Dear Dr Scarlett,
Re: Fly ref:JACUSTOMER-j4qzhg2c 6/7/14 reddened skin and hair falling out.
My vet carried out an ultrasound scan of the abdomen and found nothing abnormal. Skin biopsies were taken and hair samples with skin flakes attached sent to Axiom Labs, Newton Abbott. These showed neoplastic lymphoid cells colonising the epidermis and residual adnexal epithelium.
Diagnosis - epitheliotropic lymphoma, high grade.
Treatment - 25mg Prednisolone twice a day and Amoxycare 250mg twice a day.
Fly's skin is a more normal colour apart from the various lesions. Skin clearly visible through much thinned coat, appetite back, probably having twice the amount, and drinking quite a lot of water. I feel she should have the increased food at this stage rather than cause her any unnecessary misery. She's enjoying her walks and hunting for voles but some weakness in back legs when jumping up into Freelander so now a combined effort! I shall keep her going so long as she is enjoying life and not showing any signs of distress.
Chemo could be available but I would not want to inflict the possible effects of this on her, nor indeed would I on myself on myself unless the benefits/side effects balance was very clearly in favour of the former.
I am grateful to you for your initial opinion. It prepared me for the possibility of liver cancer though it turned out to be a different type. It's difficult without being able to examine the animal too!
With my thanks,