Splenectomy

A procedure that involves the removal of the spleen is known as a splenectomy. Under this procedure, the entire or partial splenectomy may be removed. It is common in both animals and humans. The spleen is shaped like a tongue and sits right below the stomach. It is similar in consistency to the liver. The spleen is highly beneficial to the body, even though animals and humans can live without it. Our veterinarians can do this procedure at our animal hospital. We provide quality veterinary care at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray.

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Causes of Spleen Removal

There are a few reasons why an animal may have to undergo a splenectomy. One of the most common reasons for splenectomy in dogs is due to a mass or growth on the spleen, which has split and begun bleeding. Animals that are blood donors may also have their spleens removed to help detect blood parasites. Infiltration by cancer, most common in cats, is another reason to remove the spleen. Sometimes the spleen may undergo trauma after rupturing, promoting an emergency removal of the spleen to help control bleeding.

How Masses are Detected

Masses on the spleen can be detected in a variety of ways. A physical examination is the most common way to detect them. If it is an enormous mass, the area will be relatively firm and noticed during a physical exam. Radiographs are used to further detect and take a look at the mass to see if there are any signs of cancer present. Based on the determinations, a splenectomy may be performed in the future. A basic blood panel is another way to detect splenic tumors.

Things to Know

Until the spleen is removed, it may bleed, and a blood transfusion may be needed. Following surgery, your pet will appear much thinner. Your pet will be given a bandage to help control blood from the incision left behind. You can also expect your dog to come home a couple of days after surgery and be given an iron supplement to help with blood loss.

Contact Us for an Appointment in McMurray

Our veterinarians are always here to help at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray. Give us a call to schedule an appointment if you have concerns about your dog having a possible mass. Our team is committed to providing our patients the quality care they need. Contact us today to see how we can help you and your animal. 

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