Q. My Golden, Tobi is 10 fluid around his lung an enlarged spleen and liver is large on one side waiting for the results of lung fluid. What do u think?
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. Unfortunately it is necessary to determine the nature of the fluid before being able to give you more specific informations/opinions/diagnosis. Generally speaking, there are three different type of pleural (pleural means that is coming from the space around the lungs) fluid:
Exudate, Transudate and modified transudate. Other types could be pus or blood.
Exudate typically comes from inflammation (of different types); transudate from other processes like for example heart disease.
The fact that liver and spleen are enlarged could be due to heart disease, but unfortunately other causes are still possible.
If you require to discuss any results of the fluid sample please do not hesitate to write back to pet coach or engage in a consultation.