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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? Was he showing any other signs of illness besides decrease in appetite. Did you veterinarian discuss an ultrasound?
Okay thanks for the additional information. Based on what you describing I would suspect that he may have a tumor on the spleen that may be bleeding. If that is the case removing the spleen may at least help with bleeding for the time being. Whether the surgery will help long term will depend on what is causing the spleen to bleed. If it is caused by a cancerous tumor then the prognosis is usually not that great even with chemotherapy.
I have removed spleens that ended up being a benign tumor based on the biopsy. In those cases surgery help with long term survival.
I would recommend having an ultrasound done prior to surgery just to see if there are tumors anywhere else in the abdomen which may indicate the possibility of a malignant tumor causing the anemia.
Why was an ultrasound performed 5 months ago? I know with tumors a lot can change in 5 months especially in older dogs. As far as the cost of this type of surgery if you have it performed by a board certified surgery depending on the area you live in, it can cost at least $3000 dollars and even more if he actively bleeding at the time of surgery because he will likely need a blood transfusion and need to be hospitalized for a period of time.
Okay they probably were trying to rule out if there was anything going on with the prostate. Did they say they did the whole abdomen at the time of the ultrasound or did they just focus on the prostate and bladder ? I know sometimes they may do focused ultrasounds.
I definitely understand the difficulty of the situation. My recommendation would be to have an ultrasound of the abdomen performed to see exactly where the tumor is and if it has spread anywhere else. Because if it has spread anywhere else (meaning any other organs) then I wouldn't recommend doing the surgery.
Not sure if pain meds will help. In some cases it may make him more sedate then normal since he is ill.