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Been a while since I posted... man oh man we have had a stressful week.

 

Yesterday Jaina, our almost-7-year-old girl, had a splenectomy including the removal of a 23 cm (!!) solid mass. We won't know the pathology results until mid next week. Our fingers are crossed that it was benign but we're trying to stay realistic. I'll include the background for the curious.

 

The past 2 months we thought Jaina was getting fat - her tuck was becoming considerably less pronounced. We chalked this up to shorter walks and less playful energy due to a recurring corn on one paw. We cut back her daily food by 1/2 cup for 2 weeks, but her waist was still growing so we took her in to our vet last week. Her blood work came back "pristine" but the follow-up xray this Tuesday revealed a mass. Our local vet did an ultrasound but couldn't see around the mass because it was so big. It turns out Jaina's growing waist was caused by her intestines being squished out of place :( I feel pretty awful that her tumor got so large before we caught it.

 

We were referred to the nearest large veterinary college for oncology/surgery consult this Thursday. They did further xrays and an ultrasound with a more powerful unit... but STILL couldn't tell exactly what the mass was attached to (at this point we thought it was a liver tumor). Yesterday morning she went for a CT which showed that the mass was actually on the spleen. Thankfully there was no indication of spread to other organs. She went straight from CT to surgery to remove the sucker, and was discharged this morning after just 24 hours in the hospital. To our surgeon's delight everything was smooth sailing with minimal bleeding - Jaina required no blood products! We had fortunately started her on Amicar the day we got the first xray results. She was perky and alert for the car ride home, ate as soon as we got in, and has been sleeping peacefully since. The surgeon said recovery should be similar to spay surgery, just with a longer incision.

 

During surgery Jaina also got a bonus gastropexy (concerned about extra bloat risk due to the sudden extra space) and learned that she still has her uterus - her pre-adoption spay only removed the ovaries.

 

Now we're just hoping for an uncomplicated recovery and anxiously awaiting the pathology results on the tumor...

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Oh my goodness!

 

So glad you found the problem. Hope it turns out to be completely benign. Scritchies for your good girl :wub: .

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Good thoughts for your girl and you.

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sending good thoughts

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Sending healing thoughts that she makes a complete recovery and is with you for many more years. :grouphug

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Sending good thoughts to all of you! One of Kenzie's littermates had a large splenic mass removed in December 2012 and is going strong today at 12 and counting. Wishing your girl a smooth recovery and a benign report!

Kendra, devoted walker of Lucia (Larking About x Anastasia) and her son Henry (Tom Jones: Great Son x Lucia), plus Grandpa Grey the Galgo/Greyhound cross.

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    Kenzie (Slatex Kenzie: Randy Handy x Slatex Chrisy), 4/16/03 - 10/29/14, who really knew what a good dog she was,
    and Falcon (Atascocita Sabat: Dodgem by Design x Atascocita Barb), 9/13/10 - 1/31/20, who was grumpy and snarky but eventually a little bit cuddly, too.

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Sending good thoughts your way. Hoping for a benign report.

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Adding our good thoughts for Miss Jaina. Yay for Amicar! Give that girl some ice cream while she's resting.

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Thanks so much for the kind wishes. We got the phone call today about Jaina's spleen mass... it was nodular hyperplasia --- BENIGN! :balloonparty

 

We are just SO relieved to get this result. Jaina is doing really great with recovery - she'll get her stitches out next week and should be feeling pretty good in time for her 7th birthday this July.

 

I've been working from home to administer pain meds and keep her from messing with the stitches. Jaina has been hard at work on her home office bed, napping. I'm apparently "not allowed to use that extension" when embedding dropbox photos so I'll just link 'em: One Two

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How wonderful :clap

Jan with precious pups Emmy (Stormin J Flag) and Simon (Nitro Si). Missing my angels: Bailey Buffetbobleclair 11/11/98-17/12/09; Ben Task Rapid Wave 5/5/02-2/11/15; Brooke Glo's Destroyer 7/09/06-21/06/16 and Katie Crazykatiebug 12/11/06 -21/08/21. My blog about grief The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not get over the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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Wow, the best possible news! She enjoying her recuperation time and having you home!

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The handsome boy Brady, mid-morning nap. The sun, the sun feels so, so, so good.

I can't keep my eyes open ... ... Retirement agrees ...

... and the Diva Ms India, 2001 - 10/16/2009 ....

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