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I've probably not talked too much about Indy on here. She's not a doberman; we honestly don't know what she is. :) My mother-in-law purchased a canine DNA kit for her and she came back mostly Akita. While she doesn't look like your typical Akita, it fit and it fit well.

My husband had Indy when I met him and she was such a cute fuzzball. She's the polar opposite of a doberman. She only tolerates petting for long, thinks training is stupid and would rather spend her days patrolling our back yard to make sure we are all safe. She gets bossed around by the dobermans a lot, but at the end of the day, she's the queen of the house and she knows it. They know it. My computer isn't agreeing with me right now, but as soon as it decides to, I'll post some pictures of Indy.

Friday, my husband was drying her off to come inside, because, what better place to be in the rain than RIGHT in the middle of the yard. He felt some bumps on her neck and called me over to feel them. They are HUGE. I mean, huge. Every night, before bed, I pet her neck and kiss her on the head. I know these things just appeared. I called the vet first thing Saturday morning. She wasn't in that day, but had an opening this morning. My husband took her in. I was 100% prepared for "old dog, fatty bumps, blah blah blah." I was on a call when they were on the way home, so I couldn't talk to my husband. He walks in the house and says "Indy has lymphoma." So many emotions. She's our healthy girl.

Now, that being said, she hasn't been tested for anything yet. But, our vet felt very strongly that's what is going on and didn't want to do a ton of tests and turn around and have a specialist want to repeat them. Our vet called the specialist for us and got us in as quickly as possible - Wednesday at 1:00pm. I know it's soon, but it feels so far away.

I want answers, but I don't even know what questions I have. If anyone has dealt with this before, can you think of anything that I should ask? Our vet was talking like chemo is the next step. Is chemo smart for a 12.5 year old dog? Or does that depend on how advanced it is? I'm really trying not to get ahead of myself because I guess there is still a chance that it isn't lymphoma, but I don't want to pretend it's not possible and go into that appointment totally unprepared. I didn't see this coming, I really didn't. :(
 

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I'm sorry for the diagnosis. I don't have any experience with lymphoma but I do wish you and your girl the best and will keep you in my thoughts. Please let us know what the specialist says on Wednesday.
 

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Oh no, so sorry to hear this. Maybe twenty years ago, we had a 12 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier get this. They are a shortcoated breed, so they can't hide anything and I swear these lumps appeared like overnight, too. We took her right to the vet who gave us the diagnosis that day. Sadly, when it is into the lymph glands it metastizes quickly. This has been a long time now, but I cannot remember our Vet even suggesting chemo at that time. She went so fast. We had her two more months and she told us when it was time and we took her back to the vet for euthanasia.
This doesn't mean it is that advanced with your girl and I am hoping for you all that isn't the case and they have better methods now. Hugs to you and Indy.
 

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Oh no, so sorry to hear this. Maybe twenty years ago, we had a 12 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier get this. They are a shortcoated breed, so they can't hide anything and I swear these lumps appeared like overnight, too. We took her right to the vet who gave us the diagnosis that day. Sadly, when it is into the lymph glands it metastizes quickly. This has been a long time now, but I cannot remember our Vet even suggesting chemo at that time. She went so fast. We had her two more months and she told us when it was time and we took her back to the vet for euthanasia.
This doesn't mean it is that advanced with your girl and I am hoping for you all that isn't the case and they have better methods now. Hugs to you and Indy.
Thank you. I feel like I would have caught this so much faster, if that's even possible, if she were short-haired. This girl looks like a lion. Everything you are saying is in line with what I have been reading online; that this goes fast. I'm just in so much shock. I really thought she'd outlive the dobermans. She's just been so healthy. She has a little arthritis, but she's 12.5, so not a surprise there. I give her adequan injections monthly, and that's about it. Ugh. I mean, on the one hand, I know it sounds like I've written her off, but I really haven't. I'm honestly still in denial; like maybe we'll go to the specialist Wednesday and find out it's something different, something fixable.
 

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Oh no...you've had too much to deal with. You are in my thoughts.
 
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Chemo? Given that she’s 12 and a half and otherwise seems in decent shape...what a difficult choice. But the vet should be able to tell you if and how much it has spread that may make that tough decision easier.

I’m sorry you even have to deal with this...you folks are in my thoughts.
 

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I feel like time is standing still. I'm working for another hour and a half, then taking Indy to the specialist. Popcorn is one of her favorites, so I have a big bag of popcorn all ready to go. Well, to be honest, I pretty much have a buffet packed - chicken breast, beef liver, popcorn, a squeeze tube of peanut butter and a banana. I'm just so ready for more information. :(
 

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may the results of this testing be as positive as possible. <3
 

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Sending positive thoughts to you. My first girl developed lymphoma and the lumps appeared around her neck as well and seemed to have appeared overnight. I wish your girl the best.
 

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I've been staring at this screen for a while now because I just don't know how to start this. Please forgive me if I don't make much sense here. We still don't have definitive answers, but based on the oncologists physical exam and the sample that he aspirated and looked at; all signs are pointing toward Lymphoma.

The prognosis, if we do nothing, is 4-6 weeks. If we do chemo, she has a 50% chance of making it a year, or more. Of course, that also means there's a 50% chance she won't make it that long. We also still don't know if it's B-cell (easier to treat with chemo) or T-cell (much more difficult to treat). Heck, I guess we still don't know, for sure, that it's even Lymphoma.

That said, her blood work looked amazing. Despite it all, her spirits are high and she was amazing with everyone at the appointment today. I went ahead and did a first treatment for her. It isn't part of their "chemo protocol," but it is a type of chemo that would only touch the Lymphoma and not any other cells, so if they are wrong, it won't hurt her at all. The thought there is back to the 4-6 weeks thing and if we wait on the pathologist, we're potentially losing time. The earliest we hear back is Friday, but it's more likely to be early next week. She was so thirsty by the time I got her back that she dove into my cup of water and drank it all. Then she begged me, the whole way home, to put the windows down so she could stick her head out. Everything else I want to say is just speculating and getting ahead of myself and I'm really trying to not do that.

Thank you all for the support and kind words. I don't know if we're doing the right things, but I also don't know how you're supposed to know, or how you could know. She's sound asleep, behind the couch, snoring away. I'm on the couch crying my eyes out. :(
 

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I'm so sorry. I am sending good thoughts that the final lab results will come back as not being lymphoma.

My first doberboy passed away of a combo of lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma. :crying:

Sending positive thoughts and prayers for you and Indy.
 

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eighmie, I'm sorry to hear the news. All I can say is trust yourself. Only you can make the right decision for your girl. You and Indy are in my thoughts.
 

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One thing I have heard is that chemo is not nearly as hard on dogs as it appears to be for people--dogs do tolerate it better.

We’re here for you--feel free to vent, scream, vacillate, hope in spite of bad news, cry, worry....whatever you need to do you can share it here. All of us, probably, have dealt with difficult decisions involving our pets, though maybe not your particular choice. We know how tough it can be.

Again, you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear this, but glad you at least have the option for some more time with chemo. I, too, have heard that the chemo protocols for dogs are not nearly so hard on them as the ones for humans.
 
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One thing I have heard is that chemo is not nearly as hard on dogs as it appears to be for people--dogs do tolerate it better.

We’re here for you--feel free to vent, scream, vacillate, hope in spite of bad news, cry, worry....whatever you need to do you can share it here. All of us, probably, have dealt with difficult decisions involving our pets, though maybe not your particular choice. We know how tough it can be.

Again, you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
I'm so sorry to hear this, but glad you at least have the option for some more time with chemo. I, too, have heard that the chemo protocols for dogs are not nearly so hard on them as the ones for humans.
Thank you, everyone, so much. It's so easy to feel like I'm overreacting or feeling things I shouldn't, and then reading what you said, melbrod, is just a good reminder of how amazing and supportive everyone here really is. I think the kick in the pants of it all is that Indy has always been our old reliable. She's just so different than Roxy and Dexter. She's independent, she's healthy, she's just the one we've never had to worry about. We just mailed off the holter to Alba to get that fixed so we can get a good read on Dexters heart. Roxy hasn't had a good week; her energy is low and last night, as I'm petting her, I felt a bump on her. My heart just freaking hurts. I wanted to get Roxy in for a check up and laser treatment for her Wobblers anyway, so we now have an appointment for 8am Monday.

I really hope we hear back from the oncologist today. If we don't, it's going to be one heck of a long weekend. I keep trying to not think about making the decision to do chemo or not; but that's a lot easier said than done. I have also heard that dogs handle chemo protocols better than humans, but just because it's better, is it "good" ? Is it fair to them? Is it just being selfish humans?

Ugh. Okay. I'm usually an annoyingly optimistic person, so I'm going to end this one on some positives. Despite Roxy having a down week, she did instigate a major wrestle mania session with Dexter on Wednesday. She play bowed, bossed him around and looked to have an amazing time. It was very good to see her acting so crazy. Indy has been doing amazing; no signs of distress and has been her usual, happy and independent self. We may be spoiling her a bit more with popcorn, pizza crust, pasta, all the carbs she loves - and she seems very happy with that. :)
 

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