Eight Tail Wagging Tips For Helping Dogs With Lymphoma

Black and white dog with its ownerLymphoma is one of the most common cancers in dogs. Even so, it’s a word no pet owner is ever prepared to hear from their veterinarian. If your dog has received this diagnosis, you should be encouraged by the fact that there are a number of canine lymphoma treatment options available, including TANOVEA®-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection).

Canine lymphoma typically develops in the lymph nodes and can spread to other areas of the body and organs like the liver and spleen. There are many different forms of canine lymphoma and each case is different in terms of how quickly the disease progresses. Some cases develop slowly and are easier to treat. Others progress rapidly within days or weeks and can very quickly become life-threatening.

There are several canine lymphoma treatment approaches available, including TANOVEA-CA1, generic chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. Your veterinarian can help provide a prognosis, and develop a treatment plan based on your dog’s type and stage of lymphoma. While sadly there are no cures, the goal of any dog lymphoma treatment is to put the cancer into remission for as long as possible and create the best possible quality of life for your pet.


Doing All You Can for Your Best Friend

If your dog has been diagnosed with lymphoma and is undergoing canine lymphoma treatment, it will be a challenging time for you and your dog. But, it’s important to stay positive and enjoy every day with your dog as much as you can. Dogs are very receptive, and if they sense that you’re down and upset, this may elicit a similar emotional response from them. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to please your pup, and even under such unfortunate circumstances, they can still have a good quality of life. The following are some simple steps you can take to help ensure the best possible outcome when dealing with a canine lymphoma diagnosis:

  1. Talk with your veterinarian
    First and foremost, stay in close communication with your veterinarian and/or veterinary oncology specialist. Not only is it important to ensure you are staying on top of your role to support your pup’s treatment, but veterinarians can be a great source of comfort in what can be a very stressful time. They can reassure you that your loved one is getting the best possible care and can also help you understand what to expect from your dog during the course of canine lymphoma treatment.
  2. Exercise your dog as directed
    When your dog is being treated for canine lymphoma and facing an uncertain future, there can be a tendency to want to stay at home with them by your side, so you can keep them comfortable and savor every moment. However, exercise is good for dogs in general and can even be helpful for those fighting cancer. Your veterinarian will recommend a type and amount of exercise that will help your dog stay as healthy as possible during treatment. Plus, getting outside to go for a walk or playing fetch with your dog is good for you too – both as exercise and as a stress reliever.
  3. Stay Alert & Observant
    As we mention in our blog about the signs of dog pain, dogs rarely “complain” about anything besides the occasional whining to go outside or when they’re hungry. So it’s important that you stay alert and make note of any changes in your dog’s day to day behaviors and tendencies, and report any unusual observations to your veterinarian. Often, these subtle changes can give you insight into the specific ways that your dog is experiencing discomfort or pain from the lymphoma and/or treatment. Being able to recognize early signs of discomfort can help your veterinarian better assess the prognosis and treatment approach as well as help put your dog at ease.
  4. Feed as much as is tolerated and approved by your veterinarian
    Your dog’s appetite may vary significantly while undergoing treatment for canine lymphoma. Take advantage of their hungry times and feed them as much as they will eat (with your veterinarian’s approval, of course). Dogs fighting cancer need to be well-nourished to keep their strength up. However, unless your veterinarian recommends it, don’t go out of your way to make them eat or make any major changes to their daily diet – such as adding “people food” to their bowl – if you’ve never done that before.
  5. Help with mobility
    Treatment of any serious medical condition, including canine lymphoma, can cause weakness in your dog. This can make it difficult for them to get into and out of the car, climb stairs, or even to stand in some cases. Talk with your veterinarian about the best and safest ways to provide mobility assistance when your pet is struggling. Whatever method you use, be attentive and patient. For most dogs, the inability to get around on their own is a new experience and one that takes some getting used to.
  6. Limit changes to their home environment
    Although dogs will adapt to changes in their environment over time, try to limit any major changes to your home and their environment. Since they are already experiencing some unfamiliarity associated with the lymphoma and any treatment they’re receiving, sticking to their normal home/environment routines as much as possible could help keep additional stress to a minimum. Moving homes, in particular, can be very stressful for your dog, and yourself, during an already stressful period.
  7. Find lots of ways to have fun together
    Ideally getting cancer treatment will help put dogs into remission for as long as possible. However, the reality is you don’t know how long you’ll have with them. Take the time to do some of those “special occasion” things that they love. Walk that trail they enjoy. Go for a drive with the windows down. Have a gentle playdate with their favorite furry friend. Watching them have fun will be a positive experience for you as well.
  8. Stay positive and encouraging
    Dogs are very intuitive creatures, and they can sense your mood. While it can be difficult to keep your spirits up when your dog is facing a serious health challenge, do your best to maintain a hopeful outlook, as that will have a positive effect on them during their dog lymphoma treatments. Dogs are people-pleasers, and your encouragement can give them the energy they need to make it through difficult times. As noted above, these steps will benefit you and your family as much as they do your dog during what can be a very emotionally difficult time.


Find Out if TANOVEA-CA1 is Right for Your Dog

Learn more about TANOVEA-CA1 for the treatment of dogs with lymphoma at our website: tanovea.com. Did you know that you can also find a veterinary oncology specialist in your area on our website? A veterinary oncology specialist can help you choose a canine lymphoma treatment plan for your dog and can work with your normal veterinarian to ensure the best possible care is provided for your loved one during this difficult time.

Important Safety Information: TANOVEA-CA1 is indicated for the treatment of lymphoma in dogs. The most frequently reported adverse reactions included decreased white blood cell count, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased or loss of appetite, weight loss, decreased activity level, and skin problems. Serious and sometimes fatal pulmonary fibrosis has occurred. Do not use in West Highland White Terriers and use with caution in other terrier breeds. Please see the package insert for full prescribing information, warning and precautions.

  1. My 8 year old bison frize was diagnosed with canine lymphoma 2 months ago he is on sn
    Antopica cobalaplex and predicate. He sleeps a lot has a very extended tummy and .ainly keeps himself to himself apart from a petting now and again from.me. His eats everything in sight! His coat has deteroited and finds stairs a problem I know sleep downstairs with him. He still enjoys a short and slow walk. He moves around to different places in the house quite frequently. I was told by my vet 3 months ago that he had about 2 weeks before we had to say goodbye! I worry every day if he is suffering and shortly have to take him on a long car journey as going on holiday . and gave nobody I would want

  2. Hello,

    My first dog and my best friend (just turned 7yr old, Australian Shepard) was diagnosed with multicentric stage 4 lymphoma on April 17th. I had noticed change in her behavior, lethargy, loss of appetite, and weight loss for about a week getting progressively worse leading up to the morning when I felt enlarged lymph nodes in her jawline, which I knew right away was cancer. I was beating myself up for not taking her in sooner, as I attributed her “sadness” over the week to the fact we just moved onto a 4.5 acre ranch, thought maybe she just didn’t like her new home. That same morning I felt the lymph nodes, my vet was able to see her and aspirate so confirm it is indeed lymphoma. I didn’t even need the external lab’s confirmation as I already made an appointment to see an oncologist at VSH, who heard of my dog’s rapidly declining condition and offered to see me next day as I wanted to start treatment ASAP, this oncologist I chose b/c she was successfully treating a friend’s dog with cancer for 1+ years. I want the best for my best friend, even though the more I read the better understanding I had, that my best friend would probably not get better, the odds where dogs go into remission 80-90% with chemo are studied on those dogs who we were healthy at the time chemo treatment started… I just still had the hope maybe my girl would beat the odds. She got all the tests on the books, x-ray for the chest, ultrasound for the lower abdomen, full blood panel, and even DNA test to ensure she does not have the gene aussies are sometimes known for which would make her not tolerate certain chemos all the give her the best shot at successful treatment.

    Week 1 we started her on 1) CHOP chemotherapy in combination with 2) prednisone, I had plenty of comfort drugs on hand 3) metronidazole for diarrhea 4) cerenia for nausea 5) gabapentin for pain. She responded right away with lymph nodes basically disappearing overnight and feeling back to her old energetic self a week later. We continued CHOP every week for 10 weeks, on the 11th week the cancer was back.

    So on week 11 after our first relapse, we started Combination chemotherapy with L-asparaginase, lomustine, and prednisone. She responded well, lymph nodes in neck went down, never fully gone, but she was living good for that 1-2 weeks following.

    By week 13, the Combination chemotherapy with L-asparaginase, lomustine, and prednisone was no longer effective again. Since she was on prednisone, her appetite always was good, but over the 3 months, my best friend looked like she aged years… panting so much as a side effect of prednisone and cancer, it must be tiring.

    As a final treatment option, we are now on Tanovea (Rabacfosadine) administed last Wednesday, which is supposed to be this new miracle chemo drug. This drug is $1.5k per pop every time I go in, o break it down the Tanovea drug itself which costs $600/dose for my dog who weighs 65lbs… what they dont tell you is with every chemo appointment, you also get charged for at minimum: oncology appointment (180$), blood test ($80), chemo administration ($600), and if I need more drugs like prednisone that’s more $$. In total I have spent out of pocket $12,000 in the last 4 months, with weekly visits ranging from $300-$1580 depending on the chemo administered for the day… so I really don’t know what I should do next. Im 27yrs old and mostly doing this on my own, most days I get so sad but I try to only cry in the shower when I know shes not watching.

    Tanovea is no longer working… the lymph nodes in her neck are growing again and starting to impact her breathing again. Everything else is still good, so I can’t pull the trigger. I have already reached out to paws into grace which is a local vet who comes to your home for euthanasia, i used their service last year when my first cat (also cancer) needed help crossing the rainbow bridge.

    I don’t know what to do next, should I keep seeking treatment options. I would love to hear some feedback. I know our days together are limited, I just want to do right my girl I love her so much.

    Thank you all for sharing your stories.

    • Just read your story about you and your girls Lymphoma journey. Sadly, I suspect she has since passed. My gal Ava is 9 years old and was just diagnosed. The first 2 days after diagnosis I was distraught and noticed Ava (that is my gal’s name) was depressed and inactive. She has always been very active and healthy. The only reason I took her to vet is because I felt lumps on her neck. When I noticed the change in her I had to slap myself in the face and tell myself to to happy and strong for her. Since I made the decision to perk myself up and just play and be happy with her she has improved tremendously. I decided I don’t want to put her through treatments that she and I will both stress over to extend her life. As much as I want to keep her around for my sake I’ve decided it isn’t what is best for her. I am now going to start making nutritional doggie food from fresh human ingredients that she will enjoy and keep any eye on her joy and comfort level before making the decision for other treatment that might be needed for pain control.
      I want to thank you for what you posted about your journey. I am single and 60 years old. Ava is my joy in life. We live alone with each other and losing this loving, funny companion is gut wrenching. Weighing what I’m going through and reading your detailed story has helped me tremendously. Thank you!!!

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      • P.S. he only got two chemo treatments (Vincristine and Cytoxin), one per week for only a total of two weeks. Took him off the prednisone almost cold Turkey because it was skewing diagnostics. Replaced prednisone with CBD oil and THC 3:1.

      • Hello
        I’m currently going through lymphoma with my dog. How have things been for you?

      • My dog was diagnosed with lymphoma on June 15. I chose to not do chemo. I did not read any positive results for so much stress I believe she would be going through with the treatment. She is on prednisone. At this point she is bloated, restless and her appetite has increased. I am trying to get any information from other people who are going through this. I don’t want her to suffer and would like to know how to tell it’s time.

  3. OUr male collie is 11 yrs. and almost 4 mths. He has lymph nodes and losing his bark. His appetite is good and he knows everybody in household. He has difficulty getting up due to arthritis. He can no longer jump on coach or chair to look out window, but for a while he can stand at door and look out, He is on antibiotics and meloxican – enough for an 80 lb dog, but he was getting bad diarrhea and I had cut back on the meloxican (enough for a 30 lb dog) I’m not sure what I’m doing is beneficial, yet it is what the vet’s office advised. Wonder if TANOVEA-CA-1 would be recommended? Pls advise

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      • I’m reading this later so I dont know how your story has played out, but wanted to offer this to readers that see themselves exactly where the author (and myself) are at in this curse of cancer.
        So much you said resonated with me. I recognize all the drug names, the protocols, etc.
        We’ve been battling crania nediastinal lymphoma – high grade, t-cell since Nov. (I’m beyond blessed my 130lb baby is still with us)
        She failed chop with Dox (what a scary drug that is) and went on to try every combo we could week after week. Elspar was our go to rescue drug after each failure. The majority of failures we’re due to the effects the drugs had on the organs- not the cancer itself. In addition to all the chemo drugs we had dozens of drugs to administer at home to protect vital organs, etc. (I was popping 18 pills a day in her at 1 point)
        Yes- this has been a terribly expensive endeavor. We’ve been lucky that side effects have been rare (vonit, diarrhea, nausea, lethargy) – those were only a problem after Dox & unfortunately Tanovea. (Which oncology deemed both not effective enough to warrant continued use)
        Laverdia was tried (which was free to us while still under conditional approval by FDA)
        Fast forward today:
        After another failure with our last rescue drug Elspar she now has enlarged lymphs in her neck, soread to her groin & back leg. Conventional medicine has run it’s course. Oncology is ready to send her over rainbow bridge. I am not. Not yet. We are following the quality of life tests and she’s still very much a B+ (she’s 11 yrs old & has been fighting a monster disease since Nov so she gets a pass for not acting like a ‘pup’.
        In a few hrs she goes to a well known, respected vet that practices holistic, etc as well as conventional vet medicine.
        At this stage we are prepared for hospice , but will be exploring every avenue of holistic remedies layed out to us. ( Many conventional meds have origins from natures own gardens.). And at best we hope to relieve her currently enlarged lymphs that are now resisting Predisone.
        It’s been a LONG exhausting road (yes, I could have bought a luxury car with what we have spent- 130 lbs of dog in chemo is NOT even close to the ‘What’s it going to cost’ you read when you hit Google.) but I’m not sorry for a moment or a $ we spent on her and I would do it again as long as it prolonged life & not suffering.
        I’ve gotten an advanced education this past year that I never really signed up for. But all I can tell you is if you find yourself in these shoes. Read, listen, research… Don’t look to FB for answers & advice. Read the medical journals, the peer papers, university studies, etc.
        Pay attention to your dog. No, I mean REALLY listen. Your dog WILL tell you if they want to fight this battle with you & when their soul is just too tired.
        Respect them. Love them. Coz if you’re here- they were lucky to have you as a pet parent. And they know that ❤️
        God bless all who are struggling out there on whatever side of disease you sit on 🙏

  4. Out dog has lymphoma. We did chemo march 2020, the gold standard protocol which consisted of several treatments for 20 weeks. We were told up to a year. He did well. It came back in January 2021. We did the chemo again, finished April 2021. Its back. Seems like overnight now.. Now he is lethargic laying around, and making those cough sounds again. We have another vet appt, In the morning, literally the change was like overnight.. but looking at all options. He will be 4 in September. We adopted from a shelter. Poor guy had heart worms when we got him…those were treated…then stupid lymphoma. Its not about the money, thank God he has provided and allowed payment plans, but this last chemo treatment was harder on him. He has maxed on the doxyruben. He has even fainted or seems like passing out a few times when active. We keep praying but maybe something like this would be easier and give him a better quality of life. Love my Miller. He is so great. He never even had to be sedated for any chemo! He truly is a Good Boy!

  5. My mixed breed dog had a blood test for Lymphoma. He is on Prednisone and meds for diarrhea. He takes Galliprant for hip pain. Will Galliprant disguise the signs of declining health? How will I know when to “let him go”? He’s eating but only accepts Nudges, tuna, and roast pork. I do give him vitamins.

  6. My 7 yr old Airdale was diagnosed with large cell lymphoma last Fri, he got his first dose of kimo, no side effects, one thing the oncologist told me was his B12 was very low, so he got a shot of that, he will get one every week. I looked B12 in dogs up and if they are low it causes a lot of GI problems. His spleen, liver, and two limph nodes were inflammed but now he is eating, feeling good, and his poop is tottally normal. He was losing wieght rapidly and not eating.

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  7. Hello,

    Our 10 year old Boxer/Bully mix was diagnosed with Large Cell GI Lymphoma yesterday. We were told by the University staff that even with Chemotherapy, it guarantees maybe 2-4 months of added life (specifically with this type of Lymphoma). We are at the end of the rope and have her on Prednisone, just for some quality days. Even to the point of getting into the system with Laps of Love. I’d be very curious to know if there are some successful treatments (1+ year) for this type and if so, what they are. I love this little girl and want all the knowledge to help her if we can.

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  8. Our 4 year old lab has been diagnosed with lymphoma. We are waiting on PARR testing for the type. She was given an elspar injection and started on prednisone. Her only symptoms were large nodes. We cannot feel the nodes in her neck at this point. The injection was given 5 days ago. We are agonizing over whether to do chemo since our dog has IBD. She did have vomiting and loose stools with the elspar. My question is, how much time does elspar give us to make a decision on her care? We are concerned about her quality of life. We do have side effects with the pred, but they are manageable.

  9. My 13-year old lab mix was diagnosed with B-cell. She went through the typical protocol; did very bad on cytoxan, finished 2 rounds and went into remission. 7 weeks later, the lymph nodes were up again. The vet tried 10 days of prednisone and Baytril to no effect. Another round of adriamycin reduced the nodes for 2 weeks. She is determined to be drug-resistant. She had her first Tanovea round 2 weeks ago and the nodes almost shrank, but now are back and large again. {I used a turkey tail supplement after 7 days and wonder if this could have caused a negative response? I have since stopped} The one vet at the practice mentioned that sometimes another round of Tanovea is needed for some dogs.
    She is scheduled for her second round next week at the 21-day mark. After reading the Tanovea documentation, does one round usually work? She is still happy, eating, drink, normal bathroom; everything is great with her bloodwork; just very large submandibular lymph nodes. I appreciate the advice. Thank you.

  10. I have a 12 yr old Australian Shepard with lymphoma. It came about really fast. He is on prednisone and pain meds a s needed. Yesterday he started vomiting so they added antinausea meds. Hes happy and we go for short walks everyday and I take him everywhere (I can) in the car. When we r home he sleeps a lot but will not leave my side. I stay by him when he eats or he will stop if I walk away. What signs do I look for from now on out, so I know what to do and expect? Thanks

  11. Hi, I rescued a standard poodle and she has been diagnosed with lymphoma. I want to give her the best care I can but the CHOP treatment is so expensive. She is such a beautiful sweet girl and deserves to live a longer life with love and care. If I wanted to try Tanovea how would I find out where it is available in my area?

  12. I am curious to know how this drug compares to doxorubicin in terms of remission rate.

  13. Are doberman did a successful round of regular chemo and is in remission. They started him on the Tanovea treatment as a preventative. He’s on his third treatment now and is violently sick. We are highly thinking about not continuing it since he is in remission. Please send me your thoughts. Thank you

  14. My dog has been diagnosed with lymphoma, she is 11 and her mum died of the same disease last year and I have decided not to put her through the trauma of treatment. She has lost weight, is losing hair a lot and sleeps lots. However she enjoys her food still, toilet is fine and enjoys short walks. I am watching her closely for signs of change and have been concerned about her pa ting. I was told it’s to do with lack of oxygen and something to do with her blood but on here it says she is in pain. Does anyone know for sure which it is ease. I appreciate any advice you can offer.

    • Hi! Sorry to hear about you dog.It’s not easy news. We received the same news and the symptoms you described are exactly what we are seeing. The panting is a huge concern for me as well, as I’m not sure if this is indicating pain. Did you receive any answers that helped?
      Thank you.

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  15. I have a 10 yr old bassett. She is blind n diagnosed with cancer over a year ago. She has all these big lumps n I already had several removed. She has big opened wound on her side n on the top of her back. They always bleed n smell horrible. She is always panting but her appetite is excellent. I believe she is in pain but my husband does not think so. I know if he took her to the vet it would be time to put her down. He gives her CBS oil n she is on prednisone also on meds for arthritis. It’s a form of cancer but he will not give up on her.

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  16. So our 4 yr old shih zuh had a biopsy and we found out that he has lymphoma. We had the PARS test ( I think that’s the name) done an it was B type. The vet told us our options for treatment and we just could not do chemotherapy. We started him on prednisone two days ago, and he seems to have responded well to it. His lumps have shrank a little, but my concern is that he is having a hard time sleeping at night, he is panting really heavy, and seems to be irritated that he can’t sleep. I have been trying to find online if this side effect will subside? Also before he started taking the prednisone I was giving him vet CBD, but stopped giving it to him when he started the prednisone. Can he still take the CBD? I figured it would help them sleep but I just don’t want to make the situation worse. Thanks for your time

    • I’m sorry to hear about your dog and I feel your pain because my yorkie has the same issue. Could you send me what Abby answered for your question. Thank you and much love and prayers your way.

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  17. I just found out today that my dog has T-cell Lymphoma. I’ll meet with an oncologist this week to discuss our options. My girl also has IBD which is controlled with low-dose Budesonide. We opted for this steroid instead of Prednisone since it doesn’t have the side effects like Prednisone has. It has worked well for her. My question is if TANOVEA is an option for her, do you know if it can be taken in conjunction with Budesonide?

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      • I diagnose that my dog has lymphoma today he is 10 year old cant go for cheamo or radiation therpy dont know what to do ..im from lucknow i dont know where to take my pet..which dr.cure him .pls help

  18. Can you help ?

    • I’m very sorry to hear that your dog has lymphoma, it is a frightening thing to face with a beloved family member. Your post asked if we are able to help. We do not have any kind of assistance programs or funded clinical trials currently, I am very sorry. TANOVEA-CA1 is available for purchase by all licensed veterinarians in the United States, so you may want to discuss it as a treatment option for your dog with your veterinarian. I’m sorry I cannot be of greater help.

  19. My sweet Beagle/Boston Terrier/black lab mix Fizzy was diagnosed with lymphoma via needle biopsy of a swollen lymph node. He is scheduled to have a lymph node removed for a more intense biopsy on Wednesday to determine the type of lymphoma he has. I am distressed at the wait, feeling like time is slipping away. I am using my time to research the disease as best I can and found the Tanovea-CA1 website. I want to ask my vet about it, but am seeing it might not even be available due to a medication shortage? Are there any vets in the Pittsburgh area who are already using this treatment so would have access to the medication? Thank you.

  20. I have a 12 year old pomeranian. Last week he developed hoarseness then lost his bark. A few days later started vomiting, mostly bile and lost appetite, still drinking water and going to toilet normal. I took him to a vet on Monday and she said he had suspected Pancreatitis and gave him an injection to stop vomiting and some antibiotics. I gave him food Tuesday and he did not vomit. However he vomited this morning, so i took him back to the practice, but this time a different vet examined him. He said that as his lymp nodes are all swollen, he very likely has Lymphoma and as he is breathing heavily, likely it is in his chest. He took no blood tests or xray. He gave me chemo tablets to give to him. I am very confused by 2 differnt opinions in 2 days. Can someone please advise?

    • Hi Julia, I am 13 and my dog Shea a 11 year old Cocker Spaniel has generalized Lymphoma. She has them all over her body. And her symptoms are dry skin, hard time breathing, weight loss the weight moved to her belly, and laziness. My dog has not thrown up. But I am pretty sure that is a symptom. In the past I had a Pomeranian to his name is Tyson. I am very sorry that you have to go through this. I hope your dog turns out ok. Just give him love and attention. I just wanted to say my family are giving her pred to make her comfortable. We also decided not to go through with chemotherapy. And again I am sorry. I hope you are ok. Best regards Nicole.

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  21. I a 5 yr old Lhasa Apso named Manny, who had 4-5 masses removed in October. He had an intestinal resection no jejunum and ilium, if I’m a bit incorrect this is from memory or really a dream/nightmare since this started. I chose prednisone due to not being able to afford much more after the surgery which I couldn’t let my little boy suffer. I thank god we’ve gotten this far but his poop has gotten to liquid now he feels the urge often I suspect as he goes with not much but drops here and there. He’s on 10mg of prednisone and metronidazole which I read some bad things about and it hasn’t really helped in the beginning I thought maybe but not really now. He is at the point of gagging, foaming and shaking head and a bit flies out. He’s restless, pants and I’ve occasionally seen some shaking which I though was chilly which he’s usually not. Then dummy me realized may be a sign of pain which I’ve been thinking of giving some gabapentin left in fridge from surgery. I hate to give all these meds but I’m hitting a wall can anyone help me. I appreciate any prayers advice information etc. ty so much

    • Hello Margaret –

      I am so terribly sorry to hear about what you and Manny are going through. Cancer is a frightening diagnosis to face with a beloved friend – especially one so very young. Unfortunately I am not really able to provide any guidance to you in regards to making decisions about how to proceed with his care. Please contact your veterinarian to discuss the situation and see if there are any palliative measures that can be taken, and if you should give him any of the medications you have on hand. I am very sorry I can’t be of greater help. 

  22. My golden doodle was just diagnosed with Steve five lunch so lymphoma I’m wondering if this treatment could work for him? And what the costs are?

    • My 5 year old Golden Doodle was also diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. He is on steroids because I do not want him to go through chemo . How long do you think he can stay on the steroids?

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    • Hi, Suzette-

      We are very sorry to hear about your golden doodle’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 at this difficult time.

  23. Hi, my 7.5 yr old golden retriever has B-Cell lymphoma Stage 3a (diagnosed two days ago) and my local vet is pushing CHOP but I would like to utilize the Tanovea CA1 protocol. Any assistance in moving this decision forward? Have mentioned Tanovea but don’t think the vet is familiar with it.

    • Hello, George-

      We are very sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis. We would recommend providing this website to your veterinarian and familiarize them with the product. Unfortunately, we cannot offer medical advice on this platform as we are not veterinarians. We wish you the best during the process. Thank you.

    • Sorry, one additional question, I see through the online vet-dc.com materials that there is a supply shortage of Tanovea CA1. Elanco is saying they are only fulfilling existing customer/patients and there is a backorder for new patients. Do you have ANY idea of an ETA for new patient fulfillment? Thanks.

      • George-

        Our team is working around the clock with our manufacturer to facilitate future production. Unfortunately, we cannot commit to a firm date for resolution, we will make every effort to provide ongoing updates on our website. We sincerely apologize for any frustrations involved in this and wish the best for you and your dog.

  24. My Catahoula has just been diagnosed with lymphoma I was curious as to what the average cost of this treatment is

    • Hi, Steven- we are very sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis and wish them the best outcome. Unfortunately, we cannot provide pricing information via this website platform. Please contact your local veterinarian or visit this page on the website to find a local veterinary oncologist in your area. https://vet-dc.com/resources/animal-cancer-specialists/. Thank you.

  25. Did I read correctly in your comments that with Tanovea one should see a response or not to the drug by seven days?

    • Please check your email as I just sent a private response.

  26. 4 weeks ago my 10 yo Yorkipoo was diagnosed via ultrasound to have two ping pong ball size masses in his upper intestines which were removed the next day. He has recovered beautifully from the surgery. It was determined the masses were T-cell lymphoma. In researching his options, I learned of Tanovea. I know CHOP is a standard protocol, but my concern is the doxorubicin plus the multiple treatments. I like Tanovea is 5 treatments 3-weeks apart. In comparing CHOP to Tanovea are the anticipated remission rates and survival rates comparable (what are they for each treatment). I started him on Turkey tail mushroom yesterday…any contraindications? Would Tanovea be problematic for a Yorkipoo? What is the cost of Tanovea per treatment? My heart is breaking for this little dude. Unfortunately he does not want to eat which is highly unusual for him; he thinks he wants to eat put rarely does so, I syringe feed him 2-3 X/day Stella & Chewy’s raw food diet which he was used to before his diagnosis. Any insight is appreciated.

    • Please check your email as I just sent a private response.

  27. Our Golden Doodle was diagnosed with multicentric lymphoma recently and things have been progressing quickly. Trying to find out if Tanovea is available at this time. Chemo is not an option that we are considering for a number of reasons. We’re in the SF Bay Area. Any help you can give would be appreciated.

    • Hello Jon – please check your email as I just sent a private response.

  28. I just want to say thank you. When Liebchen (8yr old German Shepherd) was diagnosed with lymphoma, we were given the bleak diagnosis of only 6-8 months with treatment. She attained remission with the CHOP protocol which we enjoyed for 14 months before lymphoma reared its ugly head. We attempted CHOP again but failed; We attempted CCNU but failed. The enlarged nodes were pressing on her esophagus causing her to cough and within days of her first Tanovea treatment, her coughing stopped. After her 2nd treatment, diagnostics showed her nodes were all greatly reduced. She had a renewed energy. Sadly, she developed pneumonia, we believe she may have inhaled water when swimming and her body with her weakened immune system just couldn’t fight it. She passed on the day she was to receive her 3rd treatment. We have no regrets in attempting Tanovea.

    • Nancy-

      We share our sincere condolences for your dogs passing. And, we thank you for sharing you experience with TANOVEA-CA1 and hope that it help inspire others to attempt treatment!

  29. My 8 year cocker spaniel, “Winston” is a very good boy. Lost eye sight at 6 years. Had to remove his infected eyes at 7 and now this. His tail has never stopped wagging so for him I don’t give up! Is your medication available/approved in Canada ?

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

  30. I need help with my dog i just found out that she has this cancer last night 10/30/2019. I have little or no money my income is s.s.i. and can barely get by .what can i do to get healt care treatment for my dog and my true best friend. Any help i will take.thank you.

    • Hi, Anthony-

      We are very sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis of lymphoma and very sorry to hear that he has been having a difficult time. I know it is very difficult to watch a beloved friend struggle. I would encourage you to speak with your veterinarian about options and health care treatment. Unfortunately, we are not qualified to offer medical advice.

  31. My 11 yr old fur baby was diagnosed with lymphoma 3 months ago. He has gotten a single shot called elspar which is a form of chemo and the lumps have not come back yet. This shot is much more affordable than the full blown weekly chemo treatments

    • Hi Patty,

      Would love to know the course you took. Just found out today my 10 yo Viszla has lymphoma and I am absolutely devastated.

    • Hello Patty –
      Thanks for visiting the VetDC website and for sharing your experience with your dog’s lymphoma treatment. I am very glad that your dog had a positive response to the protocol you selected – that is wonderful. I hope you and he can share many more happy days together. 

  32. Hi, I have a 4 yr yellow Lab, she has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. She had a large tumor on her side and 2 weeks later I found a lump in her arm pit , it was much smaller however, both of these came back as cancer,Lymphoma. I’m retired I can not do Chemo, however I am wanting to get a good meal plan for Miley that will hopefully help. I haven’t been able to find such a plan with complete instructions. We are feeding her Yogurt , Apples,Pears, Carrots other veggies. My vet has her on Onco Supplement she takes it well with her food. Anything you can give me will greatly welcome. I will be looking for your answer back, Thanks so Much for your time!!

    • Hello Brenda –

      I’m so sorry to hear about Miley’s recent diagnosis of lymphoma. Unfortunately we aren’t able to provide any recommendations for dietary support because we aren’t veterinarians and have not examined your dog. There are many factors that go into creating an appropriate diet for your dog, and a veterinarian who is familiar with her case is the best person to help guide you. I’m very sorry that I can’t be of greater help. I hope you and Miley are able to share many more days together, and I am so sorry that you are facing this with such a young dog.

  33. Hello, my beautiful 13yo American Bulldog Ardi was diagnosed with Lymphoma 2 months ago and is currently on medication. I am terrified to lose my best friend and soul dog. His been all over the county side with me and always gave me comfort in my difficult times..he help’s with my PTSD. Ardi is having a really bad day with vomiting and lethargic, he just looks so unhappy. Any comfort tips for Ardi and myself?

    • Hello Natalie –

      I am sorry to hear about Ardi’s diagnosis of lymphoma, and very sorry to hear that he has been having a difficult time. I know it is very difficult to watch a beloved friend struggle. I would encourage you to speak with your veterinarian about options for controlling his vomiting/nausea. Unfortunately, there is little we are able to recommend – other than talking with your vet, and giving Ardi all the love and time you can. He is very lucky to have someone who loves him so deeply.

  34. My sweet golden doodle was diagnosed with Lymphoma about 2 months ago. We opted not to do chemo because my daughter had seen chemo dogs everytime they went to the Auburn Vet clinic and she said for just a few extra months she said their quality of life was not good. Anyway, I have never euthanised a pet before. Since the diagnosis she is going down hill quickly. Just 2 months ago she was gulping gallons of water and was eating. She hasn’t been eating and now she’s rarily drinking. Her days consist of laying around and really not sleeping, just looking at you with her big brown eyes. She will still go out for a walk, but not very far. She doesn’t act like she’s in pain, but because she’s laying around for long periods of times, her legs aren’t as strong. When I’m walking her, she is constantly looking for a certain weed to eat. Someone told me that, that usually means her stomach is upset. Again, she doesn’t seem like she’s in pain. I’m really struggling with making a decision on what to do. Help

    • Hello Karla –

      I’m so sorry to hear about what you, your family, and your beloved Golden doodle are going through. Making these kinds of decisions is never easy. I would suggest you contact your veterinarian to see if there are any palliative measures that can be taken to relieve some of the clinical signs that may be causing her to feel unwell. There may be medications that could help her feel better, eat more, etc. If you are considering euthanasia, your vet can also help you decide when it is the appropriate time. Unfortunately, there is little advice I can provide other than recommending you see her veterinarian, I’m very sorry. I’m glad she doesn’t appear to be in pain. Above all, love her and continue to be there for her, I’m sure she is grateful to be with a loving family.

  35. Our 4 yo pit/Shepard mix was diagnosed with B cell lymphoma 2/28/19. Mid March he began the TANOVEA treatment. He tolerated it really well, no major side effects, and he went into clinical remission on 6/7/19. On 8/30/19 the lymphoma is mildly back. His oncologist recommended CHOP. Any advise would be helpful.

    • Hello Dana –

      I’m so sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis, and that he is out of remission. Unfortunately, we can’t advise you with regards to a protocol to choose for his future treatment. Your oncologist is aware of all of the important details about your dog’s situation, and he/she is the person best suited to providing guidance moving forward. They may feel that a multi-drug protocol is more appropriate than, for example, repeating a course of TANOVEA-CA1. I would encourage you to sit down with your oncologist to discuss the possibilities if you are uncomfortable with the recommendation provided. I’m very sorry I can’t be of more help. I wish you and your dog the best.

      • Thank you , Abby. Repeating a course of TANOVEA-CA1 was proposed. Have you seen this to be effective?

  36. My 9 year old Boykin Spaniel was diagnosed last week with GI Lymphoma. The vet is recommended aggressive chemo. We haven’t started the chemo yet but this morning she started throwing up again. Now she is having bloody stools. We are giving her generic Zoloft and a low fat diet of Science Diet id. Should I be concerned since the bloody stool just happened. It’s not pure blood. There was stool and it’s a pinkish red color. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Hello Kathy –

      I am so sorry to hear about your dog’s recent diagnosis of GI lymphoma. 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 suggest you speak with and/or 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, and bloody stool). The blood may or may not be concerning, but your veterinarian will have to determine that. The vomiting, particularly if you are already giving an anti-nausea medication, is worrisome. I am sorry I can’t be of greater help.

  37. My shih tzu was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma back in November 2018. We completed CHOP in May and then he relapsed 4 weeks later. The oncologist has tried asparaginase, vincristine, Cytoxan, prednisone, and doxorubicin – but it’s wasn’t working; therefore as of August 6th he got his first dose of TANOVEA-CA1. I am hopeful, yet preparing for the worse since it’s been nearly 72 hours and his lymph nodes haven’t decreased in size. Anyways – happy thoughts – do you happen to have information about TANOVEA-CA1 in other languages? I’ve been searching through your sight and do not find it.

    • Hello Sofie –

      Thank you for your post. I’m so sorry to hear about all you and your shih tzu have been going through. It sounds like he’s quite a fighter, and he is so lucky to be so loved!

      Typically, responses to TANOVEA-CA1 are seen fairly quickly following the first administration. Based on data from the clinical studies used to support a reasonable expectation of effectiveness, median time to maximal response was 7 days. I hope that your little guy responds.

      We do not have any literature in other languages, I’m sorry. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

  38. My border collie has started a steroid chemotherapy protocol yesterday. I would be interested to know what happens during./ after remission TIA

    • Thank you for your post on our blog. I’m so sorry to hear that your border collie has cancer. Because you have posted on a lymphoma blog, I am going to try to answer your question based on the idea that your dog has lymphoma – my apologies if that is inaccurate. I wanted to clarify that before answering as different types of cancer are treated differently, and outcome, remission, clinical signs, etc. are very different from one disease type to another.

      I have to preface this by saying that no two patients are going to have the exact same experiences, and much of how a dog responds depends upon the type, location (e.g. multicentric vs GI), stage, etc. of the disease. The dog’s breed, age, and overall health also factor into their experiences with treatment. The type of chemotherapy used will also influence the experience.

      You mentioned that the protocol includes steroids. By and large, dogs do well with properly-dosed corticosteroid therapy. That said, there are often noticeable “side effects” that they experience, such as increased drinking and urination, and also panting. If you see these and feel they are interfering with your dog’s quality of life, talk with your veterinarian about it to see what they recommend.

      Chemotherapy, such as TANOVEA-CA1, or a CHOP protocol, can also induce “side effects”. Most commonly, patients may experience gastrointestinal side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, disinterest in food, and weight loss. These often occur within the first few of days after a treatment, though some dogs can experience prolonged episodes. Your veterinarian can help you decide if any medications for nausea, diarrhea, or appetite stimulation are appropriate, and can prescribe them as needed. I encourage people to be prepared to “tempt” their dogs into eating with easily digestible but highly palatable foods (your veterinarian can provide you with their recommendations).

      Many chemotherapy agents can cause decreased white blood cell numbers. Most of the time it is not dangerously low, but it is possible for the white blood cells to be so low that a dog may be at higher risk of infections. Typically a CBC is performed a week after the first treatment and again before each treatment (with a drug like TANOVEA-CA1 or doxorubicin) to determine if any kind of dose delay or reduction is necessary. Your vet likely has an established protocol for this.

      Other things that patients might experience with TANOVEA-CA1 include dermatological issues (hair loss, itchiness, ear infections, etc.). Doxorubicin can also be associated with coat changes.

      Once your dog has achieved remission and completed chemotherapy, what we hope for is a return to normal quality of life. There is really no way to tell how long a remission will last, and unfortunately some dogs come out of remission sooner than others. What people usually notice in a multicentric lymphoma relapse is enlarged lymph nodes. But while they are in remission, they will hopefully be able to enjoy the things in life that they always have.

      I don’t know if this has done much to answer your question. Your veterinarian can give you answers more specifically because they are aware of all the factors involved. But please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!

  39. Hi, long story short….my 9 yr old Doberman was diagnosed with Lymphoma in January 2019. Vet said she was too far for chemo and put her on prednisone. Now 6 months later she has a eye infection – something to do with the 3rd eyelid and last week she started having breathing problems through her nose.
    The eyes has a lot of yellow discharge and the nose has dried hard mucus? inside.
    The vet gave her antibiotics for a week, but it`s still not getting better and how do I get rid of the dried mucus that is anyway blocking the nose?
    He said it`s only a light infection?
    The eyes are also a little sunken into the eyesockets and she`s squirting them a lot – looks like she is also sensitive to light.
    She also licks her front paws a lot? Does she maybe have pain or cramps?
    Is this part of the lymphoma progressing? What could I expect next?
    Thank you, Lizelle

    • Hello Lizette –

      I am so sorry to hear about your doberman’s diagnosis of lymphoma, and the difficulties she has been having. She is so lucky to have you to love and care for her as she goes through this.

      Unfortunately, it is very difficult to say what might be causing the signs you have described. It’s possible that they are related to the lymphoma. She could have issues related to the medications she is taking, or could even have other illnesses. Your veterinarian will be the best person to talk with about these concerns so that he/she can examine your dog and provide recommendations for making her more comfortable. They can also advise you as to how to provide care like cleaning her nose and eyes – unfortunately, without seeing her, it wouldn’t be safe to recommend anything, I’m very sorry.

      Your vet can make suggestions and provide medications that may be needed for continuing palliative care – that is, care that is meant to decrease the clinical signs of a disease and help your dog be more comfortable (not treatment that is meant to combat the primary disease). I wish you both the best, and I am so sorry you are going through this.

  40. I have a cross breed between a Springer & a Setter. The dog is around 8 yeras old & was diagnosed with Multicentric Lymphoma. The type is B Cells. He is on Chemo, infact today he will be having his 3rd round out of the 20 week protocol.My concern is that I am not seeing the results as I expected because I am seeing signs that before the treatment, he never had. Like very heavy breathing, drooling & above all he is finding it difficult to do No 2. The VET told me that some Lymph nodes maybe swollen & is pressing on the anal tract. Just one last thing, both his stools & vomit are very dark/blackish brown.Can I have your opinion?….Is it worth going on with the procedure ?…Thanks

    • Hello Anton – 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.

  41. We took our dog to the vet about a month and a half ago, she needed her shots. Previous to this, I had noticed she was moaning a bit here and there, she had never done that before. I tried telling the vet about it but my roomate kept telling me not to worry about it. Well, for the past two weeks, she is not only moaning, but every breath she takes, you can hear a moan and it isn’t a little moan. Her stomach is swollen, most of the time it’s hard. She has had x-rays, an ultra sound and they said she has a massive tumor that is bleeding a little. How dangerous is this for her, should we put her to sleep, I’ve been crying my eyes out, I don’t want to put her down, but it kills me to see her in so much pain, not knowing what I can do to make her not feel that pain. Financially, I’m on ssi, I can’t afford any major surgery’s. I can’t even afford the meds for her. Please give me some suggesstions

    • Hello Darla –

      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. Were they able to make a diagnosis of a particular type of cancer? There are many things that can occur intra-abdominally in dogs, and the prognosis depends, in part, upon the type of tumor it is.

      I understand that pursuing treatment is not feasible for you currently due to your financial situation. What I would suggest is that you talk with your veterinarian about things you might be able to do to keep her comfortable until either you are ready to have her euthanized, or her body gives up the fight on its own. They might also be able to prescribe medications or suggest other palliative care options that will help her be more comfortable.

      Knowing when to let our pets go is not easy. They are far better than humans at accepting their physical limitations, and continuing with joy and hope even when they don’t feel great. The best advice I can give you is to listen to what she is telling you. Is she still enjoying the little things, like walking and playing? Is she still interested in food? Car rides? Has she lost her wag, or does her tail still thump with joy? When the “bad days” outnumber the “good days”, that is when you have to decide if it’s time to let her go. I’m sorry I can’t be of greater help.

  42. My girl (Coco) is half GSP/half Brittany. She has hard lumps on her back that were spreading. Vet diagnosed Lymphoma; she has also had a cough that now, after reading about different types of lymphoma I wonder if the cough was an early sign that I did not recognize. Am going to try prednasone (excuse misspelling) to reduce inflammation. Have another GSP who has heart and kidney issues so budget is tight. Want to do best I can for both girls but can’t afford expensive chemo. What do you suggest?

    • Our golden lab/retriever was dx in November with lymphoma. She finished her chemo treatments a couple of weeks ago and aside from one really serious reaction she tolerated chemo well. Almost two weeks ago we noticed that she was bleeding from her nose. We rushed her to the vet who prescribed vitamin K. She did well for about a week. She had a great day on Thursday but developed a constant nosebleed that night…she could not lay down and sleep because she needs to breathe from her mouth. We thought the time had come to put her down so we made appt with vet…when we were getting ready to go she jumped up and was quite excited to be going for a ride. She was pretty good at vet and he felt that the gurgling noise we were hearing was blood draining down the back of her throat. He prescribed Another med to help clot her blood and Sudafed. She continues to want to go for walks and rides but will not eat so we are having a hard time giving her the meds. We are so not sure what to do…we don’t want her to suffer but we don’t want to put her down if she still is enjoying life. I am sorry this is so long. I have not been able to find information on what happens after chemo so if anyone can help us understand we would appreciate any info and advice. Thanks for reading.

      • Hello Marge. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. I just emailed you with some information. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to assist you.

    • I’m so sorry to hear that both of your dogs are dealing with difficult medical conditions – it is hard enough to be facing illness with just one beloved friend, but to have them both ill is incredibly overwhelming. I will say, though, that both Coco and Fergie are very lucky to be so well loved.

      You are correct that chemotherapy is not inexpensive. The actual cost, regardless of what drug(s) you and your veterinarian decide to use to treat your dog, varies greatly depending upon the size of the dog, your location, the type of vet, etc. One does have to consider the overall cost when they decide whether or not to proceed with treatment, and it is a significant financial commitment.

      I would encourage you to sit down with your regular veterinarian or a veterinary specialist (oncology or internal medicine) and discuss what options might exist. We are not able to make any recommendations, only a veterinarian that has examined your dog can do that, but they might be able to offer you some alternatives. Palliative care may help mitigate the signs of illness that Coco is experiencing. Palliative care is not intended to induce remission, but rather, to increase the quality of life she has by using medical therapies to treat the effects caused by the disease. Basically, helping her feel better for as long as possible. While chemotherapy to treat lymphoma is the “gold standard”, it is not something everyone is able to do.

      If you have any specific questions I would be happy to try to answer them. I know it’s an overwhelming amount of information to digest. One other option would be to request a virtual consult with one of Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center oncologists by visiting http://csuvth.colostate.edu/acc/onlineforms. They may be able to help you understand the options that are out there for Coco. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you, and I wish you the best with both of your girls.

    • Just wanted to add – Coco is 13 and Fergie (2nd GSP) is 15. They are both loving, wonderful companions. I feel really confused about all the information and that both girls are now ill. Really appreciate any assistance/education you can provide.

  43. Having trouble finding a vet near Asheville, NC. Our Golden Retriever was diagnosed yesterday and he is the joy of our lives! We’re praying so hard. He’s such a good boy & remains so happy & upbeat. We can’t stand the thought of losing him!!

    • We went to Upstate vet in Greenville I believe they also have an office in Asheville. We got our ziggy a single chemo shot called elspar along with the prednisone it’s been 3 months and his lymph nodes are still down this is much more affordable than weekly chemo

    • I am so sorry to hear about your golden’s recent diagnosis, I know it’s a hard road to be facing with a beloved family member. I just emailed you with some information. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to assist you.

  44. Hi. I feel fortunate to have clicked on your site from google. You give some very good info. Our wonderful almost 11 year old yellow lab Bella was 95% diagnosed yesterday. I am still crying. I am looking into Tanovea now that I know about it. I have been battling cancer for exactly 1 year as well. My Mom passed away 7 weeks after my diagnosis. Chemo for me was horrible. Awful. I fear it for my Bella. I’m almost 4 months post op now & half way thru radiation. My husband is being checked out for Alzheimer’s. This really is challenging, life. I hope your treatment works for our dog because she is our bright spot in our days right now . ❤️

    • Hi Lisa, we’re glad you found valuable information on our site, we’re happy to be a resource for pet owners. We are so sorry that you are in a situation to need to research lymphoma in the first place though. After all that you’ve been through, it breaks our hearts to hear that your companion has been diagnosed with lymphoma, nobody should have to go through the hardships that you’ve been faced with. We wish you, your husband, and Bella the best of luck and we’re rooting for you in each of your battles. Please contact us if you have any questions about TANOVEA-CA1 or need more information, or if you need any other resources we will try to assist you however we’re able to.

  45. Just wanted to ask if this has been used with Jack Russell’s. I know they are in the Terrier groups but just wanted to ask.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. TANOVEA-CA1 has been used in many terrier breeds including Jack Russells, and the adverse events reported are similar to those seen in other breeds of dogs. I am unaware of any reports of pulmonary fibrosis in any Jack Russell Terriers after TANOVEA-CA1 use (PF is the reason for the cautionary statement about terriers, as they are genetically predisposed to forming idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis).

  46. I see that you say that you can’t use Tanovea on Westies and to use caution with other terriers. I have a Scottie and I’m wondering if it’s the same restriction. Please let me know.

    • Hello Erica-

      Thank you for your inquiry about TANOVEA-CA1. Terrier breeds in general are genetically predisposed to developing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and westies are disproportionately represented in the population of dogs that develop it. The reason that TANOVEA-CA1 is prohibited in westies is that it is suspected to have caused pulmonary fibrosis in a handful of dogs that have been treated. This is considered an idiosyncratic reaction, and the few patients that have experienced it are of a variety of breeds.

      We are not aware of any westies being treated with TANOVEA-CA1 (none were permitted to enroll in our clinical trials), and there have been no reported cases of TANOVEA-CA1-related PF in westies, but their genetic predisposition puts them at risk, therefore our label prohibits its use in westies and westie mixes.

      The use of TANOVEA-CA1 is not prohibited in Scotties. Due to their inclusion in the terrier group they may have a potential genetic predisposition for the development of pulmonary fibrosis, and our label bears the cautionary statement “Use with caution in other terrier breeds.” Your veterinarian would have to discuss with you whether the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks of treatment with TANOVEA-CA1.

      Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions, or there is anything else I can do to assist you. Thank you.

      Abby – VetDC

      • Hi Everyone I just come across all your messages and I too have a lovely boy Snowie he is a 7 year old American staffy full of energy and life until about 2 months ago a lump was on his testicals so minor suddenly after a year being smaller than a mole grew into a huge throbbing lump size of a egg I took him to vet immediately and they recommended desexing and removing lump in one shot he recovered with no problems on the scar for 3 weeks until the 4th week after surgery he developed dark purple blue bruising around groin area and all his skin was inflamed and very hot to touch rushed to vet they said being almost 4 weeks now after surgery there might be infection and swelling and sent me home with 10 days antibiotics and 14 days anti inflamintorys today is 6th on the medicine andhe has really gone downhill vomiting watery thick bubles and dribbeling extremely high temperature shaking shooking quietly even tho he next to medicine didn’t do anything none of the swelling in groin has come down and today being 5 weeks after surgery he has almost the size of a rock Melon swelling internally in groin area he has swelling in throat and vet wanted to change medicine to stronger and come back to check if cancer after infection gone but his struggeling to walk get in car walk up retaining wall steps and his temp was 39,4 at vet sure it’s higher now he has night sweat all over body and seems to be losing a lot hair when you pat him dark purple bruising was in the groin area and he struggeling to pee like boy so he squatting he also now tonight showing one eye really dark rolling back and closing eye a lot the only positive thing is he put on 1.2 kilo in the last week hasn’t lost weight he still wants food I can’t afford chemo already last month cost me more than I could afford but I’d do it for him cos his my love all the sample testing they want to send to lab cost so much when I could be using it on medication to get him better but due to swelling and his random behaviour since his desexing 5 weeks ago I just don’t know what to do I don’t want to lose him the vet said without sending of to lab sounds like could be lymphoma cancer all the pain is in the swelling in groin how can I take that pain away ? Antibiotics not working 7th day tomorrow please anyone help me with wat to do I can’t afford another $230 on antibiotics for 14 days and revisit and more in 7 days. And I don’t want to leave him in pain I just want to make him Comfy as he is struggeling to get comfy due to all swelling😔

        • Hello Amanda –

          I am so sorry to hear about Snowie’s problems. It sounds like he is very lucky to have you and to be so deeply loved. I hope that you and your veterinarian are able to decide upon a course of treatment that will give him some relief. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

  47. DESPERATELY NEED TANOVEA FOR MY DOG BUT IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE😰 I’m 23 k into this baby🐶of mine and have exhausted my funds. He just turned 4 & is just out of remission & PERFECT in every other way except for the lymph nodes around his neck that are slowly strangling him😰😰😰

  48. we had our dog evaluated by the veterinarian on Friday regarding a swollen hind leg and it appears from everything I can gather that this is not a local infection but is being called by caused by multicentric lymph node problem symptoms seem to point to canine lymphoma. We are interested in the treatment regime for this particular condition and need some information regarding cost and where we can get treatment.
    Dr. Ramskov

  49. Just found out that my beautful sweet wonderful dog has cancer.she is our best friend .i love so much.im just trying to find help for her.i am disabled an dont have alot of money but i will do anything for her.please if anyone knows of any place to help me i would be so grateful.

    • Hi Robin,
      I live in NJ and we have an organization called The Brodie Fund, a non profit who helps pet parents financially with the Costs of cancer treatments. My suggestion would be to see if there is an organization like that in your area.

      My Jaxon has been going through CHOP treatments since August 2018 and is in remission. I also see a Holistic Vet and receive supplements. I cook him homemade food too and get him plenty of exercise. There is a lot of information out there on the internet about proper diet which is important. Research. Research. Research.

      I wish you luck.

    • My snuggles was digonised with lymphoma just over a year ago he still with me , loss weight but eating well . Vet put him on steroids one a day I do cut back to half one a day for a few weeks, feed him well potatoes milk meat mix together, I give him boiled eggs along with his dog nuts , give him steroid half way through his feed leaves it easier on his stomach, snuggles was only a few months to live at the time ,

      • Hi Barry, we are very sorry to hear about your dog’s cancer diagnosis – news like that is always heartbreaking. It sounds like you are giving him the very best care you can at home. Thank you for telling us about him, and I hope he has many more tail-wagging days with you and your family.

    • Hi Robin, we are very sorry to hear about your dog’s cancer diagnosis – news like that is always heartbreaking and never easy to process. We recommend that you consult with your veterinarian on treatment plans for the specific type of cancer that your dog has been diagnosed with. Your veterinarian can discuss payment options with you if money is an issue. Additionally, you can do a google search for “veterinary assistance programs” and review the options presented in that search as there are many programs around the U.S. that provide financial assistance for pet care. We hope that you are able to find some valuable programs that help your dog in their fight against cancer. We wish you and your family all the best during this difficult time. – VetDC

  50. One word, KETO PET SANCTUARY!

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