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What is Lymph Node Inflammation (Lymphadenopathy)?

Lymph nodes are an important part of your dog’s immune response. They belong to the lymphatic system, a circulatory network that produces and transports a white blood cell containing fluid called lymph. Lymph carries infection causing antigens to the lymph nodes, which in turn produce extra antibodies to fight the infection. Lymph nodes play a crucial role in the body’s response to disease, allergic reactions, and auto-immune responses. Lymph nodes are found in many different parts of the body, including five external sites as well as inside the abdominal cavity and the chest. Any disease or abnormality of the lymph nodes is called lymphadenopathy. Lymph node enlargement is the most common symptom associated with lymphadenopathy. In many cases, short-term enlargement is only a minor symptom of infection that suggests the immune system is working harder and white blood cells are congregating in the lymph nodes; however chronically enlarged lymph nodes are an important early sign of cancer. Primary lymph node cancer is called lymphoma, and it is usually marked by swelling of the affected lymph nodes. Many types of leukemia also affect the lymphocytes and cause similar symptoms. Other cancers frequently metastasize to the lymph nodes first and may cause inflammation there as the immune system attempts to fight the neoplastic proteins. Veterinarians often evaluate the lymph nodes to determine whether a cancerous condition is in the final or early stages. Not all lymphadenopathy are cancerous. Benign tumors can also make the lymph nodes swollen, and chronic inflammation from an allergic reaction or a persistent infection may cause similar symptoms.

Lymph nodes are small glands that play a crucial role in the immune system in dogs. They are found in many different places in the body, both externally close to the skin and internally in the chest and abdomen. Abnormality or enlargement of the lymph nodes is called lymphadenopathy. This can be caused by many different diseases, including bacterial or fungal infection, and cancer.

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Symptoms of Lymph Node Inflammation (Lymphadenopathy) in Dogs

Lymphoma is a common cancer in dogs, so it’s a good idea to get your pet checked out if you notice persistent swelling in this area. These are some of the signs to look for.

Enlarged lymph nodes

  • Under the muzzle
  • In the shoulder area at the jointure between the front legs and the body
  • Either side of the chest or the armpit area
  • On the abdomen close to the back legs
  • On the back legs, close to the knees

Other symptoms

  • Nausea or lack of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing, eating, or breathing (if the lymph nodes on the jaw are very swollen)
  • General malaise
  • Fever

Types

Your dog has several different types of lymph nodes.

External – these are lymph located close to the surface where swelling can cause a palpable lump. On dogs, they are found in five specific areas of the body.

Submandibular –on the jaw

Prescapular – shoulder 

Axillary – armpit area

Inguinal - abdomen

Popliteal – knee area on the back legs

Internal – these are lymph nodes located inside the chest and abdominal cavities; enlargement is not detectable with palpation, but it will be visible on an x-ray

Causes of Lymph Node Inflammation (Lymphadenopathy) in Dogs

These are the main causes of lymphadenopathy

  • Many different bacterial, viral, or fungal infections cause the lymph nodes to become enlarged (this can be the lymph nodes’ response to a general infection, or it can be an infection that takes root in the lymph nodes themselves and causes long-term inflammation which is called called lymphadenitis)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Auto-immune response
  • Cancer such as lymphoma or lymphosarcoma, lymphocytic leukemia, metastasis from another type of cancer

Diagnosis of Lymph Node Inflammation (Lymphadenopathy) in Dogs

The veterinarian will palpate your dog’s lymph nodes during the physical examination. It is much easier for a professional to diagnose enlarged lymph nodes than an untrained dog owner, so many lymphadenopathy are discovered on an examination performed for another reason. If you want to check your dog’s lymph nodes at home on a regular basis, the veterinarian may be able to show you where and what to look for. Lymph nodes that are enlarged because of a neoplastic condition are usually painless and hard, however if lymphadenitis is present, and the lymph nodes are inflamed, they may be tender and warmer than the surrounding area.

Thoracic and abdominal x-rays or ultrasound will diagnose enlargement in the internal lymph nodes. These may be ordered after a physical exam or because your dog is experiencing other symptoms of systemic illness. Depending on the cause of the lymphadenopathy, a blood test may show elevated levels of white blood cells because the body is fighting an infection. This may also be the case with allergic reactions and auto-immune responses. With cancerous conditions like leukemia or lymphoma, abnormal white blood cells may appear on a blood test.

The best way to find the cause of lymphadenopathy is through microscopic examination of a cellular sample. A needle aspirant can be performed on an external lymph node with a local anesthetic. The veterinarian will insert a very small, hollow tube and extract a sample. Since an aspirate only removes a small sample from a specific part of the gland, the veterinarian may also prefer to remove the entire lymph node and examine it. This will determine for certain what kind of condition is causing your dog’s symptoms.

Treatment of Lymph Node Inflammation (Lymphadenopathy) in Dogs

Treatment will depend on the cause of lymphadenopathy. Bacterial or fungal infections will be treated with an antibiotic or antifungal medication. If an allergic reaction is causing the problem, a specific allergen may be identified and avoided, however this is often difficult. Unknown allergic reactions or autoimmune responses will be treated with cortisone or another steroid medication to reduce inflammation.

In the early stages, lymphoma may be treatable with surgery, however, chemotherapy medication is a more common treatment. Medication should be started immediately since untreated dogs typically die in four to six weeks. Lymphocytic leukemia is also treated with oral or intravenous chemotherapy medication. Other cancers that are affecting the lymph nodes through metastasis may be removable surgically, followed by chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Recovery of Lymph Node Inflammation (Lymphadenopathy) in Dogs

Many types of infectious lymphadenopathy are treatable and your dog will make a complete recovery. Cancerous causes often don’t have a good prognosis, but this will depend on the type of cancer and the stage it is in. Your veterinarian may be able to give you a better idea of your dog’s chances upon diagnosis.

The best way to manage the lymphadenopathy is by learning how to check for enlarged lymph nodes, and examining your dog regularly. Lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancer in dogs and early treatment is much more effective. If you take your dog to the veterinarian at the first sign of a problem the chances of recovery will be much higher.

Lymph Node Inflammation (Lymphadenopathy) Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ba'Bee
Mutt
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Lymph Nodes
Won't eat
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Cephalexin
Onsior

My 12 year old female had her tail ran over by my husband on accident. We brought her in, had her checked out and brought her home to do rehabilitation. We did have to move forward with her tail being cut due to the nerve damage at the bottom of the tail and the fact that she was chewing on it. We brought her home after the amputation and noticed she did not want to eat. Even her favorite foods, she would turn her head on. I read the anti- inflammatory packet and thought it was from the medication, then stopped that. This was over the weekend, but called the doctor on Monday morning and they said to bring her in. We noticed her lymph nodes were really enlarged. They kept her over night with an IV for fluids and changed the antibiotic. This morning, the doctor says that she has all the signs of lymphoma. I am trying to wrap my head around this. I know that the doctor gave her an exam when we brought her in approximately 2 weeks ago when the accident happened and we never noticed the lymph nodes enlarged before. She was on antibiotics, steroids and pain medication from the initial accident and ate fine. After the amputation, is when everything went down hill. Please, anything you can share would help. I did notice a knot on the back of her neck (which was not there before) when we picked her up on Friday. I wasn't sure if that was the injection site for the IV or the medication for the surgery. However, I wondered if it was possibly a spider bite and if that could explain these symptoms?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to BaBee. It seems to me to be terrible timing. She may have been developing lymphoma regardless, as there is nothing with the trauma or surgery that would have caused that. I'm sorry, again, that this is happening.

No fever.

blood work shows that WBC are high, creatinine levels high, BUN high, kidney #'s elevated due to not eating and not drinking much water over the 3 day period..

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Bubby
Beagle
10
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My vet gave him doxycycline and a cough tablet ..he has swollen nodules on each side of his Neck he's always been lumpy but he's 10 and never had them there before he hacks after water and gags at times I've been seeing Dr Kennedy with my dogs for yrs I trust his judgement but he never looked at the lumps just said with the flu around he might have a mild case ..also he told me to give him the cough pills wen necessary..he eats but picky for him he never was ..hes only 10 now his eyes look glassy and kind of red..but he had eye cream for that should I b concerned or give the antibiotics time this cancer thing scares me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swollen nodules around the neck may be due to lymph nodes, salivary glands or other structures; without examining Bubby I cannot say whether the swellings are a cause for concern or not. If your Veterinarian has prescribed a course of antibiotics, I would recommend finishing the course and then returning for another examination if there has been no improvement over the the last few days. Cancer is a scary business, but swelling of lymph nodes may be due to cancer, infection, inflammation and allergies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hardy Boy
Cockapoo
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged Lymph Nodes

Medication Used

prednisone

My 25 lb cockapoo went for his annual checkup and was diagnosed with enlarged lymph nodes. She said not to the point where she would think he has lymphoma, but recommended a blood chemistry panel, UA and fecal exam. The results came back with elevated white cells and protein in the urine. They prescribed doxycycline 10 mg for 40 days and a course of steroids. The vet is guessing it might be Lyme disease but I've never seen a tick on him and he gets monthly doses of Frontline Plus and always has. He also has had osteoarthritis for many years and is 11 to 12 years old (he's a rescue so it's the best guess). I'm concerned about him being on an antibiotic for that long and am wondering if his osteoarthritis could be the cause of the lymphadenopathy.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Osteoarthritis doesn't typically cause lymphadenopathy, and your veterinarian seems to be doing a very thorough job. 30-40 days of doxycycline is a fairly standard dosage if any tick borne diseases are suspected - one side effect of Doxycycline can be GI upset, and it helps to give it with a full meal, but otherwise that medication doesn't have common side effects. If you have any other questions, it would be best to ask your veterinarian, and I do hope that the medications resolve Hardy Boy's enlarged lymph nodes.

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Cooper
Puggle
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Odorous eye discharge
Stomach Pain
Belching
Loose Bowel Movements

My dog was diagnosed with mild lymphadenopathy that appeared reactive, with no sign of cancer. However- I originally brought him to the internist (3rd opinion) due to undiagnosed symptoms of chronic, intermittent vomitting, loose stools, stomach cramping and ongoing increasing liver enzymes (alkaline phosphatase) he was treated and supposedly recovered from pancreatitis in February 2017. None of the vets we've seen have an explanation for his increase of liver enzymes. Every other value in his bloodwork is perfectly normal. He's also had 2 ultrasounds, both totally normal. He's been on and off antibiotics, (baytril, clavamox, amoxicillin, metronidazole, tylosin powder) they help when given- then the symptoms return. He's also had diet changes. His levels were going down with denamarin and low fat royal canin diet, but as soon as he stopped the denamarin and changed diets- his levels increased again. They are currently at 531. We've also tried diet changes and denamarin. The denamarin was helping with royal canin GI low fat but as soon as he stopped denamarin, his levels immediately increased. (Not a good sign) the diet changes also effect his symptoms (bad breath, gas, burping, stomach cramping, smelly eye discharge). We had him allergy tested, and supposedly he's allergic to everything. I don't know what to do next. We've tried numerous diet changes. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Reactive lymphadenopathy is caused when there is in increase in flow through the lymph nodes which normally is attributable to infection. The liver values are concerning as I cannot think of a reason for an increase in liver values, has an ultrasound been done of the liver to see if there are any changes in the liver? A biopsy may ultimately be required if we continue to not understand the cause of the increased liver enzymes. Whilst the dietary changes may have undesirable effects, they would be the better of two evils when compared with the increased liver enzymes; possibly trying another low fat diet from Hills or another brand may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vin.com/apputil/content/defaultadv1.aspx?pId=11181&id=3852145

Yes, he's had 2 abdominal ultrasounds, both appeared normal. He's tried royal canin low fat GI, which seemed to help the liver value drop (the vet does not think it's related) but his food allergies flare up (licking paws, loose stool, bad breath, burping) so clinically he doesn't do well. He did better on RC duck and potato until his stomach started cramping again and he started vomiting- his liver values also increased. Now the internist has him on on Hill's WD. It's only been 1 week since this food and the new diagnosis of swollen lymph nodes (hence the reason for me writing)

Hi, I'm not sure if this will help, I'm not an expert but have a dog who sounds like yours - he's allergic to pretty much everything and we have issues with licking and vomiting regularly. We tried everything in terms of foods, the only one that's made a difference has been Royal Canin Anallergenic.

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Logan
Siberian Husky
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

My Husky was diagnosed with Chronic Leukemia about 4-5 months ago. She had a wart removed from her paw about a week ago. When my husband took her to the vet a couple of days ago for a bandage change the vet said a lymph node behind her knee was enlarged. He took a sample in case I wanted it sent off for testing. My question is, isn't this just part of the leukemia diagnosis. Won't she possible get swollen lymph nodes from time to time? Nothing else has changed with her. She had a blood test a week before her surgery and the numbers had not increased they were the same (around 30,000). I'm just wondering if I really need to have it sent off or if it's just the leukemia.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your Veterinarian may be being cautious about the swollen lymph node especially if the swelling was on the some leg as the affected paw which was operated on; it is possible that the lymph node swelling is due to the leukemia but if the numbers are good they are probably wanting to stay on the side of caution. I cannot recommend either way as there is merit to sending it off and also for disregarding it; your Veterinarian gave you the choice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Browny
Labrador
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

lymph nodes in back leg

Medication Used

antibiotic

My friend's dog Labrador is 14 years old. one year on June agos was sick no eat for 5 days and took her to vet and put iv, then back home start eat and drink water, antibibiotic medicine. so one year past this year May 2018, her dog wont eat and drink water for 7 days, took her to vet again for iv then bring home, dog still no move all day lay test yesterday vet said has lymph nodes in back leg. so now dog breathing hard. already past 6 days. I dont know if this is any soon past one year since june 2017?? how long to live if one week no eat or drink water and always lay? is there any cure?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Whether there is a cure for Browny depends on what her diagnosis is, and without seeing her, I am not sure what is going on with her. If she has an infection, she may need further treatment. If she has lymph cancer, there may be treatments unless it is very advanced. If she is not eating or drinking, and just laying and not moving, she needs to have a recheck with her veterinarian, as that is not normal dog behavior and she may need help.

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Daisey
Chihuahua
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Thirsty all the time , food gets hung in throat tired
Eyes glossy and she restless all night heavy breathing

15 yr old chichicua she has swollen lymph nodes in neck behind ears.she has chronic yeast infections in her ears that turn to bacterial infection.she is at the vets every four to six weeks for antibiotic shot and allergy shot.but this never clears up.she has hard breathing doesn't want to eat when she does it gets hung in her throat she gags it back up.drinks so much water she loses her breath and it has to be taken away for bit.her eyes are weak looking glossy eyed and she seems like she not comfortable all night twisting and turning up drinking more water.i don't want her in misery All the time even with the shots and allergy shot her ears never completely clear up.why is this? Her tonsils have been taken out already.she does have some congestive heart failure.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swollen lymph nodes are usually associated with infection, cancer, inflammation or allergies so it isn’t a surprise that Daisey has enlarged nodes with the infections and allergies that she suffers from; chronic ear infections can be difficult to treat and may result in management rather than curative action, regular cleaning (three times per day) and use of medications will help but allergies will just make it flare up again. Finding out the offending allergen would be best but may not be worthwhile at 15 years of age. Apart from management which you are currently doing, there is little else that can be done; surgery to open the ear canal may not be beneficial for the long term given her age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr.Turner that has put my mind at ease .

My beagle is 10 he is on doxycycline and a tablet for cough but he has swollen nodules on each side of his Neck he gags after he drinks after 6 days his eyes r droopy n red look glassy. I don't know what to do my vet didn't even check the lumps said with the dog flu go in round he might have a slight cold I've been seeing Dr Kennedy for over 20 yrs so I trust him with my dog should I give home the rest of the antibiotics then take hi. Back

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jhon
canine
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

vomitting , fever, tierd.

hey my dog has eaten a dead dog and causes swollen in her neck and face and could not able to eat. swallon in neck area is for several days. and swallowing is because of lymph node.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend taking Jhon to a Veterinarian immediately as a dead dog may have had an infectious disease, been poisoned or other problems which Jhon would pick up when eating. There are too many variables, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stetson
American bully
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Swollen Lymph Nodes

Can you tell me where exactly the palpable abdomenial nodes would be located? I noticed swollen nodes just behind my boys jaw, and possibly in his armpits. Also noticed something to the left and right of his penis but not sure if that's where the abdomenial nodes would be. I believe he has a fungal or bacterial infection right now and am hoping the swelling is due to that. We run into this every summer when he spends more time in the grass. Scheduled to see the vet next Monday but anything you can share would be greatly appreciate! Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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During a physical examination, your Veterinarian will palpate numerous lymph nodes including mandibular lymph nodes (behind the jaw), retropharyngeal lymph node (neck directly behind the head), prescapular lymph node (in front of shoulder blade) and the popliteal lymph node (behind the stifle / knee joint). Enlarged lymph nodes may be attributable to infection, allergies, cancer, autoimmune diseases and other causes. Please find two links below regarding peripheral lymph node locations. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://todaysveterinarypractice.navc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/TVP_2016-0708_SS_Lymphadenectomy.pdf
https://image.slidesharecdn.com/examinationofsuperficiallymphnodesindogsand-161019121527/95/examination-of-superficial-lymph-nodes-in-dogs-and-cat-2-638.jpg

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Seven
Boxerdoodle
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tires Easily

My boxer Seven is 8 years old. He has had a couple of cysts removed in the past and were normal. A couole more have popped up This AM I noticed swollen lynphnodes at bottom,back jaw area. 2 each side and hard. He is eating fine, but has been a bit more calmer and sleeping more. In the past. his labs have been abnormal(WBC) nothing to worry about per vet/Banfield. He does lick his lips a lot and will gag once in a while His breath has been a tad odorous lately and he is due for his cleaning. Very worried about the lynoh nodes, any recommendations.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lymph nodes may be swollen for various reasons and if he has had abnormal white blood cell counts before, it may just be related to that; lymph nodes may be enlarged due to infection, inflammation, allergies or cancer. If the teeth are in bad shape, the lymph nodes may be enlarged due to an infection in the oral cavity; you should visit your Veterinarian sooner rather than later about a cleaning. The lip licking and gagging may be attributable to acid reflux which may be controlled with famotidine at 0.25mg/lb twice per day and feeding smaller meals more often. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiki
Maltipoo
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged Lymph Nodes

My dog has had inflamed lymph nodes on her neck for about 5 months now. They're about the size of a pea to a chickpea and are squishy (she's about 10 pounds). I've taken her to the vet multiple times. The tests came back and shows they're reactive, but doesn't look like cancer. The vet doesn't know what it is, but thinks she's fine. She's in perfect health otherwise and presents no other systems (no fever, eating/drinking/excreting normally, good energy, etc.). She is a 3 year old Maltipoo with allergies, but is on daily allergy pill. Do I need to continue to worry about this, or could it simply be nothing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lymph nodes may enlarge for a few different reasons including infections, inflammation, allergies, cancer, lymphatic blockage among other issues; it would be wise to keep an eye on the lymph nodes for the time being and check them regularly. If you notice a change is size, temperature or any other symptoms you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beau
Polmeranium mix
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite
Depression
Vomiting
Lathargic
Swollen Lymph Nodes
Weight Loss

Medication Used

Omeprazole
Methimazole
Mirtazapine
Cerenia tablets
Carafate

I have a 9 year old Polmerianium mix. He started vomiting frequently and had some accidents in the house which is unlike him. I've taken him to 2 vet hospitals. They did bloodwork which showed an increase in white blood cells. They did a bacteria test and that was good. X-rays and ultrasound were performed and all organs look good also. I mentioned to the Doctor that the last time he vomited it was brownish and that's why I brought him back to the hospital. She diagnosed him with an ulcer. I was sent home on a temporary discharge to see how medications work. He has vomited 2 more times since being home a little over a week. The last time was yellowish/foamy but thick almost like mucus. His left side of his neck under his jaw has a swollen lymph node. He is drinking more and coughs when he does. He has always had a cough though. He is lathargic and has a loss of appetite. He lost weight due to this. They want to perform a endoscopy to see what he has going on in his stomach but I'm not sure if that is the correct route to take at this point. After being hospitalized it's seems like he aged 10 years. I asked the vet about it and they said it's common to be gloomy for a while after they get discharged. His appetite didn't increase so they suggested an appetite increaser medication.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms that Beau is presenting with are a little vague and may be attributable to many different conditions with numerous causes; it may be worth having the enlarged mass next to the jaw (may be lymph node, salivary gland, abscess etc…) aspirated to see the contents and to send for histopathology to determine if there is anything malicious in the sample. The vomiting of foamy yellow liquid would be consistent with a dog with an empty stomach having bile refluxing up to the stomach; you could try to give some wet food mixed with water in a syringe to encourage some eating. My next step would be the mass behind the jaw before moving on to anything else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobbi
Boxer
5.5
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

Predisone

Hi there. My boxer has been put on predisone under the suspicion that she has lymphoma. I say suspicion because they were not able to detect it through the test. Apparenlty it came back reactive. Further tests (ultrasound and xray) showed that she has an enlarged liver and spleen, as well as swollen lymph node internally.

My question is... can this be something else? Perhaps a liver problem that caused the lymph nodes to swell? I guess I'm looking for better news, especially since they were not 100% sure themselves....

The predisone has increased her appetite, and decreased the size of the lymph nodes by her neck.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some dogs will respond positively to prednisone therapy if they have lymphoma, but this response is short lived (three to four months without chemotherapy); without getting a better biopsy of a lymph node or a biopsy of the liver it is difficult to say what is going on. Cancer, infections among other issues can be the cause; I would try to get a liver biopsy for histopathology. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Labrador Retriever
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello i have a 7 year old lab. A week ago, her left eye was droopy and watery as I could see from her ducts. That disappeared. This week, i have noticed a lump on her neck/jaw line. It doesnt move freely. Its about the size of my palm so its pretty big. Have not noticed a change in appetite or thirst. But i have noticed a change in her breathing. Shes always been a heavy breather/snorer. But this lump has me very worried it could be cancerous. Before taking her to the vet, is there anyrhing else i can do. I checked all her lymph nodules and it seems to only be the one on her neck.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling in that area may be due to lymph nodes or salivary glands most commonly although abscesses and other masses may occur as well; if the masses has grown large enough it may be pressing the respiratory tract causing some respiratory distress. Your Veterinarian will examine the mass and may perform a fine needle aspirate to determine the contents. Treatment will be dependent on the underlying condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BARON
Rottweiler
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollon lymph nodes

Our 3 1/2 yr old Male rottweiler was tested for the cause of swollon lymph nodes around the neck throat We recently had all his vaccines updated and gave him a snake shot because we just moved to las vegas from California. I noticed the swollon lymph nodes and took him to vet within 4 to 5 days .He had no other signs of illness he is eating drinking energy level is normal . The vet took fluid from the nodes and says there is cancer .We have been referred to a specialist for further diagnoses .The cancer was present in all three samples from different nodes around his neck and throat . We are devastated and clueless . I guess I would like some input on what we should do . If he has cancer in his lymph nodes with no other signs of illness is it possible to get some low cost treatment .What kind of testing comes next and what is the average cost for these test . What are some of the possible results or further treatment and costs should we anticipate?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The most important question is: what type of cancer is it? Is the cancer found in the lymph nodes originating from a primary tumour elsewhere in the body or is it a cancer of the lymphatic system? Without knowing this, I cannot really give you any specific advice as the advice would be too vague and not useful; you should visit the Oncologist and see what they have to say as they will be able to give you more specific information based on cytology results. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
australian shepherd mix
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

I have a nearly 17 year old Aussie mix. She is and always been absolutely terrified at going to the vet. We go once a year but they are not really able to examine her because she panics and gets aggressive. We have tried anti-anxiety meds, muzzle, etc. etc over the years. About a year ago she had an incident of vestibular disease but has recovered.She eats as long as I mix some low soup or people food in with her dog food. There is a lump under her front armpit and she has a terrible odor about her. Also has something going on with her mouth but she won't let me look at it.Trying to figure out what these symptoms mean? Again she is terrified of the vet and the only way they will be able to examine her thoroughly is under anesthesia which worries me in and of itself given her age and anxieties. What do you suggest?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not unusual for older dogs to have bad oral health due to tooth decay and secondary infections; the lump may be a lipoma, lymph node or a tumour. Without an examination I cannot say specifically what is going on with Sadie but you should have her checked and if you book her in for a dental they may be able to examine her thoroughly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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MJ
Pit bull
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

fever, coughing

My dog has been treated for a month now. She had a high fever and was vomiting, coughing, and weezing. She was given an antibiotic shot and antibiotic medication. The fever would come and go and I had to take her back to the vet because it was very high again. She received a different antibiotic. I had to put her on can dog food because she couldn't swallow due to an enlarged lymph node on the left jaw. A week went by and she was no better so they did blood work and found nothing unusual, but did change her antibiotic to augmentin. they did an xray and found some fluid in her lungs but nothing else. She stopped coughing and seemed to be getting better until the antibiotics ran out. Then the coughing started again. They gave her 4 more days of a different antibiotic and now another week refill because she is still coughing and loosing weight, but is eating and drinking well....Ideas anyone?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email - I'm sorry that MJ is having these problems. Without bing able to examine her or know more about her health status, but she may need a blood culture, a lymph node biopsy, or a referral to a specialist. I hope that she is okay.

Have you had any luck? I am experiencing some same symptoms with my dog and specialist can’t find the cause!

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Dexter
Fox Terrier
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

no fever
Sore/tumor on foot
Swollen lymph nodes,

My mom’s dog was taken in to his vet today with the purpose of having a small tumor removed (only local anesthesia) from the top of his foot. The vet called my mom right after she dropped the dog (Dexter) off and told her to come back and get him, that they would not be taking care of the foot today because the Dexter’s lymph nodes were swollen-all of them. The vet told her that it was likely lymphoma because Dexter wasn’t showing other symptoms or a fever and told her to take him home. The vet wants to see Dexter again in two weeks.

Is there a reason that the vet would not have done lymphoma testing today and wants to wait? And that the vet would not take care of the foot? I do not understand why he would not run tests today to identify the cause of the swollen lymph nodes. Any information would be helpful. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Dexter does have lymphoma, or any other cause of enlarged lymph nodes, having treatment started earlier rather than later would be best. I can't comment on why testing or treatment wasn't started today, but it would be worth a phone call to Dexter's veterinarian tomorrow to find out the reasoning. If you prefer earlier treatment than what they are offering, it is never a bad idea to seek a second opinion. I hope that Dexter is okay.

Thank you so much for your feedback, I greatly appreciate it.

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Zoey
Lhasa-Poo
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen glands around neck
Difficulty Swallowing
Reverse sneezing

Medication Used

Benadry

Hello! My baby has had a history of reverse sneezing fairly often. She began having intense episodes 6 days ago, so we gave her the medicine that was prescribed last time her sneezing got bad, Temaril, and it didnt seem to help much over 48 hours, so we took her into the vert 4 days ago. I was told to take her off the Temaril, and try Benadryl, as they thought it was a respiratory infection. It didnt seem to help, so they gave us antibiotics that she has been taking for 48 hours. Now, she is barely eating or drinking, and I noticed swelling around her neck, so I believe she can't swallow well. I am worried, and plan to take her in to the vet first thing tomorrow morning when they open. Any ideas what this could be? I obviously fear the dreaded C-word, but is it possible her neck/lymph node area is just swollen due to the multiple days of reverse sneezing shes been doing?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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it is possible thata Zoey is having a bacterial or allergic reaction. Your veteirnarian will be able to take an aspirate of her lymph nodes, if they are enlarged, and determine what might be going on with her and how to treat it. I wish the best for both of you and hope that everything goes well for her!!

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Drake
Pit Bullmastiff
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargy

My dog is 9 years old. 5 days ago he threw up. He's had diarrhea. He won't eat his dog food, only table food which I've offered because he looks skinny. Last night I noticed his neck glands are so swollen. I felt 6 different golfball sized lumps. He is going to the vet tomorrow but I'm worried. Any ideas? He also feels warm.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is good that he is going to see your veterinarian. Causes for swollen lymph nodes might be infection, inflammation, or cancer of the nodes. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, take samples if needed, and give you an idea as to possible treatments. I hope that Drake is okay.

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rosie
Whippet
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Lymph Nodes
thirsy tired
thirsty also tired more than usual
Extreme Thirst

Medication Used

antibiotcs
blood test biopsy antibiotics

My Whippet has had blood tests also biopsy they came back clear the vet gave her ten days of antibiotics she had a small lump on one side of her neck and larger on the otherror side the smaller one has gone and she still has the larger one can you give me some advice on what to do next thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The swelling in the neck (depending on the specific location) may be due to swollen lymph nodes, salivary glands, abscess, thyroid or tumour. After the cause of antibiotics, the next diagnostic step would be to either perform an ultrasound to determine the origin and contents of the lump or a fine needle aspirate to determine the contents (type of cells or fluid) which would help to steer the treatment choices. Medical management or surgical removal may be required depending on the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Cuz im not in the area they service

Not sure, waiting for.answer.

My 9 yr old newfie mix has lymphodema inhis r.rear leg. That i drain about every other day, fluid seems thick, clear and sticky, ive had him to. MSU vets,is he suffering,is there help for him othet than amputation.

Yes thank you I will return rosie back to the vets.kind regards katrina

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Clyde
pomeranian cross
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Heart disease
Swollen Lymph Nodes

Dog went to the groomer last week. Had one ear down thought nothing of it. He had been coughing a lot and took him to specialist Monday he was in heart failure and they took ekg and sent him home w medication and told me to bring him back in a couple weeks to reevaluate his meds. I just noticed his lymph node below his ear that had been down is swollen. What could this be? It had been down since grooming but he has spent countless hours at vet so I'm guessing it Could be from the heart issue?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In the region there are lymph nodes, salivary glands and other structures which may all swell for varying reasons; I would keep an eye on the size and speak with your Veterinarian about it at your next visit. I cannot think of a connection with the heart failure directly, again it may be another structure which is swollen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bronx
Basset Hound
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Smacking his lips
Noisy breathing while asleep

My 12 year old Basset Hound Mix was diagnosed with Oral Melanoma in March 2017. He completed radiation therapy and his initial round of the Oral Melanoma vaccine. Yesterday, he went for his one month post vaccine X-Rays and they found a lump. Doctor said it may be a fat deposit but the radiologist could not rule out Mild Lymph Node Enlargement. We have to coax him to start eating but once he starts, he eats with no problem. No change in activity level. Due to the cancer, is this something we should be worried about?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases, it never hurts for your Veterinarian to perform a fine needle aspirate determine the contents of the mass and if necessary send off for histopathology. Smacking of the lips may be a sign of acid reflux which may in turn cause a decrease in appetite; speak with your Veterinarian about Pepcid (famotidine) which would reduce the level of acid in the stomach, also feeding smaller meals more often may help too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosebud
Chihuahua
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog has a small pea sized lump on the side of her upper neck by her jaw it’s soft and freely movable doesn’t bother her at all her lymph nodes don’t seem swollen to me and she’s been acting completely normal i never noticed it before but it may have been there for a long time and I just haven’t noticed it because it isn’t visible when just looking at her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the lump you are palpating, some inflamed fat is the most likely cause of this lump; however, it would be wise to have your Veterinarian take a look at the lump to see if it is something to be concerned about. You should monitor the lump in the meantime and make any note on changes in size, shape, temperature or colour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dexter
Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lack of appetite

Our dog Dexter has had Mass Cell Tumors on his skin since he was 3 years old . After having them removed when he was younger, we finally had him seen by an oncologist and received chemo for 8 months. Once he was done with treatment we brought him to an allergist and he got an allergy shot. They said his allergies were so bad he would need a shot every 4 weeks, but to monitor his skin and bring him back once his skin started getting red again. After 4 weeks he looked great but started having episodes of heavy breathing followed by a wretch. One day he didn’t eat breakfast and was off so I brought him to the emergency vet. They took his vitals which were fine and stated he may have a reverse sneeze. I brought him home (around 5pm) and he went and ate his food left from breakfast. Over the next week he kept having the heavy breathing/wretch episodes and on some days not eat in the AM. The following weekend I brought him to the vet for his annual visit and to follow up with his cough and change in his eating. Since he has been going on 6 weeks of not getting his allergy shot, the vet stated he may be experiencing allergies in a different form (his cough, not his skin) and gave him another allergy shot with the recommendation that if his cough didn’t go away in a week we should get an X-ray. They also did blood work which came back normal. The following Friday he refused to eat, was breathing heavy and throwing up. We took him back to the vet - he had a 103.8 fever so they did an X-ray - it came back that he had a large mass on his lymph nodes under his heart and lungs and his liver was slightly enlarged. They told me his prognosis wasn’t good and there wasn’t anything more we could really do.
We followed up with oncologist who took a biopsy of the liver and a sonogram and put him on steroids and Benadryl. His breathing is fine now and he’s back to normal. His sonogram came back clear but we are still awaiting the results of his liver biopsy. The oncologist also said that mass cell tumors don’t usually matasticise to the heart/lung area. Any thoughts on why there is a mass of lymph nodes in the heart/lung? They implied he only would live a short time and that the steroid would eventually stop working. We’re confused as to why they are so focus on if his liver has cancer if the mass in the upper area was what caused complications. Any thoughts would be appreciated as we feel we are on an emotional roller coaster in regards to if our boy is seriously sick or if he can be treated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I wish that I could give you a better answer, but without knowing more about Dexter, the ultrasound results, and the biopsies, I have a hard time commenting on his condition. If they think that he has lymphoma, that is quite different than enlarged lymph nodes due to infection. I would follow up with either your veterinarian or the oncologist, and ask for more details on what they think is going on, and what you are trying to treat. You may just need a better explanation to understand what they are thinking.

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Stella
Shih Tzu
3 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No symptom

Hi I felt a rubbery ball-like ( roughly around 1x1cm) when i'm touching my puppy shoulder today. When i touch it with my finger it moves. The 'ball' is felt on one side of her shoulder and this is the same side of the shoulder where the vet gave vaccine injection 3 days ago. She has no symptom at all and is acting normally. i dont think she even felt any pain when i was touching it. I would like to know what could it be? could it be a normal reaction after the vaccination?

thank you for your time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It isn't uncommon for a small 'knot' to form at the site of a vaccination, and last for a week or two. Those can be a mild reaction to the vaccine as the body mounts its' response. Without seeing the lump, I can't comment for sure, and it might be a good idea to have a quick recheck with your veterinarian to make sure that it isn't anything to worry about. I hope that everything is fine with Stella.

Hi my 7 year old has been diagnosed with leukimia but seems like his lumps r smaller and other disappearing completely just need some advice as vets have said he may only have few weeks left but want to no if they have it wrong or not.x

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Tucker
Cairn Terrier
4
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I took my Cairn Terrier to the Vet 2 weeks ago for a routine exam and to receive his rabies vaccine. The doctor found a swollen lymph node on left side of his neck. I did tell the Vet I took a tick off of my dog “Tucker” a few days before. Also, 2 years ago I had removed an engorged tick from him and had him tested for Lyme disease. Although Tucker has never shown symptoms; he did test positive. Since finding the swollen lymph node; the Vet put Tucker on 100mg of amoxicillin for 2 weeks. I finished the prescription today. His lymph node is still swollen. It might be a little smaller or it could be wishful thinking on my part. It isn’t huge. I need to call tomorrow to update Vet. Tucker is only 4 years of age and healthy. He eats well, plays, loves to go for walks, etc. I can’t imagine that it could be cancer. Scared to death.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Probably the next step here if the lymph node is still enlarged is to do a fine needle aspirate to determine the types of cells and fluid present in the node, this would also indicate if there was any cancer. Lymph nodes may be enlarged for multiple reasons including infection, inflammation, cancer, allergies, lymph blockage etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Libby
GSD
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wont eat

My 10 yr old gsd have swollen lymph nodes in the neck, also recently dx with epi and won't eat. She doesn't like the pank- aid. She also is lethargic and pants a lot .Caught her eating grass this am.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling in the neck may be due to lymph nodes or due to swollen salivary glands. Swollen lymph nodes may be caused by infections, cancer, allergies etc… Swollen salivary glands may be caused by various different salivary gland disorders; it would be best to have your Veterinarian check Libby and take an aspirate of the swollen masses to determine their cause and the type of cells present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beefy
Pit
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Some wheezing
All lymph nodes are swollen

Medication Used

Doxycycline
Prednisolone

I have a 5 year old pitbull
All his lymph nodes are swollen, neck is severely swollen . We had a biopsy done with negative results for cancer, we have tried 4 different kinds of antibiotics.
He eats regularly, and defecates normally no blood.
No vomiting, and eats well the vets we take him to don't know what's going on they just keep describing different antibiotics, do you have any idea? Please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Enlargement of lymph nodes may be in response to infection, cancer, inflammation, allergies or some immune mediated disease; doxycycline is a treatment of choice for many infections which cause lymph node enlargement and any other antibiotic use should be done with caution. If there is a viral infection, antibiotics would be ineffective with treatment being more supportive than curative. Without further testing and looking at differential blood counts I couldn’t give you any more information without performing a physical examination. It may be worth visiting another Veterinarian for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

It would havw been nice to present your professional thoughts about the possible different diseases. Others maybe experiencing the same difficulty and have nit found an answer. I've already spent 1,000 in treatment for the same symptoms. Apparently, the doctors in my location do not know the cause... hence, the reason I'm reaching out to forums to save my dogs life.

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Rambo
Pomeranian
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollen glands, vomiting

I have a 9 month old Pomeranian male, Rambo. He got a skin rash and took him to the vet on the 3rd. He said Rambo has no blood platelets and too many white blood cells but his red blood cells are still good. We have a flea infestation here in Margate, Kzn, South Africa because of the high humidity and I had to bath my little boy every week with Ultrum Plus shampoo to prevent the flea infestation. The vet put him on Prednisone and yesterday I noticed his glands in his thighs by his tummy are swollen. He also vomited this morning. Watery and a little bit of his food. Taking him back to the vet this morning, but I am worried. Any advice please? Thanks. Sophia

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Rambo may have an infection which would have caused an increase in white blood cells and possibly destruction of platelets; by giving prednisone which has immunosuppressive properties, the infection may have become more severe. Obviously, I haven’t examined Rambo or seen his original skin lesions; but please visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxy
Bulldog
7 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged Neck Glands

Medication Used

prednisone

Our 7 year old Bulldog/Mastiff mix had a severe rash on her lower belly and inner hips a few days ago. Also a raised lump on her back just above her tail. Her right eye looked like it had sunk back in her head a bit. She was acting a bit tired but eating, drinking and going to the bathroom fine. She has a flea allergy and was treated for a open wound on her back that she wouldnt let heal about a month or more ago. Meds and a dose of Advantage seemed to clear up the issue. We noticed a few weeks ago that she had a couple of lumps under each side of her chin. Then after the rash incudent we made her a appt with our vet. He did a physical exam and felt more swollen nodes. He did a Xray and said there were swollen nodes near her kidneys too. No blood work was done. She was sent home with a antibiotic and prednisone. She has to go back on Thursday. He stated that if the nodes shrink as a result of the meds its most likely cancer. She has had no other symptoms of anything wrong. I know that she is prone to allergies. Are their other reasons that nodes could be swollen in a otherwise healthy dog?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Lymph nodes can become enlarged as a result of infection, inflammation, or cancer. If she has been placed on a course of antibiotics and steroids, it will be hard to know why they are improving, if they do improve, as it may be any of the above three reasons. The only way to know for sure what the cause of the lymph node enlargement is is to take needle biopsies and look at the cells in the lymph nodes. If your veterinarian is unable to take samples, you may want to seek a second opinion, or ask your veterinarian about differentiating between those three possibilities. I hope that she is okay.

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Reaper
Shar Pei
1
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of appetite? Still wants MY food.
Depressed?
Tired
Spaced out
Red private area

Came home from work yesterday and noticed my dog didn't greet me like usual, he was just laying on the couch. Was limping a bit. Hadn't touched his food or water all day, didn't want to go to the bathroom. At first I thought he just tore something because his leg definitely isn't broken. Then I checked in-between his legs and it's really red. His lymphs look bigger maybe? But that whole area in general is swollen. It looks like somebody kicked him in the jewels. But as there is no possible way that could have happened, I am concerned. Also his eye was swollen but it's gone down, and he slowly seems to be showing a better spirit today then yesterday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few issues which may be affecting Reaper which may include swollen lymph nodes, trauma, skin disorders (Shar Pei’s are famous for skin issues), pyoderma among other issues; if Reaper is now drinking and showing better spirits, it may be a case of just keeping an eye on things but if his is not drinking and there is little improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for a once over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hopper
Havanese
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged Lymph Nodes

Hi, We have a 9 year old havanese. This morning when he woke up, we notice enlarged lymp node on one side of his neck. It was not there a day before. We made an appointment with the vet for next day. He seems to be usual self, eating and walking good. What could be the possible cause for sudden swollen lymp node?
Thank you
Michelle

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a sudden enlargement in the size of a lymph node which may include infection, inflammation, allergies among other causes; also in the neck there are other structures like salivary glands, thyroid glands among other structures which may enlarge. You Veterinarian will make a thorough examination and may aspirate the contents to determine the cells or content present to assist in making a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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ELVIS
Boxer
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen lymph node

My 2 year old Male Boxer has an enlarged lymph node under his "armpit". He is not showing any other signs of illness (no vomiting, lethargy, pain, etc) He is acting normal for his breed and age. Should I be worried or have the veterinarian check him out?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Enlarged lymph nodes are always worth having evaluated - it may be nothing, but without an examination and/or testing, I can't comment on whether you should be worried or not. I hope that he is okay!

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Abby
Boxer
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My almost 13 year boxer has enlarge lymph nodes on her neck. A biopsy was performed that came back inconclusive. She went on antibiotics which did not reduce the lymph node. She has had issues with stability and has been shivering. The vet has giving me 2 options surgery to remove the lymph node or getting a dental cleaning and then putting her on steroids and a antibiotic. Yesterday she started to refuse to eat, I got her to eat out of my hand yesterday, but today she is refusing to do that. She is drinking water as she would typically do. Over the last year she is on a prescription diet for stage 2 kidney failure, but the last test done a few months ago showed improvement - it was boarder line stage 2 to begin with. The vet recommends the dental cleaning and steroid / antibiotic treatment. I am struggling with what to because I want to help her and not put her through a lot of stress - the dental cleaning requires her to go under anesthesia and that if it is an infection the steroid could make it worse.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any decision to put an animal under anaesthesia is at your Veterinarian’s discretion as they are the ones performing the procedure and will give a physical examination prior to anaesthesia (as well as a fresh blood test). It would be beneficial to give Abby a dental cleaning if her teeth are bad and some Veterinarians may recommend full extraction to prevent any further dental work to be done. Removal of lymph nodes would be dependent on your Veterinarian’s findings and may allow for a whole lymph node to go for histopathology which may give more information about Abby’s case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://todaysveterinarypractice.navc.com/lymphadenectomy-overview-of-surgical-anatomy-removal-of-peripheral-lymph-nodes/

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Sasha
miniature poodle
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swolen lymph nodes

Hi, I would like to know if you can maybe help. The last two weeks my dog has shown several symptoms. She is lethargic, has a loss of appetite, weight loss and laboured breathing. She also isolates herself and drinks alot of water. I can feel that her submandibular and inguinal lymph nodes is swollen. She is extremely scared of a vet and gets agressive when they try to examine her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many causes for those signs that you describe, including kidney or liver disease, diabetes, or cancer. Unfortunately, without seeing her and running some lab work, I don't have any way to determine what might be going on with her. She does need to see a veterinarian, and we are very skilled at handling dogs who don't like us, as a rule. I hope that she is okay.

hello, my two year old terrier had a Mast Cell Tumour removed from her back foot. the vet was unable to get it all due to blood vessels and tendon ect.

I was told that her immune system could fight the remaining tumour which I was very sceptical about however two fine needle aspirations have come back as clear. she still has a raised area however the vet is confident that this is just scare tissue from the operation (sometimes swells depending on the amount of activity)

she has now got a swollen lymph node(feels like a lump) at the back of her knee on the same leg. what could this be? I took her in for a FNA however the vet thinks its just reaction.

what does he mean by reaction?
is this normal?

thank you!

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Sky
Greyhound
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

On my dogs cheek and her head it swells up.it begins to beat fast. It happens often and i don't know what to do. I would appreciate if f you would give me some advice.
Kind regards.
Nicole x

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible issues which may be occurring here including swollen salivary glands, lymph nodes, general swelling (due to bites or trauma) among other conditions. I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian to examine Sky to determine the cause of the swelling and to treat accordingly as different issues have a different treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fletch
Border Collie
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Several months ago my 11year old border collie was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes. I have been treating him holistic approach. Now they tell me that the lymph node behind his stomach that had been enlarged has moved to his rib cage. Did the module move?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There are hundreds of lymph nodes in the body, and if Fletch has lymphoma, it may not have been able to be treated holistically. This may be a new, enlarged lymph node. As I cannot examine him, or know his background or health status, I cannot comment on what might be going on with him. It would be best to follow your veterinarian's advice for treatment.

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Max
Boxer
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

lymph node

I have a 8 year old boxer who is very active. I have noticed some inflammation to the lymph node by his back knee over the last few weeks. I haven't seen any other change in his behavior though.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I'm not sure what you mean by inflammation to the lymph node by his back knee, and without examining him, I can't diagnose anything, but if the lymph node is enlarged, he should see his veterinarian, and possibly have an aspirate of that node performed to identify the cells that are there. Possible causes may be local infection, local inflammation, or cancer, so it is important to identify the cause of the problem. I hope that he is okay!

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Pookie
Chihuahua
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen and oozing busted opening

Help I’m sorry worried about my dog he is a year old I took him to the vet to get his 3 year rabies shot they also gave him his 3 year destimper shot his shot area swollen his glands swollen been oozing his shot area is bigger and now his other gland on the other side of his neck is swelling he’s been on antibiotics and pain medication but it’s seems this is just getting worse dr said she’s never had this happen in her 25 years of being a vet I don’t want him to die I desperate I want to know if she is doing the right thing help he is eating and drinking

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The manufacturer of the vaccines should be contacted to see if a similar reaction has occurred before and to get some guidance since drug companies are legally required to keep this information as part of pharmacovigilance. Antibiotics, anti inflammatories and supportive care is the best course of action until contact is made with the manufacturer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
American Bulldog
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen lymph glands

Daisy had her routine immimmunisation in Oct. A week later she developed swelling in both sides of her neck. We were told this was a reaction to the injections. Now she has more swellings in her grion area and hind legs. She is going to hospital on Tuesday for further tests as they think she has cancer or an infection. I am worried now we have left her to long before the swellings were investigated further. Have I just shortened my girls life and put her at risk I am terrified she has cancer. She has no other symptoms of being ill.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Daisy is having these problems. If she does have lymphoma vs an infection, there are some positive treatments for this cancer in dogs, depending on how aggressive you and your veterinarian decide that you want to be with fighting it. If it is lymphoma, that fact that she has no other signs is a positive sign, and means that you have not waited too long. Getting her checked out on Tuesday, finding out if it is actually lymphoma or not, and getting a treatment plan together with your veterinarian are all important steps. I hope that she does well!

My poor dog Murphy she's 13 just had it confirmed lymphoma I'm beside myself, her neck glands are like golf balls , she's on steroids to help slow it down but outlook bad maybe weeks any advice please

My bulldog is going through the same thing. It is killing me. Thank you for sharing. Hoping for the best for all the dogs out there.

I am so sorry you're going through this. My partner and I are going through exactly the same thing with our little Lilly. I'm not doing too well myself because of this. Please keep us posted on your baby. Thank you

Daisys FNA results show she has lymphoma in several of her lymph nodes. Not the result we were hoping for. She has more tests to undergo to see if this has spread further to her organs. When these results are in we intend to start chemotherapy hopefully to keep our girl happy and healthy for as long as possible

Daisys blood results today came back normal .... I was told this was a good sign. We still have to wait a week for biopsy results hopefully these will be good too

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Kaylie
Miniature Pinscher
Ten Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge

Hello
My 10year old min pin developed an eye infection about two weeks ago. She has an auto immune issue that has left her on Prednisolin eye drops every day for the last three years. The vet that we visited suggested we discontinue the Pred and perscribed one drop of Tobrex in each eye and Optimune twice a day. We also had a cone on her for about eight days to prevent any scratching. Her eyes have gotten worse and she has a swollen Lymphnode in her jaw area now as well. We took her back yesterday and the vet told us that this was outside of what she could do and is referring us to an Opthamologist. This is a very slow process and in the mean time our pet is suffering. Help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Long term use of topical corticosteroids may leave a dog more susceptible to eye infections among other issues; this would be something to see an Ophthalmologist about especially since there is a worsening of symptoms. The Ophthalmologist will be able to find a balance between treating the autoimmune disorder and the eye infection, I unfortunately cannot offer any advice which would be useful for Kaylie. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bowie
Lab mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Lymph Nodes

My dog appears to have both of his inguinal lymph nodes swollen. They are about the size of grapes. He is otherwise fine, acting completely normal. He has a history of food and inhalant allergies and frequently suffers from digestive upset. He also is currently being treated for a small rash that is on the crease of his abdomen and hind leg. Should I be concerned with this swelling?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Bowie, I can't comment on whether you should be worried or not. If it is his lymph nodes, it may be due to his inflamed skin, or it could be a larger problem. it might be best to have an examination with your veterinarian, as they will be able to tell you very quickly if you have anything to worry about.

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