We were devastated to hear that our beautiful friend Bocker the therapy dog, who brings smiles to so many, is fighting lymphoma. Life is so unfair sometimes. He and his lovely Mom Marie deserve happiness, not pain and extra costs.
The treatment he needs will be expensive and unpleasant.
We just made the donation of $75 to AnimalAid USA from YouTube subscriptions and video views last month in his name and $25 to his treatment fund. From December 1st until at least the end of the month, we will donate all proceeds from the views of his video to his fight. We are optimistic.
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Canine cancer is a horrible disease that takes way too many dogs too early. Malignant Lymphoma (tumors in the lymph nodes) is one of the more common cancers in older dogs.
“Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. But half of all cancers are curable if caught early” according to an article on Pets Web MD
Symptoms or warning signs for cancer may be similar to humans – swelling, lumps, lameness, bleeding.
What is Lymphoma?
The National Canine Cancer Foundation has stated that lymphoma is one of the most common varieties of canine cancer with Bulldogs, Basset Hounds, Boxers, St. Bernards, and Scottish Terriers being at the highest risk of developing it. Affected dogs are usually middle-aged (7-9 years old) to elderly, although cases with younger dogs have been documented.
There are over 30 subtypes of lymphoma, but there are 5 most common according to the National Canine Cancer Foundation: Multi centric lymphoma, Alimentary lymphoma, Extranodal Lymphoma, Mediastinal lymphoma and Cutaneous lymphoma.
There are five stages of the development of cancer, ranging from a single lymph node being affected (Stage 1), to the entire central nervous system including the cortical structures (Stage 5). Each stage will present with varying symptoms from weakness to general lethargy and confusion and varying prognoses.
Is there hope for my dog with lymphoma?
The answer is yes. Veterinary oncology has made great advances in the last few years and there are many treatment options available including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy which have improved survival rates (we have seen estimates of over 60%). To find out more about Canine Lymphoma and Bocker’s and other successful treatment stories read our story here.
It is important to take your dog for regular check ups and notify your vet if you see anything unusual.
Our hearts go out to Marie and any other members of the Talent Hounds Community suffering because of this horrible disease.