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Bianca is having spleen/mass removal surgery tonight

Bianca was acting odd this evening, was limping a little and then did not want to eat dinner which is totally abnormal for her, I checked and her gums were pale. So I rushed her in to the vet, I thought it might be bloat but it turned out she had blood in her abdomen. X-rays showed an enlarged spleen and then further ones showed a mass on her spleen... My vet did a few things and then had me take her to the emergency vet where they could do more since it was after 6 and they were closed technically and also don't do that type of surgeries...
She's at the emergency vet now and she is going to have surgery tonight (splenectomy). I just talked to the surgeon on the phone a while ago, they said she is doing well and they were about to start, they will call me when she is out of surgery (a few hours.) The good news is the x-rays didn't show any other visible masses, but there could be something that could not be seen on x-ray, of course they will look during the surgery and then we have to wait for the biopsy results, but of course a splenic mass is not a good sign... I hate waiting and not knowing though, I am a nervous worried wreck right now.
She's only 8 years old. Last night we took a ~3 mile walk to the park with friends, she was acting totally fine and even played with another dog (well, tried to-- it was a Chihuahua and was scared of her) so it's really hard to believe, it has all happened so fast..I was totally unprepared for this.


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Sorry you are having to go through this. I hope the surgery goes well and Bianca has a quick recovery.
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I am so sorry - praying and crossing fingers and paws for Bianca.
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I got a call from the surgeon. Bianca got through surgery fine, she is resting. They found several growths which had ruptured that were on her spleen-- and there are some small growths on her liver. They will be sending biopsy samples out to be tested.


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Are they thinking hemangiosarc?

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That is the most common thing unfortunately. They said they won't know for sure until the biopsy comes back though.


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Oh, no - that was my first thought too. Hoping for the best...

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hemangiosarcoma was my first thought also. i'm so sorry.

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