If you are worried about your pet regarding Lymphoma then do not worry. We have got everything that you need to know and be stress-free about it. At the end everything is curable if detected and acknowledged at right time.
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day is observed on 7th November every year. Founded by Terry Simons, agility dog trainer in year 2015 through the research but it’s process was initiated in the year 2011 when his dog Reveille was diagnosed with Lymphoma and he was concerned to prolong her life.
Predominantly, Lymphoma a type of cancer very common in dogs is derived from scientific name of white blood cells called Lymphocytes. This cancer is very deadly and can attack any and all breeds of dogs. It directly attacks the bone marrow, spleen all the vital supporting elements of canine body. It is so common that almost 60% adult dogs are prone to this and 90% of dogs above 10 years suffer from this. As per the research of AKC Canine Health Foundation, 1 in every 15 dogs suffers from lymphoma in entire life span.
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Canine cancer can affect any organ of dog’s body but usually the first they attack is the lymph nodes. The worst part is lymphomas do not show any particular symptoms, but few of the common symptoms that you should be aware of as pet parents include:
- Loss of Weight
- Swelling in the Area of Lymph Nodes
- Loss of interest in Doing the Physical Activities
- Being Extensively Lethargic
There Are 4 Major Types Of Lymphomas Found in Dogs
- Multicentric Lymphoma: This is the most common type affecting the dogs. This kind of cancer is not painful but it enlarges the lymph nodes of neck, armpits, and groin areas causing redness all over the areas surrounding.
- Extranodal Lymphoma: This is rarest of all. It happens away from the common nodal and can develop near eyes, skin, lungs or even nervous system.
- Alimentary Lymphoma: This causes the effect on intestines and results in vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
- Mediastinal Lymphoma: This is rare and it affects the organs in chest.
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Usually large dog breeds are at risk of lymphomas then the small dogs. Breeds like bull Dogs, Basset Hounds, Airedales, Boxers, Saint Bernard, and Bull Mastiffs are in the top prone list while Dachshunds and Pomeranian’s stand the last.
What Are Responsibilities To Celebrate This Day?
- You have to keep spreading the awareness to all pet owners in your touch.
- You need to educate what causes lymphomas and how can we protect our pet from it.
- Get updated with the facts of lymphoma
- Learn from the stories of dog warriors who fought against lymphoma.
- Book a visit to Vet for regular and special check up.
Though causes of lymphoma is still unknown and the research team of various organization specially CLEAR (Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research) are still looking for exact causes. They have detected it might be influenced due to genetic and environmental factors, exposure to radiation or electromagnetic fields as well.
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This day is thus celebrated as vigilant day to keenly observe the health of your pet and examine if he is showing any of the related symptoms or any other prevailing. We pray the best of health and wellness to your extremely pampered pet.
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day: An effort to create a better tomorrow for dogs; suffering from lymphoma