Q. MY SERVICE DOG SARENDIPITY HAS LIMPHOMA CANCED MOST VISABLE IN HER NECK THE ONLY THING THAT SEAMS TO RELEAVE SWELLING IS IBIEPROFIN, WHAT ELSE
AMY S. EUTSEY, DVM
A. It is not recommended to give your dog ibuprofen, especially on a regular basis. This drug can cause kidney damage in dogs. There are medications that are considered oral chemotherapy drugs for lymphoma in dogs. Prednisone is the most common one. It should NOT be given with Ibuprofen. You should discuss the options for treating your dog with your vet. If you elect to not do the complete chemotherapy protocol, which involves hospital visits, bloodwork and intravenous drug administration, you may still opt for only the oral chemo drugs. This will not produce the same results, but it may provide your pet with temporary relief by reducing the size of the lymph nodes for some time. Some patients respond very well to this for awhile.