This is my mate Dusty
He is a four and a half year old Australian Shepherd.
Two weeks ago (Fri 3/6/11), he started eating less and became picky in what he ate, prior to this he wouldn't hesitate to eat and didn't stop until his meal was finished.
Last Tuesday (7/6/11) we took him to the vet and the vet prescribed antibiotics. By Thursday he was getting worse so we had him admitted to the vet clinic and put on a drip.
I visited him each day and whilst he was energetic and happy, he would eat very little if anything.
On Friday we had blood samples sent off and yesterday (14/6/11) we received news that dusty most likely has Lymphoma but they would need more blood samples to confirm. We will apparently get these results tomorrow.
It was such a shock because he is 4 years old, well looked after, very healthy and I'm certain he had never had swollen lymph-nodes at least in the neck before as I regularly check him for ticks and grass seeds.
On the good side of things, he returned home yesterday and I gave him a bath after which he was very happy and ate a good amount of chicken and later on a bit of lamb. Today he has also eaten well but does require a bit of encouragement. Apart from the eating he seems pretty normal.
I have done a lot of reading and searching but it is a lot to take on in such a short time so I have a few questions and I welcome any feedback at all.
My questions are;
Can they confirm Lymphoma with just blood tests?
What are my options for treatment? ie a. no treatment b. chemo c. ??? d. ???
Does chemotherapy have to be done by a specialist as we live in Cairns and from what I understand there are no specialists?
I'm sure the vet will tell me more when they receive the test results but I'm anxious to know more now.
Thank you very much