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Dear Daisy Dog

My dog was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma. My veterinarian offered three options: no treatment, prednisone or chemotherapy. How much time will each of these options give my dog?

Daisy Responds

We are sorry to hear about your dog’s illness.

Cancer is diagnosed in four to six million pets every year, and nearly half of all dogs over the age of 10 die of it.

Lymphosarcoma, also known as lymphoma, is the most common type of cancer in dogs.

Without treatment, the average dog with lymphosarcoma lives 30 to 45 days after the diagnosis is made.

With prednisone, this duration is extended to three months.
Chemotherapy is even more effective: Most dogs do well for about one year.

Moreover, dogs that achieve remission by the third week of chemotherapy enjoy nearly two years of high quality life.

We hope you and your dog make the most of the time you have together.

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