We were concerned about our dogs health over recent months. He is a 7 year old Rottweiler. he has shown the symptoms of weight loss (hes always being 46kg and is now down to 38 kg), diarreah, increase thirst and urinating, and excessive appetite…. stealing everything in sight like raw turnip and potatoes….. which is a huge change in this normally really well trained rotti’s behaviour. The vet checked him out for diabetes, and originally suspected malabsorption. She checked all his bloods and suspects that he’s got lymphoma in gastro tract but the only way to confirm is further investigation and biopsys which will cost between 200-600 pound. She says she doesn’t recommend that cos it isn’t gonna change anything if we knew and unfortunately he isnt insured. She is pretty certain now that it is lymphoma. She then discussed steroid therapy, but cos he’s already starving all the time, it will increase his appetite more and therefore increase the risk. She agrees that he isn’t in pain but he’s lost more weight at last appointment. She says we can’t leave him too long cos he could become aggressive over food, which she says is not a trait of his and will be down to illness. She wants us to remember him as the good dog he is.
She advised us to give him working dog and puppy food which is high calorie to try and put weight on him and to order medication of the Internet to help him absorb food. She’s given us the name and says we can get online a lot cheaper than she could give us it. She thinks this might buy him a few months. But he’s to go back in 2 weeks… If he’s not put on any weight and still starving then we need to revisit options. She was brilliant. He has became even more thirsty and we are now measuring how much he is drinking. He can’t get through the night without having to go out the back for the toilet. The increase in calories…. Which we done after last appointment seems to be satisfying him a wee bit more. Can anyone give any advice as to prognosis etc? Thanks in advance.
I’ve known one dog with lymphoma and if yours is similar, the news is not good. Do the best for him as long as you can following the vet’s directions, but prepare yourself that his time with you may be growing short. You may be able to prolong his life with expensive treatments, but these can be more painful or uncomfortable than the disease itself. If it were my dog (and considering my finances), I’d look for signs of pain or other inability to enjoy life, and then get ready to say goodbye. That’s advice no one wants to hear, but it may be the best thing for the dog.
With the one dog I knew, she lasted several months after the diagnosis, and could have lived up to another year with chemo.
Cancer is evil.