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Q. If your dog was exrayed had a tumor in his spleen had to remove and it was non cancerous how much longer could he live without the spleen.

Answered By
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM

A. A dog without a spleen will have a normal life expectancy. The spleen is an organ that can produce benign or "non cancerous" rumors. Surgical removal of the entire spleen is usually the best option. Lump removals with only part of the spleen being removed are possible, however, since the spleen is an organ that stores Red blood cells, but there is an increased risk for post operative hemorrhaging.


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