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my dogs lymp nodes under his neck are...

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26 Nov 2021

my dogs lymp nodes under his neck are swollen
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice this swelling? Does the dog lick the skin as well?
Customer: yesterday. no hes not licking
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: ice and hes 13
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: no i dont think so
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26 Nov 2021
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian

Hello,

I'm Dr. Jo  and I'm a veterinarian with more than 25 years of experience. I'm here to help you with your question about Ice's lymph nodes being large. I'm so sorry this is happening and has you worried, but glad you're looking for the information you need.

If you prefer, I can also be available for a phone call. That can be very helpful especially if your question is complex.

Also, I frequently use a voice-to-text tool and it doesn't always get everything right.  If I send something that is confusing or doesn't make sense, please let me know.

  • What kind of dog is ice?
  • Any other symptoms like appetite loss, vomiting, or lethargy? 

Thank you.

-Dr. Jo

26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov 2021
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian

I just got your photo.  Thank you.  
He looks kind of skinny.  Has he been losing weight?

26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
thats an old photo(hes 2 in the photo) hes always been thin.. yestarday was the first time i have ever seen him tyurn down a carrot.
26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov 2021
he looks sad today. and he slept by me all night
26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov 2021
hes a pit lab mix
26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov 2021
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian

Thank you for clarifying all of that for me. I appreciate your patience with my questions. It helps me have a better understanding of what's going on. There are only a couple of different things that will cause the lymph nodes to swell. Please give me a moment to type some more.

26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
ok
26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov 2021
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian

Also, One more quick question first. Can you feel any other enlarged lymph nodes elsewhere on his body? Check behind his knees, just a little below the knee joint in the groove between the calf muscles. Also please check his armpits.

26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
i do in the back of his legs
26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov 2021
now i see a little bit of red rash just under his penis
26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov 2021
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian

Thank you for checking that for me.  When multiple lymph nodes are swollen in different regions of the body, we call that "generalized lymphadenopathy".

Sometimes that occurs because the immune system is busy fighting some type of infection that's widespread throughout the body.  
As much as I hate to deliver really upsetting news, however, more commonly it happens because the immune system is dealing with some type of cancer.  Lymphoma is a really common type of cancer for dogs, and it's one of the most common reasons for generalized lymphadenopathy.

I know that's a scary thing to hear, and I'm sorry for delivering worrisome news.

The rash may or may not be related to this.

Unfortunately, there isn't anything you can do to determine what's causing this at home. Your veterinarian will rely on a hands-on physical examination, basic blood tests, and collecting few samples of cells from these enlarged lymph nodes to determine what the cause is and what the best treatment plan would be.

I want to emphasize that they don't necessarily have to do a surgical biopsy, at least not in the beginning, to get a better idea of what's going on. They can collect a few samples just buy inserting a needle into the lymph nodes and looking at those samples. It's not any more painful to your dog then getting his vaccinations.

But that's how we proceed with getting answers in a situation like this.

I'm so sorry you're going through this. I want to make sure you have all the information you need. How else may I help?

26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov 2021
thank you. that was i was thinking too. no that everything
26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov 2021
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian

You're welcome. My heart goes out to you. He's a beautiful boy and I know you've got to be worried about him. I hope this all turns out okay.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you think of anything else.

My goal is to do my best to provide you with accurate, relevant, and thorough information.  If you have more follow-up questions on this same topic, please use the REPLY box below.

If you wish to ask me a new question in the future, please feel free to add me to your favorites.  I'll look forward to assisting you again.

Thank you.

-Dr. Jo

26 Nov 2021
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27 Nov 2021
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo

Hello. Just checking in.  How is Ice doing today?  Thank you.

-Dr. Jo

Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
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