The Spleen: What does it do and how will my dog manage if it has to be removed?

Dog Spleen Removal – Splenectomy Surgery

The spleen is one of those organs of the body that most people have heard of but many are uncertain where it is and what it actually does. Although it has several important functions, dogs can manage to live a normal life without a spleen if it has to be removed. The most common reasons for removal (splenectomy) are if the spleen has ruptured (usually after a road traffic accident), or if it develops a tumour. Both of these can lead to very sudden illness which needs fast diagnosis and treatment to save the dog’s life.

Biggles in full flight, pictured before he had to have an emergency splenectomy
Biggles in full flight, pictured before he had to have an emergency splenectomy

Biggles the Springer Spaniel has recently had his spleen removed and is recovering well. Although I am not his vet, I helped to care for him during his convalescence, and with his owner’s permission I would like to tell his story.

Biggles is a typically lively spaniel, who enjoyed a normal Sunday romping around with his companion. On the Monday morning, his owner found him collapsed and weak and had to rush him straight to his vets. After examination, blood tests and x-rays, his problem was diagnosed as a tumour of the spleen and Biggles was operated on the same day. Unfortunately his tumour was large and ulcerated which meant Biggles had lost a lot of blood from the circulation into his tummy, so he needed several days of intensive care including fluids by drip and drugs to prevent vomiting and infection.

After several days of hospitalisation at the vets, Biggles began to feel so much better that the challenge was to stop him from doing too much. After major surgery he had to take it very easy, which was hard for him. Very short walks on a lead, away from his boisterous friends, were all that he was allowed during his recovery, but now he is beginning to get back to normal gradually.

So, where is the spleen and what does it do? The spleen is situated on the left side of the abdomen, close to the stomach. It is smaller in size than the liver but larger than a kidney. It is sometimes described as being shaped like a slipper because it is long and narrow with curved borders and has a narrower part in the middle. It is a very vascular organ, meaning it is full of blood vessels and blood storage areas.

The main jobs of the spleen are to act as a blood storage reservoir, to make red blood cells, to filter out and remove old blood cells and to fight infection as part of the immune system. Luckily, these jobs can be carried out elsewhere if the spleen has to be removed.

Position of a dog's spleen
Position of a dog's spleen

If a tumour develops on the spleen, it may grow very slowly but sometimes the symptoms can become apparent very suddenly, as in Biggles’ case. Symptoms can include tiredness, a swollen belly, anaemia (seen as pale or white membranes in the mouth and eyes which are normally pink) and loss of appetite. If the spleen is ruptured by an accident, or if a tumour bleeds heavily, the symptoms will be shock, collapse and possibly death.

The treatment of choice for a ruptured spleen or a tumour on the spleen is surgical removal of the whole spleen. If there is a tumour, checks will be made as far as possible to make sure that it has not already spread to other organs. If there is no evidence of spread, the spleen is removed and a sample of the tumour sent to a laboratory for microscopic examination (histology). This will help to decide if the tumour is benign or malignant, and whether any further treatment such as chemotherapy might be needed.

Not all tumours of the spleen are malignant. One of the more serious types is haemangiosarcoma, which can spread aggressively to other organs. Others can be local to the spleen and benign in character.

I am delighted to say that Biggles showed no signs of tumour spread at the time of his operation, and his histology results were good. There is every chance that Biggles will need no further treatment and will soon forget the whole experience as he continues to enjoy his life.

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205 thoughts on “The Spleen: What does it do and how will my dog manage if it has to be removed?

  1. So glad to hear that Biggles is doing well. My 8 year old Boxer, Bailey, had to have his spleen removed Tuesday night. His Vet said that there was no spread to the other organs that he could see, but of course we still need to wait for results. My concern right now is with his recovery, it has been almost 48 hours an he hasn’t eaten and he is knuckling and dragging his back feet when he walks. He is a big boxer 117lbs and his tumor was softball size. I am just wondering if this is normal. THANKS for all you do for our furry friends!!

  2. So glad to hear that Biggles is doing well. My 8 year old Boxer, Bailey, had to have his spleen removed Tuesday night. His Vet said that there was no spread to the other organs that he could see, but of course we still need to wait for results. My concern right now is with his recovery, it has been almost 48 hours an he hasn’t eaten and he is knuckling and dragging his back feet when he walks. He is a big boxer 117lbs and his tumor was softball size. I am just wondering if this is normal. THANKS for all you do for our furry friends!!

  3. Great news for biggles, my dog had an X-ray yesterday and he has bleeding into his abdomin causes by a tumor on his spleen, he is an 11 year shepherd. And I’ve already chose to do the 2 thousand dollar surgery even though I have this awful feeling when he opens him up the tumor will already have spread judging by the amount of blood in his abdomin. I feel sick with worry but I’m hoping for the best outcome.

  4. Great news for biggles, my dog had an X-ray yesterday and he has bleeding into his abdomin causes by a tumor on his spleen, he is an 11 year shepherd. And I’ve already chose to do the 2 thousand dollar surgery even though I have this awful feeling when he opens him up the tumor will already have spread judging by the amount of blood in his abdomin. I feel sick with worry but I’m hoping for the best outcome.

  5. My 12 year old staff had a ruptured tumor & spleen removed Monday , his abdomen was full with blood and no signs it had spread yet , but vet has advised it will be back ! I am more worried about loss of blood and he is so anaemic ? can anyone advise?
    Keisha , I was sick all day Monday and like a crazy woman pacing , and waiting , but he did it for us im sure! Go for it and good luck !!
    Kelli , my Oscar is eating but only hand fed cooked meat , and he cant be bothered to walk any where !
    Well done biggles xxxxx

  6. My 12 year old staff had a ruptured tumor & spleen removed Monday , his abdomen was full with blood and no signs it had spread yet , but vet has advised it will be back ! I am more worried about loss of blood and he is so anaemic ? can anyone advise?
    Keisha , I was sick all day Monday and like a crazy woman pacing , and waiting , but he did it for us im sure! Go for it and good luck !!
    Kelli , my Oscar is eating but only hand fed cooked meat , and he cant be bothered to walk any where !
    Well done biggles xxxxx

  7. Our 10 year old mixed breed had her spleen removed yesterday after a growth was discovered during surgery to remove bladder stones. This morning when I visited the vet , she was up and walking around.
    After reading Biggles story, I have hope now that she will continue to recover.

  8. Our 10 year old mixed breed had her spleen removed yesterday after a growth was discovered during surgery to remove bladder stones. This morning when I visited the vet , she was up and walking around.
    After reading Biggles story, I have hope now that she will continue to recover.

  9. Cheers sharron, he’s booked in for Wednesday. Earliest they can get him in, his belly is really bloated so full of blood. I feel physically ill and it’s all I can think about. This tumor needs to not have spread, I can’t handle that and the fact I would have put him through surgery if the tumour has already spread. I guess if I do nothing he will die, no doubt about it, so this way he has a chance. He has been too good to me over the past ten years (rescue dog) I owe him a shot! That’s what I’m thinking anyway I keep googling it and it’s making me feel worse.

  10. Cheers sharron, he’s booked in for Wednesday. Earliest they can get him in, his belly is really bloated so full of blood. I feel physically ill and it’s all I can think about. This tumor needs to not have spread, I can’t handle that and the fact I would have put him through surgery if the tumour has already spread. I guess if I do nothing he will die, no doubt about it, so this way he has a chance. He has been too good to me over the past ten years (rescue dog) I owe him a shot! That’s what I’m thinking anyway I keep googling it and it’s making me feel worse.

  11. My 4 year old Bernese had a stomach torsion 2 days ago and emergency surgery. Vet discovered that spleen had ruptured and 2.2 litres of blood was suctioned out of the abdomen. He is now doing well and resting and gradually colour is returning to his gums. my only concern is the huge amount of water he is drinking (will check with my vet today). He is however beginning to eat small meals without too much coaxing. I’m hoping the excessive thirst is just a side-effect of surgery and not a development of other problems such as diabetes etc. anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Ivana

  12. My 4 year old Bernese had a stomach torsion 2 days ago and emergency surgery. Vet discovered that spleen had ruptured and 2.2 litres of blood was suctioned out of the abdomen. He is now doing well and resting and gradually colour is returning to his gums. my only concern is the huge amount of water he is drinking (will check with my vet today). He is however beginning to eat small meals without too much coaxing. I’m hoping the excessive thirst is just a side-effect of surgery and not a development of other problems such as diabetes etc. anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Ivana

  13. Sadly, I had to have to my German shepherd boy put to sleep on the 11th march. The blood loss was just too bad and he was so weak. I’m heartbroken.

  14. Sadly, I had to have to my German shepherd boy put to sleep on the 11th march. The blood loss was just too bad and he was so weak. I’m heartbroken.

  15. I’m sorry to hear about your German Shepherd. I can’t even imagine. Just the thought of the surgery is freaking me out there’s a chance of losing my baby kills me. My dog is boxer/lab mix. She has a very enlarged spleen. They are doing the surgery on Tuesday and until then she’s not allowed to get excited because it might rupture. I’m terrified that it might be malignant but the vet said her blood work looks good and chest x rays showed no signs of any other tumors. She also said since it’s so big it’s probably benign but they won’t know for sure til they open her up and send off a biopsy to the lab. I’m terrified. She is my baby. The vet said if she lives through the surgery she should live a long happy healthy life. She really doesn’t think it’s malignant cause the size of her spleen if it was the malignant kind she would already be showing signs of growths elsewhere. I’m also scared because all of these sites say they might need blood transfusions and I don’t if my vet has the ability or the blood to do the blood transfusions and I’m scared to ask because I have been calling and asking questions every few days sometimes a couple times in a day. I’m just worried. But if we don’t have the surgery my dog will die whether it’s malignant or not so there’s really no choice in the matter. I should stop worrying and give it to God that she will make it through and come out of the surgery fine and be healthy and happy once again.

  16. I’m sorry to hear about your German Shepherd. I can’t even imagine. Just the thought of the surgery is freaking me out there’s a chance of losing my baby kills me. My dog is boxer/lab mix. She has a very enlarged spleen. They are doing the surgery on Tuesday and until then she’s not allowed to get excited because it might rupture. I’m terrified that it might be malignant but the vet said her blood work looks good and chest x rays showed no signs of any other tumors. She also said since it’s so big it’s probably benign but they won’t know for sure til they open her up and send off a biopsy to the lab. I’m terrified. She is my baby. The vet said if she lives through the surgery she should live a long happy healthy life. She really doesn’t think it’s malignant cause the size of her spleen if it was the malignant kind she would already be showing signs of growths elsewhere. I’m also scared because all of these sites say they might need blood transfusions and I don’t if my vet has the ability or the blood to do the blood transfusions and I’m scared to ask because I have been calling and asking questions every few days sometimes a couple times in a day. I’m just worried. But if we don’t have the surgery my dog will die whether it’s malignant or not so there’s really no choice in the matter. I should stop worrying and give it to God that she will make it through and come out of the surgery fine and be healthy and happy once again.

  17. This is gives me so much hope! My Beagle has a growth on his spleen and is having it removed next week. I’m sick thinking they won’t get it in time and it may rupture. They have found no other growths on his other organs, so I’m praying for the surgery to go well and another year or so with my friend. Please send a prayer up for Cooper of you’re reading this. He and I both need all the help we can get right now.

  18. This is gives me so much hope! My Beagle has a growth on his spleen and is having it removed next week. I’m sick thinking they won’t get it in time and it may rupture. They have found no other growths on his other organs, so I’m praying for the surgery to go well and another year or so with my friend. Please send a prayer up for Cooper of you’re reading this. He and I both need all the help we can get right now.

  19. Very informative site, I came to it looking for suggestions to help my 8 year old lab, Butch live a long healthy life. He has had a rough 6 weeks. Started with a vet check on a half dollar size spot on his side that suddenly came and the crusty top fell off, turned out to be a skin cancer (Spindle Cell)and the vet found a different kind of cancer on the rear hock that was marble size, successful removal and a great check up 2 weeks later. Then 2 days after that visit he quit eating and acted distressed and wanted out constantly and kept straining to poop with nothing happening, rushed him sat. & Sun 35 miles to his vet and on Sunday she kept him. By Tues. morning she went into emergency surgery on him because it looked like a large mass on his spleen and the barium would not pass. She called during the surgery to say his normal 4 x 8 spleen was actually 8 x 16 and twisted and folded over in which made it look like a tumor in the x ray. When she untwisted his spleen it started going back to the normal size and showed a lot of bruising to it, so we made the decision to remove it. He immediately started improving, after 4 days we brought him home with over 10″ of staples in belly. He took his time each day increasing his activity and with in a few days he was playing with his best friend our 3 yo female lab Dolly and he couldn’t get enough to eat. I take him tomorrow to get the staples out, we already got the report no cancer and he has finished 2 different prescriptions of antibiotics and a pill to sooth his intestines. Over $2000.00 in vet bills paid, but he is so worth it. He came to us after the 8 yo lab we had before him died 8 months after his spleen was removed when he got sick right after a tumor was removed from his thigh. His gall bladder went and we let him go during the surgery because he was in such sad shape. So yep I have worries and want to make sure I feed Butch properly and take all the precautions I need to, any suggestions appreciated.

  20. Very informative site, I came to it looking for suggestions to help my 8 year old lab, Butch live a long healthy life. He has had a rough 6 weeks. Started with a vet check on a half dollar size spot on his side that suddenly came and the crusty top fell off, turned out to be a skin cancer (Spindle Cell)and the vet found a different kind of cancer on the rear hock that was marble size, successful removal and a great check up 2 weeks later. Then 2 days after that visit he quit eating and acted distressed and wanted out constantly and kept straining to poop with nothing happening, rushed him sat. & Sun 35 miles to his vet and on Sunday she kept him. By Tues. morning she went into emergency surgery on him because it looked like a large mass on his spleen and the barium would not pass. She called during the surgery to say his normal 4 x 8 spleen was actually 8 x 16 and twisted and folded over in which made it look like a tumor in the x ray. When she untwisted his spleen it started going back to the normal size and showed a lot of bruising to it, so we made the decision to remove it. He immediately started improving, after 4 days we brought him home with over 10″ of staples in belly. He took his time each day increasing his activity and with in a few days he was playing with his best friend our 3 yo female lab Dolly and he couldn’t get enough to eat. I take him tomorrow to get the staples out, we already got the report no cancer and he has finished 2 different prescriptions of antibiotics and a pill to sooth his intestines. Over $2000.00 in vet bills paid, but he is so worth it. He came to us after the 8 yo lab we had before him died 8 months after his spleen was removed when he got sick right after a tumor was removed from his thigh. His gall bladder went and we let him go during the surgery because he was in such sad shape. So yep I have worries and want to make sure I feed Butch properly and take all the precautions I need to, any suggestions appreciated.

  21. Hi all: My eight year old mixed breed male dog had an emergency spleenectomy and tumor removal on March 1st.
    He needed a transfusion during surgery because of blood loss.
    I am thrilled beyond belief that he rallied so quickly, eating, drinking and ready to play – though not permitted off leash for almost three weeks. Thankfully the tumor was not malignant.
    He is now fully back to his rowdy self. Each of you are to be commended for being aware and caring pet owners. Without your insight and love more pets will be lost to a condition that can be reversed by a good surgeon. Xoxo

  22. Hi all: My eight year old mixed breed male dog had an emergency spleenectomy and tumor removal on March 1st.
    He needed a transfusion during surgery because of blood loss.
    I am thrilled beyond belief that he rallied so quickly, eating, drinking and ready to play – though not permitted off leash for almost three weeks. Thankfully the tumor was not malignant.
    He is now fully back to his rowdy self. Each of you are to be commended for being aware and caring pet owners. Without your insight and love more pets will be lost to a condition that can be reversed by a good surgeon. Xoxo

  23. My golden had his spleen removed three months ago Because of a softball sized hematoma that caused it to burst. He is doing well but he has developed a cough and is acting weaker then usual and this is starting to worry me and I cant find much information about it on the web. Has anyone seen these symptoms post spleen surgery with there Pet.

  24. My golden had his spleen removed three months ago Because of a softball sized hematoma that caused it to burst. He is doing well but he has developed a cough and is acting weaker then usual and this is starting to worry me and I cant find much information about it on the web. Has anyone seen these symptoms post spleen surgery with there Pet.

  25. My retired Greyhound had to have her spleen removed before we got her but we were told that she had to have it removed because of Congestion whatever that means,does anyone have an idea?.Anyway she is fine and well dispite not having it.

  26. My retired Greyhound had to have her spleen removed before we got her but we were told that she had to have it removed because of Congestion whatever that means,does anyone have an idea?.Anyway she is fine and well dispite not having it.

  27. Our 10 year, 3 month old Minature Schnauzer had a small lump on his side that I felt while petting him. We had a Europe vacation planned for April 4,14 and thought we would wait, not wanting it to be on our minds the whole time, until we got home to go to the vet. Within a matter of three days, he went from a Very health dog to mear death looking/acting. To the vet we went. Xrays showed a mass and a day later ultrasound was done and showed not within other organs? and no bleed outs. We then a day later had his spleen removed, 2 1/2 lbs. Five days later, results. Cancer. A week later he is almost completely back to his old active self. His blood count is fine and eating every drop of food. Now we set and think when is his time up with us. That is the hardest thing now. We gave him more time with us and would not have second guessed that since it showed not in any other organs? We are taking him again back camping and will love him for the time we have!! God bless our TUCKER!

  28. Our 10 year, 3 month old Minature Schnauzer had a small lump on his side that I felt while petting him. We had a Europe vacation planned for April 4,14 and thought we would wait, not wanting it to be on our minds the whole time, until we got home to go to the vet. Within a matter of three days, he went from a Very health dog to mear death looking/acting. To the vet we went. Xrays showed a mass and a day later ultrasound was done and showed not within other organs? and no bleed outs. We then a day later had his spleen removed, 2 1/2 lbs. Five days later, results. Cancer. A week later he is almost completely back to his old active self. His blood count is fine and eating every drop of food. Now we set and think when is his time up with us. That is the hardest thing now. We gave him more time with us and would not have second guessed that since it showed not in any other organs? We are taking him again back camping and will love him for the time we have!! God bless our TUCKER!

  29. My 14 year old dog Murphy had his spleen removed yesterday morning with a baseball sized mass, no evidence of spread, but haven’t gotten the results back yet. I didn’t think I’d have to put him through surgery at this age, but after he had a bleed Sat night i had no choice. He came home this afternoon and seems okay, but not himself. He ate maybe 2 bites of chicken but won’t touch anything else. He can walk around but is pretty lethargic overall. I’m praying that he will eat something tomorrow. Anyone else had issues getting their dogs to eat? I’m wondering if its the pain meds (Tramadol). I may try lowering the dose a bit. He’s pretty out of it.

  30. My 14 year old dog Murphy had his spleen removed yesterday morning with a baseball sized mass, no evidence of spread, but haven’t gotten the results back yet. I didn’t think I’d have to put him through surgery at this age, but after he had a bleed Sat night i had no choice. He came home this afternoon and seems okay, but not himself. He ate maybe 2 bites of chicken but won’t touch anything else. He can walk around but is pretty lethargic overall. I’m praying that he will eat something tomorrow. Anyone else had issues getting their dogs to eat? I’m wondering if its the pain meds (Tramadol). I may try lowering the dose a bit. He’s pretty out of it.

  31. Thanks for these helpful comments.
    My 11 year old Red Setter had to have his spleen removed after it ruptured when another very boisterous dog ran into him.
    Many internet sites implied that he would be lucky to live for another six months.
    Well, I hope I am not tempting fate, but it it is now 5 months post splenectomy and he is full of fun and looking well. This article has given me both information and some encouragement.

  32. Thanks for these helpful comments.
    My 11 year old Red Setter had to have his spleen removed after it ruptured when another very boisterous dog ran into him.
    Many internet sites implied that he would be lucky to live for another six months.
    Well, I hope I am not tempting fate, but it it is now 5 months post splenectomy and he is full of fun and looking well. This article has given me both information and some encouragement.

  33. Keisha I’m Absolutly gutted for you :((( there are no words :((((((((( I’m so sorry I haven’t been back on !
    We are still fighting this cancer ,and I know soon it going to win ,Oscar is 2 months post opp and no energy ,no strength ,but doing the best I can for him !
    Try email me Keisha — sharron1977@icloud.com

  34. Keisha I’m Absolutly gutted for you :((( there are no words :((((((((( I’m so sorry I haven’t been back on !
    We are still fighting this cancer ,and I know soon it going to win ,Oscar is 2 months post opp and no energy ,no strength ,but doing the best I can for him !
    Try email me Keisha — sharron1977@icloud.com

  35. Our Jack Russell Woody , has a mass on his spleen ,he is going to theatre Tuesday (20th May ) for splenectomy We have to try to save him .He is fine in himself apart from the weigh loss .Thank god for this blog I won’t be writing Woody off yet x

  36. Our Jack Russell Woody , has a mass on his spleen ,he is going to theatre Tuesday (20th May ) for splenectomy We have to try to save him .He is fine in himself apart from the weigh loss .Thank god for this blog I won’t be writing Woody off yet x

  37. I have two GSD’ who have had their spleens removed , Asti’s for haemangiosarcoma 9 months ago and Quinn’s two weeks ago today following gastric tortion.His results are thankfully tumour free.Asti has just completed IV chemotherapy and is now on oral for the rest of her life.I was told by the oncology vets at Liverpool University small animal teaching hospital that without treatment she would live 3 months post surgerywith ,and 6 months with treatment and there was an 8% chance of her surviving to a year.She had no secondary tumours at the time of surgery , but it is known as a very virilant tumour.There is currently a study being undertaken on GSD’s with the disease and those over 7yrs with no diseae to try and discover any possible genetic cause.

  38. I have two GSD’ who have had their spleens removed , Asti’s for haemangiosarcoma 9 months ago and Quinn’s two weeks ago today following gastric tortion.His results are thankfully tumour free.Asti has just completed IV chemotherapy and is now on oral for the rest of her life.I was told by the oncology vets at Liverpool University small animal teaching hospital that without treatment she would live 3 months post surgerywith ,and 6 months with treatment and there was an 8% chance of her surviving to a year.She had no secondary tumours at the time of surgery , but it is known as a very virilant tumour.There is currently a study being undertaken on GSD’s with the disease and those over 7yrs with no diseae to try and discover any possible genetic cause.

  39. Dear All:
    Hello fm hot Tampa FL. I have a 11 yr old rescue dog. His been our baby boy since he was pup on in the streets near my mom’s home.
    I say we are lucky that he picked us up! many of you can understand, but we have no HUMAN kids so it may seem we spoil Buster Buh to the max.
    Last Mon I got home and there was no Buster’s welcome home barks. Open the door and he was just slump on the floor. he finally got up slowly and usually dashes out the door to do his business. but he sluggish outside and quickly came back in and layed right back down. NOT common fo him as he normally runs around the house and comes to the kitchen and wags for treats.

    so took him into ER at 8pm last Monday and gave them the info and they looked at his gums and it was all white…
    They said he had to get in ASAP, he has lost blood was all they told me.

    I of course was feeling SICK to my gut.
    They came out 10-15 minutes later and had a lil tube of blood and said this was in his tummy, not suppose to be there.
    they would have to do xray to see what is going on.
    Xray showed tumor in the spleen and it had ruptured.

    it was scary Monday night into Tues AM.
    They said that usually when they see this it is 60% cancerous and left us with the options.

    We HAD TO SAVE HIM FM THE BLEEDING. He is our baby of 11 yrs and the fact that he has good checkups nothing major and was being very active, no signs of old aging ….before this ordeal…….OF COURSE we needed to be his guardian and decide what was right at this very moment.
    SAVE the BABY boy.
    Fm 10pm Mon to 2am Tues last week was one of the scariest moments cause they had to stabilize him to have him even get to the point of surgery. 3am last Tues got call saying Buster was not taking in the 1 full bag of blood fusion. we said to try another bag and at 5 am they called and said the 2nd fully bag of blood fusion was not taking….it was not looking good. We said to please do what is necessary to get the blood in him so they said they would have to do blood plasma. at 6am we got a call with better news. His body was showing the blood was cougulating finally. Imagine having a hole in a balloon and trying to fill it up without fixing the rip, that is what I think is happening here. So I assume the blood plasma was something that helps couagulate the blood to hold in.
    Finally with no sleep fm Monday into Tuesday last week, Buster got his spleen and tumor removed.
    The next news was just as sickeing as the first. the biopsy fm the tumor was positive for C. Went in and had the talk and options and what the possibilty of his time on earth. uggghh
    he is home and doing well. first few days was all drugged up still. One big concern off hand at this moment is that there are 2 areas on the back right side leg…his his now limping and favors it by holding it up and hops, he does tend to forget and walks on it but shortly after he is hoping and just favors it.
    We took him in last Sunday and they said it could be nuerological issues!!! what in the world. I said he was fine , never had any issues with his back right leg til after the surgery.
    The areas where it was shaved was around the paw/foot and inner thigh area. So I am thinking the needles hit something that cause this pain?
    Can anyone suggest or have had the same issues, or know if this can be what I am thinking of and how long would that last? Is it taking him longer to heal due to the spleen taken out and his immune system is down?

    taking him back to where he had his surgery this Tues the 19th to talk to oncology about his next step with cancer …but can anyone get back to me about his back leg having this issue?

    I AM SO SCARED TO PUT HIM THRU CHEMO WITH NO SPLEEN, MUCH MORE ON HIS BODY TO TAKE.

    with much peace and thank you
    email me at maitaz@yahoo.com if easier anytime.
    Maylin
    Tampa FL

  40. Dear All:
    Hello fm hot Tampa FL. I have a 11 yr old rescue dog. His been our baby boy since he was pup on in the streets near my mom’s home.
    I say we are lucky that he picked us up! many of you can understand, but we have no HUMAN kids so it may seem we spoil Buster Buh to the max.
    Last Mon I got home and there was no Buster’s welcome home barks. Open the door and he was just slump on the floor. he finally got up slowly and usually dashes out the door to do his business. but he sluggish outside and quickly came back in and layed right back down. NOT common fo him as he normally runs around the house and comes to the kitchen and wags for treats.

    so took him into ER at 8pm last Monday and gave them the info and they looked at his gums and it was all white…
    They said he had to get in ASAP, he has lost blood was all they told me.

    I of course was feeling SICK to my gut.
    They came out 10-15 minutes later and had a lil tube of blood and said this was in his tummy, not suppose to be there.
    they would have to do xray to see what is going on.
    Xray showed tumor in the spleen and it had ruptured.

    it was scary Monday night into Tues AM.
    They said that usually when they see this it is 60% cancerous and left us with the options.

    We HAD TO SAVE HIM FM THE BLEEDING. He is our baby of 11 yrs and the fact that he has good checkups nothing major and was being very active, no signs of old aging ….before this ordeal…….OF COURSE we needed to be his guardian and decide what was right at this very moment.
    SAVE the BABY boy.
    Fm 10pm Mon to 2am Tues last week was one of the scariest moments cause they had to stabilize him to have him even get to the point of surgery. 3am last Tues got call saying Buster was not taking in the 1 full bag of blood fusion. we said to try another bag and at 5 am they called and said the 2nd fully bag of blood fusion was not taking….it was not looking good. We said to please do what is necessary to get the blood in him so they said they would have to do blood plasma. at 6am we got a call with better news. His body was showing the blood was cougulating finally. Imagine having a hole in a balloon and trying to fill it up without fixing the rip, that is what I think is happening here. So I assume the blood plasma was something that helps couagulate the blood to hold in.
    Finally with no sleep fm Monday into Tuesday last week, Buster got his spleen and tumor removed.
    The next news was just as sickeing as the first. the biopsy fm the tumor was positive for C. Went in and had the talk and options and what the possibilty of his time on earth. uggghh
    he is home and doing well. first few days was all drugged up still. One big concern off hand at this moment is that there are 2 areas on the back right side leg…his his now limping and favors it by holding it up and hops, he does tend to forget and walks on it but shortly after he is hoping and just favors it.
    We took him in last Sunday and they said it could be nuerological issues!!! what in the world. I said he was fine , never had any issues with his back right leg til after the surgery.
    The areas where it was shaved was around the paw/foot and inner thigh area. So I am thinking the needles hit something that cause this pain?
    Can anyone suggest or have had the same issues, or know if this can be what I am thinking of and how long would that last? Is it taking him longer to heal due to the spleen taken out and his immune system is down?

    taking him back to where he had his surgery this Tues the 19th to talk to oncology about his next step with cancer …but can anyone get back to me about his back leg having this issue?

    I AM SO SCARED TO PUT HIM THRU CHEMO WITH NO SPLEEN, MUCH MORE ON HIS BODY TO TAKE.

    with much peace and thank you
    email me at maitaz@yahoo.com if easier anytime.
    Maylin
    Tampa FL

  41. reading these stories is giving me some comfort, my 10 year old springer had an emergency splenectomy this morning just taking things a momment at a time, he made it through surgery then he made it through the night , like maitaz he is our baby as we to have no kids and the house is so empty without him at the momment but praying he gets well and comes home to us.

  42. reading these stories is giving me some comfort, my 10 year old springer had an emergency splenectomy this morning just taking things a momment at a time, he made it through surgery then he made it through the night , like maitaz he is our baby as we to have no kids and the house is so empty without him at the momment but praying he gets well and comes home to us.

  43. My 8 1/2 year old lab displayed all the symptoms like many of the dogs above, suddenly lethargic, not eating, panting heavily and drinking way more that usual. this happened yesterday (Sunday), this morning she was at our vets by 8:15 -blood work and ultrasound determined a 9cm mass on her spleen – surgery performed at noon and she is recovering – hopefully benign. Just goes to show it is always a good thing to get your dog checked out sooner rather than later – I am going to get her this evening.. we’ll be sleeping downstairs so she can out without the extra hassle. It is scary to think our babies can go from perfectly fine to so sick so quickly… she had had her yearly physical only a month ago!!

  44. My 8 1/2 year old lab displayed all the symptoms like many of the dogs above, suddenly lethargic, not eating, panting heavily and drinking way more that usual. this happened yesterday (Sunday), this morning she was at our vets by 8:15 -blood work and ultrasound determined a 9cm mass on her spleen – surgery performed at noon and she is recovering – hopefully benign. Just goes to show it is always a good thing to get your dog checked out sooner rather than later – I am going to get her this evening.. we’ll be sleeping downstairs so she can out without the extra hassle. It is scary to think our babies can go from perfectly fine to so sick so quickly… she had had her yearly physical only a month ago!!

  45. Our 8 year old cockapoo had a tumor the size of a grapefruit on his spleen, which was removed 4 years ago. He only weighs 18 pounds. It was amazing that he didn’t have other complications prior to his surgery. He was a rescue and we’d only had him for 8 months, so we had no history on him. Glad to say he did well with the surgery, tumor was benign and he is happy and healthy. He has never had any further issues and the emergency surgery saved his life. Keep the faith! You can all have a happy life like Joe! Prayers to the families going through cancer. We were very lucky!

  46. Our 8 year old cockapoo had a tumor the size of a grapefruit on his spleen, which was removed 4 years ago. He only weighs 18 pounds. It was amazing that he didn’t have other complications prior to his surgery. He was a rescue and we’d only had him for 8 months, so we had no history on him. Glad to say he did well with the surgery, tumor was benign and he is happy and healthy. He has never had any further issues and the emergency surgery saved his life. Keep the faith! You can all have a happy life like Joe! Prayers to the families going through cancer. We were very lucky!

  47. Hi ya guys
    I am desperate and looking for some hope
    My stitch is a 6 year old rott
    A big baby
    And our world!!
    He wasn’t his usual self and we became very worried
    We took him to the emergency vet on Sunday
    Who immediately informed us without doing any tests
    Stitch had a football size tumour (cancer) he said it felt as though it had spread
    My partner walked in the house and dropped to the floor
    We had to take him to the vets the next day
    It was confirmed a football size tumour
    However of the spleen !!!!
    I have seen this in my other baby who has his spleen removed at 11 and sadly passed at 12.5
    A good age for a rott
    All of stitchys blood work was good and no signs of any spread
    However they wouldn’t be sure until they operated
    We decided if it had spread to let him go during the op
    I never cried so much in all my life
    No sleep no food
    Reading horror stories of pets who haven’t made it
    Devestated
    Stitch is already back to our puppy we know
    Infact we are worried he is doing to much !!!
    He wants to do everything
    He picks his bowl up
    Like he used too
    We are trying to slow him down as he must recover
    I am so scared it all been for nothing
    I don’t want him to go through it again
    I know one day I will loose my baby
    But not at 6 years old
    Life is so cruel
    I know mackintosh my first baby passed a year and a half later but he was a lot older and had other health issues
    Still worth it and never regretted it
    Please how are your babies doing now ??????

  48. Hi ya guys
    I am desperate and looking for some hope
    My stitch is a 6 year old rott
    A big baby
    And our world!!
    He wasn’t his usual self and we became very worried
    We took him to the emergency vet on Sunday
    Who immediately informed us without doing any tests
    Stitch had a football size tumour (cancer) he said it felt as though it had spread
    My partner walked in the house and dropped to the floor
    We had to take him to the vets the next day
    It was confirmed a football size tumour
    However of the spleen !!!!
    I have seen this in my other baby who has his spleen removed at 11 and sadly passed at 12.5
    A good age for a rott
    All of stitchys blood work was good and no signs of any spread
    However they wouldn’t be sure until they operated
    We decided if it had spread to let him go during the op
    I never cried so much in all my life
    No sleep no food
    Reading horror stories of pets who haven’t made it
    Devestated
    Stitch is already back to our puppy we know
    Infact we are worried he is doing to much !!!
    He wants to do everything
    He picks his bowl up
    Like he used too
    We are trying to slow him down as he must recover
    I am so scared it all been for nothing
    I don’t want him to go through it again
    I know one day I will loose my baby
    But not at 6 years old
    Life is so cruel
    I know mackintosh my first baby passed a year and a half later but he was a lot older and had other health issues
    Still worth it and never regretted it
    Please how are your babies doing now ??????

  49. My 7 year old jack Russell had his spleen removed and in less than 48 hrs he was back to himself, eating like crazy, bowel movements and wants to play. Wishing him only good Health from here on end! There is hope after this surgery!

  50. My 7 year old jack Russell had his spleen removed and in less than 48 hrs he was back to himself, eating like crazy, bowel movements and wants to play. Wishing him only good Health from here on end! There is hope after this surgery!

  51. My German shepherd/ husky mix had the same surgery at 11 years old. It has been a year and a half since then, and he is alive and well! He’s even more peppy than pre-operation! He had the same symptoms: sudden lethargy, loss of appetite, weakness, and pale gums. As soon as I saw the white gums, it was off to the ER at 1:00 AM! I was a nervous wreck but he came through the surgery and the mass on his spleen was benign. It took a couple days for him to start eating again, which worried me, but I think he was nauseated from the anesthesia. He also almost lay down in the grass while urinating because his muscles were so weak. It was a rough couple weeks of recovery and trying to keep him still and the stitches clean (the dreaded cone on his head!) but it was so worth it to have at least another year and a half with him. I empathize with anyone going through this with their pup and I wish you luck and hope for a good outcome!

  52. My German shepherd/ husky mix had the same surgery at 11 years old. It has been a year and a half since then, and he is alive and well! He’s even more peppy than pre-operation! He had the same symptoms: sudden lethargy, loss of appetite, weakness, and pale gums. As soon as I saw the white gums, it was off to the ER at 1:00 AM! I was a nervous wreck but he came through the surgery and the mass on his spleen was benign. It took a couple days for him to start eating again, which worried me, but I think he was nauseated from the anesthesia. He also almost lay down in the grass while urinating because his muscles were so weak. It was a rough couple weeks of recovery and trying to keep him still and the stitches clean (the dreaded cone on his head!) but it was so worth it to have at least another year and a half with him. I empathize with anyone going through this with their pup and I wish you luck and hope for a good outcome!

  53. My 15 year old Dauchsund had all the symptoms described above. She had surgery and a 2.5 lb tumor was removed; she weighed 11lbs at the time. No malignancy, total success and she is eating well and gaining weight! I am grateful to God and my Mexican Vets!!

  54. My 15 year old Dauchsund had all the symptoms described above. She had surgery and a 2.5 lb tumor was removed; she weighed 11lbs at the time. No malignancy, total success and she is eating well and gaining weight! I am grateful to God and my Mexican Vets!!

  55. My 9 year old Lhasa Apso has a tumour in his abdomen but they don’t know if it is located on his spleen or his liver. He has just gone into surgery and we are all fearing the worst, but it is heartening to see that some dogs have survived the operation and gone on to live happy lives.

    Praying my darling little boy can do the same.

  56. My 9 year old Lhasa Apso has a tumour in his abdomen but they don’t know if it is located on his spleen or his liver. He has just gone into surgery and we are all fearing the worst, but it is heartening to see that some dogs have survived the operation and gone on to live happy lives.

    Praying my darling little boy can do the same.

  57. Help very worried my baby Chopper 7 yr old rott had his spleen removed due to a ruptured tumor he is now home and will not get up won’t try to get up and when we pull him up he walks a little but hits walls and drags back legs and not eating he is 4 days past surgery now is this normal

  58. Help very worried my baby Chopper 7 yr old rott had his spleen removed due to a ruptured tumor he is now home and will not get up won’t try to get up and when we pull him up he walks a little but hits walls and drags back legs and not eating he is 4 days past surgery now is this normal

  59. Reading this has made me hopeful and even more scared, both at the same time. My 10.5 yo rescue boy Augie (my whole world) has an adrenal gland tumor (not entangled or surrounding his vena cava thankfully) and 2 nodules in his spleen. He has had an ultrasound and CT scan and the vet thinks they are unrelated and most likely begnin (they think the adrenal tumor is related to Cushings disease, which he is having a low-dose dexamethasone test right now to confirm).

    With that being said, they have recommended removal of the adrenal gland (since it is operable) and the spleen. I am setting up a surgery consultation for Friday to determine if we shold go the surgical route or do the lysodren treatment for the adrenal gland and leave the spleen alone. I worry taking out both will be too hard on him. Has anyone ever had to have both taken out on their dog?

    Thanks,
    Tracy

    ***PRAYERS FOR MY AUGIE***

  60. Reading this has made me hopeful and even more scared, both at the same time. My 10.5 yo rescue boy Augie (my whole world) has an adrenal gland tumor (not entangled or surrounding his vena cava thankfully) and 2 nodules in his spleen. He has had an ultrasound and CT scan and the vet thinks they are unrelated and most likely begnin (they think the adrenal tumor is related to Cushings disease, which he is having a low-dose dexamethasone test right now to confirm).

    With that being said, they have recommended removal of the adrenal gland (since it is operable) and the spleen. I am setting up a surgery consultation for Friday to determine if we shold go the surgical route or do the lysodren treatment for the adrenal gland and leave the spleen alone. I worry taking out both will be too hard on him. Has anyone ever had to have both taken out on their dog?

    Thanks,
    Tracy

    ***PRAYERS FOR MY AUGIE***

  61. These posts are giving me hope. My 9- or 10-year-old Pyrenees-Lab-?-mix rescue Maggie had emergency surgery 5 days ago when I thought she was showing signs of bloat or some other digestive twist. It turns out her spleen had a large mass on it and had ruptured! They removed her spleen, then found there was more bleeding from one of her kidneys, which revealed a cyst on it. The surgeon removed the kidney also. 60% of her blood had spilled into her abdomen by the time it was all over. She was in good hands, though, and came home 3 days post surgery. She is having post-surgery heart arrhythmia issues that we hope resolve themselves, but otherwise she is clearly getting better each day. Her appetite is slowly returning. We won’t hear the tissue results until next week. She seems happy to be back home and I feel thankful. We will face whatever comes, but this site makes me feel hopeful. Thank you! –from the Midwest U.S.

  62. These posts are giving me hope. My 9- or 10-year-old Pyrenees-Lab-?-mix rescue Maggie had emergency surgery 5 days ago when I thought she was showing signs of bloat or some other digestive twist. It turns out her spleen had a large mass on it and had ruptured! They removed her spleen, then found there was more bleeding from one of her kidneys, which revealed a cyst on it. The surgeon removed the kidney also. 60% of her blood had spilled into her abdomen by the time it was all over. She was in good hands, though, and came home 3 days post surgery. She is having post-surgery heart arrhythmia issues that we hope resolve themselves, but otherwise she is clearly getting better each day. Her appetite is slowly returning. We won’t hear the tissue results until next week. She seems happy to be back home and I feel thankful. We will face whatever comes, but this site makes me feel hopeful. Thank you! –from the Midwest U.S.

  63. An update on Maggie, who I posted about yesterday: we got the tissue report and no cancer was detected! And an EKG this morning showed no signs of heart arrhythmia. She seems to be improving hourly. So my conclusion: Have hope for your pup if they are having a problem. We almost let her go when the vet thought it was mesentaric torsion, which has a slim chance of survival—but I am now so glad we okayed the exploratory surgery. Sometimes there’s no other way to diagnose accurately.

  64. An update on Maggie, who I posted about yesterday: we got the tissue report and no cancer was detected! And an EKG this morning showed no signs of heart arrhythmia. She seems to be improving hourly. So my conclusion: Have hope for your pup if they are having a problem. We almost let her go when the vet thought it was mesentaric torsion, which has a slim chance of survival—but I am now so glad we okayed the exploratory surgery. Sometimes there’s no other way to diagnose accurately.

  65. Hello…My maltese/terrier mix who is around 11 had her spleen removed. They found a swollen lymph node but have to wait to see the results in four days for malignancy.
    I am concerned..she came home next day but when I picked her up, she had no water at the vet in her cage.
    Then I took her home and she was exhausted and the vet said no pain pill without food, so I gave her food and pain pill…all day long she couldnt stop moving..and by 5pm that nite she fell asleep. By the next morning she seemed perfect and without pain…loving and sleeping…so I didnt give her a pain pill just the antibiotic…So late evening she became restless.
    Then all thru the night, moving around and not settled ..by 5am screaming in the backyard, and moving and totally disoriented…and panting constantly walking confused from room to room..she just left for the vet and God only knows whats wrong..gave her food this am at 5am to give her that useless pain pill..she was walking around insane and crying….I could lose my mind and never felt more helpless..told my husband to ask vet despite giving her a pain pill, can she give her a shot to calm her or to figure this out so she isnt so miserable.
    Everyone has a different experience, please help me with yours if its similiar.
    Thank you..bonnie

  66. Hello…My maltese/terrier mix who is around 11 had her spleen removed. They found a swollen lymph node but have to wait to see the results in four days for malignancy.
    I am concerned..she came home next day but when I picked her up, she had no water at the vet in her cage.
    Then I took her home and she was exhausted and the vet said no pain pill without food, so I gave her food and pain pill…all day long she couldnt stop moving..and by 5pm that nite she fell asleep. By the next morning she seemed perfect and without pain…loving and sleeping…so I didnt give her a pain pill just the antibiotic…So late evening she became restless.
    Then all thru the night, moving around and not settled ..by 5am screaming in the backyard, and moving and totally disoriented…and panting constantly walking confused from room to room..she just left for the vet and God only knows whats wrong..gave her food this am at 5am to give her that useless pain pill..she was walking around insane and crying….I could lose my mind and never felt more helpless..told my husband to ask vet despite giving her a pain pill, can she give her a shot to calm her or to figure this out so she isnt so miserable.
    Everyone has a different experience, please help me with yours if its similiar.
    Thank you..bonnie

  67. Bonnie, your little pup just had major surgery. She would be extremely exhausted, sore, stiff and just would not want to be touched. As with all surgical procedure she will be in terrible pain. hence the pain meds and once removed she became restless because she was in pain. She was loving and herself as I would believe because she was not in pain which docs usually give them meds before they leave. And yes, some respond differently but a call to the vet to report her reactions would have helped you to solve the situation whether halving the pill or she prescribe you another one. There are 24 hours emergency animal vets that one could call for advice and help. to stop the med without consult, she must have been in terrible pain. Like any human who has surgery, the pain meds are giving out equally throughout the day so no one feels the excruciating effects of surgery. I hope you had it solved. as to the water, we never place a water bowl in a kennel after surgery. the animals have been well hydrated from IV fluids. they could fall in the bowl, spill it and get wet and chilled. also, when placed in the kennel, they are groggy and not able to swallow well. You may be angry and annoyed, but a nice chat with the vet would have help you and your pet avoid all the anxiety and pain. Good for you though to be worried about the pacing and uneasiness with the pain med. Next time, a call to the vet will help with your anxiety and your pets. Or half the dose and call the vet in the morning. Mine is going in for emergency surgery tomorrow with spleen removal. i have already had my list of questions before surgery and what I wanted answer after surgery and taking her home what and what not to do. and if there is a number i can call during the midnight hours.

  68. Bonnie, your little pup just had major surgery. She would be extremely exhausted, sore, stiff and just would not want to be touched. As with all surgical procedure she will be in terrible pain. hence the pain meds and once removed she became restless because she was in pain. She was loving and herself as I would believe because she was not in pain which docs usually give them meds before they leave. And yes, some respond differently but a call to the vet to report her reactions would have helped you to solve the situation whether halving the pill or she prescribe you another one. There are 24 hours emergency animal vets that one could call for advice and help. to stop the med without consult, she must have been in terrible pain. Like any human who has surgery, the pain meds are giving out equally throughout the day so no one feels the excruciating effects of surgery. I hope you had it solved. as to the water, we never place a water bowl in a kennel after surgery. the animals have been well hydrated from IV fluids. they could fall in the bowl, spill it and get wet and chilled. also, when placed in the kennel, they are groggy and not able to swallow well. You may be angry and annoyed, but a nice chat with the vet would have help you and your pet avoid all the anxiety and pain. Good for you though to be worried about the pacing and uneasiness with the pain med. Next time, a call to the vet will help with your anxiety and your pets. Or half the dose and call the vet in the morning. Mine is going in for emergency surgery tomorrow with spleen removal. i have already had my list of questions before surgery and what I wanted answer after surgery and taking her home what and what not to do. and if there is a number i can call during the midnight hours.

  69. Hi All
    The heart ache that you all have experienced has brought tears to my eyes more than once! And for the few that have had the joy of their beloved doggie surviving makes me happy that my jazzy girl has a chance!

    She is an 11 year old cross GS and LAB which is the average age for both of those breeds! In the last week she was starting to become more lethargic and drinking an excessive amount of water. Her stomach had become more visibly bloated in the last few days and she stopped eating on Friday so we took her to the vet Saturday morning, had some blood work done.
    She is anemic with a ruptured spleen and all of her blood going into her abdomen, apparently 40% is a normal amount of blood and Jazz has a blood count of 20.8% a few pts above having to have a blood transfusion. The white blood cell is very high as well Her gums don’t look white and the vet suggested that was because she has a lot of pigment colour in her gums! But when he pulled back her eyelids the were all white! She has been booked in for the operation tomorrow to remove the spleen.
    I’m unable to decide if this is the best course of action? Will it be a malignant tumor and will it have spread to other organs? What will be her quality of life after surgery? Will she recover? Geez so many questions!

    The heart ache dealing with this is so hard a few days after xmas and being my wifes birthday today the 28th! WE were unable to have kids due to cancer and Jazz is our furbaby, and has travelled everywhere with us because of a severe case of separation anxiety!

    I’ll share with you our outcome over the next few days and below are a couple of links I have found which really help to understand what and how to deal with this terrible distressing problem!

    Thanks for listening
    Paul McC

    http://www.tuftsyourdog.com/download/SilentKiller&Curable.pdf
    http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=189&A=1394&S=0&EVetID=3001644

  70. Hi All
    The heart ache that you all have experienced has brought tears to my eyes more than once! And for the few that have had the joy of their beloved doggie surviving makes me happy that my jazzy girl has a chance!

    She is an 11 year old cross GS and LAB which is the average age for both of those breeds! In the last week she was starting to become more lethargic and drinking an excessive amount of water. Her stomach had become more visibly bloated in the last few days and she stopped eating on Friday so we took her to the vet Saturday morning, had some blood work done.
    She is anemic with a ruptured spleen and all of her blood going into her abdomen, apparently 40% is a normal amount of blood and Jazz has a blood count of 20.8% a few pts above having to have a blood transfusion. The white blood cell is very high as well Her gums don’t look white and the vet suggested that was because she has a lot of pigment colour in her gums! But when he pulled back her eyelids the were all white! She has been booked in for the operation tomorrow to remove the spleen.
    I’m unable to decide if this is the best course of action? Will it be a malignant tumor and will it have spread to other organs? What will be her quality of life after surgery? Will she recover? Geez so many questions!

    The heart ache dealing with this is so hard a few days after xmas and being my wifes birthday today the 28th! WE were unable to have kids due to cancer and Jazz is our furbaby, and has travelled everywhere with us because of a severe case of separation anxiety!

    I’ll share with you our outcome over the next few days and below are a couple of links I have found which really help to understand what and how to deal with this terrible distressing problem!

    Thanks for listening
    Paul McC

    http://www.tuftsyourdog.com/download/SilentKiller&Curable.pdf
    http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=189&A=1394&S=0&EVetID=3001644

  71. Reading everything on here has given me great hope for our 7yr old Beagle Maggie. She went in this morning to have her spleen and large tumor removed. We took her Christmas Eve to an emergency clinic because she just wasn’t acting herself at all. They ended up taking some xrays and found a huge tumor in her abdomen. We followed up with our regular vet who performed an ultrasound yesterday and wanted to operate today. The ultrasound showed no signs of the tumor being in other areas, but they won’t know anything 100% until they operate today. The vets have told us that since the tumor is so large it most likely is not cancer. She did have some fluid in her abdomen which they said lowers her prognosis for the surgery today. It’s good to read these success stories as our vet had to prepare us for the worst case scenario. I’m hopeful her surgery goes well today and she will be back to her normal goofy self in no time.

  72. Reading everything on here has given me great hope for our 7yr old Beagle Maggie. She went in this morning to have her spleen and large tumor removed. We took her Christmas Eve to an emergency clinic because she just wasn’t acting herself at all. They ended up taking some xrays and found a huge tumor in her abdomen. We followed up with our regular vet who performed an ultrasound yesterday and wanted to operate today. The ultrasound showed no signs of the tumor being in other areas, but they won’t know anything 100% until they operate today. The vets have told us that since the tumor is so large it most likely is not cancer. She did have some fluid in her abdomen which they said lowers her prognosis for the surgery today. It’s good to read these success stories as our vet had to prepare us for the worst case scenario. I’m hopeful her surgery goes well today and she will be back to her normal goofy self in no time.

  73. Follow-up:
    Happy to report that surgery for Maggie went just fine 🙂 She had very minimal bleeding so she didn’t need a blood transfusion. The vet was not able to see anything else on any of her other organs so that is also a very good sign! She had to spend the night at an emergency clinic so they could monitor her and give her her pain medication, but she came home yesterday morning! She seems to be very happy with no ill effects, and she doesn’t seem to be in any pain. She has a re-check with her vet on Tuesday, then stitches will come out the following week. Still waiting on test results from the tumor sample, just hoping it is not cancer!

  74. Follow-up:
    Happy to report that surgery for Maggie went just fine 🙂 She had very minimal bleeding so she didn’t need a blood transfusion. The vet was not able to see anything else on any of her other organs so that is also a very good sign! She had to spend the night at an emergency clinic so they could monitor her and give her her pain medication, but she came home yesterday morning! She seems to be very happy with no ill effects, and she doesn’t seem to be in any pain. She has a re-check with her vet on Tuesday, then stitches will come out the following week. Still waiting on test results from the tumor sample, just hoping it is not cancer!

  75. Hey Everyone,
    My 8yr. old pit bull pup Sunny literally went in for a TPLO surgery on his left leg the 16th of December, and then I noticed in the weeks following constipation issues, regurgitation, and finally a bloated belly! I immediately took him in thinking it was bloat and the doctors looked at me like I was crazy. They assured me he was fine and give him GasX and on our way. Then later that day I decided there was something more that they were missing and decided to go to the Animal Hospital and have an ultrasound done. The doctor insisted he was having acid reflux and we could simply put him on antacids. He wanted to do an endoscopy of the esophagus to check, but I insisted that in addition they do an ultrasound. I just knew something wasn’t right. Sunny is my baby and my world I knew something just wasn’t right. Finally the doctor agreed and unfortunately my suspicions were confirmed. They found 3 golfball size tumors in his spleen. As of January 14th, Sunny had his splenectomy and now we are waiting for the patho results praying it isn’t cancer…praying there is no spread. I keep praying and feel hopeful by reading some of these posts. I just don’t know that I could put this poor boy through chemo if it is cancer. They fear it might be hemangiosarcoma, which is fast and extremely aggressive. I cannot even imagine losing my boy; he is my best friend. Now I’ve been told one of the keys to helping your dog during this time is to not be sad around them and show your anxiety, but I am struggling. Can I ask everyone out there how you dealt with this? And for those of you who did meet a cancer diagnosis what treatment method did you use? Someone suggested a holistic approach of chinese herbs, and some kind of tea that helps the dog. I was told chemo nor the other methods mentioned cure the cancer if it is in fact the type they believe it to be. Everywhere I read people are saying dogs diagnosed with this last a few weeks to a few months tops. It is truly heartbreaking and unnerving. They discharged Sunny yesterday to me, only 24hours after his surgery. I’M PANICKING! He cried all night long and urinated every hour on the hour. They said this was due to the IV fluids. When I fed him this morning, Hills ID sensitive diet they prescribed, he still regurgitated a few times throughout the day. I’ve called and they say it’s not normal but they don’t know what to do for him. I ask does this mean it is cancer? Does it mean there are more tumors somewhere else within his GI system. I get no answers. They simply tell me I will have to wait for the path results to get back but I can readmit him to the hospital. I’m struggling watching my baby sigh in pain frequently with no way to alleviate it. He moans and readjusts himself constantly. Given my discharge was so quick after his surgery does anyone out there believe perhaps this is normal? Perhaps he should have been monitored longer at the hospital? Temporarily they increased his pain meds, put him on prilosec, zantac, and cerenia for nausea…I’m not one for all those meds, but I’m praying they help ease his pain. Please anyone who can offer advice for me would be greatly appreciated. I can’t bare to see my baby in pain, and he does worse when he is away from me at the hospital. 🙁 Suggestions?

  76. Hey Everyone,
    My 8yr. old pit bull pup Sunny literally went in for a TPLO surgery on his left leg the 16th of December, and then I noticed in the weeks following constipation issues, regurgitation, and finally a bloated belly! I immediately took him in thinking it was bloat and the doctors looked at me like I was crazy. They assured me he was fine and give him GasX and on our way. Then later that day I decided there was something more that they were missing and decided to go to the Animal Hospital and have an ultrasound done. The doctor insisted he was having acid reflux and we could simply put him on antacids. He wanted to do an endoscopy of the esophagus to check, but I insisted that in addition they do an ultrasound. I just knew something wasn’t right. Sunny is my baby and my world I knew something just wasn’t right. Finally the doctor agreed and unfortunately my suspicions were confirmed. They found 3 golfball size tumors in his spleen. As of January 14th, Sunny had his splenectomy and now we are waiting for the patho results praying it isn’t cancer…praying there is no spread. I keep praying and feel hopeful by reading some of these posts. I just don’t know that I could put this poor boy through chemo if it is cancer. They fear it might be hemangiosarcoma, which is fast and extremely aggressive. I cannot even imagine losing my boy; he is my best friend. Now I’ve been told one of the keys to helping your dog during this time is to not be sad around them and show your anxiety, but I am struggling. Can I ask everyone out there how you dealt with this? And for those of you who did meet a cancer diagnosis what treatment method did you use? Someone suggested a holistic approach of chinese herbs, and some kind of tea that helps the dog. I was told chemo nor the other methods mentioned cure the cancer if it is in fact the type they believe it to be. Everywhere I read people are saying dogs diagnosed with this last a few weeks to a few months tops. It is truly heartbreaking and unnerving. They discharged Sunny yesterday to me, only 24hours after his surgery. I’M PANICKING! He cried all night long and urinated every hour on the hour. They said this was due to the IV fluids. When I fed him this morning, Hills ID sensitive diet they prescribed, he still regurgitated a few times throughout the day. I’ve called and they say it’s not normal but they don’t know what to do for him. I ask does this mean it is cancer? Does it mean there are more tumors somewhere else within his GI system. I get no answers. They simply tell me I will have to wait for the path results to get back but I can readmit him to the hospital. I’m struggling watching my baby sigh in pain frequently with no way to alleviate it. He moans and readjusts himself constantly. Given my discharge was so quick after his surgery does anyone out there believe perhaps this is normal? Perhaps he should have been monitored longer at the hospital? Temporarily they increased his pain meds, put him on prilosec, zantac, and cerenia for nausea…I’m not one for all those meds, but I’m praying they help ease his pain. Please anyone who can offer advice for me would be greatly appreciated. I can’t bare to see my baby in pain, and he does worse when he is away from me at the hospital. 🙁 Suggestions?

  77. Thank you everyone these posts were very helpful. My 9 year old pitt, Jazzy goes in tomorrow for surgery. No sign of other masses so fingers crossed.

  78. Thank you everyone these posts were very helpful. My 9 year old pitt, Jazzy goes in tomorrow for surgery. No sign of other masses so fingers crossed.

  79. Iv read every single comment on here my 9 year old lab scooby had his spleen removed Saturday as a rumour had ruptured there were no signs of spead which is brilliant but now we are just awaiting the results vets said he’s doing brilliantly I’m
    Just not
    Hopefull or positive can’t stop crying Im praying its not cancer but
    Only Time will tell …. Reading the different stories has helped a little x

  80. Iv read every single comment on here my 9 year old lab scooby had his spleen removed Saturday as a rumour had ruptured there were no signs of spead which is brilliant but now we are just awaiting the results vets said he’s doing brilliantly I’m
    Just not
    Hopefull or positive can’t stop crying Im praying its not cancer but
    Only Time will tell …. Reading the different stories has helped a little x

  81. I have just come across this site, as today my 9 year old Patterdale Terrier has had his spleen removed. He is still in intevsive Vetenary care and has had blood plasma transfusions today. I have been told that the next 24 hours are critical.

    He seemed absolutely fine until 2 days ago. .. similar story to the others I have just read here. His tail stopped wagging, he stopped eating, stop interest in all things even his walkies and squeaky toys!! He just wanted to sleep and drink water. He even urinated in the house, so against his character.

    After X-ray this morning the vets set about surgery asap, but rang to say they had removed the spleen plus a large growth and a great deal of blood from his abdomen.

    I just hope he pulls through the night and starts to recover tomorrow. Just cried at Keisha’s story, sorry for your loss. xxx

    Me and the kids are missing Taz already, he has only been away for one night, I cannot imagine him not returning. He has been my rock for 9 years. He has been part of the kids lives since the days they were born

  82. I have just come across this site, as today my 9 year old Patterdale Terrier has had his spleen removed. He is still in intevsive Vetenary care and has had blood plasma transfusions today. I have been told that the next 24 hours are critical.

    He seemed absolutely fine until 2 days ago. .. similar story to the others I have just read here. His tail stopped wagging, he stopped eating, stop interest in all things even his walkies and squeaky toys!! He just wanted to sleep and drink water. He even urinated in the house, so against his character.

    After X-ray this morning the vets set about surgery asap, but rang to say they had removed the spleen plus a large growth and a great deal of blood from his abdomen.

    I just hope he pulls through the night and starts to recover tomorrow. Just cried at Keisha’s story, sorry for your loss. xxx

    Me and the kids are missing Taz already, he has only been away for one night, I cannot imagine him not returning. He has been my rock for 9 years. He has been part of the kids lives since the days they were born

  83. Hi. My dog is Australian shepherd mix labrador is 9 years and one month old has his spleen removed on January 14 , last year 2014. We did not give him the traditional chemo instead we give him I’m Yunity all these time. And I cook for him mostly protein mix with kale sweet potatoes and rice. Because high protein inhibit tumor growth. He’s been very cool, healthy and energetic. But, just 2 weeks ago he reluctant to fetch frisbie which he usually love to fetch! I took him to my vet ran ultra sound. Vet found his tumor came back to his lungs and on top of his stomach where vet said is unoperatable. His tumor is a size of a baseball now. Right now, I am sad. But I will focus and embrace every moment possible with my best Buddy my son and love till his last day. I love him so much.

  84. Hi. My dog is Australian shepherd mix labrador is 9 years and one month old has his spleen removed on January 14 , last year 2014. We did not give him the traditional chemo instead we give him I’m Yunity all these time. And I cook for him mostly protein mix with kale sweet potatoes and rice. Because high protein inhibit tumor growth. He’s been very cool, healthy and energetic. But, just 2 weeks ago he reluctant to fetch frisbie which he usually love to fetch! I took him to my vet ran ultra sound. Vet found his tumor came back to his lungs and on top of his stomach where vet said is unoperatable. His tumor is a size of a baseball now. Right now, I am sad. But I will focus and embrace every moment possible with my best Buddy my son and love till his last day. I love him so much.

  85. My boy, Kai is an 8 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier and up until 2 days ago he was his usual self.
    On Thursday afternoon he became very lethargic, walking slowly and carefully and just wanting to lie down.
    On Friday morning (yesterday) I took him to the vets. They gave him an xray and said there was a large mass, so they did a scan. This revealed a 20cm growth attached to his spleen and they decided to operate immediately. The vet told me that I got him there just in time, because it had only just started to rupture, his gums were still pink and he hadn’t lost too much blood at that stage, although when they removed the mass and the full spleen he did lose a lot.
    I brought him home today (Saturday) and he is very sleepy and wouldn’t eat or drink. Without him eating I couldn’t give him his pain killer, so I cooked some chicken, covered with his meds and placed it in a bowl near him. He’s been very restless and obviously in pain, but eventually he wandered over to it and ate it. He hasn’t drank any water yet but has been for a wee twice.
    I have to take him back on Monday for his first post-op check and hopefully the test results on the mass/spleen will be in.
    I am hoping and praying that he hasn’t got cancer. Would I really want to put him through chemo if all it will do is give him (me!) and extra 2-3 months life?
    When this first happened I was in two minds whether to have him put to sleep as the prognosis didn’t seem so good, but as my daughter was murdered nearly 3 years ago and he has been my strength I just new I had to give this a shot. I have to stand by him now, as he has stood by me.
    What I want to know is why is this becoming more and more common? Is it hereditary? Is it something in the food? What about the fluoride in our water?
    I give him, and my other Staffy, the best food on the market that contains no BHA or BHT and no animal derivatives.
    Also I read that once your spleen is removed you are more susceptible to viruses etc because your immune system is virtually zilch.
    As a herbalist I will be searching for something to give my boy to boost his immune system in the hope he leads a normal, healthy and long life.
    I’m so glad I found this site. As my vet told me it is a 50/50 chance of him being OK I find it comforting to see so many success stories.
    I will keep you updated on Kai’s progress in the hope it helps others.
    Fingers crossed xxx

  86. My boy, Kai is an 8 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier and up until 2 days ago he was his usual self.
    On Thursday afternoon he became very lethargic, walking slowly and carefully and just wanting to lie down.
    On Friday morning (yesterday) I took him to the vets. They gave him an xray and said there was a large mass, so they did a scan. This revealed a 20cm growth attached to his spleen and they decided to operate immediately. The vet told me that I got him there just in time, because it had only just started to rupture, his gums were still pink and he hadn’t lost too much blood at that stage, although when they removed the mass and the full spleen he did lose a lot.
    I brought him home today (Saturday) and he is very sleepy and wouldn’t eat or drink. Without him eating I couldn’t give him his pain killer, so I cooked some chicken, covered with his meds and placed it in a bowl near him. He’s been very restless and obviously in pain, but eventually he wandered over to it and ate it. He hasn’t drank any water yet but has been for a wee twice.
    I have to take him back on Monday for his first post-op check and hopefully the test results on the mass/spleen will be in.
    I am hoping and praying that he hasn’t got cancer. Would I really want to put him through chemo if all it will do is give him (me!) and extra 2-3 months life?
    When this first happened I was in two minds whether to have him put to sleep as the prognosis didn’t seem so good, but as my daughter was murdered nearly 3 years ago and he has been my strength I just new I had to give this a shot. I have to stand by him now, as he has stood by me.
    What I want to know is why is this becoming more and more common? Is it hereditary? Is it something in the food? What about the fluoride in our water?
    I give him, and my other Staffy, the best food on the market that contains no BHA or BHT and no animal derivatives.
    Also I read that once your spleen is removed you are more susceptible to viruses etc because your immune system is virtually zilch.
    As a herbalist I will be searching for something to give my boy to boost his immune system in the hope he leads a normal, healthy and long life.
    I’m so glad I found this site. As my vet told me it is a 50/50 chance of him being OK I find it comforting to see so many success stories.
    I will keep you updated on Kai’s progress in the hope it helps others.
    Fingers crossed xxx

  87. It’s now been a week since my boy, Kai, took ill and was rushed into theatre to have his splenectomy.
    His first pre-op check went well on Monday and yesterday (Wednesday) the vet rang me to give me the results of tests taken from his spleen and the mass attached to it. There were no cancerous cells found which means the prognosis is very good. As he had the whole spleen taken away as well as the mass he requires no further treatment. He lost a lot of blood so I’ve been told to feed him a high protein diet to help get his blood count up and keep him well rested – not an easy job with Staffys, as they are hyperactive, but his pain medication seems to be keeping him a little drowsy.
    All I have to do now is get him fit and well. We have our next post-op vet check on Monday 9th, so I’m hoping he will be once again bounding across the garden in a few weeks time.
    One thing I did find out was that they had no explanation of why this ‘lump’ had grown. They explained it as something as simple as an ‘extension of his spleen’. It could of course have occurred via a knock of some sort while he was running around.
    I hope our story gives someone some hope. I had none until I found this website 🙂 xxx

  88. It’s now been a week since my boy, Kai, took ill and was rushed into theatre to have his splenectomy.
    His first pre-op check went well on Monday and yesterday (Wednesday) the vet rang me to give me the results of tests taken from his spleen and the mass attached to it. There were no cancerous cells found which means the prognosis is very good. As he had the whole spleen taken away as well as the mass he requires no further treatment. He lost a lot of blood so I’ve been told to feed him a high protein diet to help get his blood count up and keep him well rested – not an easy job with Staffys, as they are hyperactive, but his pain medication seems to be keeping him a little drowsy.
    All I have to do now is get him fit and well. We have our next post-op vet check on Monday 9th, so I’m hoping he will be once again bounding across the garden in a few weeks time.
    One thing I did find out was that they had no explanation of why this ‘lump’ had grown. They explained it as something as simple as an ‘extension of his spleen’. It could of course have occurred via a knock of some sort while he was running around.
    I hope our story gives someone some hope. I had none until I found this website 🙂 xxx

  89. I have a 14 year old beagle, her name is Princess. She just had her spleen remove yesterday and so far she is doing great!!! I was really worry about the operation because of her age but she’s a champ. This morning at 5am I feed her and she ate pretty good, not her usually portion but enough. The vet warning me about the food so I’m not worry. They send her spleen for a biopsy we will have the result by Thursday, her vet is very optimistic because of the size of the spleen and it have not been no further damage to the other organs.
    I thank God that everything went well and I have my Princess back!!!

  90. I have a 14 year old beagle, her name is Princess. She just had her spleen remove yesterday and so far she is doing great!!! I was really worry about the operation because of her age but she’s a champ. This morning at 5am I feed her and she ate pretty good, not her usually portion but enough. The vet warning me about the food so I’m not worry. They send her spleen for a biopsy we will have the result by Thursday, her vet is very optimistic because of the size of the spleen and it have not been no further damage to the other organs.
    I thank God that everything went well and I have my Princess back!!!

  91. I have a 15 year old Rotweiler (three years older than me!!!) that is getting his spleen removed on Monday because it is badly swollen and might cause internal bleeding. His stomach is buldging and he is going for his operation on Monday morning at 9am. Hes still in good form and really strong. We hope that the operation goes well.

  92. I have a 15 year old Rotweiler (three years older than me!!!) that is getting his spleen removed on Monday because it is badly swollen and might cause internal bleeding. His stomach is buldging and he is going for his operation on Monday morning at 9am. Hes still in good form and really strong. We hope that the operation goes well.

  93. To Paul M with your baby Jazzy,
    Just wanted to say bless you and hope all is well.
    We hope to hear fm you soon and share here on the site with us.
    As my story is here with our baby Buster, same as you, we was not able to have our own kids, so we put all our love to Buster and many of our non animal friends gives us the FUNNY /YOU are crazy for doing what you do for your dog. But that is okay. Everyone has their own opinion and we just learn to go and chat with other animal lovers like you all here.

    To Jenny S who had wonderful story on Biggles. Hope to hear what is going on these days as well?

    Update on Buster to share with folks as you can see the previous story what lead to the surgery to have his spleen removed. Ruptured tumor on the spleen. Bad news the biopsy came back HEMANGIOSarcoma, cancer that spreads thru the blood vessels. uggh
    Buster is 12 …be 13 in May of this year. So we opt out of chemo/radiation back last year in Aug 2014.
    YES< it has now been 8 months since his surgery.
    we give him blended raw veggies/kale/spinach/carrots/cabbage/parsley/dandelion/green apples in blender to fine chopped . with on low boiled white meat only chicken. feed him 3x a day about 1 1/2 cups it seems each meal. with supplements : mushrooms /MSM/Flax seeds grounded up when we feed him/Flax oil/HEMP seeds…..he snacks on pieces of apples/carrots these days.
    took him off DRY foods all together and those wonderful doggie treats he loved so much which was so bad for him.
    Anyway, I am asking for help now cause even though Buster is so energized and seems so healthy…HE LOVES to eat no problem there!!! cause they say cancer dogs to keep eye on that ….
    Since Dec 2014 blood work shows his RBC/was at 4.6 norm range is 4.8-9.3
    HEMOGLOBIN 10 norm range 12.1-20
    Hematocrit 30% very LOW
    Then in Jan 2015 was getting lower in all the numbers above
    March this week is even lower
    RBC 4.2
    HEMOGLOBIN 8.8
    HEMATOCRIT 29%

    Ultrasound as of last week says there are signs of masses growing in the cavity of his stomach….I think I am remembering this right but sure that is is
    the biggest size was at 4×2 inches

    Can anyone let me know if you have gone thru this and what have you done?

    We do research and see that the low numbers is indication of LOW IRON….
    but I read up that MEATS/DIARY was not good for CANCER dogs in general
    But then I have seen such good info on the BUDWIG program for dogs as well….to get oxygen to the blood cells cause cancer hate oxygen is for a FACT.
    But the BUDWIG call for COTTAGE cheese low fat, that means Cheese = Diary!!!
    I am so confused cause as the more I read the more contradictions all over the place.
    THIS IS GOOD AND SOUNDS TO BE A GREAT FACT AND REASONING BUT THEN ANOTHER FACT CONTRADICTS IT!!!

    Then we have been giving Buster the Yannan Baiyou for a few weeks every day 6 capsules a day as we were told by the vet it helps stop internal bleeding…

    I came across a site where it says do not give your dog any supplements like mushrooms and such cause it will interfere with the blood coagulating formula.

    Please someone help me if you have any kinds of advice base on what you have done with your dog/s that has gone thru what our Buster is going thru.

    His gums are not white but like to see it more red
    I want to do the BUDWIG program but scared of the CHEESE factor

    I know he needs IRON ….and B-12 as I read up those are in the 3 numbers above where Buster is LOW.

    Anyone please if you have long details and rather email me directly, please do.

    We are here to be advocates for our babies, best friends and most of all…creatures fm LOVE. All born with nothing but to give us unconditional love.

    Maylin
    maitaz@yahoo.com
    Tampa, FL

  94. To Paul M with your baby Jazzy,
    Just wanted to say bless you and hope all is well.
    We hope to hear fm you soon and share here on the site with us.
    As my story is here with our baby Buster, same as you, we was not able to have our own kids, so we put all our love to Buster and many of our non animal friends gives us the FUNNY /YOU are crazy for doing what you do for your dog. But that is okay. Everyone has their own opinion and we just learn to go and chat with other animal lovers like you all here.

    To Jenny S who had wonderful story on Biggles. Hope to hear what is going on these days as well?

    Update on Buster to share with folks as you can see the previous story what lead to the surgery to have his spleen removed. Ruptured tumor on the spleen. Bad news the biopsy came back HEMANGIOSarcoma, cancer that spreads thru the blood vessels. uggh
    Buster is 12 …be 13 in May of this year. So we opt out of chemo/radiation back last year in Aug 2014.
    YES< it has now been 8 months since his surgery.
    we give him blended raw veggies/kale/spinach/carrots/cabbage/parsley/dandelion/green apples in blender to fine chopped . with on low boiled white meat only chicken. feed him 3x a day about 1 1/2 cups it seems each meal. with supplements : mushrooms /MSM/Flax seeds grounded up when we feed him/Flax oil/HEMP seeds…..he snacks on pieces of apples/carrots these days.
    took him off DRY foods all together and those wonderful doggie treats he loved so much which was so bad for him.
    Anyway, I am asking for help now cause even though Buster is so energized and seems so healthy…HE LOVES to eat no problem there!!! cause they say cancer dogs to keep eye on that ….
    Since Dec 2014 blood work shows his RBC/was at 4.6 norm range is 4.8-9.3
    HEMOGLOBIN 10 norm range 12.1-20
    Hematocrit 30% very LOW
    Then in Jan 2015 was getting lower in all the numbers above
    March this week is even lower
    RBC 4.2
    HEMOGLOBIN 8.8
    HEMATOCRIT 29%

    Ultrasound as of last week says there are signs of masses growing in the cavity of his stomach….I think I am remembering this right but sure that is is
    the biggest size was at 4×2 inches

    Can anyone let me know if you have gone thru this and what have you done?

    We do research and see that the low numbers is indication of LOW IRON….
    but I read up that MEATS/DIARY was not good for CANCER dogs in general
    But then I have seen such good info on the BUDWIG program for dogs as well….to get oxygen to the blood cells cause cancer hate oxygen is for a FACT.
    But the BUDWIG call for COTTAGE cheese low fat, that means Cheese = Diary!!!
    I am so confused cause as the more I read the more contradictions all over the place.
    THIS IS GOOD AND SOUNDS TO BE A GREAT FACT AND REASONING BUT THEN ANOTHER FACT CONTRADICTS IT!!!

    Then we have been giving Buster the Yannan Baiyou for a few weeks every day 6 capsules a day as we were told by the vet it helps stop internal bleeding…

    I came across a site where it says do not give your dog any supplements like mushrooms and such cause it will interfere with the blood coagulating formula.

    Please someone help me if you have any kinds of advice base on what you have done with your dog/s that has gone thru what our Buster is going thru.

    His gums are not white but like to see it more red
    I want to do the BUDWIG program but scared of the CHEESE factor

    I know he needs IRON ….and B-12 as I read up those are in the 3 numbers above where Buster is LOW.

    Anyone please if you have long details and rather email me directly, please do.

    We are here to be advocates for our babies, best friends and most of all…creatures fm LOVE. All born with nothing but to give us unconditional love.

    Maylin
    maitaz@yahoo.com
    Tampa, FL

  95. My 11yr old Wire Fox Terrier, Sammy, became suddenly lethargic this afternoon & shaking. He was at the vet by 4.30pm, blood work, X-ray and ultrasound done less than half hour later and he’s got a very large mass attached to his spleen. It’s not ruptured and there’s no loose fluid showing up, but he’s in surgery right now having it out as I type this. It came on so incredibly suddenly, this morning bouncing about like a jack in a box as normal, then this afternoon not himself at all. Some would call me paranoid & over protective but I believe a dog is like an infant, they deteriorate at lightening speed so vigilance and swift action is needed on every occasion.

    Sammy was my Mum & Dad’s dog, he’s been through so much. Dad died first then only last year my Mum suddenly died so he lost both his owners really quickly. We took him in and he’s become such a part of the family, the kids adore him as do I. We’re his forever family and it feels so cruel that we’ve grown to love him and took him in only to potentially lose him only a year after him coming to us.

    I’m praying he makes it through the op because we’re all moving to Cornwall in three weeks time, what a fabulous life for him… Fingers crossed.

  96. My 11yr old Wire Fox Terrier, Sammy, became suddenly lethargic this afternoon & shaking. He was at the vet by 4.30pm, blood work, X-ray and ultrasound done less than half hour later and he’s got a very large mass attached to his spleen. It’s not ruptured and there’s no loose fluid showing up, but he’s in surgery right now having it out as I type this. It came on so incredibly suddenly, this morning bouncing about like a jack in a box as normal, then this afternoon not himself at all. Some would call me paranoid & over protective but I believe a dog is like an infant, they deteriorate at lightening speed so vigilance and swift action is needed on every occasion.

    Sammy was my Mum & Dad’s dog, he’s been through so much. Dad died first then only last year my Mum suddenly died so he lost both his owners really quickly. We took him in and he’s become such a part of the family, the kids adore him as do I. We’re his forever family and it feels so cruel that we’ve grown to love him and took him in only to potentially lose him only a year after him coming to us.

    I’m praying he makes it through the op because we’re all moving to Cornwall in three weeks time, what a fabulous life for him… Fingers crossed.

  97. Julie you mainly wrote my story about my 8 year old Cairn Terrier mix, Roscoe. He jumped off my lap at 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday April 1, 2015 and pranced out the doggy door. He is normally out and back on my lap within 3 minutes. At 10:30 I went to check on him and found him in a daze in the backyard. We spent the rest of the night on the sofa with him cuddled on my shoulder and his sister Samantha beside us both.

    At 8 a.m. I was on the phone with the vet’s office. It was just one of those days. The vet wasn’t in. We were directed to the Emergency Hospital where Roscoe was examined and blood work performed. Their x-ray was down but they knew he was bleeding internally. I had to rush him to another ER completely across the Valley (we are in the Phoenix area) which was about 30 miles away. They did x-rays and ultrasound and found a large mass the size of a tennis ball. Their surgeon was not available until Monday so it was back to the first ER where they had called in their surgeon. It was the longest drive I had ever made. My baby was getting sicker and sicker by the minute. We finally made it back and he was in surgery within minutes. By that time his blood count was way low, blood pressure extremely low and he was drifting away from me.

    At midnight I talked to the night vet on duty. Roscoe was resting but his blood count was still going down. I gave the doctor verbal consent to do a blood transfusion, if necessary. Thank God that wasn’t needed. His red cell count went all the way down to 16% and at 15% the transfusion would have been needed.

    At 6 a.m. when I talked to the night vet, Roscoe was finally alert and wagging his tail when anyone approached him. He was coming back! His 6 a.m. blood workup showed his count at 18%. He needed to stay at the hospital the second night but was doing so much better!

    I visited him every few hours and saw the spark (and little devil) come back into my sweet little boy. I brought him home to his sister and me on Saturday. This house was once again a home.

    Now it was waiting for the results of the biopsy.

    It was the longest week of my life filled with PANIC when the phone rang yet disappointment when it wasn’t “the call”! By then, to look at him, you would never have guessed he was that close to dying and that he had major surgery just days ago. My little boy was a handful to keep quiet yet I didn’t know what was going on inside his little body.

    Finally the dreaded call came in one week to the day after his surgery (WHY did it have to take so long!?!) …..

    IT WAS BENIGN!

    The prognosis from the get-go wasn’t a good one but my little warrior (that acts like a Great Dane) pulled this one off. I don’t know if it was a good thing for all the doctors to be ‘gloom and doom’ but I’m elated they were wrong.

    Julie, my heart goes out to you. I’ve walked that walk you are walking. I pray you had the same outcome as I. Those little bugger’s dig so deep into our hearts! Roscoe had to have ACL surgery in November of 2013. Between those two surgeries my Social Security check is stretched to the limit but I’m the richest I’ve ever been in my life when he looks up into my eyes! Unconditional love in both directions.

  98. Julie you mainly wrote my story about my 8 year old Cairn Terrier mix, Roscoe. He jumped off my lap at 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday April 1, 2015 and pranced out the doggy door. He is normally out and back on my lap within 3 minutes. At 10:30 I went to check on him and found him in a daze in the backyard. We spent the rest of the night on the sofa with him cuddled on my shoulder and his sister Samantha beside us both.

    At 8 a.m. I was on the phone with the vet’s office. It was just one of those days. The vet wasn’t in. We were directed to the Emergency Hospital where Roscoe was examined and blood work performed. Their x-ray was down but they knew he was bleeding internally. I had to rush him to another ER completely across the Valley (we are in the Phoenix area) which was about 30 miles away. They did x-rays and ultrasound and found a large mass the size of a tennis ball. Their surgeon was not available until Monday so it was back to the first ER where they had called in their surgeon. It was the longest drive I had ever made. My baby was getting sicker and sicker by the minute. We finally made it back and he was in surgery within minutes. By that time his blood count was way low, blood pressure extremely low and he was drifting away from me.

    At midnight I talked to the night vet on duty. Roscoe was resting but his blood count was still going down. I gave the doctor verbal consent to do a blood transfusion, if necessary. Thank God that wasn’t needed. His red cell count went all the way down to 16% and at 15% the transfusion would have been needed.

    At 6 a.m. when I talked to the night vet, Roscoe was finally alert and wagging his tail when anyone approached him. He was coming back! His 6 a.m. blood workup showed his count at 18%. He needed to stay at the hospital the second night but was doing so much better!

    I visited him every few hours and saw the spark (and little devil) come back into my sweet little boy. I brought him home to his sister and me on Saturday. This house was once again a home.

    Now it was waiting for the results of the biopsy.

    It was the longest week of my life filled with PANIC when the phone rang yet disappointment when it wasn’t “the call”! By then, to look at him, you would never have guessed he was that close to dying and that he had major surgery just days ago. My little boy was a handful to keep quiet yet I didn’t know what was going on inside his little body.

    Finally the dreaded call came in one week to the day after his surgery (WHY did it have to take so long!?!) …..

    IT WAS BENIGN!

    The prognosis from the get-go wasn’t a good one but my little warrior (that acts like a Great Dane) pulled this one off. I don’t know if it was a good thing for all the doctors to be ‘gloom and doom’ but I’m elated they were wrong.

    Julie, my heart goes out to you. I’ve walked that walk you are walking. I pray you had the same outcome as I. Those little bugger’s dig so deep into our hearts! Roscoe had to have ACL surgery in November of 2013. Between those two surgeries my Social Security check is stretched to the limit but I’m the richest I’ve ever been in my life when he looks up into my eyes! Unconditional love in both directions.

  99. My dog Moze had surgery three weeks ago at noon on a Monday. That same night at 11:30 PM we had him in emergency and at 12:30 he underwent surgery because X-Rays showed he had a twisted/elongated stomach. We saw the X-Rays and the spleen, which is suppose to be located below the stomach, was on top. They were able to save his life, but had to remove the spleen because it looked damaged. The doctor wasn’t able to say if the twisting of the stomach had damaged the spleen or if the spleen had been the problem and had caused the stomach to twist under the stress of the earlier surgery. But now Moze is doing so well and acts like such a much younger dog than he did before, I think the spleen was having problems, and coupled with the stress of the earlier surgery caused the stomach to twist.

  100. My dog Moze had surgery three weeks ago at noon on a Monday. That same night at 11:30 PM we had him in emergency and at 12:30 he underwent surgery because X-Rays showed he had a twisted/elongated stomach. We saw the X-Rays and the spleen, which is suppose to be located below the stomach, was on top. They were able to save his life, but had to remove the spleen because it looked damaged. The doctor wasn’t able to say if the twisting of the stomach had damaged the spleen or if the spleen had been the problem and had caused the stomach to twist under the stress of the earlier surgery. But now Moze is doing so well and acts like such a much younger dog than he did before, I think the spleen was having problems, and coupled with the stress of the earlier surgery caused the stomach to twist.

  101. Our 14 year old springer spaniel had his spleen out in late October 2014. Our/his story is so similar to Julie Payne’s above that I’m not going to repeat it. Now some 6 months later apart from being tired quite quickly on walks it is as if nothing has happened.
    I’m grateful every day that we live so close to the Royal Vets College in Potters Bar, without them I don’t think we’d still have a dog, one that completes our family.

  102. Our 14 year old springer spaniel had his spleen out in late October 2014. Our/his story is so similar to Julie Payne’s above that I’m not going to repeat it. Now some 6 months later apart from being tired quite quickly on walks it is as if nothing has happened.
    I’m grateful every day that we live so close to the Royal Vets College in Potters Bar, without them I don’t think we’d still have a dog, one that completes our family.

  103. We found some blood spots on the floor on Sunday just gone. We took my big baby (Tiger.. A long haired German Shepherd) to the vets. They requested to neuter him. They xray and the vet didn’t like what she saw. She explained that there was a mass she didn’t like and that she will undergo surgery. He did today. He had a splenectomy. We still don’t know if benign or malign but we were advised he will live three to six months only. Liver is fine but more tests to be done. He has stayed at the vets overnight to monitor him. I miss him so much.

  104. We found some blood spots on the floor on Sunday just gone. We took my big baby (Tiger.. A long haired German Shepherd) to the vets. They requested to neuter him. They xray and the vet didn’t like what she saw. She explained that there was a mass she didn’t like and that she will undergo surgery. He did today. He had a splenectomy. We still don’t know if benign or malign but we were advised he will live three to six months only. Liver is fine but more tests to be done. He has stayed at the vets overnight to monitor him. I miss him so much.

  105. My 7 1/2 year old labrador Lola is back home with me today after having her spleen removed yesterday. A large mass was found when I took her to the vets after she would not move at the weekend after a walk… I am terrified at the moment as I have not had the results yet this is all been so sudden and so shocking … we love her so much and this house was not the same at all when she was in hospital … she has been crying on and off but has been going up and down stairs so doesnt seem in so much pain … I am praying for a good outcome for my sweet placid and loving dog

  106. My 7 1/2 year old labrador Lola is back home with me today after having her spleen removed yesterday. A large mass was found when I took her to the vets after she would not move at the weekend after a walk… I am terrified at the moment as I have not had the results yet this is all been so sudden and so shocking … we love her so much and this house was not the same at all when she was in hospital … she has been crying on and off but has been going up and down stairs so doesnt seem in so much pain … I am praying for a good outcome for my sweet placid and loving dog

  107. My beautiful girl Molly only 8 1/2 was found to have internal bleeding and an abnormally large spleen after being treated for possible rat poison, as her blood wasnt clotting and she was anemic. This happened 6 1/2 weeks ago over only 2 days, it is still a huge shock. She had 2 blood transfusions but her blood levels didnt pick up much and that is when they realised she was bleeding internally and the spleen was involved. We were given the option of emergency surgery or put her to sleep. I of course wanted to do everything for her and said do the surgery and that cost didnt matter. They wanted to check chest xray first and said they are abnormal and she has fluid on her lungs. They kept saying how this made her a bad candidate for surgery along with internal bleeding and blood levels being abnormal. The vets seemed to not encourage surgery and we somehow made the horrible choice to put her to sleep. I am tormented all the time by that choice. It was the worst mistake of my life. I feel it all happened so fast and I was very upset and emotional and dont think I made a good call. She deserved a chance and I dont know how to forgive myself. I have researched all this stuff about spleens since it happened and the statistics on surgery survival and whether it is cancer or not seem much better than what the vet outlined on that horrible day. I have so much regret I didnt let her have the chance at surgery…I love and miss her so much.

  108. My beautiful girl Molly only 8 1/2 was found to have internal bleeding and an abnormally large spleen after being treated for possible rat poison, as her blood wasnt clotting and she was anemic. This happened 6 1/2 weeks ago over only 2 days, it is still a huge shock. She had 2 blood transfusions but her blood levels didnt pick up much and that is when they realised she was bleeding internally and the spleen was involved. We were given the option of emergency surgery or put her to sleep. I of course wanted to do everything for her and said do the surgery and that cost didnt matter. They wanted to check chest xray first and said they are abnormal and she has fluid on her lungs. They kept saying how this made her a bad candidate for surgery along with internal bleeding and blood levels being abnormal. The vets seemed to not encourage surgery and we somehow made the horrible choice to put her to sleep. I am tormented all the time by that choice. It was the worst mistake of my life. I feel it all happened so fast and I was very upset and emotional and dont think I made a good call. She deserved a chance and I dont know how to forgive myself. I have researched all this stuff about spleens since it happened and the statistics on surgery survival and whether it is cancer or not seem much better than what the vet outlined on that horrible day. I have so much regret I didnt let her have the chance at surgery…I love and miss her so much.

  109. Sarah: you did everything right! do not feel guilty…it seems your Molly was very sick. trust in the vet when they say not to do surgery..if they did operate, she probably wouldn’t have survived given low blood and fluid in the lungs…my heart aches for you and i hope you find solace in knowing what a great pet parent you were and Molly knows how much she was loved..she’s wagging her tail and smiling down on you from the ‘rainbow bridge’ XOXOXO

  110. Sarah: you did everything right! do not feel guilty…it seems your Molly was very sick. trust in the vet when they say not to do surgery..if they did operate, she probably wouldn’t have survived given low blood and fluid in the lungs…my heart aches for you and i hope you find solace in knowing what a great pet parent you were and Molly knows how much she was loved..she’s wagging her tail and smiling down on you from the ‘rainbow bridge’ XOXOXO

  111. My little 8 pound Chihuahua named Papito is going in for a splenectomy tomorrow morning. I took him to the Vet yesterday for a check up….he’s been slowing down and had s weird cough. After blood test and X-rays….the vet determined that he had a splenic mass…..and it showed it to us on the X-rays. We are hoping that it’s not cancer and am looking forward to our little boy coming back home soon.

  112. My little 8 pound Chihuahua named Papito is going in for a splenectomy tomorrow morning. I took him to the Vet yesterday for a check up….he’s been slowing down and had s weird cough. After blood test and X-rays….the vet determined that he had a splenic mass…..and it showed it to us on the X-rays. We are hoping that it’s not cancer and am looking forward to our little boy coming back home soon.

  113. I have twin shepherds, both boys, almost 7. The vet suggested xraying their spleens due to their size, breed and build – he said larger, deep chested dogs are prone to enlarged spleens. Neither gave any indication there was a problem but their vet likes to thoroughly prevent problems. Sure enough – BOTH had enlarged spleens. One’s spleen was almost 3 times its normal size. He recommended splenectomys for both and performed them a couple weeks later. Upon surgery, the spleen that was so enlarged was discovered to have twisted and was close to becoming life threatening. Biopsies came back yesterday and fortunately neither had any signs of cancers or tumors but tests did indicate that their were other issues that could have presented later, even in my other babies. It’s terrible to watch them have to heal through it but I’m SO grateful that their vet had the foresight to even just take an x-ray. I didn’t realize it was so common for smaller dogs to have problems. Having now had 2 go through this, I certainly recommend anyone with larger breeds (especially with the deep chests) to talk to their vets. Additionally, I am hoping their insurance covers these surgeries – I called beforehand and they said there was no reason they shouldn’t. So I also want to highly recommend pet parents look into these options for their fur babies. It’s amazing what help the right insurance can bring.

  114. I have twin shepherds, both boys, almost 7. The vet suggested xraying their spleens due to their size, breed and build – he said larger, deep chested dogs are prone to enlarged spleens. Neither gave any indication there was a problem but their vet likes to thoroughly prevent problems. Sure enough – BOTH had enlarged spleens. One’s spleen was almost 3 times its normal size. He recommended splenectomys for both and performed them a couple weeks later. Upon surgery, the spleen that was so enlarged was discovered to have twisted and was close to becoming life threatening. Biopsies came back yesterday and fortunately neither had any signs of cancers or tumors but tests did indicate that their were other issues that could have presented later, even in my other babies. It’s terrible to watch them have to heal through it but I’m SO grateful that their vet had the foresight to even just take an x-ray. I didn’t realize it was so common for smaller dogs to have problems. Having now had 2 go through this, I certainly recommend anyone with larger breeds (especially with the deep chests) to talk to their vets. Additionally, I am hoping their insurance covers these surgeries – I called beforehand and they said there was no reason they shouldn’t. So I also want to highly recommend pet parents look into these options for their fur babies. It’s amazing what help the right insurance can bring.

  115. Sarah i know exactly how you feel, i took my beautiful spaneil to the vets today after she suddenly fell i,ll were two vets confirmed she had a mass on her spleen and due to the size they believed it to be cancerous and after asking several times. If it was operable i knew from there faces it was a no brainer, so we put her to sleep today at 10.30am, its broke my heart i feel so guilty and after reading the ubove comments of the success stories im wondering if i made the right decision. It. Hurts so much so my heart goes out to u too sarah.

  116. Sarah i know exactly how you feel, i took my beautiful spaneil to the vets today after she suddenly fell i,ll were two vets confirmed she had a mass on her spleen and due to the size they believed it to be cancerous and after asking several times. If it was operable i knew from there faces it was a no brainer, so we put her to sleep today at 10.30am, its broke my heart i feel so guilty and after reading the ubove comments of the success stories im wondering if i made the right decision. It. Hurts so much so my heart goes out to u too sarah.

  117. I have a 9 yr old female lab sasha with what the vet thinks is a cancerous tumor on her spleen. they don’t know for sure because they did not do a biopsy. my husband thinks we should not have the surgery due to the survival rate of only 3 months. I beleive in God and I have done a lot of research, and I believe she will heal. there are cancer diets out there for your dog, and with the right food, vitamins, and nutrients the cancer can be slowed or even killed. I am supposed to have her to surgery this Tuesday August 11th 2015 at 8am. she is my life and I want her to have a chance. what is the recovery time for this surgery. Angela Griffith, you mentioned your lola was going up and down the stairs, that’s amazing. that’s what I am afraid of for sasha, we live in a split level home with stairs. you give me hope.

  118. I have a 9 yr old female lab sasha with what the vet thinks is a cancerous tumor on her spleen. they don’t know for sure because they did not do a biopsy. my husband thinks we should not have the surgery due to the survival rate of only 3 months. I beleive in God and I have done a lot of research, and I believe she will heal. there are cancer diets out there for your dog, and with the right food, vitamins, and nutrients the cancer can be slowed or even killed. I am supposed to have her to surgery this Tuesday August 11th 2015 at 8am. she is my life and I want her to have a chance. what is the recovery time for this surgery. Angela Griffith, you mentioned your lola was going up and down the stairs, that’s amazing. that’s what I am afraid of for sasha, we live in a split level home with stairs. you give me hope.

  119. the vet said they would keep her there for a few days at no charge. I have been bringing her to this vet for all of her years. they didn’t catch this 2 weeks ago, or it would not have gotten this large.it is about the size of a nerf football. they are allowing me to make payments on this, because I can’t afford to pay the whole thing up front. I just need to be reassured I am doing the right thing for Sasha. the vet says it will make her more comfortable to get that huge thing off her other organs, and it won’t have a chance to rupture and bleed out.

  120. the vet said they would keep her there for a few days at no charge. I have been bringing her to this vet for all of her years. they didn’t catch this 2 weeks ago, or it would not have gotten this large.it is about the size of a nerf football. they are allowing me to make payments on this, because I can’t afford to pay the whole thing up front. I just need to be reassured I am doing the right thing for Sasha. the vet says it will make her more comfortable to get that huge thing off her other organs, and it won’t have a chance to rupture and bleed out.

  121. I feel for Jane after reading all of our stories. Two weeks ago my lab mix basically crashed within hours after noticing he did not feel well. It was Sat. night so we did not take him to the vet until Monday morning. They found a 12 pound mass in his stomach and emergency surgery was done that day. My vet was not hopeful even though my dog was only 5 yrs old. They saved his life and the mass was not cancer but my thought is how many people can really afford a $2000 vet bill. Whatever choice you have made I am sure that it was the best choice for the situation. I have had 8 dogs in my life and had to put down 5 of them. It does not get any easier.

  122. I feel for Jane after reading all of our stories. Two weeks ago my lab mix basically crashed within hours after noticing he did not feel well. It was Sat. night so we did not take him to the vet until Monday morning. They found a 12 pound mass in his stomach and emergency surgery was done that day. My vet was not hopeful even though my dog was only 5 yrs old. They saved his life and the mass was not cancer but my thought is how many people can really afford a $2000 vet bill. Whatever choice you have made I am sure that it was the best choice for the situation. I have had 8 dogs in my life and had to put down 5 of them. It does not get any easier.

  123. Sherri: How is Sasha doing? I hope she is doing well. I am so sorry you are dealing with this pain.

    My sweet Kendall is having a splenectomy as I write this, and I am so worried about her. My husband, too, wanted to forgo the surgery, but I was able to convince him. I think he sees how absolutely devastated I am, and I know he, too, wants Kendall to be well. Unfortunately, our vet thinks the tumor is cancerous, so Kendall’s prognosis post-surgery isn’t great, but I had to do everything in my power to increase her quality of life and to give us more time. Over the last weeks, I have been slowly switching her to a homemade diet. She is also taking immunity supplements as well as yunnan baiyao. I am hopeful she comes out of surgery and recovers well so we can try to enjoy what is left of our time together.

  124. Sherri: How is Sasha doing? I hope she is doing well. I am so sorry you are dealing with this pain.

    My sweet Kendall is having a splenectomy as I write this, and I am so worried about her. My husband, too, wanted to forgo the surgery, but I was able to convince him. I think he sees how absolutely devastated I am, and I know he, too, wants Kendall to be well. Unfortunately, our vet thinks the tumor is cancerous, so Kendall’s prognosis post-surgery isn’t great, but I had to do everything in my power to increase her quality of life and to give us more time. Over the last weeks, I have been slowly switching her to a homemade diet. She is also taking immunity supplements as well as yunnan baiyao. I am hopeful she comes out of surgery and recovers well so we can try to enjoy what is left of our time together.

  125. 22nd August 2015
    I adopted my nearly 10 yr old Basset Henry in January this year. He only had one eye. He was a complex, funny, lively dog who could chase around the garden like a puppy. We soon learned to be happy and loving together and he was very protective of me. Just this week he began to ‘not be himself’, he wanted to eat grass on our walks, his bowels became loose and then one day he passed a very dark, liver type motion. I took him to the vet the following day, he had blood taken which did not show any particular abnormality. Armed with lots of medication we returned home and that night he passed a huge blood like mass and I quickly returned him to the vet who did X-rays and a scan only to discover a mass on Henry’s spleen. The vet said he could operate but commented that Henry might not pull through and he thought the kindest thing was to let him go and not subject him to a big operation. One hour I have my lovely Henry and then very quickly he was gone. Having only had him for 8 months, I feel so sad that I couldn’t keep him for a few more years of contentment. There is a big space in my heart right now.

  126. 22nd August 2015
    I adopted my nearly 10 yr old Basset Henry in January this year. He only had one eye. He was a complex, funny, lively dog who could chase around the garden like a puppy. We soon learned to be happy and loving together and he was very protective of me. Just this week he began to ‘not be himself’, he wanted to eat grass on our walks, his bowels became loose and then one day he passed a very dark, liver type motion. I took him to the vet the following day, he had blood taken which did not show any particular abnormality. Armed with lots of medication we returned home and that night he passed a huge blood like mass and I quickly returned him to the vet who did X-rays and a scan only to discover a mass on Henry’s spleen. The vet said he could operate but commented that Henry might not pull through and he thought the kindest thing was to let him go and not subject him to a big operation. One hour I have my lovely Henry and then very quickly he was gone. Having only had him for 8 months, I feel so sad that I couldn’t keep him for a few more years of contentment. There is a big space in my heart right now.

  127. My lovely GSD Harry has just undergone surgery, as most of you
    Experienced a healthy happy dog one minute to a weak listless unresponsive one the next.
    I thought someone had swopped him.
    We too took him to the vets who
    Diagnosed cystitis on Saturday we were back in on Monday and Harry was operated on Tuesdsy. His spleen had ruptured and was bleeding out. Last night was touch and go as he still had a high temperature. This then fell to low.
    Harry we hope is on the mend but he also has pancrecitis and peritonitis. I am preying he pulls through this. He is 8 yrs old. Our thoughts were to give him any chance we could even if it’s a slim chance, we love him very much and even if this is bad news at the end of it hopefully we will have some time with him and make it quality time over quantity time. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers to St Anthony the patron saint of animals

  128. My lovely GSD Harry has just undergone surgery, as most of you
    Experienced a healthy happy dog one minute to a weak listless unresponsive one the next.
    I thought someone had swopped him.
    We too took him to the vets who
    Diagnosed cystitis on Saturday we were back in on Monday and Harry was operated on Tuesdsy. His spleen had ruptured and was bleeding out. Last night was touch and go as he still had a high temperature. This then fell to low.
    Harry we hope is on the mend but he also has pancrecitis and peritonitis. I am preying he pulls through this. He is 8 yrs old. Our thoughts were to give him any chance we could even if it’s a slim chance, we love him very much and even if this is bad news at the end of it hopefully we will have some time with him and make it quality time over quantity time. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers to St Anthony the patron saint of animals

  129. I would like to thank everyone for all the comments and stories. My precious dog Dallas is about to have her second surgery this year on Tuesday . The first surgery they removed a 12 pound mass that had burst and started bleeding everywhere they did emergency surgery . Although it took her a while to recover she had been doing so good until the other day when I heard her cry from trying to lay in her stomach. She started walking slow and her legs started to slide from underneath her. I really wish it would just happen to me instead. I have lost 5 children and two dogs . She is all I have left. If I loose her I don’t want to stay either . If she survives I will write back

  130. I would like to thank everyone for all the comments and stories. My precious dog Dallas is about to have her second surgery this year on Tuesday . The first surgery they removed a 12 pound mass that had burst and started bleeding everywhere they did emergency surgery . Although it took her a while to recover she had been doing so good until the other day when I heard her cry from trying to lay in her stomach. She started walking slow and her legs started to slide from underneath her. I really wish it would just happen to me instead. I have lost 5 children and two dogs . She is all I have left. If I loose her I don’t want to stay either . If she survives I will write back

  131. Our staffie had his life saved by our wonderful vet on Thursday after collapsing suddenly. She found a tumour the size of an orange in his spleen which had started to bleed. He had his spleen removed and came home the same night. By Sunday he could get up on the chair and is eating normally. We get the results of his biopsy tomorrow so have everything crossed at the moment

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  132. Our staffie had his life saved by our wonderful vet on Thursday after collapsing suddenly. She found a tumour the size of an orange in his spleen which had started to bleed. He had his spleen removed and came home the same night. By Sunday he could get up on the chair and is eating normally. We get the results of his biopsy tomorrow so have everything crossed at the moment

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  133. Our succesful story. Blade is an 8yr old cross paterdale/staffie from the rspca we adopted 6yrs ago. My wife called me at work to say Blade was unwell, his symptoms being shock, very cold and positioning himself in ‘praying position’ (front legs down, hind legs still upright) which fortunately my wife knew to be the sign of a dog in pain, regretfully i told her to “leave it till i get home, he’s probably eat something?”. She chose to ignore me thankfully and took blade to the vet. 1 ex-ray later revealed a ruptured sist the size of an egg bleeding internally.. He was stabalised, then operated on that evening. Whole spleen was removed, blade had lost a lot of blood, was very week and struggling to replenish his own blood supply. We were asked to find a larger suitable dog in the event blade would need blood donating? Appatantly dogs are not like us, with various blood groups.
    He managed himself, but was weak for 3 days approx, went as thin as a cat and only started eating on day 3. We have a dog instructor as a neighbour who looked after us, she instructed us to use calpol via syringe as blade refused his tablet form painkillers. We also syringed him water & started him on common pate based meat ‘for smaller dogs’. Once recovery was in place he was pestering us to get out and show off his battle scar, i gave in 3 days early on his 2 week lockdown, we were both getting cabin fever!. 2-3 weeks at most and blade was over it completely. The only concern now was him bursting his stitches (7inch cut), oh, and 1 stitch ony, leaked pinkey water an extra day or two than the others, we had to put a pad over it, and a 2yr childs vest! So he never pulled the pad off. Twice we found blade minus the vest somehow? lol so gave in on that idea…

  134. Our succesful story. Blade is an 8yr old cross paterdale/staffie from the rspca we adopted 6yrs ago. My wife called me at work to say Blade was unwell, his symptoms being shock, very cold and positioning himself in ‘praying position’ (front legs down, hind legs still upright) which fortunately my wife knew to be the sign of a dog in pain, regretfully i told her to “leave it till i get home, he’s probably eat something?”. She chose to ignore me thankfully and took blade to the vet. 1 ex-ray later revealed a ruptured sist the size of an egg bleeding internally.. He was stabalised, then operated on that evening. Whole spleen was removed, blade had lost a lot of blood, was very week and struggling to replenish his own blood supply. We were asked to find a larger suitable dog in the event blade would need blood donating? Appatantly dogs are not like us, with various blood groups.
    He managed himself, but was weak for 3 days approx, went as thin as a cat and only started eating on day 3. We have a dog instructor as a neighbour who looked after us, she instructed us to use calpol via syringe as blade refused his tablet form painkillers. We also syringed him water & started him on common pate based meat ‘for smaller dogs’. Once recovery was in place he was pestering us to get out and show off his battle scar, i gave in 3 days early on his 2 week lockdown, we were both getting cabin fever!. 2-3 weeks at most and blade was over it completely. The only concern now was him bursting his stitches (7inch cut), oh, and 1 stitch ony, leaked pinkey water an extra day or two than the others, we had to put a pad over it, and a 2yr childs vest! So he never pulled the pad off. Twice we found blade minus the vest somehow? lol so gave in on that idea…

  135. In May 2015, my 7 year old lab mix was about 62#, with a potbelly. I kept saying to him “Brodie, we need to start walking, you have to get that belly off!” I took him for his shots and the vet asked if that was normal. I said yes (b/c it was). Then about a month later I noticed he wasn’t feeling well, he was snappy with the new foster I had (which is NOT like him at all). His eyes, were dull, after a day or so I noticed the foster kept smelling at his “boy parts” and was very interested in his pee. Then a couple times, he had peed on himself. I took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with a UTI and we went home. 2 weeks later we woke up on a Sunday and he wouldn’t eat – or drink – when he did he threw it right up. I ran a strip on his urine and he was starting a UTI again. I called the vet first thing Monday morning – went in – vet said I don’t like the looks of that belly. I want an x-ray. So he had a film which showed a mass the size of a basketball. He went in the next day and had a 7# 13oz tumor attached to his spleen removed. Benign hemangioma He spent 2 days there and came home a new dog. His appetite was back, his energy level was back. He does appear to be a bit more anxious than before but he is also getting older. And he does seem “hotter” now than before. Does anyone have any experience with their dog seeming “hotter” now? slm1020@gmail.com

  136. In May 2015, my 7 year old lab mix was about 62#, with a potbelly. I kept saying to him “Brodie, we need to start walking, you have to get that belly off!” I took him for his shots and the vet asked if that was normal. I said yes (b/c it was). Then about a month later I noticed he wasn’t feeling well, he was snappy with the new foster I had (which is NOT like him at all). His eyes, were dull, after a day or so I noticed the foster kept smelling at his “boy parts” and was very interested in his pee. Then a couple times, he had peed on himself. I took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with a UTI and we went home. 2 weeks later we woke up on a Sunday and he wouldn’t eat – or drink – when he did he threw it right up. I ran a strip on his urine and he was starting a UTI again. I called the vet first thing Monday morning – went in – vet said I don’t like the looks of that belly. I want an x-ray. So he had a film which showed a mass the size of a basketball. He went in the next day and had a 7# 13oz tumor attached to his spleen removed. Benign hemangioma He spent 2 days there and came home a new dog. His appetite was back, his energy level was back. He does appear to be a bit more anxious than before but he is also getting older. And he does seem “hotter” now than before. Does anyone have any experience with their dog seeming “hotter” now? slm1020@gmail.com

  137. My Lhasa Apso, the love of my life, went in for his annual shots and the vet felt something enlarged during his exam. I immediately went to a specialist who said he needed his spleen was enlarged and had to be removed. I was in shock. He was the youngest dog and I was worried about the older one. I never prayed so hard in my life. 15 minutes into the surgery, the vet called me and said it was cancer and it had spread and asked if he should continue. Of course, I said yes, and prayed some more. They sent several samples for testing and they all came back negative. No cancer. The vet said there was no way; he saw it, and had them repeat the test. Second time – no cancer. That was 2 years ago and I thank God every day for saving him. No problems since although I do notice he seems hotter lately too.

  138. My Lhasa Apso, the love of my life, went in for his annual shots and the vet felt something enlarged during his exam. I immediately went to a specialist who said he needed his spleen was enlarged and had to be removed. I was in shock. He was the youngest dog and I was worried about the older one. I never prayed so hard in my life. 15 minutes into the surgery, the vet called me and said it was cancer and it had spread and asked if he should continue. Of course, I said yes, and prayed some more. They sent several samples for testing and they all came back negative. No cancer. The vet said there was no way; he saw it, and had them repeat the test. Second time – no cancer. That was 2 years ago and I thank God every day for saving him. No problems since although I do notice he seems hotter lately too.

  139. Does any one have any opinions or thoughts on doing a splenectomy for a 12 year old GSD/Malamute mix? He shows no signs of being ill, but during a teeth cleaning while he was under the vet noticed a lump. An xray was done and they found a cantaloupe sized mass on his spleen. The other half doesn’t feel it’s worth the surgery, for the sake of the dog or financially we can’t really afford $2000. But though we don’t know for sure if it’s malignant or benign…with the size of it and no other signs of tumors or enlarged lymphs…it seems benign. I don’t want him to hemmorage, but I don’t want to put him down, if he could have the surgery and live another year or 2!

  140. Does any one have any opinions or thoughts on doing a splenectomy for a 12 year old GSD/Malamute mix? He shows no signs of being ill, but during a teeth cleaning while he was under the vet noticed a lump. An xray was done and they found a cantaloupe sized mass on his spleen. The other half doesn’t feel it’s worth the surgery, for the sake of the dog or financially we can’t really afford $2000. But though we don’t know for sure if it’s malignant or benign…with the size of it and no other signs of tumors or enlarged lymphs…it seems benign. I don’t want him to hemmorage, but I don’t want to put him down, if he could have the surgery and live another year or 2!

  141. Our Labrador cross (Jack) (approx. 11 years) collapsed last Wednesday morning. A large tumour was found on his spleen. Both spleen and tumour have been removed and there was no evidence of spread to his liver or other main organs. A biopsy has been taken and we await his results. I am hoping and praying that Jack gets to enjoy his life again like so many of the dogs mentioned above xxx

  142. Our Labrador cross (Jack) (approx. 11 years) collapsed last Wednesday morning. A large tumour was found on his spleen. Both spleen and tumour have been removed and there was no evidence of spread to his liver or other main organs. A biopsy has been taken and we await his results. I am hoping and praying that Jack gets to enjoy his life again like so many of the dogs mentioned above xxx

  143. We got the news we were waiting for. I am happy to say Jack’s tumour was benign. No words can express how ecstatic we are. Jack continues to get better each day and we get to enjoy having him in our life for longer. I hope this brings hope to others.

  144. We got the news we were waiting for. I am happy to say Jack’s tumour was benign. No words can express how ecstatic we are. Jack continues to get better each day and we get to enjoy having him in our life for longer. I hope this brings hope to others.

  145. My 7 year old lab and my best friend Duece died from a ruptured spleen 9/30/15 at 2:50 am. I had never heard of this before until I described to my vet that when I got home from work at 11:00 pm I saw he did not eat his food that we put out before we went to work. He seemed slow and no energy. I told my wife that I would take him to the vet in the morning. She layed down with him until 2:30 in the morning. At 2:50 she smelled poop and went to see why. Our baby boy had died. Our lives are empty without him. He loved our grandchildren and they loved him. If I had only known about the spleen in dogs I would have taken him right away. The vet assured me that he most likely would not have survived because his stomach most likely was full of blood. My only solace is he had 7 wonderful years of life and we had 7 years of unconditional love.

  146. My 7 year old lab and my best friend Duece died from a ruptured spleen 9/30/15 at 2:50 am. I had never heard of this before until I described to my vet that when I got home from work at 11:00 pm I saw he did not eat his food that we put out before we went to work. He seemed slow and no energy. I told my wife that I would take him to the vet in the morning. She layed down with him until 2:30 in the morning. At 2:50 she smelled poop and went to see why. Our baby boy had died. Our lives are empty without him. He loved our grandchildren and they loved him. If I had only known about the spleen in dogs I would have taken him right away. The vet assured me that he most likely would not have survived because his stomach most likely was full of blood. My only solace is he had 7 wonderful years of life and we had 7 years of unconditional love.

  147. Mary Alice,
    Our 11 year old yellow lab, Garth had a splenectomy almost 3 weeks ago…5 lb tumor on his spleen. He showed no signs of being ill, only a swelling around his belly that would come and go. The vet found a mass and we too were faced with the decision of surgery, “wait and see” or putting him down. We opted for surgery, despite the cost, and hoped for the best. So glad to report that Garth is doing extremely well and the tumor was benign! It’s a personal decision….we wish you peace of mind either way you go…keep us posted.

  148. Mary Alice,
    Our 11 year old yellow lab, Garth had a splenectomy almost 3 weeks ago…5 lb tumor on his spleen. He showed no signs of being ill, only a swelling around his belly that would come and go. The vet found a mass and we too were faced with the decision of surgery, “wait and see” or putting him down. We opted for surgery, despite the cost, and hoped for the best. So glad to report that Garth is doing extremely well and the tumor was benign! It’s a personal decision….we wish you peace of mind either way you go…keep us posted.

  149. Kirk, my heart goes out to you and your wife.

    On Friday our GSD mix, Asta, started to not feel well-she wouldn’t eat her treat and her tail was down. She perked up and seemed fine on Saturday; she ate, we played, went on a long walk. Sunday morning it was like she was a different dog. She was lethargic, didn’t want to eat and was drinking way too much water, her very huge upright ears are normally pink but the inside was a pale, almost yellow color.

    My husband and I brought her to the emergency vet-which was pointless. The triage consisted of a tech checking Asta‘s heart rate and taking her pulse. The tech, Alice, said, “You don’t have to worry, she’s not going to go into cardiac arrest in the waiting room.” What!? That was all the info she could give us. We were there three hours, Asta was getting weaker and weaker. We gave up and decided to just go to our regular vet Monday (today). By the time we left the emergency vet Asta was so weak she couldn’t even stand up.

    We went to our vet this morning, she immediately saw her (no appointment), took xrays and blood work. Asta‘s level was down to 18%. Our vet transferred Asta‘s records to the hospital so she could get a transfusion and ultrasound. Ultrasound showed two ruptured tumors on her spleen and her abdominal cavity filled with blood. She just got out of Surgery, they removed her spleen and biopsied a spot on her liver. By the time they started surgery her blood level was down to 14. They are still finishing the transfusion. We won’t know about the biopsies for 2-3 days. But, keeping fingers crossed that we can take our fuzzy-daughter home tomorrow.

  150. Kirk, my heart goes out to you and your wife.

    On Friday our GSD mix, Asta, started to not feel well-she wouldn’t eat her treat and her tail was down. She perked up and seemed fine on Saturday; she ate, we played, went on a long walk. Sunday morning it was like she was a different dog. She was lethargic, didn’t want to eat and was drinking way too much water, her very huge upright ears are normally pink but the inside was a pale, almost yellow color.

    My husband and I brought her to the emergency vet-which was pointless. The triage consisted of a tech checking Asta‘s heart rate and taking her pulse. The tech, Alice, said, “You don’t have to worry, she’s not going to go into cardiac arrest in the waiting room.” What!? That was all the info she could give us. We were there three hours, Asta was getting weaker and weaker. We gave up and decided to just go to our regular vet Monday (today). By the time we left the emergency vet Asta was so weak she couldn’t even stand up.

    We went to our vet this morning, she immediately saw her (no appointment), took xrays and blood work. Asta‘s level was down to 18%. Our vet transferred Asta‘s records to the hospital so she could get a transfusion and ultrasound. Ultrasound showed two ruptured tumors on her spleen and her abdominal cavity filled with blood. She just got out of Surgery, they removed her spleen and biopsied a spot on her liver. By the time they started surgery her blood level was down to 14. They are still finishing the transfusion. We won’t know about the biopsies for 2-3 days. But, keeping fingers crossed that we can take our fuzzy-daughter home tomorrow.

  151. I had never heard of such a problem until it has just happened to our lovely old GSD (TED) he just wasn’t a happy boy on Saturday and by Sunday afternoon he was so weak and sick, First he was tested and looked over thinking it might have been a snake bite but after a ultra scan at our local Vets on Monday morning it was a ruptured tumor on his spleen. He has now had the spleen removed and we hope to have him back home by end of the week and living the happy life all dogs should have. Dogs are family not just pets. Love my GSD

  152. I had never heard of such a problem until it has just happened to our lovely old GSD (TED) he just wasn’t a happy boy on Saturday and by Sunday afternoon he was so weak and sick, First he was tested and looked over thinking it might have been a snake bite but after a ultra scan at our local Vets on Monday morning it was a ruptured tumor on his spleen. He has now had the spleen removed and we hope to have him back home by end of the week and living the happy life all dogs should have. Dogs are family not just pets. Love my GSD

  153. On Saturday night when I came home from a corn maze I found my dog Moll that is 9 years old/ beagle Rottweiler mix laying upstairs drooling all over herself I tried to get her downstairs to go outside and she couldnt walk and i wasnt sure why. The next morning (sunday) I called the Animal Hospital and we brought her in. As soon as we got there they took her temperature and she was freezing and her heart rate was very high and thats when the nurse got very worried. The nurse pulled the doctors out of surgery and they all came in to look at Molly and were freaking out. They took her in the back and had taken x-rays and everything els. When they came back in they said she has a tumor growing on her spleen and she had inturnal bleeding. They took her in for immediate surgery and they had told us that it would be a 50/50 chance she would make it and that if they opened her up and there was cancer everywhere they where going to out her down right away. We had to leave the Hospital but they said they would called back when they where done and geez that was the longest 2 hours of my life, but they had called and said she made in through surgery and they where sending her spleen in to see if it is cancerous and if it is she wont have long to live. Either way i love her more then life itself and all I can do now is pray for my baby to be okay.

  154. On Saturday night when I came home from a corn maze I found my dog Moll that is 9 years old/ beagle Rottweiler mix laying upstairs drooling all over herself I tried to get her downstairs to go outside and she couldnt walk and i wasnt sure why. The next morning (sunday) I called the Animal Hospital and we brought her in. As soon as we got there they took her temperature and she was freezing and her heart rate was very high and thats when the nurse got very worried. The nurse pulled the doctors out of surgery and they all came in to look at Molly and were freaking out. They took her in the back and had taken x-rays and everything els. When they came back in they said she has a tumor growing on her spleen and she had inturnal bleeding. They took her in for immediate surgery and they had told us that it would be a 50/50 chance she would make it and that if they opened her up and there was cancer everywhere they where going to out her down right away. We had to leave the Hospital but they said they would called back when they where done and geez that was the longest 2 hours of my life, but they had called and said she made in through surgery and they where sending her spleen in to see if it is cancerous and if it is she wont have long to live. Either way i love her more then life itself and all I can do now is pray for my baby to be okay.

  155. Last Sunday my beautiful Chocolate Lab, Bosco was not eating his dinner and in the morning again he was not interested. My husband Dan took him to the vet that morning. They xrayed him and found blood all through his abdominal cavity. The spleen had to come out immediately. It had a tumor on it and they weren’t sure about the liver. After a few tests it was confirmed that the liver was o.k. The biopsy showed the tumor was benign. After 2 days all levels were back to normal. After surgery it was noticed Bosco had. An arythmia. He also had no strength in his left rear leg. Couldn’t walk!!!! Today is his first day home and I was given directions about physical therapy to help get his left hind leg working. I bought a harness to assist his walking. This morning my baby ran around the backyard dragging his leg but managed to pee and poop. Hoping his leg will regain strength with time!! We, as a family, have been sick over Boscos situation. We love him so. And by the way, he is 11. I have learned a lot about this spleen issue in Labs and will be aware next time.

  156. Last Sunday my beautiful Chocolate Lab, Bosco was not eating his dinner and in the morning again he was not interested. My husband Dan took him to the vet that morning. They xrayed him and found blood all through his abdominal cavity. The spleen had to come out immediately. It had a tumor on it and they weren’t sure about the liver. After a few tests it was confirmed that the liver was o.k. The biopsy showed the tumor was benign. After 2 days all levels were back to normal. After surgery it was noticed Bosco had. An arythmia. He also had no strength in his left rear leg. Couldn’t walk!!!! Today is his first day home and I was given directions about physical therapy to help get his left hind leg working. I bought a harness to assist his walking. This morning my baby ran around the backyard dragging his leg but managed to pee and poop. Hoping his leg will regain strength with time!! We, as a family, have been sick over Boscos situation. We love him so. And by the way, he is 11. I have learned a lot about this spleen issue in Labs and will be aware next time.

  157. My gorgeous 8 and a half year old Boxer also displayed worrying symptoms. After going to the vets on numerous occasions they finally done an ultrasound yesterday morning. He had been bleeding internally, had a mass on his spleen and numerous growths on his liver. We had no option but to put him to sleep yesterday. I am heartbroken. I love and miss him so much. RIP Ziggy ‘our boy’ xxx

  158. My gorgeous 8 and a half year old Boxer also displayed worrying symptoms. After going to the vets on numerous occasions they finally done an ultrasound yesterday morning. He had been bleeding internally, had a mass on his spleen and numerous growths on his liver. We had no option but to put him to sleep yesterday. I am heartbroken. I love and miss him so much. RIP Ziggy ‘our boy’ xxx

  159. If there’s one take home from all these comments, it’s that if your dog is not acting like himself, get him to the vet ASAP. Don’t wait until the next day, don’t “give it a while”. You know your dog and if he’s acting uncharacteristically, there is something wrong. In my case I felt like an idiot calling the vet to say my lab wasn’t accepting a treat, but it turned out like so many other comments here he had a spleen rupture bleeding into his abdomen and would have died if I had waited until morning.

  160. If there’s one take home from all these comments, it’s that if your dog is not acting like himself, get him to the vet ASAP. Don’t wait until the next day, don’t “give it a while”. You know your dog and if he’s acting uncharacteristically, there is something wrong. In my case I felt like an idiot calling the vet to say my lab wasn’t accepting a treat, but it turned out like so many other comments here he had a spleen rupture bleeding into his abdomen and would have died if I had waited until morning.

  161. My 8yr. old Rottie “Dukie” is recovering at SRAH as I write this! Basically same story as all the others, but when I took him to “his” vet they said he had “worms & an infection” & was sent home with wormer & antibiotics – told that I shld see a “remarkable difference” in him after 2nd dose of primor! NOT – so took him for 2nd opinion at State Road Animal Hospital – they worked him in – immediate X-ray & ultrasound found Lg mass encompassing his spleen – had it out on Tuesday & hope to bring him home tomorrow! I am fortunate that this vet encourages the family to stay & comfort their family member, so I am there with Duke, sitting in the kennel with him all day long!! He is my Life!! I’m praying for a benign test result as well!!

  162. My 8yr. old Rottie “Dukie” is recovering at SRAH as I write this! Basically same story as all the others, but when I took him to “his” vet they said he had “worms & an infection” & was sent home with wormer & antibiotics – told that I shld see a “remarkable difference” in him after 2nd dose of primor! NOT – so took him for 2nd opinion at State Road Animal Hospital – they worked him in – immediate X-ray & ultrasound found Lg mass encompassing his spleen – had it out on Tuesday & hope to bring him home tomorrow! I am fortunate that this vet encourages the family to stay & comfort their family member, so I am there with Duke, sitting in the kennel with him all day long!! He is my Life!! I’m praying for a benign test result as well!!

  163. Tyson my 9 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback wasn’t acting himself sometimes so back in November had a ultrasound done and found a mass on his spleen. The doctors thought it was benign so we waited and had another ultrasound done on Jan 4th after Tyson was having bouts of weakness and lack of interest in food. The spleen was removed Jan 8th and one mass was the size of a tennis ball and was leaking blood into his cavity. There also was other tumors in his spleen. There aren’t any signs of cancer on other organs and he is already recovering quickly. He feels that much better and is eating again. I have a great set of doctors. Next time I won’t wait to see if the tumor grows like this one did. I will have it immediately removed. Lesson learned. I have one of the pictures of the spleen after it was removed and it’s no wonder he was bleeding internally and feeling bad. Best to anyone having this decision. Getting it out was the right one for Tyson. Could have gone the other way, you don’t know, you just do the best you can and live with it.

  164. Tyson my 9 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback wasn’t acting himself sometimes so back in November had a ultrasound done and found a mass on his spleen. The doctors thought it was benign so we waited and had another ultrasound done on Jan 4th after Tyson was having bouts of weakness and lack of interest in food. The spleen was removed Jan 8th and one mass was the size of a tennis ball and was leaking blood into his cavity. There also was other tumors in his spleen. There aren’t any signs of cancer on other organs and he is already recovering quickly. He feels that much better and is eating again. I have a great set of doctors. Next time I won’t wait to see if the tumor grows like this one did. I will have it immediately removed. Lesson learned. I have one of the pictures of the spleen after it was removed and it’s no wonder he was bleeding internally and feeling bad. Best to anyone having this decision. Getting it out was the right one for Tyson. Could have gone the other way, you don’t know, you just do the best you can and live with it.

  165. on new year’s eve my vet randomly felt a mass in my dog’s abdomen. he is an otherwise healthy 14.5 year old mastiff/lab/boxer mix. he was not showing any symptoms of it and an ultrasound two days later revealed two masses but no bleeding. having a splenectomy was a no-brainer for me. he had perfect labs and walks two miles a day. the surgery was five days ago. he spent two days in the ICU just for heart monitoring but he was absolutely fine. he is home and recovering well. the pathology report will be back in a few days and i’m really hoping it’s benign. the larger tumor was tennis ball size but no evidence of mets. I think that if your dog is healthy and you can find a way to afford it, age should not be a limiting factor when making decisions about this procedure. oh, btw…the surgeon tacked his stomach as well so that he has zero risk of bloat in the future. I will forever be thankful to my vet for finding the mass (he was there on a recheck for UTI actually).

  166. on new year’s eve my vet randomly felt a mass in my dog’s abdomen. he is an otherwise healthy 14.5 year old mastiff/lab/boxer mix. he was not showing any symptoms of it and an ultrasound two days later revealed two masses but no bleeding. having a splenectomy was a no-brainer for me. he had perfect labs and walks two miles a day. the surgery was five days ago. he spent two days in the ICU just for heart monitoring but he was absolutely fine. he is home and recovering well. the pathology report will be back in a few days and i’m really hoping it’s benign. the larger tumor was tennis ball size but no evidence of mets. I think that if your dog is healthy and you can find a way to afford it, age should not be a limiting factor when making decisions about this procedure. oh, btw…the surgeon tacked his stomach as well so that he has zero risk of bloat in the future. I will forever be thankful to my vet for finding the mass (he was there on a recheck for UTI actually).

  167. I have today found out that my little dog has a mass in his spleen. We are now in turmoil as to what decision to make. Do we risk surgery and the possibility of only having him around for a couple of months – if he makes it through. Or bring him home and make him comfortable for as long as possible?

    I’m going to pick him up in a little while to bring him home and have not stopped crying for hours. I really don’t know what to do. I know we have to make a decision quickly but wow vets bills are expensive. I’ll pay whatever it takes but my main concern is him not suffering.

    1 question – are any of your dogs on medication following their splenectomy?

    1. Hi Natasha, what a tough situation to be in. In terms of what is the right decision, it is a very personal one and depends greatly on the details of he individual case. Talking it through with your vet is the best option. As for post-operative medications, generally a vet will send you home with some antibiotics as well as some all important analgesia (pain relief). Of course, this depends on the individual pet and your vet might also feel that other medications are required. Again, talking through these details with your vet might help you to make the decision. There isn’t always a right and wrong answer in these circumstances and since you clearly love your dog, whatever decision you reach, I’m sure it’ll be for the right reasons. We really do wish you all the best.

  168. I have today found out that my little dog has a mass in his spleen. We are now in turmoil as to what decision to make. Do we risk surgery and the possibility of only having him around for a couple of months – if he makes it through. Or bring him home and make him comfortable for as long as possible?

    I’m going to pick him up in a little while to bring him home and have not stopped crying for hours. I really don’t know what to do. I know we have to make a decision quickly but wow vets bills are expensive. I’ll pay whatever it takes but my main concern is him not suffering.

    1 question – are any of your dogs on medication following their splenectomy?

    1. Hi Natasha, what a tough situation to be in. In terms of what is the right decision, it is a very personal one and depends greatly on the details of he individual case. Talking it through with your vet is the best option. As for post-operative medications, generally a vet will send you home with some antibiotics as well as some all important analgesia (pain relief). Of course, this depends on the individual pet and your vet might also feel that other medications are required. Again, talking through these details with your vet might help you to make the decision. There isn’t always a right and wrong answer in these circumstances and since you clearly love your dog, whatever decision you reach, I’m sure it’ll be for the right reasons. We really do wish you all the best.

  169. I experienced the same as the rest of you. I have a 7 yr. Jack Russell Mix named Bella, She is my everything! And on Friday night I noticed Bella not to be herself and just lying on her bed which is so out of character for her. I picked her up and she was limp and gums were pale. I rushed her to Blue Paw Emergency and there we were told that she had a tumor on her spleen. It was all happening so fast that I couldn’t comprehend it. They advised that the humane thing to do was put the dog to sleep, I was beside myself since she was prefect the day before. It came down to minutes and we almost put her down but we just couldn’t do it. We didn’t have enough proof, so, we opted to have the surgery. Bella made it thru surgery and it showed no signs of spreading. They kept her for 2 days and she came home Monday and seems to be in good spirits. Doctors are amazed at her recovery and we are now awaiting the lab results from the liver biopsy to see if it is cancerous. Praying ill have her around for 7 more years!

  170. I experienced the same as the rest of you. I have a 7 yr. Jack Russell Mix named Bella, She is my everything! And on Friday night I noticed Bella not to be herself and just lying on her bed which is so out of character for her. I picked her up and she was limp and gums were pale. I rushed her to Blue Paw Emergency and there we were told that she had a tumor on her spleen. It was all happening so fast that I couldn’t comprehend it. They advised that the humane thing to do was put the dog to sleep, I was beside myself since she was prefect the day before. It came down to minutes and we almost put her down but we just couldn’t do it. We didn’t have enough proof, so, we opted to have the surgery. Bella made it thru surgery and it showed no signs of spreading. They kept her for 2 days and she came home Monday and seems to be in good spirits. Doctors are amazed at her recovery and we are now awaiting the lab results from the liver biopsy to see if it is cancerous. Praying ill have her around for 7 more years!

  171. I had the same thing happen to my baby. He was only 8 years old and 3 months. It was New Years, my boy experienced a similar situation. In the morning, he was doing fine, he was jumping up and down and couldn’t wait to go out. He wanted to spend new years with the family, my grandparents and my cousins. After lunch, we went back to my grandparents and notice he wasn’t feeling well. His stomach was expanding and constricting and his gums were paled. He couldn’t get up and move and just felt comfortable lying on his stomach. It was difficult to see him in pain and find a vet open on new years. We finally found one, but it wasnt his usual doctor. The doc told us he was bleeding internally and he might need to surgically remove a spleen, or liver. They didn’t know if their were cancer cells. He told us we could do the surgery, but he would only live for a few more months and the problem would arise again. It was a really emotional decision and a shock. It was really difficult because 2 weeks prior he went to his vet and his vet mention nothing was wrong. The vet mentioned to us that he was a little overweight, and needed to lose some weight and gave us painkillers to help him walk around easier. I wish I did more x-rays or checkups before, so he might still be here with us.

    We didn’t want him to suffer, so we decided to let him sleep. I wish I research this and maybe let him done the surgery, so he would survive after reading so many success stories. We all miss him so terribly.

  172. I had the same thing happen to my baby. He was only 8 years old and 3 months. It was New Years, my boy experienced a similar situation. In the morning, he was doing fine, he was jumping up and down and couldn’t wait to go out. He wanted to spend new years with the family, my grandparents and my cousins. After lunch, we went back to my grandparents and notice he wasn’t feeling well. His stomach was expanding and constricting and his gums were paled. He couldn’t get up and move and just felt comfortable lying on his stomach. It was difficult to see him in pain and find a vet open on new years. We finally found one, but it wasnt his usual doctor. The doc told us he was bleeding internally and he might need to surgically remove a spleen, or liver. They didn’t know if their were cancer cells. He told us we could do the surgery, but he would only live for a few more months and the problem would arise again. It was a really emotional decision and a shock. It was really difficult because 2 weeks prior he went to his vet and his vet mention nothing was wrong. The vet mentioned to us that he was a little overweight, and needed to lose some weight and gave us painkillers to help him walk around easier. I wish I did more x-rays or checkups before, so he might still be here with us.

    We didn’t want him to suffer, so we decided to let him sleep. I wish I research this and maybe let him done the surgery, so he would survive after reading so many success stories. We all miss him so terribly.

  173. follow up: Received a call back 1/15/2016 with the biopsy results for Bella. The vet reports that Bella’s biopsy came back positive for cancer. I asked are you sure? she said yes, I’m sorry, she gave gives her 3-6 months with out chemo. I’m shocked, Bella looks better than ever and has so much energy. She’s eating, drinking and running around like a new puppy. My heart is breaking knowing that she my be gone soon. I have decided no chemo and will enjoy her for as long as I have her. I have no regrets in doing the surgery worth every penny and glad to have the extra time with her.

  174. follow up: Received a call back 1/15/2016 with the biopsy results for Bella. The vet reports that Bella’s biopsy came back positive for cancer. I asked are you sure? she said yes, I’m sorry, she gave gives her 3-6 months with out chemo. I’m shocked, Bella looks better than ever and has so much energy. She’s eating, drinking and running around like a new puppy. My heart is breaking knowing that she my be gone soon. I have decided no chemo and will enjoy her for as long as I have her. I have no regrets in doing the surgery worth every penny and glad to have the extra time with her.

  175. My beautiful old gal, Ginger (Golden Retriever), is going to have her spleen removed this morning. She’s 12 years old and so far 2 vets both think it’s just a benign enlargement of the spleen and that she’s a good candidate for the removal. The ultrasound and x-rays didn’t show anything on her other organs thank goodness. I’m nervous as heck but not giving her the chance to live another few years without worrying if her spleen is going to rupture is not fair to her so I’ll be dropping her off for surgery at 9:30 this morning. Hoping for a good outcome and reading the stories above give me hope. Thank you!

  176. My beautiful old gal, Ginger (Golden Retriever), is going to have her spleen removed this morning. She’s 12 years old and so far 2 vets both think it’s just a benign enlargement of the spleen and that she’s a good candidate for the removal. The ultrasound and x-rays didn’t show anything on her other organs thank goodness. I’m nervous as heck but not giving her the chance to live another few years without worrying if her spleen is going to rupture is not fair to her so I’ll be dropping her off for surgery at 9:30 this morning. Hoping for a good outcome and reading the stories above give me hope. Thank you!

  177. CAUGHT OFFGUARD
    It pains me to share that I had my precious Princess euthanized one week ago. I awoke at midnight on Feb 2 to the sounds of my 12 year-old labrador/pit bull terrier mix gasping for air. My daughter and I rushed our beloved Princess to the 24/7 PetER only to learn that a splenic tumor had ruptured and was profusely bleeding out into Princess’ abdominal cavity. The young woman veterinarian shared a very bleak prognosis – that the tumor was 50/50 benign or a sarcoma, and that if surgery were pursued along with follow up care, I would be looking either a cure or cancer therapy and a total bill of 6-8K and it was likely that Princess wouldn’t survive surgery. Life turned inside out and upside down and I was in a state of shock, but I pushed my feelings aside as best possible in order to think quickly and clearly. Princess’ time was running out fast.

    To backtrack, two weeks prior I had had Princess seen for a general exam by another vet who after noticing pale gums, suggested a number of blood and other tests to find the cause of this condition. All tests came back normal accept for a low red blood cell count, indicative of anemia. Note, there were no cancerous or abnormal rbc’s detected in the blood. Also, an abdominal and chest ultrasound was not suggested. If it had been, the enlarged spleen with tumor would surely have been detected and action planned.

    But, that late night I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.
    1. The PetER only had one surgeon and one desk assistant on site. Two surgeons, and an anethesiologist would have been needed to pull off such a surgery and asap. (Princess would not survive if too much anesthesia were to be administered and for too long, so the more hands working, the better.)
    2. Bottom line, I was unable to commit to 6-8K on the spot and so my only choice was to to end Princess’ suffering. I hate to think that it boiled down to a lack of sufficient finances on my part. Veterinary has become so costly!
    3. If I could, I would have selected surgery, under the condition that if cancer was detected in the liver and heart regions, euthanazia would be performed then and there. Princess deserved this chance.
    4. I strongly suspect the possibility that the splenic tumor was benign (hematoma) and perhaps due to torsion.
    5. But, surgery would not have made sense if Princess had already suffered brain damage due to lack of sufficient oxygen. How would I know?

    This was a traumatic experience for me and a fatal one for Princess. I wish this situation on no one, human and dog. I’ve learned that it is essential for any pet owner to be as self educated as possible re potential conditions to which breeds are prone so that one can keep self and veterinarians vigilant. I was unaware that large dogs in their later years are prone to splenic tumors. I was unaware of the signs and symptoms that I see now were there in Princess, especially during these past few weeks, but at the time I attributed to other causes.

    Bless you all for loving and caring for your doggies so formidably. God bless Princess.

  178. CAUGHT OFFGUARD
    It pains me to share that I had my precious Princess euthanized one week ago. I awoke at midnight on Feb 2 to the sounds of my 12 year-old labrador/pit bull terrier mix gasping for air. My daughter and I rushed our beloved Princess to the 24/7 PetER only to learn that a splenic tumor had ruptured and was profusely bleeding out into Princess’ abdominal cavity. The young woman veterinarian shared a very bleak prognosis – that the tumor was 50/50 benign or a sarcoma, and that if surgery were pursued along with follow up care, I would be looking either a cure or cancer therapy and a total bill of 6-8K and it was likely that Princess wouldn’t survive surgery. Life turned inside out and upside down and I was in a state of shock, but I pushed my feelings aside as best possible in order to think quickly and clearly. Princess’ time was running out fast.

    To backtrack, two weeks prior I had had Princess seen for a general exam by another vet who after noticing pale gums, suggested a number of blood and other tests to find the cause of this condition. All tests came back normal accept for a low red blood cell count, indicative of anemia. Note, there were no cancerous or abnormal rbc’s detected in the blood. Also, an abdominal and chest ultrasound was not suggested. If it had been, the enlarged spleen with tumor would surely have been detected and action planned.

    But, that late night I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.
    1. The PetER only had one surgeon and one desk assistant on site. Two surgeons, and an anethesiologist would have been needed to pull off such a surgery and asap. (Princess would not survive if too much anesthesia were to be administered and for too long, so the more hands working, the better.)
    2. Bottom line, I was unable to commit to 6-8K on the spot and so my only choice was to to end Princess’ suffering. I hate to think that it boiled down to a lack of sufficient finances on my part. Veterinary has become so costly!
    3. If I could, I would have selected surgery, under the condition that if cancer was detected in the liver and heart regions, euthanazia would be performed then and there. Princess deserved this chance.
    4. I strongly suspect the possibility that the splenic tumor was benign (hematoma) and perhaps due to torsion.
    5. But, surgery would not have made sense if Princess had already suffered brain damage due to lack of sufficient oxygen. How would I know?

    This was a traumatic experience for me and a fatal one for Princess. I wish this situation on no one, human and dog. I’ve learned that it is essential for any pet owner to be as self educated as possible re potential conditions to which breeds are prone so that one can keep self and veterinarians vigilant. I was unaware that large dogs in their later years are prone to splenic tumors. I was unaware of the signs and symptoms that I see now were there in Princess, especially during these past few weeks, but at the time I attributed to other causes.

    Bless you all for loving and caring for your doggies so formidably. God bless Princess.

  179. Our 12 year old basset had a 5 lb mass in her spleen; ultrasound didn’t show any other tumors in her body, so the thought is it’s benign, since studies have shown that a tumor that has grown that big and hasn’t spread is likely not malignant. We had her spleen removed 2 days ago and she is doing well. Eating & drinking. She came home the day after the surgery. She had over a liter of fluid in her body, plus the 5 lb mass. It was a tough decision whether or not to do the surgery given her age, and also she has somewhat compromised lungs. She made it through just fine… and she’s recovering at home. The vet said it was so close to rupturing, that had we not, she would have died in the next week or two. I am grateful we made the decision to operate.

  180. Our 12 year old basset had a 5 lb mass in her spleen; ultrasound didn’t show any other tumors in her body, so the thought is it’s benign, since studies have shown that a tumor that has grown that big and hasn’t spread is likely not malignant. We had her spleen removed 2 days ago and she is doing well. Eating & drinking. She came home the day after the surgery. She had over a liter of fluid in her body, plus the 5 lb mass. It was a tough decision whether or not to do the surgery given her age, and also she has somewhat compromised lungs. She made it through just fine… and she’s recovering at home. The vet said it was so close to rupturing, that had we not, she would have died in the next week or two. I am grateful we made the decision to operate.

  181. My Eddie died. I noticed his tummy seemed hard so took him to the vet. The vet said he would need xrays and ultrasound which I had to go to a different facility for. Eddie seemed fine and had enough for one day and I had to go to work so I said I’d bring him first thing in the morning. At work I was so worried so vowed I’d take him when I got home 8:00pm as the xray place is open 24/7, when I got home he was in good spirits, wanted to go on a walk, begged for some people food so all seemed well and I was so happy. Next morning 6:00 he is near death. I rushed him up there and they did surgery but he died about 2 hours after surgery. I am beating myself up because if I had gone the day before when he was strong he would have most likely survived. He was the best dog ever. A big German Shepherd mix who thought he was a lap dog. An angel really and I cannot express how much I miss him and how horribly guilty I feel. I’m so glad so many of you have had so much great success with this operation.

  182. My Eddie died. I noticed his tummy seemed hard so took him to the vet. The vet said he would need xrays and ultrasound which I had to go to a different facility for. Eddie seemed fine and had enough for one day and I had to go to work so I said I’d bring him first thing in the morning. At work I was so worried so vowed I’d take him when I got home 8:00pm as the xray place is open 24/7, when I got home he was in good spirits, wanted to go on a walk, begged for some people food so all seemed well and I was so happy. Next morning 6:00 he is near death. I rushed him up there and they did surgery but he died about 2 hours after surgery. I am beating myself up because if I had gone the day before when he was strong he would have most likely survived. He was the best dog ever. A big German Shepherd mix who thought he was a lap dog. An angel really and I cannot express how much I miss him and how horribly guilty I feel. I’m so glad so many of you have had so much great success with this operation.

  183. On April 4th, my husband and I left our home for a 5 day vacation. Our beloved dog, a 7 year old Rottweiler Rosie was left with grandma at our house. Two days into vacation, we hear Rosie isn’t eating and has vomited twice. We immediately thought she was just homesick from us being away. We retuned April 9th, she didn’t return to her normal eating habits and was just not herself. We tried special meals on 4/10 with no success. We took her to the vet on 4/11 and after bloodworm, ultrasound and 3 chest X-rays, we are told she has a large mass the size of a softball in her spleen. There is good news, it’s not bleeding or ruptured and there are no signs of any other masses on the imaging studies. Rosie had to go into surgery the next day. On 4/12 she under went a splenectomy. The vet said splenic masses are common in large breed dogs but sometimes they are malignant. It’s a 50/50 chance. Rosie went through surgery great and today, 4/13 she is home resting comfortably. We are now as her beloved owners waiting to find out what the tissue biopsy results are which we won’t have for another 4 or 5 days. We are praying it was just a splenic mass and that there is no cancer.

    1. We are keeping our fingers crossed for your Rosie and we’re pleased that she’s recovering form her surgery well! Best wishes.

  184. On April 4th, my husband and I left our home for a 5 day vacation. Our beloved dog, a 7 year old Rottweiler Rosie was left with grandma at our house. Two days into vacation, we hear Rosie isn’t eating and has vomited twice. We immediately thought she was just homesick from us being away. We retuned April 9th, she didn’t return to her normal eating habits and was just not herself. We tried special meals on 4/10 with no success. We took her to the vet on 4/11 and after bloodworm, ultrasound and 3 chest X-rays, we are told she has a large mass the size of a softball in her spleen. There is good news, it’s not bleeding or ruptured and there are no signs of any other masses on the imaging studies. Rosie had to go into surgery the next day. On 4/12 she under went a splenectomy. The vet said splenic masses are common in large breed dogs but sometimes they are malignant. It’s a 50/50 chance. Rosie went through surgery great and today, 4/13 she is home resting comfortably. We are now as her beloved owners waiting to find out what the tissue biopsy results are which we won’t have for another 4 or 5 days. We are praying it was just a splenic mass and that there is no cancer.

    1. We are keeping our fingers crossed for your Rosie and we’re pleased that she’s recovering form her surgery well! Best wishes.

  185. On Thursday my beautiful 5 year old Staffie boy Wally woke shaking, cold and pale with no appetite. I know my boy and I knew something was wrong so took him straight to vet. It was thought a possible tummy upset as he wasn’t too happy about having his tummy palpated, so Vet gave him some anti-sickness meds but he was worried about how ‘flat’ he was so also took bloods. Temperature was slightly low but chest, heart rate etc all appeared normal. Called with blood results lunchtime and they all came back normal but Vet said to keep an eye on him because if there was a recent bleed it wouldn’t show up in blood results for about 24 hrs. Watched him for next few hours but no improvement so took him back at 5:15pm. Ultrasound done and blood found in his abdomen. His spleen had ruptured and he was bleeding internally. They took him straight into surgery and called some hours later to say surgery had gone to plan, no blood transfusion required but they had found a tumour on his spleen. This has now gone for biopsy which takes around a week and we are praying with everything we have that it is benign. My baby boy is only 5 and hasn’t had the best life as we rescued him from kennels where he had been for 18 months. We’ve only had him 2 years & 8 months and I just can’t lose him, I’m heartbroken.

  186. On Thursday my beautiful 5 year old Staffie boy Wally woke shaking, cold and pale with no appetite. I know my boy and I knew something was wrong so took him straight to vet. It was thought a possible tummy upset as he wasn’t too happy about having his tummy palpated, so Vet gave him some anti-sickness meds but he was worried about how ‘flat’ he was so also took bloods. Temperature was slightly low but chest, heart rate etc all appeared normal. Called with blood results lunchtime and they all came back normal but Vet said to keep an eye on him because if there was a recent bleed it wouldn’t show up in blood results for about 24 hrs. Watched him for next few hours but no improvement so took him back at 5:15pm. Ultrasound done and blood found in his abdomen. His spleen had ruptured and he was bleeding internally. They took him straight into surgery and called some hours later to say surgery had gone to plan, no blood transfusion required but they had found a tumour on his spleen. This has now gone for biopsy which takes around a week and we are praying with everything we have that it is benign. My baby boy is only 5 and hasn’t had the best life as we rescued him from kennels where he had been for 18 months. We’ve only had him 2 years & 8 months and I just can’t lose him, I’m heartbroken.

  187. Our 6 yr old golden retriever became very ill very suddenly in first week of March. His eyes bloodshot, couldn’t lie down, was extremely lethargic,, threw up everything eaten that day and wouldn’t accept a treat. That happened 8 pm and by 7 am the next morning my husband was in Vet’s parking lot waiting for them to open. Exam and X-rays inconclusive of what was going on. Pancreatitis was a possibility. Admittedly the easiest possibility to treat so had them treat him for pancreatitis. In a few days he was back to his old self. Then my husband got desperately ill for the next 31/2 weeks.
    Then found a newer and, we believe, better veterinarian and proceeded to dig deeper into our dog’s medical issues.
    Digital X-rays done this time along with physical exam indicated a splenic mass. Two days later an ultrasound confirmed splenic mass but no other indications of cancer spread, masses elsewhere or internal bleeding.
    Now surgery set for tomorrow with a board certified surgeon who travels to animals hospitals. I’m anxious because surgery is scheduled for 12-2 pm and post op critical 4hr-6hrs for monitoring. Vet’s office closes at 6 pm but have arranged to have a tech come in and check up until at least 10 pm (a service they offer at $50 each check in).
    Refuse the 24 hour Emergency Vet in this area due to my personal experience with my other dogs and other people’s experiences…it’s all about the money.
    This surgery will be about 4K but I’m sensing a greater love and dedication to animals at the new facility. That caring is what is important to me.
    Keep us in your hearts & minds. Thank you

  188. Our 6 yr old golden retriever became very ill very suddenly in first week of March. His eyes bloodshot, couldn’t lie down, was extremely lethargic,, threw up everything eaten that day and wouldn’t accept a treat. That happened 8 pm and by 7 am the next morning my husband was in Vet’s parking lot waiting for them to open. Exam and X-rays inconclusive of what was going on. Pancreatitis was a possibility. Admittedly the easiest possibility to treat so had them treat him for pancreatitis. In a few days he was back to his old self. Then my husband got desperately ill for the next 31/2 weeks.
    Then found a newer and, we believe, better veterinarian and proceeded to dig deeper into our dog’s medical issues.
    Digital X-rays done this time along with physical exam indicated a splenic mass. Two days later an ultrasound confirmed splenic mass but no other indications of cancer spread, masses elsewhere or internal bleeding.
    Now surgery set for tomorrow with a board certified surgeon who travels to animals hospitals. I’m anxious because surgery is scheduled for 12-2 pm and post op critical 4hr-6hrs for monitoring. Vet’s office closes at 6 pm but have arranged to have a tech come in and check up until at least 10 pm (a service they offer at $50 each check in).
    Refuse the 24 hour Emergency Vet in this area due to my personal experience with my other dogs and other people’s experiences…it’s all about the money.
    This surgery will be about 4K but I’m sensing a greater love and dedication to animals at the new facility. That caring is what is important to me.
    Keep us in your hearts & minds. Thank you

  189. Its heart wrenching to watch our beautiful babies go through this… My almost 17 year old cocker spaniel became crucially ill 5 days ago …his breathing was 180 breaths per minute… He was rushed to vet emergency.. In a collapsed state… They found a grapefruit size tumour in his spleen and another in his liver… His red blood cell count was down to 12… We gave him a blood transfusion.. But sadly he had a severe reaction to the blood .. Which they said was very rare… So we had to stop that… He was in ICU for 4 nights .. Came home yesterday … But I have to closely watch his breathing and gum colour…hustled cell count was at 20 when I bought him home… But I’m paranoid I’m going to miss the signs if he becomes crucially anaemic again… This has been a major surgery for my old boy.. Just praying he gets through it and the tumour are not malignant

  190. Its heart wrenching to watch our beautiful babies go through this… My almost 17 year old cocker spaniel became crucially ill 5 days ago …his breathing was 180 breaths per minute… He was rushed to vet emergency.. In a collapsed state… They found a grapefruit size tumour in his spleen and another in his liver… His red blood cell count was down to 12… We gave him a blood transfusion.. But sadly he had a severe reaction to the blood .. Which they said was very rare… So we had to stop that… He was in ICU for 4 nights .. Came home yesterday … But I have to closely watch his breathing and gum colour…hustled cell count was at 20 when I bought him home… But I’m paranoid I’m going to miss the signs if he becomes crucially anaemic again… This has been a major surgery for my old boy.. Just praying he gets through it and the tumour are not malignant

  191. Our 15 year old fur baby Gracie was taken to our Vet. This morning, she was almost lifeless, yesterday she layed around, she was drinking, turned her noise up to dog food, I gave her chicken broth with a little bread in it. We would carry her out side, she would p n poo,
    After blood test and X-rays she was taken into emergency surgery, her spline was so large it wrapped around her liver. She also was anemic. She came through surgery like a champ! She is awake, alert and wanting to come home, I hope to bring her home tomorrow. They sent a biopsy of her spline and liver, praying its benign!

  192. Our 15 year old fur baby Gracie was taken to our Vet. This morning, she was almost lifeless, yesterday she layed around, she was drinking, turned her noise up to dog food, I gave her chicken broth with a little bread in it. We would carry her out side, she would p n poo,
    After blood test and X-rays she was taken into emergency surgery, her spline was so large it wrapped around her liver. She also was anemic. She came through surgery like a champ! She is awake, alert and wanting to come home, I hope to bring her home tomorrow. They sent a biopsy of her spline and liver, praying its benign!

  193. Carol’ same thing with our pup we are praying its not cancer either we are so worried cause the vet told us it usually is 🙁 in these cases he had his surgery wed, we should know this week keep us updated and vice versa

  194. Carol’ same thing with our pup we are praying its not cancer either we are so worried cause the vet told us it usually is 🙁 in these cases he had his surgery wed, we should know this week keep us updated and vice versa

  195. My 11 year old Chow-Akita mix just had spleen tumor removal last May 2. She is doing well after the operation and result of biopsy is not cancerous however she has anemia and with abnormal breathing pattern. She’s still on medication but I’m worried of heart complication. Hope she will have full recovery. She already had pyometra when she was 8 yrs old.

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