Does anyone have experience with the spleen removal and how long their dog lived after this procedure? I know each dog is different - and no one story is the same - I just don't know - I don't want her to bleed out! I'm also worried that she will have to be euthanized on the table before the surgery is completed. I pray that it will go well.
So sad - this dog is sweetness personified.
I'm so sorry that you and Allie are dealing with this situation. Allie is a lucky girl to be with you and to have had the wonderful life that you are giving her.
Two of my dogs have had a splenectomy. Charlie had his when he was around 7 years old and he lived until he was almost 13. The pathology report on his spleen was benign. Charlie developed seizures when he was almost 12 that were probably caused by a brain lesion of some kind, but there was never any evidence to link that to his spleen. Between 7 and 13, his life was pretty normal.
Joker, who is Charlie's half-brother, had a splenectomy last summer at the age of almost 12. This was on the heels of a hard fall on steps that made me suspect internal injury, though Joker acted as if nothing was wrong at the time. We found my sweet boy the morning after his fall lying very still and unable to stand, with gray gums. He was clearly bleeding internally and we rushed him to the emergency clinic, where they said he was in shock and promptly gave him a transfusion. I told the vets before surgery that I was sure this would prove to be a benign hematoma. They didn't quite believe me, but when the surgeon called with the pathology results, she said, "You have hit the splenectomy jackpot twice in row. The report says 'consistent with benign hematoma.'" Joker is doing very well now. as a happy senior who knows that I couldn't stand to lose him a day too soon.
A splenectomy is really major surgery and the recovery is difficult. The spleen processes a lot of blood and you have to make sure that the dog is quiet - no being off-leash or rough play indoors - for weeks after the surgery. The dog needs
pain medication for several days to two weeks after surgery and just needs a lot of loving.
Would I do this again? In a heartbeat, given an otherwise healthy dog. For Allie, you will make the right decision, based on tremendous love and determination to do what is best for her.
Hugs and prayers,