July 7: The Day it All Went Bad

July 7, 2008

Addie was having a perfectly normal, good day. At 3pm we decided to take her outside but she couldn’t get up. Something was definitely wrong. Through tears, we carried her to the car and drove her to our vet. He wasn’t sure what was wrong but noticed she was very anemic. He suggested that we take her to the emergency animal hospital.

Once there and examined, it was determined that she had a large tumor on her spleen that had ruptured and was bleeding internally. Emergency surgery was needed. By this time she could barely raise her head and there was no wag in her tail. We were devastated. We said our good byes to her while trying to stay calm (not at all possible) and waited for her to be transferred to post-op. It was 3 of the longest hours of our lives…

She came out of surgery like a trooper! Within 10 minutes of being out she wanted to stand up to greet us and the wag was back! At that point, the doctors did not know if it was cancer but did not see any signs of cancer in any of the other internal organs – a great sign. She was then transferred to the Internal Medicine veterinarian next door for 2 days of recovery.

She did very well and was able to come home on July 9th. It wasn’t the best shaving job ever done, but she was happy to be home and we were happy to be with her again!!

1 thought on “July 7: The Day it All Went Bad

  1. I wasn’t sure how to contact you. Our dog had the exact same splenectomy/anemia last Tuesday that your Addie had. We got the results today that it is hemangiosarcoma. I am on my phone and can’t read your entire blog now, but it looks chock-full of good info and hope. Can you give me any ideas of what to do NOW? What do you think of chemotherapy? Wallace is on a raw diet, fish oil, Glycoflex, thyroid pill. He is a 10-year-old pit bull. I would appreciate any advice or words of wisdom.

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