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In fact, he is so calm, we check that he has a pulse sometimes …. I understand that some intact males can be a handful, but my guy is super-mellow and will remain intact unless I see that neutering is needed. Says who?? Intact dogs are more prone to cancer. Even if your guy is super mellow, those hormones will kick in at some point and he WILL catch the scent of an in season female and do whatever he had to, to get to her.

Is it really worth risking losing your baby by taking away those hormones thus making him no longer attracted to female estrus.. So when he gets prostate cancer? I think you need to do a bit more research on the subject. That was to make sure he got a good dose of hormones for growth purposes. But in no way is it healthier to leave him intact indefinitely. Ask yourself a question and answer honestly. Is it healthier for a human to be neutered? Every organ has a purpose. If you unnaturally and unnecessarily remove it, there will be consequences. I have heard tons of medical issues from spayed and neutered dogs.

My first dog was a male who never bred and he died extremely old of old age!! Do some research and use critical thinking. My dog was 14 when he died, always intact, never got a lady pregnant, and never got prostrate cancer. I agree with you. Intact dogs are much healthier. It is a proven fact. Take the German Shepherd as an example.

Not spaying or neutering has nothing to do with it. Spaying and neutering has been pushed on the public because of irresponsible pet owners whose dogs get out of their control and run loose thereby getting pickup and placed in an animal shelter. It would be a place of total chaos. But again…if you are an irresponsible dog owner…. I have been shamed for not spaying my dog. If you took my uterus out I would be saved from uterine cancer too. My dog is 12 and she has never let another dog mount her or come near her.

Did you keep her home for the three weeks of her heat? How have her heat cycles changed over the years as she has aged? Our 8 year old intact Golden has never wandered, anywhere. At age eight we are having to decide whether to neuter him now, since he is undergoing another surgery for a giant lipoma. Anybody else have any experience with this?

I had a Spinone Italiano with prostate cancer. I always intended to neuter him at 7 or 8 as I read once they hit 9 they are more prone to prostate and testicular cancers. But 7 turned to 8 which turned to 9 and then it was too late. He died at Hmmmm… Very interesting. Nobody here says that we should neuter male and female humans… just to protect them from all sorts of cancer! And many of you mention the uncontrollable sexual behavior of intact dogs.

Yeah, right! It is healthier and I totally agree with you on keeping dogs intact. I have a Rottweilers and these breeds are prone to cancer.

Your daily routine will completely change.

If they are fixed before about 7 years the chances of cancer go up exponentially. Fixing dogs does not protect them from cancer it gives them cancer,. I wish I could print this. It is great information and I am trying to convince my neighbor not to become a backyard german shepard breeder. He thinks the dog is going to give birth and he will make a bunch of money. How many fools like him does he think are around?

That makes me soo angry! There is absolutely no need for him to do this and he is not doing anything but hurting the dog! I hope he does not go through with that plan! I had a female in heat, locked in the house with the windows partially open. While we were gone, a male came in our fenced yard, and they did their best to tear the screens from the windows to get to each other. We have had two golden retrievers in the past 40 years. Both males were intact, and we never noticed any problems with them trying to get to any females.

We did try to breed our first one once, but it was unsuccessful. Oh so stupid.. Neutering a male dog will naturally make testicular cancer impossible, but it does have undesirable side effects. In long haired breeds, like my OES, neutering makes them more prone to skin and coat problems, such as hot spots. Neutering is not just a sterilization process, it removes a primary source of hormones that regulate growth and other developmental aspects of dogs and other species. Owners of intact animals must also remember that pet overpopulation results in millions of pet deaths a year, and many of these would be prevented by more pet owners spaying and neutering responsibly not too soon, not too late.

Lotsa hostility in this comment section…. How prevalent is prostate cancer to begin with? Does anyone even know? This article could elaborate with just a bit more pertinent facts to help people make informed decisions. One thing I know for sure is that male dogs can indeed get prostate cancer at any given time for no discernible reason whether they are intact or not.

Maybe neutering does decrease that risk, but by how much is the question at hand. If prostate cancer is super uncommon to begin with and the increase of risk is small enough or negligible then that would change the conversation here. There can also be some drawbacks as well.

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The most important point that really needs to be made here is that people and dogs are all very different and should be respected as individuals. Its incorrect and unethical to pass judgement on a pet owner based on whether they decided to neuter or not. Well said. But in all seriousness, I do believe it to be somewhat more of a safer choice to get your male altered especially when socializing is concerned. Despite being an owner of an intact male myself. My Yorkie who believes to be Bull-Mastiff is about 14 pounds soaking wet with ears the size of antennas, he also thinks he is the only one allowed to have his balls.

My dogs are all intact. The male visits my son when the girls are in heat, unless I want a litter of puppies. Raising puppies is a chore, but I enjoy every minute of it, and my girls seem happiest when they have a litter of puppies. Then- they totally lose interest in them after a couple of months, thankfully, because I had originally worried about them grieving their loss. Anyway, I had a very bad experience when I was breeding miniature beagles. I was referred by the local beagle club, sanctioned by AKC to a breeder who had beagles, and two males were miniatures. I took my female to this recommended breeder, and she had to have a hysterectomy at 5 weeks because the puppies were almost as big as she was.

I am sure that the miniatures were not interested in doing the job, so she used one of her larger dogs. So, I would never allow my females anywhere near any male dog but my own. And, I figured out that, not only are papers irrelevant when considering the value of a dog, since breeders can tell you anything, but papers are also irrelevant when considering the value of a breeder.

My younger Lab, which we hope is pregnant, will have the same later this year. Please share. We have a household of two purebred collies, girl and a much younger boy. She joined us at 5 years of age and we survived the first heat because the boy had no idea what to do, being only 7 months. I guess none of you understand that when you neuter a male dog, or desex I should say, the not well equipped adrenal glands are forced to produce testosterone.

Because he needs testosterone to live a healthy life. Problem is the adrenals often become sick for having to perform a function they are not intended to. The thinking of removing the testicles to prevent possible prostate cancer is ludicrous. Should we remove all human testicles for the same reason? Shame on you. If your an irresponsible pet owner then sure better to neuter your dog. But call it what it is. Human logic at its finest. I am the owner of a 15 month male Aussie who is intact.

My vet advised me NOT to neuter until 8 years and only if to prevent a medical condition. I have no interest in breeding, either. My issues are with the General US Public that is shaming me for not neutering. Our local rural 5 acre dog park has a sign that requires dogs to be spayed or neutered. 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.

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. 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. Hello, get an X-ray with your vet as it might be cancer spread to the lungs if the dog is having difficulty breathing ;. 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. 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. To the vet we went. Xrays showed a mass and a day later ultrasound was done and showed not within other organs? Five days later, results. 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!!

We have recently had the same with our mini schnauser. He went to the vet to have his yearly jab, he had a heart murmer, then with further tests a tumour. So spleen removed along with mass tumour. They wanted us to go to a specialist to have a ct scan, but as he has been through so much already we have decided not to.

He came home this afternoon and seems okay, but not himself. He can walk around but is pretty lethargic overall. Anyone else had issues getting their dogs to eat? I may try lowering the dose a bit. 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. 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 — sharron icloud. 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. His results are thankfully tumour free. Asti has just completed IV chemotherapy and is now on oral for the rest of her life. She had no secondary tumours at the time of surgery , but it is known as a very virilant tumour. I have a 11 yr old rescue dog. I say we are lucky that he picked us up! Open the door and he was just slump on the floor. NOT common fo him as he normally runs around the house and comes to the kitchen and wags for treats. I of course was feeling SICK to my gut.

They came out minutes later and had a lil tube of blood and said this was in his tummy, not suppose to be there. Xray showed tumor in the spleen and it had ruptured. 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 …. 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.

We said to please do what is necessary to get the blood in him so they said they would have to do blood plasma. 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.

Went in and had the talk and options and what the possibilty of his time on earth. 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!!! I said he was fine , never had any issues with his back right leg til after the surgery. 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? Maylin Tampa FL. I have a 8yo german shepard who just had the same op did biggles have trouble putting weight back on. 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.. 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!! 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.

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! 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!! I have seen this in my other baby who has his spleen removed at 11 and sadly passed at 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! It has been a year and a half since then, and he is alive and well! He had the same symptoms: sudden lethargy, loss of appetite, weakness, and pale gums. 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!

I empathize with anyone going through this with their pup and I wish you luck and hope for a good outcome! Hi Sarah cried since 2. I am devastated …housebound his my world! My 15 year old Dauchsund had all the symptoms described above. She had surgery and a 2. No malignancy, total success and she is eating well and gaining weight! I am grateful to God and my Mexican Vets!!

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. Hi, we strongly advise calling your vet with this update — he might want to see Chopper again as a check. Reading this has made me hopeful and even more scared, both at the same time.

My 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? These posts are giving me hope. My 9- or year-old Pyrenees-Lab-? 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. 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. 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! 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. They found a swollen lymph node but have to wait to see the results in four days for malignancy.

I am concerned.. 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.. 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.. I could lose my mind and never felt more helpless..

Everyone has a different experience, please help me with yours if its similiar. Thank you.. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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! 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.

But when he pulled back her eyelids the were all white! She has been booked in for the operation tomorrow to remove the spleen. 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! 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. 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 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. 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 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! Hey Everyone, My 8yr. 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. Finally the doctor agreed and unfortunately my suspicions were confirmed. They found 3 golfball size tumors in his spleen.

I keep praying and feel hopeful by reading some of these posts. They fear it might be hemangiosarcoma, which is fast and extremely aggressive. I cannot even imagine losing my boy; he is my best friend. 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. 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 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. 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?

Please anyone who can offer advice for me would be greatly appreciated. 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. Reading the different stories has helped a little x. 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. 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. 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. My dog is Australian shepherd mix labrador is 9 years and one month old has his spleen removed on January 14 , last year And I cook for him mostly protein mix with kale sweet potatoes and rice. Because high protein inhibit tumor growth. 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. 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.

Would I really want to put him through chemo if all it will do is give him me! 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? 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.

Fingers crossed xxx. 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.

All I have to do now is get him fit and well.

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 have a 14 year old beagle, her name is Princess. She just had her spleen remove yesterday and so far she is doing great!!!


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This morning at 5am I feed her and she ate pretty good, not her usually portion but enough. 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!!! I have a 15 year old Rotweiler three years older than me!!! 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. 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. 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.

Ultrasound as of last week says there are signs of masses growing in the cavity of his stomach…. I am so confused cause as the more I read the more contradictions all over the place. 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. I know he needs IRON …. 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. He was at the vet by 4. 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. Dad died first then only last year my Mum suddenly died so he lost both his owners really quickly. Julie you mainly wrote my story about my 8 year old Cairn Terrier mix, Roscoe. He jumped off my lap at p. He is normally out and back on my lap within 3 minutes. At 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. It was just one of those days. 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.

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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.

He was coming back! His 6 a. 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. 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. Finally the dreaded call came in one week to the day after his surgery WHY did it have to take so long!?!

Julie, my heart goes out to you. I pray you had the same outcome as I. Roscoe had to have ACL surgery in November of Unconditional love in both directions. My dog Moze had surgery three weeks ago at noon on a Monday. 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. 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.

Our 14 year old springer spaniel had his spleen out in late October Now some 6 months later apart from being tired quite quickly on walks it is as if nothing has happened. 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. He did today. He had a splenectomy. Liver is fine but more tests to be done. He has stayed at the vets overnight to monitor him. I miss him so much. 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.

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. Sarah: you did everything right! 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…. After blood test and X-rays…. 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. 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.

Having now had 2 go through this, I certainly recommend anyone with larger breeds especially with the deep chests to talk to their vets. So I also want to highly recommend pet parents look into these options for their fur babies. 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 Hurts so much so my heart goes out to u too sarah.

I have a 9 yr old female lab sasha with what the vet thinks is a cancerous tumor on her spleen. I beleive in God and I have done a lot of research, and I believe she will heal. I am supposed to have her to surgery this Tuesday August 11th at 8am. I have been bringing her to this vet for all of her years. I just need to be reassured I am doing the right thing for Sasha. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. I took him to the vet the following day, he had blood taken which did not show any particular abnormality. 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. There is a big space in my heart right now. 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. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers to St Anthony the patron saint of animals. 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 she survives I will write back. 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.

Our succesful story. She chose to ignore me thankfully and took blade to the vet. 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. 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!. 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? In May , my 7 year old lab mix was about 62 , with a potbelly. 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. I ran a strip on his urine and he was starting a UTI again.

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. 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. 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.

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. Our Labrador cross Jack approx. A large tumour was found on his spleen.

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

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. We got the news we were waiting for. 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.

Michelle — I am so happy to hear your pups tumour was benign. My 12 year old lab has surgery on Sunday. There appears to be no spread. Your story gives me hope. I had never heard of this before until I described to my vet that when I got home from work at 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 in the morning. At 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. 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. We opted for surgery, despite the cost, and hoped for the best.