Grieving with George W Bush [News]
19 May 2014
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It is utterly grieving to face the harsh reality of our canine companions to cross the rainbow bridge at some point. But seeing the average lifespan of a pedigreed dog is just above a decade, it is only a fraction of our lifetime.
Recently, former president of USA, George W Bush lost his Scottish Terrier to lymphoma at the age of 10. Miss Beazley , who served two terms as First Dog when her owner was serving as President. She was gifted to Laura Bush along with brother Barney, also a Scottish terrier.
Sadly, Barney had also passed in February 2013 from lymphoma as well. Although it might be an uncomfortable subject of discussion, it is only relevant to discuss such a fatal illness. Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that recurs and manifests as a tumor in the dog's body. Usually originate in lymphoid tissues like lymph nodes, spleen and bone marrow. Being one of the most common tumors in dogs, lymphoma or lymphosarcoma are most prevalent in 6-9 year old dogs. Breeds like
, Boxers , Basset Hounds, Bull Mastiffs , Scottish Terriers, Airedales and Bull dogs are more common to experience lymphoma based diseases. Saint Bernards
There are no certain causes but some doctors did a study and found that dogs that were exposed to industrial waste and herbicide in lawns were more at risk to this problem. There are 5 stages of lymphoma classified by WHO on their degree of metastasis and invasiveness.
In addition there are also 5 classified types of lymphoma; namely, multi-centric, mediastinal,
gastrointestinal, cutaneous, extranodal and central nervous system.
There are many of us who face such medical challenges with our pets on a daily basis. Spreading awareness about all possible medical complications will make it easier for correct diagnosis and prognosis of ailments.
Please share your concerns about such troubling ailments that you may know of to share information across our pet community.