03 March 2016 ~ 0 Comments

New Vaccine Could Help Save Your Small Dog From Lymphoma

A new vaccine is proving to be successful in treating Lymphoma in dogs. Photo courtesy Tony Alter, Flickr Follow Me on Pinterest

A new vaccine is proving to be successful in treating Lymphoma in dogs. Photo courtesy Tony Alter, Flickr

“I want to live a long life with my human family. Woof!”

There is new hope on the horizon for pet owners in the fight against cancer. A new vaccine could help save your small dog from Lymphoma, which is a common cancer that affects thousands of pets each year. A veterinarian explains how this can help save your dog’s life if they have this disease.

 

 

New Vaccine Could Help Save Your Small Dog From Lymphoma

When I was in my final, clinical year of veterinary school, I rotated through the oncology department. My first oncology patient was a Golden Retriever. Several days before coming to the Davis teaching hospital, the owner had noticed that the dog had developed several lumps. The dog had gone to his family veterinarian, who identified lumps at the base of his jaw, in front of his shoulders, and behind his knees. The lumps were enlarged lymph nodes.

 

The family vet performed a procedure called fine needle aspiration. It is a diagnostic technique that involves inserting a small needle into a suspicious mass in order to harvest cells from it. The cells are expressed onto a microscope slide and evaluated. It is similar to a biopsy, but quicker, simpler, and less invasive. It yielded a diagnosis: lymphoma. Read more about treating Dog Cancer in A New Vaccine May Help Treat Lymphoma in Dogs here.

If your fur baby has been diagnosed with cancer then you will be glad to know that this new vaccine could help save your small dog from Lymphoma. Although the treatment cannot prevent the disease, it has been successfully used to help dogs live longer, healthier lives.

What about your dog?

Have they received this vaccine for Lymphoma?

How did this work for them?

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