Cutaneous Lymphoma in Dogs
Cutaneous Lymphoma is a type of cancer in dogs that spreads very fast and has a high mortality rate.
- Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphocytes, and it is estimated that it is the cause of up to 20% of the reported cases of cancer in dogs.
- The term ‘cutaneous’ refers to anything that has to do with the skin.
- Cutaneous lymphomas, therefore, are types of lymphomas that develop on the skin and may also be observed as ulcers in the mouth.
- They often affect middle-aged to much older dogs.
- The exact reason why cutaneous lymphomas occur in dogs is unknown.
- The cancer is often very aggressive but with early treatment, it can be managed.
- There are also diets that have been shown to help prevent the disease in dogs.
Dog Breeds at Risk for Cutaneous Lymphoma
The condition does not seem to favor gender, but there are number of breeds that seem to be susceptible to the condition like:
- Basset Hounds
- Golden Retrievers
- Saint Bernards
- Scottish Terriers
- Tumors and ulcerations on the skin are common symptoms of lymphoma.
- Most of the time, a dog will present some swelling and no other symptom.
- As the disease progresses, the dog will show a combined symptoms of weakness, weight loss and loss of appetite.
- Fevers and lethargy can also be observed later on.
Treatment for Lymphoma
- Excision of lesions
- Symptom relief
- The prognosis is not very good for dogs with lymphomas.
- The reason for this is that lymphomas are very aggressive.
- Even if they are cured, there is a very good chance that they will return.
- Lymphoma in Labradors: Symptoms and Treatments for Lymphoma Cancer
- Gastric Lymphoma Intestinal Cancer In Dogs: Signs and Symptoms
- What Is The Diet for Canine Lymphoma Cure and How to Treat
- Intestine Cancer in Cats: Symptoms and Treatment of Intestine Lymphoma
- What Is Feline Gastric Lymphoma (Gastric Cancer In Cats)