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originally posted by: shawmanfromny
My dog, Hugo, who's a Beagle/Dachshund mix, may have Lymphoma.
Hugo turns 12 this year and just had his well visit last Wednesday, on the 15th. He isn't overweight and actually lost a half a pound since his last visit.
Last Friday, two days after his exam. he started to pick on his food and barely finished what was in his bowl. This behavior lasted over the weekend and yesterday as well. Hugo has always been an enthusiastic eater and has a voracious appetite.
Today, after I set down his bowl of food, Hugo stared at his bowl, looked at our other dog, Holly, and then looked at me. He then proceeded to walk away and went into his crate. I got him out of his crate and started to stroke his belly and sides, to see if he had any pain. It should be noted that Hugo has many soft, fatty tumors on his body. All seemed good, so I asked him if he wanted a treat. His ears perked up and his tail wagged and he ate the two treats I gave him, but still refused to eat was in his bowl.
My wife took him to the vet this evening and the vet noticed his lymph nodes were enlarged. They were not enlarged at his well visit. The vet read the note I had written, stating that he was drinking water, but he didn't have diarrhea and hadn't been vomiting. I also mentioned that he has been napping a lot lately, but still goes outside with Holly, to play 3 to 4 times a day. We have a huge back lot protected by an invisible fence, so our two dogs have ample space to run, play and chase squirrels...their favorite pastime. I also wrote in my note, that by evening, Hugo gets somewhat sleepy and lethargic.
The vet told my wife that it might be an infection or Lymphoma. He said that his neck area is swollen, which might be the reason for him not wanting to eat his bowl of food. He prescribed a round of antibiotics, that Hugo has to take twice a day, until next Thursday. He wants to rule out an infection. My family and I are gutted, but are hoping that Hugo has an infection of some kind, but I'm fearing the worst.
Any suggestions from any of you on what to expect, if it turns out to be Lymphoma? Will Hugo become more lethargic over time? Will his appetite eventually cease? Will he suffer from an increased amount of pain? If he does have Lymphoma, is the chemo treatment expensive? Would chemo just prolong his suffering?
Thanks for any help that you can share with me. My two dogs mean the world to me and my family. I never had to put down a pet before, but I won't hesitate if I know my big boy is suffering...my heart is aching right now.
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