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Spleen Removal?

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Spleen Removal?

Post  MackandMattiesMom on 11/30/2011, 7:38 pm

Anyone heard or know of a dog that has had their spleen removed? Not sure of the exact circumstances or why this is being suggested, but a friend posted on Facebook about a pug that may be having this done and their humans would like to know of personal experience.

Just got some more info. This is what I was told:

She had a mass removed from her shoulder (cancer) all went well but have now found that it has spread to he spleen. She is a beautiful girl and is very healthy and her mom is going to fight with all resources available.
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Re: Spleen Removal?

Post  Pugsaunt on 12/1/2011, 5:52 pm

Having a splenectomy (spleen removal) is not uncommon. In humans, it is done for injury or cancer or certain blood disorders. It is located on the left side of the body, under the bottom edge of the rib cage. It is part of the lymphatic system and stores white and red blood cells. The main problem with having it out is being more susceptible to infection. We used to give antibiotics to kids with splenectomies but not to adults. The fact that your friend's furbaby has underlying good health is a Good Thing. A splenectomy is major surgery, although in humans it can be done by laparoscope. Not sure about pugs - not as much room to move the scope in there. I would expect that they would biopsy and check some adjacent lymph nodes during the surgery. The skin people (as opposed to fur people) that I cared for after splenectomies had the same kind of recovery as for an open gall bladder removal or any other abdominal surgery.
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