Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
First I am so very sorry for this diagnosis
DO you know if Samson had an ultrasound to ensure there are no other tumors on the liver or heart? Which is where the splenic tumors often spread to?
If the answer is yes and the heart and liver are normal I am a whole-hearted believer in surgery
As you mentioned because it is a bigger tumor the chance for it being benign is higher and he could live several more years without any issues and pass from other causes such as senior arthritis
I have removed several of these that were benign and the dogs lived 1+ years longer
As far as recovery, it is similar to a spay but a larger incision and is easier to restrict a 10+ year old dog versus a 6 month old pup!
I can tell you I had a dog at his age and had the tumor and spleen removed and the dog lived 2 & 1/2 more years
She passed of other causes and really after the first few days recovered quite smoothly
Please let me know if you have any additional questions but I do think that surgery is something you should seriously consider if the financial strain is something you can manage
I am going to change formats to ensure you are not having difficulties with live chat
Thank you very much for that advice
it sounds encouraging
Samson underwent surgery (splenectomy) on November 24th. He passed due to post surgery complications on November 28th at 4:00am. He was just beginning to improve (drinking and some eating) with his red cell count on the rise when they believed that he suddenly died of a clot. I went to the vetrinary hospoital and took his poor body home and had him creamated the next day. My best friend of 10 years and 10 months (my boy is gone). The pathology report came in a few days later saying that the biopsy results were a splenic hemangiosarcoma. Sam's doctor told me that if he had survive the post opp period, he would have died a few months later, if that, with that diagnosis. Please don't contact me again.