Mickey belongs to one of our vets, Dr Kylee. He is an 11 year old Italian Greyhound. He has had a few health issues during his life, including an ongoing congenital liver problem, seizures and two surgeries for removal of cancerous lumps. However, despite all of these health issues, Mickey is always ready for a cuddle and a play.
A few months ago Dr Kylee noted that Mickey’s lymph nodes were swollen. These can become swollen for many reasons but with Mickey’s history of health concerns it was decided that biopsies be taken straight away and sent to the laboratory.
Unfortunately the results came back showing that Mickey had Lymphoma. This is a type of cancer of the lymphatic system.
Treatment in this area has come a long way in the last decade. Mickey was started on a chemotherapy protocol shortly after his diagnosis. This treatment is expected to last approximately 19 weeks.
Chemotherapy in dogs is different to that in humans as Mickey won’t be losing his lovely coat.
Although there is no permanent cure for lymphoma, it is hoped that Mickey will enter remission.
We have all our fingers, toes and paws cross for little Mickey!