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I am sorry to hear this has happened to chili.
Did she have x-rays of the chest done and were they normal?Did she have an ultrasound of the belly done?
Did they find any blood or fluid in the abdomen?
It sounds like this is pretty bad. Large abdominal masses with bleeding are typically going to be coming from the spleen or liver. This is typically an emergency surgery. Some dogs need a transfusion before surgery. The biggest concern would be a type of cancer called hemangiosarcoma, which is an aggressive cancer that can cause bleeding.
With surgery, long term prognosis is very poor for most bleeding tumors in the abdomen.
There is a big risk of bleeding with surgery, so the vet should be able to do transfusions. If your vet is not a 24 hour hospital, you should head somewhere else. Post op recovery is typically 2-3 days assuming things go well. There are typically arrhythmias post op due to a high volume of blood being removed (via the large mass being taken out).
Time is of the essence with a bleeding mass in the belly. This is something that should probably be done in the next 24 hours. These animals can decompensated very quickly when they are actively bleeding. The other option is monitoring at home until she begins to fade. This is typically going to be respiratory distress and collapse. Another option would be humane euthanasia if she is actively sick.
In my experience, the surgery itself is not generally a problem, it is the post op recovery. Things can get very expensive when multiple hospital days and blood transfusions are involved. If the abdomen is full of cancer affecting other organs, they generally don't make it very long (days) after surgery. Most elect to euthanize if the abdomen is completely covered in tumors.
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I know this is a very hard decision to make.
I wish you both the best.
Have a great night.
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