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Can Dog Live Without Spleen?

FAQs Cindy Castillo August 10, 2022

Although pets can live normally without a spleen, the spleen performs some useful functions in life: Blood reservoirs. The spleen has an enormous amount of red blood cells moving through its myriad tortuous blood vessels at all times.

How long will a dog live after spleen removed?

With splenectomy alone, the reported median survival time is 86 days with an estimated 1-year survival rate of 6.25% (8). A recent study reported a median survival time of 1.6 months, with 11.1% surviving at 1 year and 4% at 2 years after splenectomy alone (3).

What happens when a dog’s spleen is removed?

Removing the spleen will fix the bleeding problems and your pet will live another three to six months without further treatment even after the mass has spread. Moving is an easy way for owners to spend more time with their cherished family member.

Do dogs feel better after spleen removal?

Most of these dogs cope fantastically with the surgery and are often back to their normal, happy selves 24-48 hours later. Even the old ones. They feel so much better after having their spleen removed that their owners cannot believe how well they are just a day or two after major abdominal surgery.

How does not having a spleen affect a dog?

Despite all the spleen functions, dogs can live normally without their spleen. Most dogs never have a problem. There are a few infections affecting red blood cells that are more common in dogs without a spleen, but the incidence is low.

What should I feed my dog with no spleen?

Foods that strengthen the spleen include: pears, potatoes, cucumbers, carrots, melon, grains, honey, cinnamon and anise. Don’t forget that there are homeopathic remedies that may be able to help heal the spleen. As always, our goal is to improve your dog’s health in a natural, chemical-free way.

How much does a splenectomy cost for a dog?

Cost of Splenectomy in Dogs

This is due to the diagnostic tests required to even identify the problem as well as the surgical knowledge required to perform the procedure. Overall, most owners can expect to pay around $2,500 for a splenectomy.

Why do dogs get tumors on spleen?

Noncancerous causes of spleen tumors or spleen enlargement include various infections, immune-mediated diseases, and obstructions to blood flow through or from the spleen. We have found some splenic tumors during routine physical examinations; the owners hadn’t noticed any signs.

What organ takes over after spleen removal?

If your spleen has to be removed, other organs such as the liver can take over many of the spleen’s functions. This means you can still deal with most infections.

How long can a dog live with a spleen tumor?

Most of these dogs can live about six months just by removing the spleen and without any further follow-up treatment. Occasionally we discover these before a bleeding event, or the bleeding event is minor and the dog requires a blood transfusion so the cost of treatment can be as little as $1,000.

How do you care for a dog after a splenectomy?

Most dogs go home a day or two after surgery. Iron supplementation may be necessary to help the body recover from blood loss. Antibiotics will likely be prescribed, as well as some form of analgesia (pain relief) for the recovery period.

What percentage of spleen tumors in dogs are benign?

Overall, studies report that there is about a 50/50 chance of a spleen mass in dogs being malignant (cancerous) or benign. If the mass is an incidental finding and the dog is asymptomatic, one study showed that 70.5% of canine patients are benign, which is good news.

How long does a canine splenectomy take?

In most cases, the entire process will take around 45 minutes to an hour. Most pets are cured within 1-2 weeks, but possible complications include anemia from blood loss or cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).

How important is a spleen in a dog?

In most pets, the spleen is about the length of your forearm. It functions as part of the immune system, helping the body fight off infection and removing aged, non-functioning red blood cells from the circulation.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4944561/
  2. https://www.brisbanepetsurgery.com.au/splenic-tumours
  3. https://davidsonvet.com/splenectomy/
  4. https://www.petsafe.net/learn/my-dog-needs-a-spleen-removal-is-that-bad
  5. https://www.volharddognutrition.com/blog/how-a-properly-balanced-diet-can-improve-your-dogs-spleen-health-prevent-tumors/
  6. https://wagwalking.com/treatment/splenectomy
  7. https://yarmouthvetcenter.com/tumors-of-the-spleen.pml
  8. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/spleen-problems-and-spleen-removal/
  9. https://southeasternvet.com.au/blog/pets-diagnosed-splenic-tumour
  10. https://www.marvistavet.com/splenectomy.pml
  11. https://toegrips.com/splenic-masses-in-dogs/
  12. https://www.cuyamacaanimalhospital.com/post/splenectomy-san-diego
  13. https://www.amcny.org/blog/2011/08/29/the-spleen-do-dogs-and-cats-really-need-one

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