Canine Lymphoma

Canine Lymphoid Leukemia - It Looks Like Canine Lymphoma

Canine lymphoid leukemia is a rare disease. It is a cancer of the blood that develops in the bone marrow and spleen from genetic mutations. It prevents healthy cells from maturing while stimulating them to overproduce mutated cells, ultimately replacing the bone marrow with diseased cells. It decreases the density of healthy cells while allowing leukemic cells to infiltrate lymphatic systems organs, including the spleen, liver and lymph nodes.

Although dogs usually don’t have any symptoms in the early stages of lymphoid leukemia, as the disease progresses infected dogs may exhibit symptoms such as loss of appetite, lethargy, excessive thirst or urination, weight loss, and fatigue after it progresses.