So last Monday I took my "new" old boxer Boy, Toby, to work with me. I just recently adopted/rescued him in June. When I first got him he wouldn't eat well and it took him a good 2 months to settle in and really eat good. I thought things were going good but noticed he seemed to be dropping more weight. I also started noticing him do these weird shaking/tremors in his face and body. My first thought was how my other Boxer started doing that type of things , so my mind was thinking either brain tumor or thyroid problem (or both!).
Took him in and weighed him, he had dropped 11 lbs since June!
Yikes! So we pulled blood to send out to check everything. He had bloodwork done in June about 2 weeks before I had gotten him, and everything looked good then (minus thyroid because they didnt do it.)
Next day got bloodwork results back..everything was looking good until I saw the CBC part. Really high WBC, but the majority was very high lymphocytes (both the "normal" value and the absolute value). My heart sank, I know my doctor has told me before that if both are high usually means 1 thing.. Lymphoma. On the notes it said it recommended for a pathologist to review it as the technologist was seeing lots of abnormalities. So I called and had them add that to be done.
Saturday looked online at the results.. Pathologist saw neoplastic lymphocytes..seen with stage V lymphoma. The pathologist couldn't say 100% sure it is that but stated that with the rest of blood work results that it didnt make it likely anything else was going on and if he was showing symptoms it probably is lymphoma. Besides the weight loss, he does have enlarged lymph nodes in his neck,and one on his back leg that somehow we missed on exam that day. Since then they have gotten a little bigger
. The other tests to absolutely confirm costs over $300.. Which we really don't have at this time, but going with all the signs and the fact it is probably stage V and not much can be done at is point as it probably inside his body in numerous places it is a matter of keeping him comfortable. We started him on prednisone and are also going to add in some herbs as well. I just can't believe this is happened this quickly!
I knew taking in an older dog I wouldn't have him for long but 4 months..that's just not fair! I really hope I can make him comfortable but I know I won't let him suffer. I did get in touch with his previous owner to let her know he is sick and she told me her other dog (a 15 yr old beagle) that she also rehomed was also diagnosed with cancer. She didnt say what kind..but this must be so hard for her to hear about her babies.
Thanks for reading this long post! Just had to get it off my chest.. If anyone has any advice that has gone through lymphoma, especially a late stage one, don't hesitate to give it to me! It's one thing to have clients with their animals going through it, but its another when its your own dog. I've been through bone cancer and possible brain tumor..and now this! I'm also not sure I can do another boxer.. I love them but this makes my heart hurt too much!
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