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Our 10 year old baby, Whiskey, was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Due to his weight loss and not eating we took him to a specialist. He is at this moment at the vet getting his diabetes under control, in an effort to make sure there were no underlying causes they did an ultrasound and found a tumor on his spleen and a small one on his liver that they said is more than likely benign. In 3 weeks they want to do another ultrasound on the spleen to see if the tumor is growing. Has anyone had the spleen removed with diabetes present? We are so worried about our boy and we do not want to cause him any pain. :crying:
 

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I've no knowledge of diabetic dogs and surgery, but I wanted to welcome you to the forum anyway. A large proportion of the members here are in North America, so will have been asleep when you posted.
Good luck to Whiskey.
 

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Welcome to the forum !

I have no knowledge of spleen removals with diabetic dogs, but had a dog who had his spleen removed at 7 years old due to a benign tumor that ruptured. He lived to be a healthy 14 1/2.

As a diabetic myself, I had major abdominal surgery that I recovered from well (after walking around with a ruptured appendix for 7 weeks so needing intensive antibiotic therapy and had some serious internal damage and infections) - but the diabetes is under control which makes a huge difference.

That said, especially with uncontrolled blood sugars, any surgery can be more risky than average. However, diseased and/or spleen with tumors needs to come out - a bleed can be fatal very quickly. The vets may wish to keep your dog under their care longer than usual (splenectomy surgeries often require at least a day or 2 hospital stays) so they can control the blood sugars to aid in recovery.

Good luck to your Whiskey :)
 
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