Sonny, a 9-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever, was referred to WVRC to discuss diagnostic and treatment recommendations for his recently diagnosed lymphoma. Sonny had been less energetic and panting more during walks. His appetite had decreased, and his owner had been using canned food and chicken to entice him to finish his meals. Sonny’s owner also noticed swollen submandibular lymph nodes, which triggered a visit to their family veterinarian. 

Sonny was an excellent patient for Dr. Custead during his physical exam. Although he had numerous enlarged lymph nodes including mandibular, prescapular, inguinal, and popliteal, the good news was that it did not appear that the cancer had spread elsewhere. 

Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in dogs and originates from a mutation and proliferation of a type of white blood cell called a lymphocyte. Generally by the time it is diagnosed, it can affect multiple different areas of the body at once. For this reason, it is often treated with chemotherapy rather than surgery. Sonny was started on a chemotherapy protocol to treat his Stage IV lymphoma and did amazing with his treatments and is back to his happy-go-lucky self. Congrats Sonny for Kicking Cancer’s Tail!