Dogs Community
Leukemia
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding your pet dogs!

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Leukemia

We recently took our 6 year old German Pointer into the vet for a routine exam.  They decided to do a full blood workup because he had not had this done before.  They called back to say that his wbc are 86,000 and his lymphocytes are 71,000.  He does not have swollen glands, so they diagnosed him with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  They suggested chemo twice a month.  We were a bit shocked when they called, as our dog is full of energy and looks great.  Do you suggest seeing an oncologist before starting chemo?  Could the high wbc and lymphocyte counts be attributed to something other than leukemia?  We have noticed that every few weeks he will throw up once or twice, but I 'm not sure if that is relevant as it seems a lot of dogs do that.  Any feedback appreciated.  I'm not certain what our next step should be.  
Related Discussions
2 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I highly recommend a second opinion by a veterinary oncologist.  I have been a vet tech for almost 20 years.  I would only let a specialist treat my dog for ANY type of cancer.  There may be other reasons for the vomiting (may or may not be related). One single blood test should not be used as a sole means of diagnosis.  If your vet has a problem giving you the referral to the specialist go to another vet in your area.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Thank you for the advice.  I talked to our vet and we have been referred to a Speciality Clinic - specifically, someone certified in internal medicine.  In your opinion, would they be qualified to handle a possible leukemia case?  There is only one board certified oncologist in our area and they are pretty far away.  However, I will make the drive if an internal medicine specialist isn't adequate.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Dogs Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Dogs Answerers
675347_tn?1365464245
Blank
ginger899
United Kingdom
974371_tn?1364538460
Blank
Margot49
Central Valley, CA
462827_tn?1333172552
Blank
Misfits4Me
OK
1916673_tn?1417697282
Blank
tonyb286
Blackpool, United Kingdom
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
lindapalm