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Old 06-22-2012, 09:13 PM
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CP I have a holistic vet I've used in GSO if you'd like a second opinion at any point.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:53 PM
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Agreed, the swollen nodes ARE the tumors in lymphoma. And typically blood work is totally normal (or with mild unremarkable changes, like yours IMO) with lymphoma. Please, please ask them to aspirate.
I will not ask. I will insist that it be done, whether they like it or not.

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CP I have a holistic vet I've used in GSO if you'd like a second opinion at any point.
I don't know if I'm at the point of a second opinion, but I'd love to know about a holistic vet in GSO. I didn't realize there was one here. I have your phone number somewhere, if you don't mind a call.
Otherwise, post the info woman!
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Agreed, the swollen nodes ARE the tumors in lymphoma. And typically blood work is totally normal (or with mild unremarkable changes, like yours IMO) with lymphoma. Please, please ask them to aspirate.
Definitely this. The earlier you catch it, the better.


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Old 06-25-2012, 10:38 AM
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CP your inbox is full, so here's the info I was going to send ya.

Dr. Katherine Devore is the vet I know in GSO that does holistic stuff - she has office hours at Greensboro Vet Hospital (http://www.greensborovethospital.com/staff_devore.htm) and last I checked also did housecalls in the GSO/High Point area, though she did cut back on that due to gas prices. Her number is 336-431-0038.

I like her, and used her as a primary vet for our first year here, but I've started using a more local place for vaccines and general exams due to cost. She's still my go to for chronic issues.
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CP your inbox is full, so here's the info I was going to send ya.

Dr. Katherine Devore is the vet I know in GSO that does holistic stuff - she has office hours at Greensboro Vet Hospital (http://www.greensborovethospital.com/staff_devore.htm) and last I checked also did housecalls in the GSO/High Point area, though she did cut back on that due to gas prices. Her number is 336-431-0038.

I like her, and used her as a primary vet for our first year here, but I've started using a more local place for vaccines and general exams due to cost. She's still my go to for chronic issues.
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Thanks for the info! I have heard of her. I thought she was just an acupuncture vet.

As for where we're at with Ares:

The vet aspirated the lymph nodes yesterday. We should have results back tomorrow. He did look at them himself and couldn't say much one way or the other.

So...

Prep me for when the results do come in. What do I need to know if it is Lymphoma? If it doesn't indicate Lymphoma, is that it or are there more tests that we need to be sure?

The vet mentioned that if it isn't, it's likely some sort of inflammatory issue and something about treating it with prednisone.

I know almost nothing, so give me the ChazCrashCourse. As many whatifs as you can come up with so I'm better prepared for when I next talk to the vet.
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This is a good article about lymphoma in dogs.

If it is confirmed as lymphoma, and you don't want to do chemotherapy, prednisone alone can be used to get a sort of "soft" remission (i.e. not true remission but the lymph nodes shrink and they feel good) for a period of time anywhere from 3-12 months, with 4-6 being typical.

Fingers crossed, hopefully this is something else.
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We lost my mom's dog to lymphoma a few months ago She started out with swollen glands under the neck, then under the belly and on the back legs. They did bloodwork and then biopsied the gland and it came back what we feared. My mom decided not to treat due to the fact that her dog was almost 13 yrs old, so they kept her comfortable and she made it about 3 1/2 weeks before they decided to let her go so she would not suffer. She was in a pretty advanced stage when they diagnosed, so her time that she got was about what was expected.

The biggest change I think you will see is weight loss, my mom's dog lost weight at a pretty rapid speed, but still ate like she was starving.

I really hope your Ares doesn't have this and its just allergies! Sending good vibes for great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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