Liver and Spleen Cancer (Hemangiosarcoma) in Dogs
This type of tumor necessitates inpatient care. Intravenous fluids to correct dehydration and transfusions of fresh whole blood for patients with severe anemia will be part of the initial medical care. Coagulation will also be managed as necessary. Depending on the stage of metastasis, surgical management may also be employed. If possible, the tumor will be removed along with the surrounding tissue or the entire organ, A successful splenectomy may give your dog an additional three months of life. If chemotherapy can be successfully employed along with surgery, survival time may be lengthened but not considerably. Because of the aggressive and malignant nature of this tumor, survival time is generally short.
Living and Management
Your dog's activity will need to be restricted until after initial surgical management period is over. Your veterinarian will advise you on the level of activity you should encourage in your dog. It is important to take care in physical activity and to follow your doctor's instructions, since spontaneous hemorrhage may occur.
After surgery, you should expect your dog to feel sore. Your veterinarian may give you pain medication for your dog to help minimize discomfort, and you will need to set up a place in the house where your dog can rest comfortably and quietly, away from other pets, active children, and busy entryways. Trips outdoors for bladder and bowel relief should be kept short and easy for your dog to handle during the recovery period. Use pain medications with caution and follow all directions carefully; one of the most preventable accidents with pets is overdose of medication.
Chest and abdominal radiography and abdominal ultrasound are needed every three months after the initial treatment to monitor for recurrence.
A cell that aids in clotting
A type of paralysis that may be only slight; affects the way that an animal is able to move
The occurrence or invasion of pathogens away from the point where they originally occurred
A procedure of imaging internal body structures by exposing film
A surgical procedure in which the spleen is removed.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A medical condition in which the patient has an abnormally fast heartbeat
The growth of pathogens away from the original site of the disease
An attachment of the zygote inside the uterus
A medical condition in which an animal is unable to control the movements of their muscles; may result in collapse or stumbling.
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
The abdominal wall is a group of bones, muscles, and vital tissues that make up the wall around the organs in the abdomen. Inside these bones, muscles, and tissues is a cavity, and the cavity is what houses the vital organs found inside the abdomen. The abdominal wall is vital for protection of these organs.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.
Extreme loss of blood
Something that becomes worse or life threatening as it spreads
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