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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet Chloe today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? Did your veterinarian note swollen lymph nodes anywhere else on the body? Did they discuss sending the aspirate to the lab to confirm cancer?
Okay thanks for the additional information. Did your veterinarian discuss with you what type of cancer it could be? Based on what you are describing if it is cancer, I would suspect that it is lymphoma. How long has she been on the prednisone for? With lymphoma depending on the dose of the prednisone it may take some time for the lymph nodes to shrink if it is due to cancer. But if the cancer is advanced then it may not respond to the prednisone at all. So if it not shrinking after 48 hours I would be concerned.
A skunk spray wouldn't normal affect the lymph nodes to cause them to increase to the size that you are describing. Usually cancer, major infection, or some type of tick borne disease would cause increase in size of the lymph nodes. If she has been on the prednisone for more than a week and the lymph node is getting larger then I would be concerned. I would definitely ask your veterinarian about a recheck prior to decreasing the dose of prednisone.
She was probably talking about the white blood cells called lymphocytes. An infection can cause similar signs but with her age and how quickly it seemed to come on I would strongly suspect cancer first.
Well with lymphoma they can initially respond well with prednisone which it sounds like she is doing. What you will need to watch out for is when she stops responding to it. This will be evident by the fact that the lymph nodes will start to increase in size again and she will start acting sick again. I usually see this in about a month after starting prednisone in dogs who have lymphoma. You should ask your veterinarian about any immune booster supplements to see if they can help as well. I usually give dogs a supplement called CAS options