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Lymphoma and Pets
What to Know About Canine Lymphoma
"Canine lymphoma is a blood born disease that creates tumors in any part of the body that it can get to containing lymph tissue. This tissue resides in almost all of the major organs, the lymph nodes, and even in the liver.
While the cause of this disease is not known, it is known that the most common dogs to contact canine lymphoma are golden retrievers. Most middle aged dogs are at a higher risk for contracting lymphoma, but golden retrievers have the highest possible risk.
Unlike canine leukemia, lymphoma can be treated with surgery and oral chemotherapy treatments. The good thing is that less than 10% of dogs that have lymphoma ever get any kind of side effects from the chemo treatments. The only real side effects that you might notice are the loss of hair, appetite, and sometimes diarrhea. While the chemo therapy won’t cure the lymphoma, there is a good chance that your dog will go into remission and the lymphoma won’t come back."