Benji - our 12 (?) year old [rescured so unsure of age] Lhasa Apso
mix - has been part of our lives for 6 years. I have been quite ill the past 12 months having almost lost a round with a DVT/PE. I continue to suffer complications like another DVT 2 weeks ago (even with Coumadin and a 3.4 INR) so in a family with no children, my wife does not need to loose Benji right now. There has been a lot of crying already over the possibility that Benji could be seriously ill.
The vet saw Benji last week and said the lymph nodes in his hind legs
were enlarged. He said this could be a simple infection, but it might be cancer. Benji is on an antiobiotic and will be seen by the vet again this week and if there is no improvement they will be a biopsy.
This vet has already said that if it cancer that chemo only extends a dog's life a few months and is never a cure. I have read about others that used Prednisone for a short term relief, but still no cure.
I am wondering about some of the newer medications for humans and if they could be used. For example, a Mayo Clinic rheumatologist and a local one have tried to get me on Methotrexate. Would this be of any benefit to a dog?
We will be crushed if cancer is confirmed so where do we go to get a second opinion? Are there encologists that would talk to us?
Thanks for your help.