Patient of the Week – Spud

Patient of the Week – Spud

Patient of the Week – Spud

Spud came to Mountainside after not acting like his normal self in terms of energy levels. One of our emergency veterinarians palpated a large mass in his abdomen, which was confirmed by ultrasound to be on his spleen.

Patient of the Week – Spud

Spud was in pretty good spirits about the whole thing, and even had his radiographs performed with a tennis ball in his mouth.

Spud immediately went to surgery to have his spleen removed. The mass was sent off for histopathology and the results showed that the mass was a hematoma (not cancerous!).

He recovered quickly and wanted to play fetch soon after surgery (…much earlier than he was allowed to). Good job Spud!

Patient of the Week – Spud Patient of the Week – Spud Patient of the Week – Spud

Splenic lesions that are non-cancerous are either a splenic hematoma (what Spud had) or nodular hyperplasia. These are benign and removing them surgically is the cure.

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Another cause of a splenic lesion, which is more sinister, is hemangiosarcoma. This is a malignant splenic tumor.

In this case, if the disease process has not spread to other areas of the body (evaluated by radiographs), animals are often able to have a good quality of life if the spleen is removed.

Low energy in older dogs can be related to a number of underlying medical conditions. Older dogs should have more frequent wellness exams with their regular veterinarian to catch any abnormalities early.

Your veterinarian will perform a full physical exam, which includes checking that vital signs are within normal limits, evaluating musculoskeletal pain, and palpating internal structures externally to feel for any abnormalities.

A general blood panel should also be run on a regular basis to check and compare ongoing organ function. If anything abnormal is detected, radiographs and/or ultrasound may be indicated to get a clear view of the thoracic and abdominal cavity.

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