Poor Boy has Lymphoma
My mixed breed dog, Harpur, has just been diagnosed with Lymphoma after 5 weeks of various symptoms. I can't describe how I feel other than heartbroken.
I found him in an animal shelter 10 years ago when he was about 2 years old and we've been companions ever since. Apart from the occasional bouts of sickness, he's been a healthy, happy dog.
Around 5 weeks ago, his face suddenly became swollen around his nose area and he was panting more than usual so I took him to the vets. The vet suspected a bite allergy so prescribed him a course of antihistamines. The swelling finally went down after about a week, but then his ears became very sensitive, hot and slightly swollen. I also noticed the usually smooth fur on the top of his head had a tufty appearance and when I investigated, his head felt bumpy. Concerned, I took him back to the vets and had his bloods tested. Unfortunately, there had been an error with one of the test results so at this stage, I only got the results of the liver and kidney function which were all fine.
The vet still suspected an allergy but Harpur was developing more and more symptoms as the days went on, including: runny nasal discharge (which was mostly watery but twice became thick and greenish), dry crusty nose and a dry non-productive cough.
At this stage my concerns were growing and started to suspect an infection. The vet gave him a shot of antibiotic and advised I monitor him. There wasn't any improvement and by this point (last week) he'd become quite lethargic, had visibly lost weight, his panting had become excessive, his breathing rapid and was looking really sad and fed up.
I took him back to the vets yesterday and had all his blood work redone (including the ones where the error had occurred)and booked him in for an x-ray and ultrasound which he had done today.
The x-ray showed he has an enlarged liver and spleen and the ultrasound showed his lymph nodes are swollen. The bloods showed his lymphocytes were off the scale at 80%, all consistent with lymphoma. I'm now waiting for him to come round from his general anaesthetic so I can go pick him up.
I have some impossible decisions to make. I can't quite take it all in at the moment so I came here for some advice and support. I feel heartbroken at the thought I don't have long left with my beautiful boy.
Thank you for reading.
(Submitted Tuesday, May 21, 2013)