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My dog was recently diagnosed with tumor on spleen. He is 10

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My dog was recently diagnosed with tumor on spleen. He is 10 years/9 months old. He is relartively healthy other than that. Still eating/drinking and showing interest in life. I know that eventually if he does not have this removed he will hemorage. But would it be fair to put him through that type of surgery (money not being an issue since I have pet health insurance) given his age. My family recommends that he just bied his time and keep him as comfortable as possible until its time to put him to sleep without much suffereing. My concience on the other hand tells me that if I don't give him this operation even with the risks that I am possibly cheating him out of more time. The tumor may be benign since it is a larger one but thats no quarantee. Quality of life vs quantity. I want to do right by my best friend. What can you advise?

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.

Dr. Altman :

First I am so very sorry for this diagnosis

Dr. Altman :

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?

Dr. Altman :

If the answer is yes and the heart and liver are normal I am a whole-hearted believer in surgery

Dr. Altman :

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

Dr. Altman :

I have removed several of these that were benign and the dogs lived 1+ years longer

Dr. Altman :

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!

Dr. Altman :

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

Dr. Altman :

She passed of other causes and really after the first few days recovered quite smoothly

Dr. Altman :

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

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Customer:

Thank you very much for that advice

Customer:

it sounds encouraging

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Yes, definitely is encouraging. I am a firm believer of knowledge is power and if you don't try the surgery you would never know if it will effects Samson's lifespan. In addition, the larger tumors can cause some discomfort even if benign and the short term acute pain of surgery is not going to last long versus the more chronic pain of an abdominal mass on the intestinal tract, liver, etc.

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Hi Ron,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Samson. How is everything going?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


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.