Breeze, an 11-year-old Springer Spaniel gave her owners a fright one night when she became very lethargic and depressed.
Her very worried owners rushed her to the vet, after she was examined, she was quickly sent to our emergency out of hours vets for intravenous fluids and monitoring overnight. After being monitored at Vets Now overnight her condition was deteriorating, so we took her to theatre to investigate a mass on her spleen which was discovered on ultrasound.
It was all hands-on deck to prepare theatre and Breeze for surgery. It took a Vet and 2 nurses to carry out the surgery as Breeze was a very poorly girl. Once we were operating on Breeze the mass was found on her Spleen but all her other organs looked fine, so the Vet proceeded with the surgical removal of the spleen (Splenectomy). The surgery went well and Breeze was stable throughout. She was monitored closely by one of our nurses in recovery and came around well from the anaesthetic. Once she was awake enough, we took her out for a little wander in the garden so she was able to stretch her legs, even after her big operation she was still wagging her tail on the walk which brought a tear to the nurses’ eyes for how brave she was! A sample of the Spleen was sent to an external lab to test to identify what the mass was. The results revealed that the mass was a heamatoma, which is brilliant news, and she shouldn’t require any further treatment.
Breeze has been coming back for regular post-op checks with our Vets so they are able to monitor her progress. She has now had her last post-op check and she has recovered marvellously well and still greets us every time with a waggy tail! She’s got an ‘excess’ of energy according to her owner, and is looking forward to some healthy long walks now. Well done Breeze.