Leukemia

Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells, which are part of the immune system. When your dog has leukemia, his or her body will produce too many immature white blood cells, instead of the normal amount.

The symptoms of leukemia in dogs can include:

  • Swelling in the lymph nodes (the small glands found throughout the body)
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Anemia (reduced red blood cells)

Leukemia can be difficult to diagnose because it’s rare and has no specific symptoms. Your vet will conduct a physical exam and check for signs like swollen lymph nodes or anemia before making a diagnosis. A biopsy of the spleen may also be performed if necessary.

Published by AmberLDrake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.