Howdy all, this is my first post- and it's long. Sorry!
My 6 year old golden retriever/german shepherd mix was diagnosed with lymphoma back in mid July. He was showing symptoms for a few weeks before that- lethargy, lack of appetite, and his back legs starting swelling right before being diagnosed. The vet tried other treatments before figuring out it was lymphoma.
We put him on prednisone instead of chemo. The improvement was amazing, for the past month he's been great. Acting normal, eating again and putting weight back on. But for a week or so he's been showing symptoms again- not as much appetite, breathing is a little loud, right back leg is swollen, and now every lymph node is swollen, including even a line of small ones along the spine.
Because of the prednisone he still acts fine, and my worry is that I don't want this to continue for too long. My worst fear is that his nodes get so swollen that he develops a bowel obstruction or something like that. I would rather him go without that pain, but he just seems too active and happy to put him to sleep right now.
Any suggestions how to dose the prednisone? Or when to know it's time? He's 60 pounds and currently on 10mg twice a day. We know the end is close, and just want to make it painless and quick. We've considered cutting his dose down to avoid the steroids "shielding" us from how sick he really is.