Dog Lymphoma Treatment Options

Dog Lymphoma Treatment: Chemotherapy

The primary canine lymphoma treatment is chemotherapy.

A combination of drugs (multi-agent chemotherapy) or a single drug (single agent chemotherapy) may be used.

Multi-agent chemotherapy:

  • more effective than single agent chemotherapy in increasing quality of life and survival time
  • more toxic due to the number of drugs used
  • costly

Single agent chemotherapy:

  • cheaper
  • less toxic

There are numerous multi-agent and single agent chemotherapy protocols that vary in toxicity, cost and efficacy.  A veterinary oncologist can recommend a protocol that is suitable for your dog.

While most dogs treated with chemotherapy experience remission, they will eventually have relapses. Repeated chemotherapy is necessary to induce further remission.

Dog Lymphoma Treatment: Prednisone

Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid used to relieve symptoms of lymphoma in dogs and make them feel more comfortable. It does not extend a dog’s life. It is less costly than multi-agent chemotherapy but not as effective.

For pet owners who can’t afford chemotherapy, prednisone is an alternative canine lymphoma treatment option.

Prognosis for lymphoma in dogs

Prognosis depends on the stage and type of dog lymphoma tumor.

Untreated dogs have an average lifespan of 4-6 weeks.

Dogs treated with:

– prednisone usually live for 1-3 months.

– chemotherapy 6-12 months.

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