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Bo's valuable annual check up
Our Braveheart this month is a 12 year old male retriever called Bo.
Bo presented to us for a routine Vaccination as he was going for a holiday at the kennels.
He was finding it a bit hard to stand up on the vinyl flooring. When examined by Vet Sarah his gums looked a little paler than normal. His heart rate was also consistently a little rapid at 100 beats per minute ( normally 80-90 for a large dog). Respiration rate was also higher than expected and Sarah could feel a swelling in the abdomen that may not have been breakfast.
A blood sample was analysed to check for anaemia, and organ function. On interpretation of the bloods Bo was confirmed as having an anaemia that could have been brought on by an acute haemorrhage. The pathologist advised a further investigation with an abdominal ultrasound examination. At this stage both Sarah and Peta were worried about the possibility of a ruptured splenic tumour.
Bo is an at risk breed for a very rapidly fatal tumour of the spleen called a haemangiosarcoma. About 2/3rds of splenic lumps are tumours and 2/3rds of those are haemangiosarcomas. Though the spleen is a useful back up for the bone marrow it can be safely removed. The spleen is a delicate organ and can easily bleed potentially causing fatal blood loss.
Bo was booked in for an Ultrasound exam the next morning. He had some mild sedation, was clipped and the Ultrasound begun. It didn't take long for Peta to identify the problem and it was as we all had feared. A large spleen was seen with a mass attached of approximately 10cm in diameter. The liver fortunately looked free of masses on the scan and there was no fluid in the abdomen indicating current bleeding.
The owners decided they absolutely wanted to go ahead with surgery so Bo was given pre emptive pain relief ,started on intravenous fluids and prepped for surgery. A large mass was removed along with the spleen. No other signs of potential tumour spread were seen. The mass was sent with fingers crossed to the external lab to see if it was a tumour or not.
Bo recovered like a real trooper!! He was continued on intravenous fluids via an infusion pump and ongoing pain relief. He ate later that day and had a comfortable night in his heated kennel. The next morning Bo was eating, drinking and toileting normally and ready to head home.
On Bo's recheck he was a bright and happy dog though his anemia hadn't had a chance to fully recover. The question was whether the biopsy was going to show a tumour with only weeks to live or a benign lesion that has been cured.
The histology report came back the next week and much to our delight the mass was just a large haematoma ( blood clot) with no evidence of underlying cancer. Bo was cured!!
This was the best news possible to report to Bo's loving family and we were all greatly relieved at the Clinic!! What a great save!!
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