What to Know About Canine Lymphoma

Cancer, Dogs

Canine lymphoma is a common type of cancer in dogs. Cancer is a scary word, but lymphoma is actually one of the more treatable forms of the disease.

What is Lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes. The most common form of canine lymphoma is called multicentric lymphosarcoma because it arises at multiple sites at the same time: the peripheral lymph nodes, liver, and spleen.

What Kind of Dogs Get Lymphoma?

It is seen in middle-aged dogs of all breeds. Typically the dog has mild lethargy and is not acting his/her usual self. They will also have symmetrically enlarged lumps (submandibular lymph nodes) near the angle of the jaw.

Diagnosing Lymphoma

Often bloodwork is normal. Diagnosis requires taking a small tissue sample from the lump(s) and performing cytology. EMRVC has in-house cytology equipment, so we can give you an answer promptly. If your pet tests positive, we will conduct further testing. These will include abdominal ultrasound & x-rays (to check the internal organs), and will help us determine exactly which type of lymphoma (B or T cell) your pet has.

Treating Lymphoma

Chemotherapy can be started immediately in most cases. Here at EMRVC we use a 19 week protocol developed at the University of Wisconsin that involves weekly to biweekly outpatient treatments and is gentle on the patient. The goal is to shrink the enlarged lymph nodes, liver and spleen without causing any illness from the chemotherapy drugs and to maintain a good quality of life for the patient.

Most dogs respond well and stay in remission for 6 to 12 months, maybe longer! We can’t cure lymphoma (not yet), but we can slow it down and give your dog more precious time with you.

The doctors and staff at EMRVC are experienced with chemotherapy and with caring for these special patients! If you have any questions, contact usto schedule an appointment today.

Essex Middle River Veterinary Center provides medical and surgical care for cats and dogs at our animal hospital and veterinary clinic in Essex, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Our services include preventive wellness care exams, vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care. Our state-of-the-art veterinary offices are conveniently located near I-695 where we see pets from Towson, Honeygo, White Marsh, and other neighboring Baltimore areas.

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We are so happy to be able to provide service for all appointments and surgeries again. Since we are still only able to provide curbside service and have to solely rely on our phone system, our call volume has increased significantly. We understand this is making it more difficult for our clients to contact us by having extended wait times. Please set your phone settings to accept blocked calls. We also ask that you use our PetPage App or our pharmacy prescription line to request food and/or medication refills. EMRVC appreciates your continued patience during these times.

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We are so happy to be able to provide service for all appointments and surgeries again.  Since we are still only able to provide curbside service and have to solely rely on our phone system, our call volume has increased significantly.  We understand this is making it more difficult for our clients to contact us by having extended wait times.  Please set your phone settings to accept blocked calls.  We also ask that you use our PetPage App or our pharmacy prescription line to request food and/or medication refills. EMRVC appreciates your continued patience during these times. 

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Today is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day:

If Covid-19 taught us nothing else, it is to be prepared for the unexpected. In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, our doctors have gathered a list of items they feel is important to keep prepared and ready in the event of a disaster. Keeping this things together and ready to go can save a lot of time and headache in the event you would have to evacuate quickly with your pet:

Food, Medication and Supplies
· 3-7 days’ worth of dry and canned (pop-top) food*
· Two-week supply of medicine*
· At least 7 days’ supply of water
· Feeding dish and water bowl
· Liquid dish soap
· Litter, litter pan, and scoop (shirt box with plastic bag works well for pan)
· Newspaper, paper towels, and trash bags
*These items must be rotated and replaced to ensure they don’t expire
Important Documents
· Identification papers including proof of ownership
· Medical records and medication instructions
· Emergency contact list, including veterinarian and pharmacy
· Photo of your pet (preferably with you)
Travel Supplies
· Crate or pet carrier labeled with your contact information
· Extra collar/harness with ID tags and leash
· Flashlight, extra batteries
· Muzzle
Comfort Items
· Favorite toys and treats
· Extra blanket or familiar bedding
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Today is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day:

If Covid-19 taught us nothing else, it is to be prepared for the unexpected. In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, our doctors have gathered a list of items they feel is important to keep prepared and ready in the event of a disaster. Keeping this things together and ready to go can save a lot of time and headache in the event you would have to evacuate quickly with your pet:

Food, Medication and Supplies
·    3-7 days’ worth of dry and canned (pop-top) food*
·    Two-week supply of medicine*
·    At least 7 days’ supply of water
·    Feeding dish and water bowl
·    Liquid dish soap
·    Litter, litter pan, and scoop (shirt box with plastic bag works well for pan)
·    Newspaper, paper towels, and trash bags
*These items must be rotated and replaced to ensure they don’t expire
Important Documents
·    Identification papers including proof of ownership
·    Medical records and medication instructions
·    Emergency contact list, including veterinarian and pharmacy
·    Photo of your pet (preferably with you)
Travel Supplies
·    Crate or pet carrier labeled with your contact information
·    Extra collar/harness with ID tags and leash
·    Flashlight, extra batteries
·    Muzzle
Comfort Items
·    Favorite toys and treats
·    Extra blanket or familiar bedding

EXCITING NEWS!
The Maryland State Veterinary Board has lifted some restrictions that were placed upon all Maryland hospitals due to COVID-19. We will now be allowed to schedule all types of visits and surgeries, including nail trims. We will be continuing our curbside service until further mandates are lifted. Give us a call at 410-687-1111 to schedule your appointment. EMRVC will be here for you and your pet through sickness and in health.
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EXCITING NEWS!
The Maryland State Veterinary Board has lifted some restrictions that were placed upon all Maryland hospitals due to COVID-19. We will now be allowed to schedule all types of visits and surgeries, including nail trims. We will be continuing our curbside service until further mandates are lifted. Give us a call at 410-687-1111 to schedule your appointment. EMRVC will be here for you and your pet through sickness and in health.

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You guys are the best ! Thanks for seeing Skylee in the car since she is petrified of vet offices !!

Awesome, forgot to call today. My Maggie needs a nail trim, she's been slipping on the hard floors and stairs 😢 her black nails are tough for me to trim and she won't let me. You all are awesome!!

And here’s the other amazing tech seeing Skye in the car ! Thank you again

Thank you so much for all that you do and continue to do. As always, the staff is wonderful, even during this extra stressful time. Stay safe 💜

Great news so I shouldn't have any issues next week to get my fur baby's Heart Guard meds

Great Vet's !!

Awesome, now I can schedule my cats dental

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