My beautiful old girl Maggie, who is 12 1/2, has a problem, but I’m not sure what it is.
3 months ago, acute and nasty outbreak of hard-to-control wet dermatitis on her face, spreading all over both cheeks and down her throat. She’s only just now finally free of all symptoms of it and it first surfaced in late June.
Some weeks ago, I’m not sure when it started because my other dog was finishing her food, her appetite began to decline. But there were no other declines: her interest in play and other pleasures seemed about the same, she was energetic about ball. (Which is impressive to start, given her age.) The appetite just about disappeared a week ago.
Tests: Blood, pancreas, X-ray of her innards.
Results: everything normal except pretty low protein.
only other symptom, swollen lymph nodes around her neck and upper legs.
She’d also lost about 12 pounds, down to 71 from 83.
She’s on Prednisone and antibiotics for the last of the dermatitis. Her appetite is much better, but still fragile. I have to feed her beef, liver and chicken from my hand.
The lymph nodes have reduced tremendously. Vet says this leans us towards lymphoma.
It seems odd that she would be so affected by lymph cancer that her appetite would vanish completely, without also making her lethargic and disinterested in everything else.
So what kinds of things come to mind, and or what has been your experience with lymphoma in your dog? I’m in no position to throw piles of money at it, especially given her age. But if I can buy some quality time… right now the prednisone seems to be helping tremendously, but I know it’s kinda harsh on the system.
I want to buy time, but even more so I want all that time to be good. I want her to be comfortable, I have no intention of torturing her or me.