10 Signs Your Dog is in Pain

Beagle looking sad

One of the most endearing things about dogs is that they rarely “complain” about anything. They may whine a bit when it’s approaching dinner time, or when it is time to go outside to ‘do their business’. However, when faced with an illness or injury, dogs can often remain seemingly brave and upbeat.

Unfortunately, a dog’s ability to carry on in the face of pain or discomfort makes it difficult for an owner – who doesn’t know their dog is hurting – to provide proper care. This is especially problematic if a dog has a serious condition such as canine lymphoma, where the cancer may be present in multiple lymph nodes and/or organs throughout the body.

As noted in studies published on the website of the US National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health, unrelieved cancer pain greatly decreases quality of life of cancer patients – in both humans and animals alike. In the case of canine lymphoma, while there are promising new treatments available like TANOVEA®-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection), it’s equally important that you continue to pay attention to any signs that your dog may be in pain or discomfort and work with a veterinarian to come up with the most effective treatment approach.

 

Having Your Best Friend’s Back

When your dog is in pain, you want to do all you can to help. However, because your dog often can’t tell or show you that they are in pain, it is important to recognize certain behavioral clues. Anything outside your dog’s normal behavior should get your attention, but here are 10 common indicators that your best friend may be in discomfort:

Increased vocalization. Dogs that are in pain are often more vocal than usual. This can include increased barking, yelping, growling, snarling, or howling. They may make these sounds seemingly at random, or they vocalize with movement when you pet or lift them. Either way, it may be an indicator of a serious condition like canine lymphoma.

Shaking or trembling. There are many things that can cause a dog to shake or shiver, from being cold to feeling nervous. However, if a dog starts to exhibit muscle tremors on a more frequent basis, this is an indicator that something more serious may be going on.

Unusual Potty Habits. Sometimes when a dog is experiencing internal discomfort or is generally unwell, they will have problems urinating or defecating. You may notice that they are suddenly peeing inside the house or seem to lack control of their bladder. Another sign that they may be experiencing pain is if their stool changes consistency – which, upon ruling out any dietary changes – could be a sign of high stress due to a more serious illness. In addition to these signs, your dog may also exhibit a change in posture when they do their business, this could be in an effort to avoid pain caused by their typical posture.

Excessive grooming. It is normal for dogs to lick themselves, but when a casual habit starts to become an obsessive behavior, it’s possible that your pet is in pain. You should be especially suspicious if it’s an area that your dog has never paid much attention to in the past.

Heavy panting. Dogs pant when they have been exercising or when they are in a warm environment. However, panting is also a reaction to stress, and if you aren’t aware of anything that might be causing that stress, it may be pain-related.

Aggression or shyness. Each dog has a unique personality. Some are more outgoing, and some are more reserved. However, if you notice your dog’s demeanor changing, this should be a red flag. This can include things like showing signs of aggression that you’ve never seen before or becoming timid. Don’t take it personally if your dog growls or nips at you. To them, it may be the only way to communicate that they are in pain and don’t want to be touched.

Limping. This one may sound obvious, but if your dog is limping, it’s safe to assume they’re in pain. Limping shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if you did not see any incident that would have caused the limping. It’s important to see your veterinarian immediately so that they can assess whether the limping was caused by a physical injury like a sprained tendon, or if it’s the result of a disease like osteoarthritis, osteosarcoma or canine lymphoma.

Loss of appetite. In dogs, as in humans, being in pain is not conducive to a healthy appetite. While a dog’s lack of interest in food could be a sign of other things (a minor stomachache, for example), if it persists, it may be that your dog is hurting and needs medical attention.

Trouble resting. If your dog is in pain, they may have a hard time sitting or lying down. You may notice that they are regularly sitting or lying down in an awkward position. You may also notice that when they try to sit or lie down, they immediately stand up and move around. Both of these behaviors could be signs that an injury or condition is causing them significant pain, and they should be taken to their veterinarian for further evaluation.

Other unexplained behavioral changes. If you’ve had your dog for a while, you know what they like to do. They always run to the door when the doorbell rings or they frequently jump up on the couch to cuddle with you, for example. Canine lymphoma and other illnesses may cause a dog to lose interest in those behaviors.

 

Your Canine Lymphoma Experts

If your dog’s behavior leads you to believe that he or she might be in pain, the best thing to do is consult your veterinarian. As they say, “When in doubt, have a vet check it out.” That’s true whether the discomfort is related to canine lymphoma or any other condition. If you notice any of the signs above, it is important to consult your veterinarian or a veterinary cancer specialist as soon as possible.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you or your loved ones ever end up in the unfortunate circumstance of your dog being diagnosed with canine lymphoma, it may be helpful to speak to your veterinarian about new treatment options, such as TANOVEA-CA1 for the treatment of dogs with lymphoma. For further information, we invite you to follow our Facebook page or sign up for canine lymphoma updates at Tanovea.com.  And don’t forget to keep an eye on any signs that your pet is in pain!

 

Important Safety Information: TANOVEA®-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection) is not for use in humans and should be kept out of the reach of children. Wear chemotherapy-resistant gloves to prevent contact with feces, urine, vomit, and saliva of treated dogs for five days following treatment. Rabacfosadine is cytotoxic and can cause birth defects and affect female and male fertility. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should not prepare or administer the product. Serious and sometimes fatal respiratory complications, including pulmonary fibrosis have occurred in dogs treated with TANOVEA®-CA1. Do not use in dogs with pulmonary fibrosis, a history of chronic pulmonary disease that could lead to fibrosis, or in breeds with a predisposition to this condition such as West Highland White Terriers. Use with caution in other terrier breeds. Do not use in dogs that are pregnant, lactating, or intended for breeding. Most common adverse reactions included diarrhea, neutropenia, hyporexia, weight loss, and lethargy.  Please see the package insert for full prescribing information.

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  1. Our 5 year old Chow mix was diagnosed with we believe Stage IV a lymphoma. I read approximate survival time is 4 to 6 weeks, but from what starting point? she had her biopsy 2 weeks ago.

    • Hello Lisa –

      Thank you for reaching out with your question about your dog’s lymphoma. VetDC is not able to provide medical advice regarding your dog’s treatment. I would encourage you to reach out to your vet and ask them your question about survival time to understand what timeframe they would expect you to see for survival time. I am sorry you and your dog are going through this – she is lucky to have someone so dedicated to his care.

      Abby, VetDC Customer Support Team


  2. Our 8 year old dog, Moes, was just diagnosed with anal sac adenocarcinoma. The diagnosis concluded that his blood work was normal as well as calcium levels. No evidence of spread to the lungs was detected. However, the abdominal ultrasound indicated significantly enlarged iliac lymph nodes with abnormal texture on the right side and the left was slightly abnormal. The cytology needle biopsy of the mass confirmed the cancer diagnosis. Surgery to remove the mass and lymph nodes as well as chemotherapy for treatment afterwards.
    We are struggling with a decision and the surgery and chemo will help extend his time with us but what quality of life will the dog have? Surgery and treatment is not a cure😢

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  3. Our sweet Beagle/Pug mix is 13.5 years old and I took him to the vet on 6/30 to get a Bordetella shot before we head out on on vacation. Two days later after examining his lymph nodes and doing blood work, we got the lymphoma diagnosis. We are devastated. Six months ago he was fine! We’ve decided not to do chemo due to his age but he’s on prednisone to help slow the growth. In just two weeks I’m seeing very fast growth in his neck and groin area, and I’m sure it’s growing internally as his belly started turning purple last night. He’s still eating and drinking but he stretches out as long as possible when laying down. I suspect he’s being squeezed internally. He’s a vocal dog and has begun really whining in the evenings. I called my vet and they are prescribing gabapentin for pain. Will that help enough? I don’t want him to suffer but we also don’t want to rush him to the end. This has just happened far to fast.

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  4. My beautiful boy has been diagnosed with a rare fine of lymphoma that is progressing rapidly. The canine oncologist hasn’t seen a case like my boys before. Chemo is an option but would apparently only prelong his life for 2-3 months. He is having some steroids atm but there is no change. He has lost so much weight and is exhausted. I have to carry him up and down the stairs now. This is breaking my heart but I feel I need to do what’s right for my boy and let him go so he is no longer suffering 💔


  5. My dog had the same thing. We can’t afford the treatments my husband just lost his job after 30yrs.So we have to let my baby die.We are trying to keep him out of pain.Alot of nights I sit up with him he’s a moms boy. So sorry to hear about so many others who’s baby’s are sick


  6. Our Rylee is a 12 year old Puggle (1/2 Beagle, 1/2 Pug) About a month ago we went to Biloxi, he was walking really far on the beach and feeling fine. We got home and he started having labored breathing and was almost panicking. My husband took him to the vet and they found that his lymph nodes were swollen. He was diagnosed with lymphoma. Last night I found lymph nodes on his neck the size of a small eggs. He’s still eating some but prefers treats since he can hold his head up and chew. It’s killing us to see him like this. We don’t want to put him through chemo and radiation since I’ve read that it will prolong his life (maybe) but not a guarantee. I pray that we will know if he’s in pain and have the courage to let him go over the rainbow bridge to be with Sammy and Katie. 😪😪

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      • Hi , I’m so sorry to read your sad news.
        I also have a female staff who Is our world, I discovered a swollen node in her neck, and after tests they confirmed it was lymphoma.
        She then had another node appearing on the other side of her neck and her nodes in her legs was also swollen.
        She was given a few months to live.
        I chose to try the prednisone ( steroid) and with in a day the swelling was gone!!
        I know it’s not a cure, but this drug has improved my dogs quality of life and given us more quility time.
        It’s a really cheap drug in the uk.
        We are now on month 6 and she is still doing really well.

        • How long did it take for the prednisone to start working? I was told 3 to 5 days. My 4-year-old German Shepherd was just diagnosed with lymphoma 2 days ago. Unfortunately he was missed diagnosed by two vets.I was told he had a fungal infection. That was over a month ago. When he still wasn’t feeling well I was able to get him in to a university clinic to see a specialist but the cancer is in his bone marrow and his lungs. He does not want to eat dog food so I make him boiled chicken with some scrambled eggs in it. He still wants me to throw his ball. And go for short walks. I’m just not ready to let him go yet and I’m praying that the prednisone helps.

          • Hello Tammy –

            Thank you for reaching out with your questions about your dog’s lymphoma and the use of prednisone. VetDC is not able to provide medical advice regarding your dog’s treatment. I would encourage you to reach out to your vet and ask them these questions. I am sorry you and your dog are going through this – he is lucky to have someone so dedicated to his care.

            Abby, VetDC Customer Support Team

      • My 10 year old white schnauzer has stomach cancer and my husband and I are broken-hearted. Our vet specialist says there is not hope for her and chemotherapy is pointless. We give her prescription drugs and also other recommended drugs that we can purchase over the counter. When she pants, I spread a cool washcloth across her back and other than sleeping a lot, she has had no other issues. She eats well, not problems with elimination, no vomiting, and enjoys cuddling. Her stomach has enlarged a bit, and about 2 days ago we noticed a red rash extending across her abdomen. Is this related to the cancer or perhaps the medications? We are seeing vet tomorrow. Has anyone else had a red skin rashes on their dog’s stomach?


  7. I was reading all the sad comments, regarding Lymphoma in Dogs, My best buddy , Baxter boo, has been diagnosed with cancer, He has had 3 chemotherapy appointments, and is doing very well, I had to jump in to this discussion, My Baxter has had NO, bad side affects, No pain at all. He eats, drinks and rests, like he has always done , I take it him to Dr Rizzo in Port Orchard, every Three weeks, they are Amazing. Dogs DO NOT have the same side effects that Humans do, when treated with CHEMOTHERAPY.


  8. I have a 9 year old golden and we discovered a large lump on her side. Took her to vet next day no help unless we spend 700 for a biopsy. We did a urine test and blood work but nothing came up which he told us wouldn’t unless grade 3 cancer. He said lump is hard and deep and in her muscle. She does pant constantly but don’t think vet noticed as I couldn’t go in with Lexi.


  9. After a lifetime living with dogs, I have found they rarely show material signs of pain – but that doesn’t mean they don’t have it. The reasons for this are multifold, but the top ones include (a) they don’t know there is an alternative (ie. painkillers) so they accept their reality; (b) they are still hardwired by nature and in the ‘wild’ animals hide their pain, because it makes them a target for predators, and a liability to the pack. If your dog has a serious illness like cancer, the best thing, IMO, is to assume they are in pain (ask yourself ‘would I be in pain or serious discomfort if I had this condition?’ – if yes then assume they are too and try a painkiller). If they respond well to a painkiller (act more like their old self, more playful, happier, better appetite, etc.) it means they were in pain. What’s the cost to test this theory out?? The cost of a few pills that may change someone’s life. IMHO, many of the signs described above don’t appear until the dog is in tremendous, severe pain (howling?? – you should have given them painkillers a LOOOONG time ago). Trembling?? that too is severe – it’s like a shock reaction – means there is much adrenaline in her veins – a serious stress response. Don’t wait for your dog to suffer so much that these are the signs. My dog had stomach cancer and was simply subdued, did a small amount of paw licking, and had her ears back and tail down a fair bit. It was enough to tell me she was in severe pain. Indeed half a percocet twice a day CHANGED HER LIFE. Her face relaxed, she played and ran again, ate well, etc etc. In short, the painkillers brought joy back into her remaining life.

    • This is very insightful. My dog was diagnosed with lymphoma a few months ago. She’s on a daily NSAID and a painkiller as needed. I’m so worried about giving her either, just because of the potential GI side effects and potential kidney issues. (I give her the NSAID as prescribed, of course.) But your comment was super helpful. I don’t want my baby to be in pain because she may or may not have side effects from the pain medication. I can cross that bridge when I come to it. Thanks for the eye-opening comment.


  10. February 14th 2020, my sweet boy Donovan, a pug, terrier rescue, was diagnosed with lymphoma! “How could this be?!” I thought to myself, he’s only 5 years old!
    I was giving him his nightly 100 kisses on his sweet little face and neck when I noticed his lymph nodes were the size of golf balls! I immediately yelled for my husband and showed him and he said “ Maybe it’s his breed or maybe it’s just an infection” he said. But we both knew something wasn’t right.
    The next morning I called our vet and she made us come in later that day.
    They took his blood and ran some tests. Two days later we received a call that we knew was not good news. She informed us that Donovan had Lymphoma and recommended a great hospital that we could take him too for chemotherapy, if that was an option for us.
    Without any hesitation or reservations we decided to go forward with chemotherapy. He went through 4 months of chemotherapy and was in remission July 2020.
    We were over the moon in celebration of his recovery. We have 2 dogs, Dublin is also a rescue, a Shepard Collie mix and he his 7. So as we celebrated the holidays the 4 of us and rejoiced in the fact that we were all healthy, even though there is a pandemic, my husband lost his job Jan 2020, and I’m on disability, we were just thrilled my little man was feeling better.
    Then in February 2021, I noticed he was sleeping more and wasn’t outside as he usually wants to be.
    He was due for a checkup anyway so I called and got the news once again that the cancer is back and rearing it’s ugly head.
    So we made the decision to go forward with the 2nd round of chemotherapy. He just had Chemotherapy yesterday April 1st and she said “He’s looking pretty good, except he needs to lose a few pounds!” The prednisone makes him hungry and I always give in! Lol
    The chemotherapy is not cheap it was 6000.00 the first round and the 2nd will be the same! We don’t have a lot of money by any means. I pray to God and I know he’ll get us through this! The minute I know it’s too much for Donovan or he is in pain, Then I’ll give him to God.
    But the best advice I could give any Furbaby parent, is get your pet insurance research and find the best plan for your pet. We got the Lemonade insurance for Dublin, it’s too late for Donovan, insurance does not cover existing conditions. We would’ve only had to pay 3000.00 for the chemotherapy as opposed to the 12000.00 we are paying now!
    God Bless you and your fur babies🙏🙏🙏

    • Hello Lisa –
      Thank you for sharing your story, Dublin and Donovan are so lucky to be so loved. Lymphoma is a frightening diagnosis to face with a beloved friend, and I wish you and your family the best as you move forward with Donovan’s treatment. 
      Abby
      VetDC Customer Support Team


  11. This morning on the 30/03/2021 i had to have my sweet rescue dog put to sleep. She was 10 years old. She was diagnosed with swollen lynph nodes and swollen chest four weeks ago. Was put into steroids Onlythis morning she took a turn for the worse and couldn’t breathe gasping for air. Deeply upsetting to watch. So made the right decision and letting her go this morning at 8am was the right thing to do. She had an extra 3 weeks with steroids and i am most grateful. Its heartbreaking to see after rescuing her 8 years ago. She had an AMAZING life.

    • Hello Claire –

      Thank you for taking the time to post about your experience with your dog. I am so very sorry to hear that you had to say goodbye to your beloved friend. Lymphoma is a frightening and devastating diagnosis/disease to face. Thank you for rescuing your dog and giving her such a happy life.

      Abby
      VetDC Customer Support Team


  12. My 14 year old Sheppard beagle has a tumor in his throat, now his lymph nodes in neck are swollen. He is restless and panting a lot. But he is eating and drinking. Taking walks and car rides. We do not know what to do.

    • Hello Diane –
      We are not a veterinary consulting service, so we are unable to provide any kind of medical advice regarding the concerns you have about your dog. I’m so sorry I can’t be of any help, but would suggest that you contact your veterinarian to express your concerns and schedule an appointment to have him examined. Your vet can determine what is going on, and can help you decide how to proceed if treatment is needed.  
      Abby
      VetDC Customer Support Team


  13. My dog has a now large lump on her chest and when I went to PetSmart to do her rabies shot they refused to give it to her. They said it was likely lymph node cancer and that she needed to go to the vet. But this quarentine stuff has made it so hard to get a appointment and I’m struggling to feed us let alone afford any treatments… She’s always panting she used to run in her sleep and woof but now it’s twitches and whines… And she used to eat anything and everything but now it’s like she doesn’t want anything…. It breaks my heart to think she’s dieing see my mom just died of brain cancer 3 weeks before our PetSmart visit…. There for a minute she was downing water like it was going out of style now she doesn’t drink much at all. As for playing she doesn’t run anymore she will trot after a ball for ages throws then
    Takes it to the bed… Right now I just put a beef hotdog in front of her and she turned her head away …. I feel awful I can’t afford treatments for her and if it gets to bad I won’t be able to afford to put her down…. So I feel like I’m failing her all around… After just watching my mom being defeated by cancer this is a heart breaking thought

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  14. my 4 month old pitbull puppy just started leaning from left to right a little when he sits and lays down and when he sits sometimes he falls over he also starts panting sometimes and keeps getting energy bursts and leaves his mouth open?

    • Hello Mary –
      We are not a veterinary consulting service, so we are unable to provide any kind of medical advice regarding the concerns you have about your puppy. I’m so sorry I can’t be of any help, but would suggest that you contact your veterinarian if you are concerned. 
      Abby 
      VetDC Customer Support Team


  15. My 7 year old boxer lab mix had his first treatment of Tanovea 3 weeks ago. In the last three days his appetite has dwindled to nothing. He drinks water but is extremely lethargic yet restless. Are these common side effects and if so, how can I counter act them? I have taken him to the vet and nothing we’ve done as of yesterday.


  16. My 7 year old Golden was diagnosed with Lymphoma last week. We are devastated. Vet thinks it’s most likely also in his liver since it’s enlarged. We opted not to do chemo and started Prednisone. He seems to be responding to the Pred (lymph nodes are somewhat decreased), but is constantly panting and making guttural sounds that I’ve never heard before. Today, we are visiting a holistic vet in hopes of getting more quality time with him. I’d love to hear from anyone who has words of wisdom, a treatment plan that’s encouraging, etc. For those of you going through the same thing, I understand the heartbreak.

    • hi Lisa, are vet put our dog, who has lymphoma , with Cyclophosphamide (chemo) 45mg/capsule every other day. on the days without the chemo, she gets 20 mg of predisone. both pills are inexpensive but most importantly, they have worked for her since diagnosed in July, 2020. However, just last week, the doctor pulled her off that chemo and put her on an IV. I don’t know if this helps you – I hope so. It is such a sad time for us too. Our gal is only 9 years old.


  17. Our dog was just diagnosed with lymphoma. Would you recommend chemo? Will it make him sick like humans? I don’t want him to be in pain anymore.

    • Hi i wouldn’t recommend chemo. Ive just had my rescued dog put to sleep with lymphoma swollen lynph nodes and and swelling under armpit and neck. She was on prednidale for 3 weeks, lifted her appetite but last night she couldn’t breathe was gasping and panting excessively. Chemo willmake your dog very sick. I know its heartbreaking but the best thing to do is let go. X

      • My dog was just diagnosed, could I ask how old your dog is?


  18. Itake my dog pup outside so he can do his buisnessall. All of a sudden his limes went limp he started whinning he wouldnt move took him inside he couldnt jump on bed thats the first got him on bed all of a sudden he poops while laying down then again while lying down please help hes my son all i have please help me charles kissee


  19. My German Shepherd rescue bitch is estimated 7.5yo, with her being admpoted by me at 5yo. She had been used to breed and had obviously been a mummy many times. Martha came to live with us to enjoy a happy retirement. She is the most gentle and quiet soul. She never complains, even if her tail gets trodden on accidently, for instance.
    Over the weekend I noticed she was leaking a little during the night, something she has from time to time, but with that she seemed stiffer in her body. On Monday I looked at her and saw her shivering with what i believe to be pain. She went straight to the vet. Blood tests showed the beginings of kidney trouble but also elivated calcium. We are still awaiting the further tests on that which may or may not show cancer. She was given antibiotics just in case. two days later she lookedd awful, so off top the vets again. She has now had her first Tramodol and she’s mostly spark out. Wanting to get up, but now unable. Another vet today seemed to believe she has lymphoma and has a week at best without chemotherapy. Fair enough, but why is she in pain? From what I see, most tumours are painless. I’m broken hearted and in denial I suppose, but am I wrong? Please advise. For now we await the elivated calcim test results, shes on tramodaol, antibiotics and omepazole to ease her stomach. She pooped normally only last night. She drinks far more than usual.


  20. My almost 15 year old Shih Tzu is eating fine and playing a little. She cries a lot in the night and I have just found a lump in her neck. She lets me touch it but she has helped around that area recently. Hence me keeping an eye on it. I have a vet appointment I just wondered if there is anything you can help with. We also recently moved house and she has not settled at all.


  21. I have a 10 year old St. Bernard mix with cancer. It’s been six weeks since he was diagnosed. He takes pain pills every 8 hours. He eats and drinks but wants to lay down and have us bring him his food. He rests most of the day. Has been barking a lot more than usual the last few days. He’s also peeing and laying in it since he refuses often to get up. I guess my question is when do I know it’s okay to put him down?


  22. I have a 10 year old St. Bernard mix with cancer. It’s been since weeks since he was diagnosed. He takes pain pills every 8 hours. He eats and drinks but wants to lay down and have us bring him his food. He rests most of the day. Has been barking a lot more than usual the last few days. He’s also peeing and laying in it since he refuses often to get up. I guess my question is when do I know it’s okay to put him down?


  23. Hello, My 11 year old Rottie was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. He and I just moved to Los Angeles two months ago and barely have my feet under me. This diagnosis just knocked the wind out of me. I’m trying to decide whether to treat due to his age and the life expectancy of Rottweilers. I’d love to know more about Tanovea. We see the vet tomorrow. Any info welcomed.


  24. My 9 year old mix breed furbaby was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a month ago and we were advised he had days up to a week at most to live.

    That was a month ago, every day more lumps are popping up all over his body but he’s eating (raw diet as wouldn’t eat dry mix anymore) he isn’t throwing up daily now and his stools are better formed.

    He sleeps alot (he’s always been a happy hyper boy) but he still gets excited and wants to walk/ swim every day. He has started trembling though as if he’s cold I’m glad I found this page as it’s explained alot.

    I wish I knew what to expect, when to say the times come to let him go as he’s suffering to much! Because of covid home visits aren’t allowed and I’m not allowed in the vets with him (he hates vets so I don’t want him alone, scared and muzzled in his final moments as he’s the best dog ever) I’m holding out hope restrictions will be lifted so he can go at home where he’s safe, happy and at peace but I don’t want to drag it out for him so he’s suffering either!

    The vet said I’ll know when it’s time, I’ve said along this journey the day he doesn’t want to go for a walk for a couple days on the trot I’d know but now with the trembles, grumbling, sleeping I’m wondering if it’s cruel he’s still going but he smiles and appears happy most of the time as he’s so loved and very much spoilt.

    Cancer sucks, it’s not fair I can’t imagine loosing my best friend, I climb the coast he swims below me, I kayak he comes for the ride, we hike, run and are inseperable this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to face


  25. Hi,
    My 4 year old lab is confirmed with lymphoma.
    We are stil waiting for complete biopsy report.
    Could you let us know if it’s treateble through injections without pain. There are about 8 to 10 nodes in body.
    Vet has given pain killer and an injection. My dog appetite had reduced, always want to be alone.


  26. Hey!
    My 8 year old lab was suspected of tvt for which she received a chemo, which went okay but after a week she became restless, stopped eating and started whining and barking relentlessly ,have had done everything from oral medicines to IV’s nothing seem to help the only time she is not barking is when she is on a walk or outdoors.
    I’m in desperate need of some information regarding the same. Can I do something to soothe her and get her to settle down?

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  27. My soon to be 15 yr old Yorkie. He has an oral melanoma it is aggressive. He had surgery a little over a month ago. How can I tell if he’s in pain? The vet gave him about month. I don’t want him to suffer. As of right now he loves his walks, eating has been a little off since yesterday. I don’t know what to do.

    • Hello Ashley –

      Thank you for your email and for reaching out about your dog. It sounds as though he has been through a great deal and is lucky to have someone so dedicated to his care. Cancer is a frightening thing to face with a beloved friend. He is lucky to be so loved and to have someone to share his days with.

      Unfortunately, because we are not a veterinary consulting company and are not veterinarians, we are not able to provide any kind of guidance for your situation. I would recommend that you discuss his condition with your veterinarian to express your concerns. There may be additional options for treatment and/or palliative care. I am sorry I cannot be of greater help.


  28. Abby my 12 year old dog acts just like yours and I’m at a loss of what to do and not sure she’s in pain but being it’s cancer I can’t rule it out. Please let me know if you find out anything that helps your dog or have information on how to tell if they are in pain. I’m so sorry for your dog and mine as they are members of our family and don’t want to lose them. It’s a heartbreaking situation and something I’ve never, ever thought would even possibly happen. I’ll be thinking of you and your beloved friend. Sincerely Ruth


  29. Hello, my furry pal is an 11yr old border collie, and has had lumps all over show up and some really large ones under his jaw. Took him to ER vet And prescribed prednisone, said looked like lymphoma since swollen lymph nodes they out his body. Followed up with regular vet who aspirated lymph node and sent to lab, came back aggressive lymphoma. Prednisone increased. Now he just wants to sleep all the time and energy level down but still eating and plays from time to time. Not sure how or what to expect but any info would help, regarding this. Desperate for any helpful information please.

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      • Interested in the guidance given for this situation. Thank you so much. It’s hard especially since we just had to put down our other 17 yr old furrbaby

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  30. Hi
    I have a small cross breed dog over the past few months when she is lying at rest she would suddenly jump up start shaking and sometimes crying she would like herself a lot we wormed her about 2 months ago but she is still doing this she has to get her glands squeezed every couple of months they are full of muck I thought maybe she has the same as my cat a uriney tract infection the cat behaved in the same way she is on special food for it maybe you could give me a bit of advice the vets are only taking emergency’s at the min. Thanks Eva McLaughlin

    • My dog has been doing the exact thing. What ever happened with your dog?

    • Hello Eva –
      I am very sorry to hear that your dog has been having so much difficulty. Unfortunately, because we are not a veterinary consulting company and are not veterinarians, we are not able to provide any kind of guidance for your situation. I would recommend that you discuss her condition with your veterinarian to express your concerns. You may need to call around to different veterinarians to see if anyone is able to see her on an emergency basis.  I am sorry I cannot be of greater help.

      • My little dog had worming and it has taken 7 months to recover fully.Vets didn’t know what to do so I took him to a natural vet has helped him a lot.He also had tremors panting all night long finally got him down to 15 minutes then he sleeps thank god.Hope this helps.


  31. My dog was diagnosed with lymphoma in March. We gave him prednisone. He was fine until 2 days ago vomiting, diarrhea, can’t walk heavy panting seems he is in pain. Is it time To put him to rest?

    • Hello Diane –

      I am very sorry to hear that your dog has been having so much difficulty. Lymphoma is a frightening diagnosis to be facing with a beloved member of your family. Unfortunately, because we are not a veterinary consulting company and are not veterinarians, we are not able to provide any kind of guidance for your situation. I would recommend that you discuss his condition with your veterinarian to express your concerns. There may be additional options for treatment and/or palliative care. I am sorry I cannot be of greater help.

      Abby
      VetDC Customer Support Team

      • We have a 7 year old Rottweiler that has been losing weight vomiting and diarrhea. Has had tests done and sent to Texas and has been getting B12 shots. , but still losing weight, the vet suggested putting him under and cutting him open like you would gut a deer , not comfortable with that and we are wondering how you could help us figure out the best thing to do ? You can e-mail or give us a call 607-737-9229. Any advice would be appreciated!We hold you under any obligation or responsibility for your Greatly needed advice!please respond ASAP if possible! Thank You!!

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  32. Our 2 yro bulldog was diagnosed w/ chronic last Friday. His liver tests all came bad as well. He is currently taking Prednisone and an antibiotic. He had a bad day yesterday w/ vomiting and being lethargic. Today, he got up, ate and even wanted to go for a car ride. We started noticing his shaking this afternoon. Is this part of the signs of his leukemia? He is not acting as if he is in any pain. We just don’t want our buddy suffering. THis is all just so heartbreaking.

    • Hello Mandy –
      I am very sorry to hear that your dog has been having so much difficulty. Leukemia is a frightening diagnosis to be facing with a beloved member of your family, especially one so young. 
      Unfortunately,because we are not a veterinary consulting company and are not veterinarians, we are not able to provide any kind of guidance for your situation. I would recommend that you discuss his condition with your veterinarian to express your concerns. There may be additional options for treatment and/or palliative care. I am sorry I cannot be of greater help.
      Abby
      VetDC Customer Support Team  


  33. My buddy Leroy was diagnosed 3-1-19…DIAGNOSIS/PROBLEMS:
    Tonsillar squamous cell carcinoma; left tonsillectomy, narrowly excised (<0.5mm deep margin) 12/12/18 Metastatic squamous cell carcinoma, left retropharyngeal lymph node
    Abscess ventral cervical region. Unbelievably he is still here but the last view weeks not doing well. Lack of appetite and worst of all during all this he firme a open wound that the vet says there’s nothing they can do. Do everyday I clean it and wrap it so blood doesn’t go everywhere or on anything. Debating whether or not I should put him down. He’s my big fur baby(lab mix) it’s so hard. He is 12 and 1/2 as well. Looking for answers

    • Hello Maureen –
      I am very sorry to hear that your dog has been having so much difficulty. Cancer is a frightening diagnosis to be facing with a beloved member of your family. Unfortunately, because we are not a veterinary consulting company and are not veterinarians, we are not able to provide any kind of guidance for your situation. I would recommend that you discuss his condition with your veterinarian to express your concerns. There may be additional options for treatment and/or palliative care. I am sorry I cannot be of greater help.
      Abby
      VetDC Customer Support Team


  34. I am not seeing any reply that is helpful other than I am sorry, so I am hoping you can give me insite. My dog has a paw that looks red and he licks it constantly and is limping. Are most cases like this cancer? Is there a chance it isn’t? He just isn’t the same. I do have an appt next week for him

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  35. Our dog suddenly started acting poorly. Once vibrant is Suddenly Lethargic and lay around.

    The Quarantine issue has seeing Vet difficult… but I took my dog in… did a complete battery of Blood Tests with nothing but positive reading…. except for thyroid being at .85 instead of 1.0 +. They can’t do an Ultrasound because the radiologist isn’t doing them right now.

    They put him on Tramadol and Gabapentine but that isn’t helping.

    Do you have any input that may help us with the next step (testing, etc.?) -> ??? …

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  36. My shitzu is 10 and he has got a tooth that has decayed and I am noticing that he has been shivering all day today. I have noticed that he shook his body b4, and stopped when I held him, but not today. Can anyone give me a suggestion on what it could be.

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  37. Good evening,
    My beloved chocolate lab, male, 12 years old is also diagnosed with Lymphoma. Unfortunately he has all the worst that comes with it: it’s in the liver, spleen and spinal cord and it’s a T type. Is is taking prednisone since 2 weeks now and got 2 different injections (one of which is Vincristime). He has lost lots of muscle weight and is looking skinny (he always had a very athletic body since he is young due to his osteoarthritis on both elbows too). He still eats very well and is active in the morning, likes his walks and stay with us. In the afternoon he gets quite tired, but is also restless. He moves positions a lots. Also at night he doesn’t sleep through anymore, but wakes up a lot and sleeps in different places in our bedroom for a few minutes before he goes back to his bed. He occasionally pants more than usual during the day, and he smacks his lips much more, despite taking prednisone.
    What is different from Tanovera comparing to other products? Is it too late my my dog to try it? I just can’t believe that he got this! I am deviated and could cry constantly. It, I am trying to stay strong for him and give him all my love and attention…
    Thank you for your soon reply.
    Best wishes,
    KDG

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      • can you tell me more? It sounds like my dog.

        • My dog was just diagnosed with lymphoma she just turned 7 they said too bad to operate put her on prednisone today can I still give her this she was fine until a week ago they said she is loaded with tumors 😢😢😢😢😢😢

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  38. My dog had bloody stool and hi temperature, the doctor administer some anti- biotics, but later on, she started having convulsions and they are not stopping,dilated eyes and increased temperature. The conclusions have gone throughout all night non stop. I administered Valium to stop the convulsions but it dint work, please what is wrong with my fur baby?

    • Please check your email as I just responded to you directly.


  39. My sweet PWD was diagnosed with Lymphoma. She is almost 12 and they put her on prednisone. I am overwhelmed by the news and not sure this is the right path. I can’t fathom her not being with me but do not want to selfishly put her through something that will make her suffer. Can she still try TANOVEA-CA1 after being on prednisone for the past week?

    • Please check your email as I just responded to you directly.


  40. If one dog has lung cancer and vomits blood, and another dog eats it. Should I be concerned

    • Please check your email as I just responded to you directly.


  41. Hi, my 6 year Golden Retriever was diagnosed with lymphoma. We went through the entire CHOP protocol and she was out of remission approximately 1 month after the last treatment. I asked our veterinary oncologist about the possibility of treating her with Tanovea and he said it’s unavailable. This is despite the fact that I live in Florida and our girl is being treated in Orlando. Do you know whether there is another route for me to access Tanovea whether through your company or otherwise? Thank you!

    • Please check your email as I just responded to you directly.


  42. My dog has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with metastasis to her liver and spleen. She is refusing food and will eat just a few bites. I have tried everything I can think of. Do you have any suggestions? Is there any known treatment?

    • Hi, Lois-

      We are very sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis. It’s very difficult to know which option is the best for your pet as each animal is unique. We recommend speaking with your veterinarian as soon as possible to explore opportunities for care and options for making them more comfortable. We wish you the best at this difficult time.


  43. Our 4 year old male Golden Retriever was diagnosed with lymphoma 2 weeks ago. I am scared to death and keep wondering how much longer he has. His heavy breathing and losing control of his bladder is starting to scare me more and more every day. I am. It ready to say goodbye

    • Hi, Bonnie-

      We are very sorry to hear about your Golden’s diagnosis. We wish you the best during this difficult time.


  44. My Weimaraner has lymphoma and has come out of remission following the CHOP protocol, she had only stopped the chemo for just over a month. Are you doing any trials of TANOVEA CA1 in the UK at all? Would it be something that could benefit my dog?

    • Hello, Yvette-

      We are very sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis. TANOVEA-CA1 is not currently available in the U.K., our distribution is currently limited to the U.S. We wish the best for your dog and recommend contacting your veterinarian as soon as possible. Thank you.


  45. Just had my 5 year old Irish weaten terrier put to sleep he was diagnosed 5 weeks ago with lymphoma he had been taking steroids during that period so sad 😞 they call it the silent killer

    • Hi, Hilary- we are very sorry to hear about the loss of your pet. We wish you the best at this difficult time.

      • My fur baby, Wiggles, had just turned 14 April 25th (our years) and was diagnosed with Lymphoma around May 8 and progressed very rapidly.. she became very weak, loss of appetite, could hardly stand on her own, diarrhea, and some vomiting… my sweet doggo fought hard during this fast and devastating time; I had to have her put to sleep this weekend and my heart hurts so very bad.. I miss her terribly… i am so sorry for anyone having to experience dreadful lymphoma with their doggie… my thoughts and prayers are with you and your dog


  46. My 9 yr old rescue has lymphoma cancer and the waiting to talk to the vet about what stage and multiple others question are killing me.

    • Hi, Mary-
      I’m so sorry to hear about what you and your dog are going through. I wish we could help you with the questions you may have, but we are not veterinarians and have not examined your dog, so we aren’t able to provide medical advice. Once you speak with your veterinarian, there may be additional care measures that can be taken to make your pet feel more comfortable. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help and wish you the best.


  47. My 6ye old boxer was diagnosed about 2 weeks ago. We did a biopsy and it came back inconclusive. What exactly does that even mean ? Could he possibly not have cancer?

    • Melissa, our 5 yr old boxer was diagnosed with lymphoma about 3 weeks ago also with inconclusive biopsy. She is on Prednisone. I am curious to learn how your dog is doing at this time.

    • Hi, Melissa-

      We are very sorry to hear about your boxer’s diagnosis. It’s very difficult to know which option is the best for your pet. We recommend speaking with your veterinarian as soon as possible to explore opportunities for care and specifics on the diagnosis. We wish you the best.


  48. My diabetic 14 year old Australian terrier was diagnosed with colon mass a few days ago. He’s just having a couple loose ping pong ball sized stools a day. How long can he go like this without treatment? He doesn’t look to be in pain and still has a great appetite but I’d like to send him over the rainbow bridge before he starts to suffer

    • Hi, Maureen-

      We are very sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis. I would encourage you to speak with your veterinarian about his condition and if there is anything you can do to make him more comfortable. Unfortunately, there is little we are able to recommend – other than talking with your vet as we are not veterinarians and cannot offer medical advice. Thank you.


  49. My dog is 14, he has bladder cancer that has returned, we had the tumor removed in January of this year. With the medications he is on he has now developed vestibular disease, ( second time with this too) we have him up and walking and drinking by his appetite hasn’t come back and is stumbling when walking. I’m concerned he could be in pain due to the not eating and consistently grooming himself, not sure what to do. Any suggestions or tips??

    • Have a 15 yr. Old poodle that was dignouse with bladder cancer. Not doing well. Pees in the house no control on steroids and has gainedl weight. Drinks a gallon of water in 2 days. And panting non stop. What should I do.

      • Hello Teresa –
        I am very sorry to hear that your dog has been having so much difficulty. Cancer is a frightening diagnosis to be facing with a beloved member of your family. Unfortunately, because we are not a veterinary consulting company and are not veterinarians, we are not able to provide any kind of guidance for your situation. I would recommend that you discuss his condition with your veterinarian to express your concerns. There may be additional options for treatment and/or palliative care. I am sorry I cannot be of greater help.

    • Hi, Shannon-

      I am sorry to hear about your dogs diagnosis, and very sorry to hear that he has been having a difficult time. I know it is very difficult to watch a pet struggle. I would encourage you to speak with your veterinarian about his level of pain and if there is anything you can do to make him more comfortable. Unfortunately, there is little we are able to recommend – other than talking with your vet as we are not veterinarians and cannot offer medical advise. Thank you.


  50. My dog is 9 years old and few months before she had a swelling in her left eye, i have consulted a doctor who advised that is a bone cancer, now doctor suggested to undergo a surgery (they confirmed that they will check how far the cancer have been spreaded and they remove the following part)


  51. My dog is 9 years old and few months before she had a swelling in her left eye, i have consulted a doctor who advised that is a bone cancer, now doctor suggested to undergo a surgery (they confirmed that they will check how far the cancer have been spreaded and they remove the following part)
    My concern here is post surgery how long my dog will be with me ?
    Will she undergo a severe pain when she has surgery ?
    Do we have any alternate solution that can be advised ?

    Note :
    I have read many article in Web and found many symptoms dog will undergo
    But She do not show any symptoms expect urine foul smell

    Please advise at earliest with the best solution

    • Hello, Anandhi-

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am so sorry to hear what you and your dog are going through and your concerns are logical to have. I wish we could offer more help or advise the best treatment for your dog, but we are not veterinarians and have not examined your dog, so we aren’t able to provide medical advice. I would suggest that you speak with your veterinarian about the situation, and ask if there are any immediate measures that can be taken. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

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  52. Can you tell me why the vet would want a blood test ever 2 months as my dog who has cancer (they advised will only live 8-10 months) for the Carprofen Apex tablets they have put him on for pain and inflammation (has hip problems and leg operation 18 moths ago (now 12.5 years old) They say it is to check liver/kidneys as medication can damage … he will most likely die (or we will put him down when worse) before they effect him… They charge over double the price as on line vets chemist for these tablets and they advised of blood tests when I requested a prescription for the tablets yesterday and first was advised would get 6 repeats now only one … and charged a prescription fee. Maybe it is to make up for the loss of money for the tablets I was buying…

    • Hi Laurence – I just sent a reply to your personal email.


  53. My dog has a large cancer on her leg. I am scheduled to put her down but am hesitating because she seems so happy in the morning. She can go for a short walk. She shows signs of pain when doing her business. Should I let her live longer or is it more humane to put her down? I am so torn.

    • Caroline Mercer, I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. I have a cocker that has cancer. She has had cancer surgeries 3 times. She seemed to bounce back and get to her normal self. Ate good, loved baths, and loved me petting her and showing her love. She now is at her last couple of days. Its been a rough day today and still watching her. I guess thats your call, but I let my dog live as long as she could cause she had a chance. Wish the best for your gut baby. I know it’s very very hard to let go.

    • Hello Caroline –
      Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I’m so sorry to hear what you and your dog are going through – you are facing a terribly difficult decision. I wish we could help you with that decision, but we are not veterinarians and have not examined your dog, so we aren’t able to provide medical advice. I would suggest that you speak with your veterinarian about the situation, and ask if there are any palliative care measures that can be taken to make her feel more comfortable and perhaps extend the time you have together. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.


  54. my Poxer was diagnosed with lymphoma by my vet, by exam only,,no bloodwork nor xray .I trust him with my life,,hes a phenominal vetenarian, although i do agree, iam seeking out maybe there can be a mis diagnoses because of what im experiencing,,, so what my concern is , is that im noticing the only times of discomfort is when he eats,,he seems to show a buldging in his abdomen and then will only pass tarry stools that are alot less of what his intake is,,,is it possible that he may have a stomach blockage and or tumor that could be treated {surgery}in order to prolong his life?

    • Hi Kevin –
      I’m so sorry to hear what you and your boxer are currently going through. Unfortunately, we are not able to speculate as to what might be going on with your dog because we are not veterinarians and have not examined your dog. It does sound like he may have some significant issues and I would strongly encourage you to either take him back to the veterinarian who diagnosed the lymphoma, or if you are not comfortable doing that, take him to an oncologist or another vet. I’m sorry I cannot be of more help.


  55. Thank you for your suggestions


  56. My 13 year old Corgi mix was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his left rear leg. Although he was limping I was completely shocked to find out! I’m trying to manage his pain with a trilogy of meds & CBD treats. Sometimes I think it’s managing ok but he has started panting quite a bit, especially at night. Is this a sign his pain is more severe than I realize?

    • Hello Jody –

      I am so sorry to hear about what you and your dog are going through. VetDC is not a veterinary consulting service so we are unable to offer any direction with your situation, I’m very sorry. I would encourage you to return to your veterinarian to discuss the clinical signs you are observing and determine if there is anything more you can do to help him. There are many factors that could be affecting his situation – the type of cancer (some cancers aren’t painful but might interfere with his functional abilities, other cancers might be painful); as well as the possible side effects of some drugs (some medications can cause signs like panting, but so can pain). A veterinarian can examine your dog and help you decide upon a course of action. I’m very sorry I can’t be of greater help.


  57. My golden retriever is 12 yrs old. In February she started bleeding profusely from her left nasal cavity. Despite many trips to her vet no diagnosis was found. In July I took to a specialist who performed a CT and diagnosed her with a nasal tumor. The night after the procedure she ate breakfast and started vomiting and having dark runny stools. Since that time she has stopped eating. I have tried all types of food to get to eat without success. Please help!

    • We were just told our little buddy has a 10cm mass in his left nasal cavity. The mass is starting to go into the brain and right nasa cavity. After doing research on radiation we opted against it. Putting him through the treatments and the side effects just didn’t seem right for us. He has comfy nose bleeds out of his left nasal cavity. Some days he has a Major bleed that last sometimes for two days. He has started to have more challenging time breathing. However, is still breathing out of his right side. He acts completely normal. Chasing lizards and going for walks. He does have sneezing episodes every walk. The hardest part is that he seems like our dog most of the time. We just don’t want him to be in pain.

      • Hello Jamie –
        I am very sorry to hear that your dog is having so much difficulty. Cancer is a frightening diagnosis to be facing with a beloved member of your family. Unfortunately, because we are not a veterinary consulting company and are not veterinarians, we are not able to provide any kind of guidance for your situation. I would recommend that you discuss his condition with your veterinarian to express your concerns. There may be additional options for treatment and/or palliative care.
        It sounds like he is still enjoying his life with you and that you are very aware of his physical and mental wellbeing. I’m glad to hear that he is enjoying the things he normally does. Things like going for walks, playing, eating, wanting to be with you, etc. are important indicators of quality of life. I am sorry I cannot be of greater help, I understand how difficult this is and I wish you and your family the best. 

    • Found out my golden retriever has cancer Adenocarcinoma, we’ll be going to see a radiation specialist later today who will explain to us life expectancy and radon treatment. My boy is only 6 years old. The cost up to this point is close to $6,000 so far and I’m not sure how much more I can afford with radiation treatment varying anywhere between $5,000 to $8,000. Lee my heart goes out to you and I’m sorry you are going through this but please know you are not alone. God Bless you and your Golden

      • My heart goes out to any and all pet owners. We just lost our Golden, Shea of 9 years to cancer yesterday. No previous signs until 2 weeks ago when he displayed severe anemia. Ultrasound showed his liver was totally compromised, however the Vet indicated that could have been because of another cancer. We opted for no testing as we lost 2 Golden brothers back in 09′, and like all of us, decided to do radiation and chemo. They hadn’t reached 5. Personally looking back at that situation and seeing pics of them during treatment, I would never put my dog through that again. Cost was not a factor, however for both, it was over $10k. They were miserable 5 of 7 days and then back to the Vet for another treatment. We still have Shea’s sister and litter mate, Bella who we are taking for an ultrasound Friday. With Golden’s being the #2 breed most susceptible to cancer, We should have been more attentive, especially after losing 2. I hope this helps in some of the decision making.

      • Hello J.B. I’m so sorry to hear what you and your golden are going through. I hope your appointment went well and you were able to find some hope from it.

    • I am so very sorry to hear about what you and your beloved golden retriever are going through. It sounds as though it’s been frightening and overwhelming. I wish that I could offer you some advice, but because I am not a vet and haven’t examined your dog, trying to recommend anything could be potentially harmful to her.

      I would strongly suggest you schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible to see what kind off options exist to deal with the clinical signs she is exhibiting (perhaps medications for the nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and anorexia), but also to discuss what kind of food they recommend. If she is painful, she may not be willing to eat certain things (like crunchy kibble); and if she is feeling really sick, she may need something really tasty to tempt her. One thing that is generally pretty safe is meat baby food (Gerber turkey, chicken, ham, beef). It is very aromatic and, if warmed up just a bit, can often tempt even the pickiest of dogs.

      I am so sorry I can’t be of greater help, I know how distressing it is to have a dog that won’t eat.


  58. I’m so grateful to have found this information about the new drug that could possible cure lymphoma. However, I am a senior citzen on a fixed income and cannot afford the medication. My rescue dog Smokey has been diagnosed with lymphoma and he is presently on Predisone and Gabapentin. I just want this cancer out of him and have been looking for clinical trials that I can put him in. Do you all offer discounts on medication for seniors?

    • Thank you for your message and your interest in TANOVEA-CA1. I’m so sorry to hear that your dog has lymphoma, it’s such a difficult diagnosis to face. Unfortunately we do not have any financial aid programs, but we are conducting several clinical trials currently. Can you please tell me a couple of things? First, where are you located? Second, has your dog received any kind of chemotherapy, or is the prednisone the only drug being prescribed for the lymphoma?

      • My Newfoundland Teddy is only on Prednisone 10 mg x 2 for 1 month already. Otherwise , all his life he has been the healthiest dog ever. 7 year senior panel is perfect . He is 9 y. 5 month old.


  59. I am so thankful to have found this page! Our 11 year old malamute was diagnosed with lymphoma this morning. I have noticed she is constantly panting. Not heavy, but non-stop. Does it sound likely that she is in pain? We have a camping trip coming up (we will be gone a week) and we were hoping she would make it, but I’m questioning whether it is cruel to take her, or if she may enjoy it. The vet put her on prednisone to help with symptoms, are there other measure we should ask about to ensure her comfort?

    • Hello Alex –

      Thank you for your interest in TANOVEA-CA1 and your message on the VetDC website. I am so sorry to hear about your dog’s recent diagnosis of lymphoma. It is a hard thing to be facing with a beloved member of your family.

      It is difficult to say whether the panting is due to discomfort, swollen lymph nodes, medications, nausea, tiredness, etc., so I would suggest that you talk with your veterinarian about your concerns, particularly before embarking on a trip with her. She may be well enough to enjoy it, but I would not be doing you or her any justice by trying to guess. There are certainly factors that are NOT in her favor (summer heat, her breed, her age, the lymphoma), but your veterinarian can provide guidance in deciding how to manage her activity level based on his/her physical examination of her.

      With regards to other measures to ensure her comfort, you will have to consider whether or not you want to treat the lymphoma in hopes of inducing remission which would be done with chemotherapy, like TANOVEA-CA1 or the CHOP protocol. You may wish to focus instead on keeping her comfortable for as long as she has left with palliative care (medications and treatments focused on relieving the clinical signs of the disease to increase comfort and quality of life, NOT treatment to induce remission).

      There are many clinical signs that dogs with lymphoma can experience such as nausea, vomiting, lethargy, anorexia. increased thirst, dehydration, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, etc. Different parts of the body can be affected and therefore different signs may be apparent. There are many medications available to help relieve these signs of illness (like anti-nausea drugs), and your veterinarian can talk with you about the options available that he/she feels are appropriate for your dog’s needs.

      Please feel free to reach out if there is anything else I can do to help you.


  60. My standard dachshund has lymphoma. She is 11 an it’s pretty bad they said a couple of months I’ve had her since she was 8 weeks. It’s like my child. Is this a very painful cancer

    • Hello Lisa –

      I’m very sorry to hear about your dachshund’s diagnosis of lymphoma, I know it’s very difficult to face with a beloved member of your family. Lymphoma is not what I would call a “painful” cancer, but it can make a dog feel very unwell and uncomfortable as it progresses. Each patient handles it differently, and some dogs are more tolerant of the effects of the cancer than others.

      If you are not interested in pursuing chemotherapy in an effort to induce remission, you may want to consider speaking with your veterinarian about palliative care options. Palliative care is drugs/treatment/therapy designed to reduce the discomfort associated with the clinical signs of the disease. Basically, things that will make her feel better while you share the time you have left together.

      I hope this is helpful, and I am so sorry for what you are going through with her. She is very lucky to be so loved.


  61. My dog is dying of cancer. She hws all the signs of dying she is now has little drops of blood as she is coughing is this a bad sign??


  62. Two weeks ago we took our 9 year old Pomeranian Bella into the vet to get a cleaning. Around two weeks before that they noticed that she had a heart murmur when we got her bordettla & k9 influenza shots. After she had the dental she started coughing & it just got worse. They ended up keeping her for two days & did X-rays & found a tumor wrapped around her trachea & other spots throughout her body. We are so sad because she’s been an important part of our family z& we adore her. We just lost our 14 year old American Eskimo last winter & this is happening to fast for us.
    They put her on medication. She’s still coughing but it’s not as extreme as it was. We are praying it’s not cancer but I’m sure it is. The vet said she could live for days, weeks or months. I want her to be with us for years. I don’t want to lose her but at the same time I don’t want to have her be in pain. She’s the best dog we’ve ever had. She goes outside with you and doesn’t have to be on a leash she stays right by you & she never barks. She’s a joy to be around & we just love having her. I don’t have a question because I asked my vet how long she has & I know that she doesn’t have long with us. I keep praying for a miracle. Thank you for listening..

    • I have a Pitbull named “Baby” She turned 8 yrs. this last March. She started having seizures a few weeks ago & I took her to the vet. They wanted to run tests on her but I couldn’t afford all of them. She got a shot for the seizures & put her onLevETIRAcetam 1,000 MG TAB AURO.ONE EVERY 8 hrs.. She didn’t have anymore seizures until about a wk.ago, took her back & I of. for some blood work. They want to send her to a neurologist for x-rays and other tests. I just can’t afford that.then they addedGabapentin (get) 300mg cap. She is to too 2 of them with other prescription. She still is having seizures .she seems to have stopped them now today (I’m hoping for good) she has been herself. I have been with her almost 24/7. What is ur opinion of her having cancer. She has always drank slot of water since I’ve owned her at 1 & half when I got her. She’s spayed & a bit over weight. I love her like my only child & I don’t want to loose her. People have mentioned giving her nature crystals from health food store, enzymes,, CBD 1.1thc seizures or CBG hemp. oil with0.00 the or CED with. 0.03 the, the crystals is Jet, Delimited,Labradovite & Blue Lane Agate the other thing someone said that their dog was on Painting & it stopped the seizes..Do u know anything about these suggested items?

      • Hello Debbie –

        I’m sorry to hear what you and Baby are going through. Unfortunately, VetDC cannot help you with any of your questions as we are not a veterinary consulting service. We make a drug that is used to treat a specific kind of cancer, and we are only able to address questions related to that. I would encourage you to speak with your veterinarian or a holistic veterinarian before beginning any kind of treatment, though, as there could be interactions between the drugs Baby is currently taking, and the remedies you listed. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

        • My springer spaniel passed away 5 day’s ago 9 years old we think he’s spleen had ruptured from me putting him in my bath I’m a dog groomer and know the correct way to pick a dog up, but we now think he had something underlined and never realised util it was to late, as he went down hill within 2 hour , he was completely normal in the morning he hadn’t eaten his dinner, we was finding he wasn’t always eating two meals a day but always loved tip bit and treats, I have two dogs so sometimes I was unsure if he eat it or if my other dog did, I gave my dog a bath what he never liked so though I would bath him one day then groom him the next day, I have to pick him up to put him in bath, when wash he can jump out on his own I have a hydraulic bath so goes done low, after bath and dry he’s not himself lays on the floor by me why I’m washing my other dog, he refuses treats that’s not like him, then he kept fidgeting getting up and laying somewhere else, at first thought he had the hump as I bathed him, as he was a soulka then he was sick three time and his gums where white in between this we rang the vet, what with the Coronavirus they wouldn’t see him so we sent a picture of him gums, time they got back to me he had got worse so they said Emergance vet and within 10-15 minutes of the phone call he tried to get up then had a fit, then pasted away with us all with him, we really wanted an autopsy but with nothing open we would of had to wait over a month or so, so we decided not to , but looking back now makes us think he had something underlined , about a 7 month ago he kept being sick all we could feed him was small and often chicken and rice, he had blood tests at vets and all came back clear, we decided to change his food to grain free and then he was much better but his belly seemed a little bloated but if you pressed on it he was fine, as he got older he definitely got grumpier apart from with me, he’d saw the vets in February for his jab but the vet couldn’t give him his health check as he wouldn’t let the vet near him he just growled at him I had to muzzle him for the jab, also if you hugged him he would sometime growl , if he may of had cancer would any of these of been any signs, obviously we can’t get any answers from the vets as he’s passed now but maybe you my able to shed some light on this just for closure and peace of mine
          Thank you

          • VetDC has responded to your inquiry by email; please let us know if you have additional questions.

    • Hi Rebecca – We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Bella’s diagnosis is heartbreaking, we’re very sorry that you and Bella are going through that. We hope that despite the presence of tumors, she can enjoy the remainder of her life and maintain a good quality of life. Continue to do what you can to make her comfortable and do all of her favorite things with her if she has the energy. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this time.


  63. Thanks for this! Our aussie shepherd has gastrointestinal problems, Diarrhea and IBD to be specific. Usually, loss of appetite and trembling are the signs that she’s having a stomach ache. Are there any natural treatments to deal with these? We’ve tried a lot of things different vets told us to do to keep her healthy but we still see signs that the stomach problems are not going away.

    • Hello Mike –

      Thank you for your post on our website’s blog. I’m sorry to hear that your aussie has chronic gastrointestinal issues – they can be hard to manage. It is very hard to see a beloved family member feel poorly – and particularly so when you are not be able to explain to them why they feel that way. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any kind of veterinary advice or recommend any treatments. If you haven’t already done so, you may want to consider taking her to an internal medicine specialist to see if they can determine the cause of the issues – and perhaps, offer some alternatives for treatment (including any applicable natural treatments).


  64. My 14 week cocker has bloody urine which has so far been treated with two weeks of antibiotics. She’s still bleeding when peeing! She’s happy, eats well, plays, is learning and gives awesome cuddles. But what else could it be if it’s not a urine infection. I’ve sent another urine sample to the vet for further investigation, have you any idea please?

    • Hi Pat – That sounds like a very unsettling situation, we hope it gets resolved soon. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to advise you on this. Your veterinarian is best equipped to diagnose what the cause of the blood in her urine is, so please continue working with them.

      • My dog was dianoged with cancer in lungs, liver,speen and more shenhas lived for 4 months since than now she shows every sign of dying she is once in awhile spitting blod droplets by coughing so much how long does she have and what us the blo

      • My 2 year old shih tzu. Has been acting strange over past couple days.
        She is heavy panting. And wont leave my side. She even tries to climb up onto my shoulders.
        She is eating. But not drinking alot, and i have to give her water through a syringe. She has not been sick. Or has runny poo.

        • I’m very sorry to hear that your dog is acting strangely. I would suggest that, if her unusual behavior continues or worsens, you take her to your veterinarian to have them examine her and make sure she is not suffering from any kind of illness or injury. Unfortunately, what you have described could accompany many things – anxiety, pain, metabolic issues, etc., so it would not be safe for her for someone to try to determine what is going on without examining her. I’m sorry I can’t be of greater assistance.


  65. Please if you can give advice our dear Emma is a cross jack Russel and minature pincher .She had cancer 3years ago and had too have a back leg amputated .she has now been diagnosed today with cancer of the spleen and possible spreading to liver and bladder .Would you advise an op to remove the spleen .Your opinon would be apreciated .

    From what i have read the prognosis is 3 to 4 mths .I want what is best for our best friend .If the op can alleviate a peaceful departure it will be worth it or do we bite the bullet now .

    Please advise

    • Hello Ezio,

      I’m so sorry that Emma has been diagnosed with cancer again, she sounds like she’s been quite the fighter. As far as a treatment plan is concerned, we advise that you speak with your veterinarian for advice on how to handle Emma’s cancer of the spleen. Your veterinarian knows Emma better than we do, and would be able to give you the best advice.

      We hope that Emma’s quality of life stays high and she stays comfortable, she sounds like a very special dog. We wish you and her the best of luck in these trying times.


  66. Our beloved dog Trixie is a Yorker. She is either 9 or 10 years old. She has a large mass on the top of her head and ear area. We were told that it is cancerous and surgery is not an option. The mass has a very strong odor and she is becoming restless and fragile. What can we do to better accommodate her?

    • I am so sorry to hear that you and your dog are going through such a difficult time. Unfortunately, there is little advice we are able to give you as we are not veterinarians and have not examined your dog. I would suggest is that you talk with your veterinarian about things you might be able to do to keep her comfortable. They might also be able to prescribe medications or suggest other palliative care options that will help her be more comfortable. It sounds as though she may need some kind of medical intervention as soon as you are able to get her to the vet.


  67. I am wondering if we should be walking our 11 year old Sheppard cross who has just been diagnosed with Lymphoma (first noticed by an enlarged lump) appearing under the right side of his throat. He is showing signs of slowing down since having fluid taken from the site and although he still comes out with us, I don’t want to push him if it will hurt him and shorten his time with us. He’s on pred and losic so is very thirsty but still wanders around the block.

    • Hello Lorraine –
      I’m so sorry to hear about your dog’s recent lymphoma diagnosis. I would encourage you to sit down with your regular veterinarian or a veterinary specialist (oncology or internal medicine) and discuss the problems he is having to determine if there are any treatment or palliative options that might make him feel better. We are not able to make any recommendations, only a veterinarian that has examined your dog can do that, so I can’t say whether or not he should still go on walks with you. Prednisone does tend to make dogs very thirsty, and they will pee a lot, but hopefully he is also getting the intended benefit of the drug and will be more comfortable. I’m sorry I can’t offer specific advice.

      • My dog was dianoged with cancer in lungs, liver,speen and more shenhas lived for 4 months since than now she shows every sign of dying she is once in awhile spitting blod droplets by coughing so much how long does she have and what us the blo

        • Out of curiosity Have you received any other answers? Our baby is going through the same thing and we don’t know what to do.

          • Hello Amanda- Please see your email for a message I just sent. Thank you.

        • I’m so sorry to hear about what you and your dog are going through. I just emailed you privately – please feel free to reach out again if you have any questions.


  68. My 12 year Bichon has been diagnosed with cancer in his Liver although the vet feels that this is not the primary cancer and no treatment is worthwhile at this stage, he has started to pant, stand and stare into nowhere, snap if I go to handle him and is not eating things he normally enjoyed. I am really concerned that I am not being fair to him but he has always been a massive part of the family and its hard to let go, how will I know when he has had enough

    • Hi Graham, we are very sorry to hear that your boy has cancer, seeing him act outside his normal self is surely very hard on you and your family. In regards to your question about knowing when he’s had enough, your veterinarian is best-suited to advise you on that upon evaluating him. But, we have included a link to one of our blogs that provides tips for caring for your dog when they have lymphoma, we hope that it’s useful in helping him to be comfortable and happy during this tough time https://vet-dc.com/blog/six-caring-dog-lymphoma-treatment-tips/. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this time.


  69. My dog has cancer diagnosed since last monday . He started coughing today and is doing it a lot now , what does this mean plz ? Hes 12yrs old . Not much energy .

    • Hello Nora, I’m very sorry to hear about your dog’s recent diagnosis, and that he is not doing very well. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to say what might be going on with him. Dogs can be affected by many different types of cancer, so there could be different reasons for the increased coughing and lethargy, depending upon the type of cancer he has. Your veterinarian or a veterinary oncologist should be consulted to discuss what options there are for treatment. Whether you choose to pursue something intended to increase his survival time by inducing remission (like chemotherapy), or to just focus on giving him good quality of life for as long as possible by providing treatment/therapy that will help to decrease the severity of the physical signs he is suffering, your veterinarian can help you decide what the most appropriate path is. I’m sorry you and your dog are going through this, and I wish you the best in the time you have left with him.