Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in Dogs:
Lymphomas in dogs do have treatment. Note that early diagnosis when it comes to blood cancer in dogs is important and has a large impact on the dog’s prognosis.
- Refers to the involvement of the dog’s lymphocytes, most especially the lymphoblasts or immature lymphocytes.
Canine Lymphoblastic Lymphoma:
- This type of cancer commonly occurs or originates within the bone marrow and can involve any of the lymphocytes in the body.
- In this disease, the immature lymphocytes of the dog’s body known as the lymphoblasts, starts to rapidly produce.
- In some cases, the cancer has progressed to the point wherein it becomes present in the circulation or becomes malignant.
- The exact cause is unknown.
- The disease often starts with the presence of an immature lymphocyte which then begins to produce rapidly.
- Environmental factors including exposure to certain pesticides or strong magnetic fields have been known to increase the incidence of this cancer.
- Some breeds of dogs are prone to developing the disease such as Golden retrievers, Rottweilers, and Scottish terriers.
- Age is also a risk factor because the disease usually hits dogs that are middle-aged or old.
Presenting symptoms will depend on the organs or tissues affected as the disease spreads.
- Blood dyscrasias or abnormalities in the blood’s components as seen in a complete blood count.
- Decreased appetite or loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Presence of lumps
- Skin changes
- Chemotherapy – the most common form of treatment for lymphoblastic lymphoma.
- Radiation therapy – treatment option for localized form of the disease.
- Surgery – treatment alternative for localized form of the disease.
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