A few weeks ago, I think I mentioned that Evie was getting really bad around food meaning getting into the trash and stealing food any chance she could get. She also started to look skinnier so we took her to her Vet, Dr. P, to see if maybe she had a thyroid problem. They took blood and didn't see any thyroid, liver, or kidney issues. What they did see was an increase in White Blood Cell count which means infection of some sort.
We went back again and took MORE blood from her two weeks ago and they ran it again to see what it could be. We knew that one risk was that it could come back as cancer so we were bracing ourselves for that one.
The Vet called last Saturday and said that they got the blood work back and there are no signs of anything but the high WBC and high lymphocytes which usually means...Lymphoma. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphnodes in both people and dogs. I got off the phone and promptly burst into tears and the tears continued all weekend.
The Vet recommended us to an Oncologist, which Evie's dog walker also recommended, and I made an appointment for Tuesday. Today, we went and sat down with Dr. S who told us she is NOT confirming that Evie has lymphoma. She said the pathology report shows enlarged lymphnodes that are suspicious but does not definitively say that she has it. So, now we are back to figuring out if it is lymphoma or an infection. OY.
They took more blood and are sending out to Colorado for testing. This test should show us 1)does she have lymphoma and 2)what type of lymphoma she has. When I say what type of lymphoma she has, apparently there are two kinds where one is slow moving and one is aggressive.
The craziest thing is that Evie is not showing ANY signs of any illness. She is acting the same, going out with our dog walker, and still eating anything any chance she gets.
So, now we wait to hear back early next week. If it is lymphoma, we will need to start her on some type of meds immediately which could be a chemo pill or just a steroid to keep her comfortable. There is another option of weekly chemo IV at the Vet which will cost up to $8k with no guarantee that she could go into remission. Even if she did go into remission, she could come out of it a week later so that is not an option for us.
If it is NOT lymphoma, we need to then get her joint fluid tested and see if she has some type of tick borne illness and get her on antibiotics. Cross your fingers that this is what we need to do!!! One of our dog walkers went through this same process and turned out her dog had some tick illness and after a long dose of antibiotics, was fine.
If it is Lymphoma, there is a lot for us to consider and we now know all of the options after talking with the Oncology doctor and nurse. The nurse, Laura, was so nice and informative. We all know that Evie is 10 years old and we will have two kids so we really have to consider everyone's quality of life and future. It's all super sad to think about so we're trying not to until we get the call next week.
Evie can be such a pain sometimes but we love her and she is our first baby. She has been through so much from coming from a neglected & abusive home to getting bit in the arm to knee surgery to now this. This is Evie's theme song so hopefully she can keep singing it next week!