04-18-2019, 08:02 PM
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My 13-year-old dog, Cinnamon, is going to the vet in a few days to get an ultrasound. He had an X-ray a few weeks back that seemed to show an enlarged spleen, so the vet said we should keep an eye on things.
I have been, and Cinnamon seems to be in quite a bit of discomfort, despite the pain medication he is on. He sometimes will breath heavily, lays down in very careful positions (I think to get his stomach comfortable), doesn't like his belly being touched or his back legs being lifted up (he tenses all up, he didn't use to do that), and he has even had a few collapse episodes (he acts like he hurt his back and can barely walk for a few hours).
He's still a very happy dog most of the time, loves to eat and get attention and will go up and down the stairs and even sometimes play, but I'm worried that if it does have an enlarged spleen it will need removed for him to ever be truly comfortable again. His biological brother had a splenectomy because of cancer on his spleen and he died a couple days after the surgery. It was advanced cancer, but I'm still feeling really nervous about this. Cinnamon is pretty old and the surgery is apparently quite difficult, because the vet who has done fatty tumor removal on some of our other dogs in the past said they weren't able to do it.
Any advice or experience?
Thanks in advance!