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What is Hemangiosarcoma?

Cancer of the blood vessel walls, called hemangiosarcoma, is most often seen in German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retrievers, and Boxers. This cancer can occur either inside the body cavity or on the surface of the skin. The skin variety can be easily removed surgically and carries an excellent chance of full recovery. Unfortunately, internal hemangiosarcoma is almost certainly fatal. Growths that form in the spleen, heart or liver are difficult to detect until they become large enough to show symptoms. Even at a microscopic level, hemangiosarcoma can spread and progress throughout the body, forming large, blood-filled tumors virtually anywhere. When one of these tumors bursts, it can cause an immediate internal bleeding crisis signified by sudden whitening of the gums, weakness and collapse. Unfortunately, by the time the animal arrives at the veterinarian’s office, it is usually too late to provide any treatment or care. Owners who notice any abnormalities of the skin, lumps in the abdomen, or abnormal weakness in their pet should see a veterinarian immediately.

Hemangiosarcoma in canine is among, if not the, most challenging and mysterious diseases encountered in veterinary practice.

Hemangiosarcoma is an aggressive cancer affecting the cells that make up blood vessels, often forming masses in the spleen or heart. The cancerous tissue forming these masses is not as strong as ordinary tissue and may rupture when filled with blood, causing sudden internal bleeding emergencies and death.

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Symptoms of Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

  • Lump(s) detectable in the abdomen
  • Black or red mass in the skin
  • Weakness
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Weight loss
  • Partial or complete loss of movement
  • Seizures and/or intermittent collapsing
  • General lack of energy, lameness, and/or lack of engagement
  • Pale mucous membranes
Types
  • Dermal (skin)
  • Visceral (internal)

Causes of Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Accumulated lifetime exposure to carcinogens

Diagnosis of Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

Dermal

Dermal hemangiosarcoma presents as a bluish, black or red lump in the skin. This condition may have a sun-exposure component, and occurs on areas with sparser hair growth. Dogs with short, white hair are at greatest risk for this type of hemangiosarcoma. A veterinarian will make a physical inspection of the lump and likely will send a sample for analysis.

Visceral

Visceral hemangiosarcoma is often diagnosed post-mortem due to the sudden onset of symptoms from a ruptured tumor. However, if a tumor happens to be close to the skin and is successfully detected, there are a number of ways to identify the cancer. The veterinarian will look for general swelling of the abdomen, and will look at the dog’s gums to see if they are pale, a simple check for anemia. If the lump is not immediately identified as benign, a blood analysis, urine sample analysis, and medical imaging of the chest and abdomen will also be requested. A biopsy of the tumor may be taken, but this must be done carefully to avoid triggering an internal bleeding crisis.

Treatment of Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

In the case of dermal hemangiosarcoma, careful surgical removal is usually highly effective. If the tumor has been allowed to infiltrate the lower layers of the skin or muscle, chemotherapy is often administered as well and can include IV treatments of cyclophosphamide. Surgical excision and and chemotherapy combined give an excellent prognosis.

Visceral hemangiosarcoma treatment depends on the extent and size of the tumors. In cases where the cancer is localized to the spleen and has not ruptured, surgical removal along with chemotherapy can give a median survival time of around 4 months. Only 10% of dogs survive more than a year with visceral hemangiosarcoma. Complications of this cancer include clotting disorders leading to hemorrhage, intense pain if the cancer spreads to the bone, weakness and vomiting. In cases where the cancer has spread beyond the spleen, many veterinarians deem it kinder to euthanize the dog rather than subject it to the effects of the cancer.

Recovery of Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

Dermal hemangiosarcoma is survivable if the tumor is small, removed completely and follow-up chemotherapy administered. Cases where the tumor has spread carry a poor outlook of 6-10 months survival time. Follow-up appointments and imaging will be needed to make sure the cancer has not spread or relapsed.

Visceral hemangiosarcoma is almost always fatal. Pain can sometimes be managed with analgesics, but the severity of the cancer is such that recovery is not possible, and pets often succumb to the complications of living with it.

Hemangiosarcoma Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Frankie
Cairn Terrier
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

Tramadol

I have appreciated all the information on hemangiomasarcoma. After doing X-rays, needle aspiration and ultrasound on a subdermal mass on the right upper back of our dog it still wasn’t apparent what it was other than it was encapsulated and not affecting other organs. Like others he is still enjoying his daily activity and bodily functions are normal. Is getting pickier with foods though still eating, drinking and begging. 😊 The mass started in Sept. and then after needle aspiration was almost gone and he was totally himself. Then Christmas a sweet energetic puppy landed his paw on him when jumping for a toy and whether coincidental or not the mass has grown to the size of at least a baseball. Then three days ago started leaking blood and now has three areas where the fur is gone and seeping blood. No infection or open cuts. Three weeks ago we were considering surgery for removal of mass but blood work came back with severe anemia. This then led them to believe it was the hemangiomasarcoma. Does thie external bleeding sound like a possible symptom of this type of tumor? And will the bleeding stop or would it keep bleeding out? He is still quite comfortable other than the gauze pad and nonstick tape on the three raised bumps each a dime to quarter size. We have a great vet and she and the surgeon are stumped with him. Thanks for your thoughts.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hemangiosarcomas are known for bleeding since they arise from the soft tissue around the blood vessels and many times when organs like the spleen are affected it may be a case of a dog may bleed out into their abdomen if emergency surgery isn’t performed. In this case surgery would be the treatment of choice especially if it would continue to bleed, but the anaemia would need to be corrected first if possible. Your Veterinarians are in the best position to guide you here because I haven’t examined Frankie. Find below our page on dermal hemangiosarcoma. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/skin-cancer-hemangiosarcoma

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Sissy
Australian Shepherd
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

tumor

My dog is 1 week postop of right hind leg amputation. Hemangiosarcoma is confirmed. Her xrays before the amputation showed no other tumors. If all of the leg tumor was dissected, what are the odds of returning cancer somewhere else? How often should we have imaging checkups, every 3 months, 6 months?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm glad that she is doing well! Because each case of cancer is specific to the patient, staging, and post op treatment, it would be best to ask your veterinarian when they want her post op imaging rechecks. Every 3-6 months is standard, but where she falls in that timeline depends on her individual findings. I hope that she recovers well!

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Bandit
Boxer
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

pale gums

Hello,
We have a 12-year old male Boxer. We started one day with a bloody stool. Took him to the vet - he was diagnosed with colitis and given antibiotics. The red-blood stool turned into a black, tarry one within a week. Then, one day out of the blue, he had a small seizure that was hard to detect. Later that evening, he totally collapsed while running after a ball, and began to have a seizure on the ground. We brought him in and took him to the vet. Due to his age, the vet decided to do some xrays. While on the x-ray table, Bandit had another seizure. He said Bandit's spleen and liver were very enlarged. He showed us the pictures and said it looked like cancer. He gave us a grim prognosis. Six months to live. He gave us Phenobarbytol for the seizures which have not returned thus far - about four weeks now without one. He is unstable on his feet and seems pretty lethargic. He is eating and drinking. After about two weeks on the Phenobarbytol, he began drinking excessive amounts of water. An entire bowl at a time. He began peeing in the house. Not normal. Now, after several weeks on Phenobarbytol, he seems to be drinking much less water, hardly any, however he seems very, very hungry. He is constantly wanting food or a snack. We are feeding him his regular meals, plus more snacks throughout the day. He is so hungry, though, he is eating the trash. He looks like he has lost weight. We continue with his Phenobarbytol prescription and special dietary food from the vet. We are keeping him quiet with no excessive exercise. The seizures have stopped for now. He also has very pale gums and seems confused and disoriented often. We are trying to discern what is the right thing to do here. It doesn't look like he is ready to go, but just hard to tell what kind of quality of life he is having.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm very sorry that that is happening to Bandit, it is always hard when things start to go wrong. The increased urination and thirst, and disorientation may be due to the Phenobarbitol, and that can take a few weeks to normalize in a dog's system. The weight loss and pale gums may be related to any splenic or liver masses. If it seems that he is relatively happy, it may be worth continuing with the medication and monitoring him for more normal behavior. It may also be a good idea to have his Phenobarbitol levels checked if he has been on that for 4 weeks, to see if you can drop the dose down at all. I hope that he continues to have a decent quality of life once the medication side effects are stabilized.

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Esco
American Cocker Spaniel
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump under skin

My baby dog Esco is 5 years old. He's an American Cocker Spaniel, full of life and happy as can be. He was diagnosed last June2016 with subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma. We removed the tumor on his neck and did 3 of 5 chemo sessions. Unfortunately his tumor came back in Jan of this year. In the past month, it has grown. I don't know what is going to happen next, and given his prognosis of up to a year, what should I expect? So far he acts completely normal, happy and playful as always.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Prognosis in these types of cases are variable. Hemangiosarcoma is slow to metastasize, but generally without surgical intervention time is measured in months rather than in years. Surgical removal if possible, it still the best way to extend life expectancy and chemotherapy will help too. If you haven’t returned to your Veterinarian yet, I would advise that you do so to assess the extent of the recurrence. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sally
Beagle
12 1/2 years old
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Medication Used

prednisone

Hi my dog has subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma which has spread. I have her on supplements but want to put her on low dose chemotherapy what do you think? Or regular chemotherapy? My vet suggested that I take her to a special clinical for radiation therapy I don't want to stress her out either what treatment to buy time is worthwhile.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different chemotherapy protocols which may be followed which may include low dose chemotherapy; this should be discussed with your Veterinarian or with an Oncologist regarding Sally’s specific case. I haven’t examined Sally, so I really cannot comment in cases like this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Try putting your furbaby on I'm yunity & yunnan Baiyao , UPENN vet school did a trial and found I'm yunity prolongs the life of the dog with hemangiosarcoma. It's worth a shot. Chemo didn't work for mine and he suffered for it. Praying for ya

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kalen
German Shepherd Dog
8.5
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

achalasia

My 8.5 yr old GSD was just given the diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma last week by symptoms, anemia on CBC and xray showing enlarged spleen and liver- probable involvement. We elected not to do any further testing as the vet is confident on the diagnosis and have decided to make him comfort care. We thought it was his time wed as he wouldn't get up. He's lost 20# since March. As of today, he is fine, chasing squirrels, able to take 1/2 of our normal daily walks and drinking water. He is still a little weak, but barely noticeable. his appetite though is low. he will only eat a little meat (part of his pampering of his comfort care), but has to chew more loudly and then goes to drink more water. Is it affecting his esophagus or stomach? is there a diet that is better for them when they are this choosey either by choice or their true ability/function? I know this will only end in 1 way, his death. I just want to make sure I don't hurt him with the food I choose.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Palliative care is different for each patient, there are prescription diets which may help with digestion and keeping weight at a stable level but many owners complain that their pets are picky eaters and don’t care for the taste; various brands are available like Hills and Royal Canin which are available everywhere as well as local manufacturers so talking to your Veterinarian would be useful. Other than that, ensure that Kalen’s life is full and you make the most of your time together; some owners like to offer liver support with SAMe and silybin which you may also choose to do. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our boxer, Sasha, was diagnosed last summer and they removed a 5cm mass on her spleen. A friend of ours is a Chiropractor, who also studies and uses natural treatments, recommended something called PawPaw. We started immediate treatment and also modified her diet away from red meat, sugar, etc and towards organic options. She has been in amazing health up until this week, when she became very lethargic and her gums turned white. We took her to the emergency vet and they told us she was bleeding into her abdomen and put her on fluids. A few hours later, we took her home, planning to take her back but she was doing well so we kept her overnight. Ultimately, we know that our time is now extremely limited because this cancer is aggressive and once it comes back after surgery, we're told it's just a matter of time. She is eating, drinking, walking and taking care of her business. We're doing our best to make sure she has a great quality of life but once she's in pain, we will have to make the hardest decision I've ever known. My point in all this is that we got almost another 8 months with her with the treatment we chose. We didn't go with standard chemo because her QoL would've been terrible, they said she might only live for a couple months after surgery and it's terribly expensive. The route we chose may not be for everyone, so make sure you do your homework, but we're very happy with how the natural treatment worked for Sasha and that we had this additional and most amazing time with her.

I tried a different moist dog food and treats which he gobbled right down. I hadn't seen him eat like that since the diagnosis. I wonder if their tastes change?

I have a 12 year old whippet that has had tumors removed from the skin twice. Now, they are more widespread and I know surgery would be very painful and stressful. He hasn't lost any weight, eats great (zignature can/dry). Excellent food, plays and seems normal to me. Lifespan is 13-14 years, but no he has a little oozing on his belly. Is there anything I can apply topically to relieve this? I've been giving him hydro-baths which has reduced it..

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Cowboy
German Shepherd Dog
10 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My German shepherd is home after a splenectomy for a ruptured hemangiosarcoma. I know this is unfortunately common in shepherds. This is the third dog I have had with it. He will be 11 in December. I’m inclined not to put him through chemo since my understanding is the prognosis is so poor even with it. The first dog I had with it years ago became neutropenic and septic after one round of chemo so we didn’t do more. The vet who did the surgery said he saw one very small lesion on the periphery of his liver during surgery and nothing in the parenchyma. He didn’t need a transfusion. His chest X-ray looked clean. I’ll do chemo if seems worth it. I just don’t want to put him through it if the rapid progress of this cancer makes it pointless. Thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hemangiosarcoma is an aggressive cancer commonly in the spleen but also may affect the liver, heart and skin; Cowboy did well to not require a blood transfusion after a rupture. The prognosis as you are aware is grave with chemotherapy prolonging life by a few months but isn’t curative in malignant cases. The decision is down to you, dogs respond differently to chemotherapy and you need to decide if you would want to put him through this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.acvs.org/small-animal/splenic-masses

Hi, just curious to see how your German Shepherd is doing for the last two months? My black lab just had the exact same thing happen and we had to remove his spleen, now its just a waiting game. They said he could have 2-12 months. Just wondering if you are seeing any symptoms yet? And I have heard about "I'm Yunity" & "Yunnan Baiyao" as well and think we will give it a try. How do the dogs qualify for the test study at UPENN? Thank you for your help!

My friend's dog qualified for a study at UPENN where they administered an herbal supplement called "I'm Yunity" to fight the cancer on a daily basis "goes by dog's weight" in conjunction with Yunnan Baiyao "to stop internal bleeding when it occurs" you'll notice the pale gums when their bleeding internally. 8 months later this dog is still going strong knock on wood...your lucky to have half that time with chemo. I'm a media personality in NYC and have covered the story. Give "I'm yunity" & "yunnan baiyao" a try. Best of luck, dog's in my thoughts

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moose
Labrador Retriever
12.5
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None

Medication Used

none

my 12.5 year old Lab/border collie had her spleen removed last week. The Visceral – Hemangiosarcomas tumor was about an inch in diameter. There were multiple others just beginning. It had not ruptured. She had no symptoms. It was found by chance in an ultrasound. What should I watch for in her behavior. How long before new tumors pop up in other organs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hemangiosarcoma is a common malignant tumour which labrador retrievers are disposed to; the prognosis is generally measured in months (less than three months) with less than 10% of dogs surviving a year post surgery. Symptoms of metastasis would be dependent on the area affected; but general signs of lethargy, loss of appetite and behavioural changes are the normal indicators but regular checkups by your Veterinarian would help identify new lesions (x-ray). Chemotherapy in some cases may help extend lifespan and should also be discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.acvs.org/small-animal/splenic-masses

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Rudy
Whippet
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Medication Used

Lunacin.......

My Dog (Whippet) has dermal hemangiosarcoma, he has had a couple surgeries removing spots, but before they get too big I have these spots lasered at a animal dermatology clinic. I have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars between surgeries and lasering. I have been told to give my dog the Lunacin capsules. It is suppose to help dogs with tumors and cancer. I have started my dog on these capsules. I was wondering if you have any opinion regarding Lunacin. These pills are not cheap and I want to make sure I am not throwing money away by purchasing these pills. I am also giving my dog the supplement Apocaps as per the "Dog Cancer Survival Guide" recommendation.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lunasin has been researched for around twenty years for the effects of preventing cancer growth and in cases preventing cancer from forming. However, there are very few studies published to dates and all have a narrow scope (I haven’t found one on Hemangiosarcoma). Whilst there are some promising articles published in journals like Nature, there still isn’t enough conclusive research published to make a recommendation. Both Lunasin and Apocaps are products called nutraceuticals which are nutritional supplements promoted as “medication” which are sold without the need of a prescription and in many regulatory jurisdictions are regulated as food and not medicine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am not in the medical field, but when you are given a 90 days to death diagnosis on a 7 year old dog (hemangiocarsoma on the heart 7/31/2017), you are in denial, which led me to do a ton of research. All this cancer in dogs started around the year 2000. Effective flea/tick medicine maybe started around that time. So we stopped the flea/tick medicine and give him 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar each day instead. Apocaps and turkey tail mushroom appear to prolong a dog's life and give him better quality of life for up to a year. I use the Matrix brand Turkey Tail Mushroom called something else now, about $30/month. I also use spirulina. For the dogs that went to live on for years, it was a change in diet like raw organic meat/fish and vegetables. Cut the carbs as cancer feeds on carbs. I give him darwinspet.com raw organic frozen food. There is controversy in this area. All I know is my dog should be dead and he is dancing like a puppy and running like the wind.

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Charlie
Golden Retriever
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Our golden who just turned 8 yrs of age had heart failure and during further investigation we were told he had blood built up around the heart which he had removed successfully 370mil of blood. He also had a seizure during the procedure which he's never had before. The Vet also took blood work (blood from around the heart and some clear fluid from his abdomen). We were told that he had hemangiosarcoma of the heart when we left the emergency clinic. When they called back a few days later the blood results came back negative for cancer cells. Does this mean he doesn't have Hemangiosarcoma of the heart? We are so confused. He is recovering well but still low in energy. If we didn't have the blood removed he would have surely died.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Blood testing isn’t a good diagnostic method for hemangiosarcoma of the heart; ideally x-rays and echocardiography would be performed to look at the heart and the rest of the internal organs to look at the overall problem. A buildup of blood in the pericardium (sac around the heart can stop the heart from filling (due to restriction) and leads to a lower cardiac output. I would recommend the x-ray and echocardiography as a next step to get some answers. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meicah
Golden Retriever
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My golden retriever is 7. She had a mast cell removed (hind leg), then another mast cell (right side) and a subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma (left side) removed. Last November she had a cutaneous (left side) hemangiosarcoma removed and another from the same side in July. She now has multiple lumps on that side which bleed. The bleeding is getting worse soaking through multiple layers. Other small lumps appearing - one on right side and one in her ear that bleed. She is due to go in for surgery again on Thursday. She is in good spirits but becoming quieter.
I suspect further surgery on that side will not be an option. Are there other ways of stemming the bleeding? Will this be causing her pain?
Thanks
P

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both mast cell tumours and hemangiosarcomas may bleed easily when scratched or slightly damaged and removal is generally treatment of choice in cases of bleeding. There is no other way to stop them from bleeding (no reliable way which has been tested); surgery is your best bet but can be unrewarding when the lesions return afterwards. Pain and discomfort are possible but it is difficult to say whether or not it is painful without seeing a pain response. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Neo
Labradoodle
8 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy.
Skin Lesion
tumor

Medication Used

Galliprant

My dog, Neo, was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma about 5 weeks ago. The tumor is on his right hind leg and is fairly large, maybe the size and thickness of the palm of your hand. The skin is affected, and through a surgical biopsy we learned that it has infiltrated the muscle and underlying tissue. However, there were no signs of metastasis to his lungs on x-ray. His leg clearly bothers him though it's difficult to tell if it's just irritating or painful. He puts full weight on it, has a decent appetite, and is lethargic but otherwise in good spirits, happy to be with us and go out with the other dogs. Our dilemma: if we thought amputating his leg would relieve his discomfort and give him a year or more, we would consider it. But we do not want to put him through a major surgery if his time is limited. In short, we want to minimize his suffering but have no way of knowing which is worse - putting him through surgery or living with the cancer for whatever time he has left. A happy, pain-free 3-legged dog would be a gift, but a dog that spends his last weeks in pain from an amputation on top of cancer would be horrible. We know there are no guarantees, but while there is a lot of information about hemangiosarcoma of the spleen/heart/lungs, there doesn't seem to be as much regarding tumors in the muscle / leg.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The most important part of hemangiosarcoma is common for all locations which is its malignancy; from your description (not all cases are the same) I would highly recommend amputation of the hind limb as dogs generally recover well from hind limb amputation and adapt very well, it is especially important to consider amputation now as you mentioned that the spleen, lungs and heart appear clear. Amputation is scary for everyone and we worry about pain and movement after surgery but it is normally be best option. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We are one week postop for a right hind leg amputation. Our vet is optimistic that the entire tumor was removed. Sissy was up and walking on her own within 2 days. She does everything she used to Do, just a little slower. It was visually disturbing to see her at first but we are so happy she is out of pain. She is currently off all pain meds and before surgery she was taking the max Tramadol for her size and still couldn't put weight on that leg. We are praying for another year with our tri -paw pup. Best of luck.

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Loki
Pit bull
8 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Depressed
Fatigue
Hiding
Whining

Medication Used

none

Do you believe my dog has cancer? He is a pit bull mix and he is only 8 weeks old. In the past 3 days he has developed 4 boil-like bumps that rupture easily and contain blood in them. He has yellowish discharge on his private man part, yellow green eye boogers, and acne like scabs around his eyes nose and mouth. I also noticed these scabs under his anus. These symptoms all started just about 3 days ago and I do not have the money to get him to the vet I dont know what else to do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is very unlikely that your 8 week old puppy has cancer. Common things that cause those types of signs in puppies can be parasites, bacterial, or fungal infections. He does need to see a veterinarian, and he will need vaccinations as well. It would be best to have him examined and treated.

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Rocky
Shepherd mix
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid Pulse
Tumors
internal bleeding
hemorrhaging
Incontinence
Paralysis
Rapid breathing
Lethargy

Medication Used

CBD
Imunity
Yunan bayu
Tramadol
prednisone

Wondering if with this cancer as my Rocky has (inoperable and metastasized... please see my comment on Sam's post for more specifics on current condition), if there are any tell-tale signs of whether he is in pain still (after giving him both CBD and tramadol it doesn't appear he is to me but want to be sure)? And also, any tell-tale signs that he is in active stage of death as in days to live (rather than weeks/months)? He is paralyzed except for upper body, internal bleeding that can be seen around navel and groin area as dark red/purple skin, incontinence but regular bowel and urine and eating still.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whether or not Rocky is in pain isn’t really the main question, it is to look at his quality of life; is delaying euthanasia due to Rocky’s best interest or in yours. I don’t recommend euthanasia without examining a patient first but based on the information presented in your question and below Sam’s post, I would recommend that you seriously consider euthanasia as Rocky seems to be existing and not living. As far as pain is concerned, dogs are stoic and don’t easily exhibit pain so monitoring for it can be difficult. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco
Shih Tzu
16 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding ,

My shitzu is 10 year old and she has a big lump the size of eggplant on her stomach that keeps busing with blood running out of it yellow pus and she has eye boogers but her lump when it busted it leave holes and sores that keep bleeding what can I do because we don't have the money to her to the vet ??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without veterinary care, there really isn't anything that you can do at home for tumors that are bleeding and bursting. She really does need to be seen. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to at least know what you might be dealing with and what possible options there might be.

Look into Yunnan Baiyao! It helps with hemangiosarcoma.

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Godiva
German Shorthaired Pointer
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My German Short Hair pointer, age 11 died suddenly after a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma. She displayed zero symptoms, other than in the middle of one night she was drinking water excessively. After a couple of vet visits for blood work, x-rays and then finally an ultra sound, the diagnosis was confirmed, the cancer was present in her kidneys and heart. She was diagnosed in the afternoon and by evening she was already gone. She was playing and being her usual self up until the end. I have two questions as I am trying to sort through what all of this means. 1)is this type of cancer common in GSPs,as I have always heard that as far as pure breds go, they have the least predispositions for illnesses and ailments, etc? and 2)this website mentions 'accumulated lifetime exposure to carcinogens' as a possible cause, what kind of carcinogens would they be typically exposed to? Are there carcinogens in dog foods, treats, human foods (I cooked for my dog), environmental,etc? Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Hemangiosarcoma is sadly not an uncommon disease in large breed dogs, with no real predilection for breed. It can grow slowly until it becomes a problem, with no evidence of being there until the end. The problem with that type of tumor is it will grow quietly until it bursts, at which point cardiovascular collapse is imminent. There are no known contributors to this disease.

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Puppy
Boxer
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

lethargy, internal bleeding

Medication Used

prednisone and tramadol

MY 11 year old dog, boxer/lab/ who knows mix, has hemangiosarcoma. The tumor on his spleen ruptured 5 weeks ago and he had a splenectomy. We found out yesterday that the cancer is back in his abdomen., he is bleeding internally. We got him some good pain meds so we could spend the weekend with him. The meds are working great, his personality is back. Before the meds, he didn't want to do anything, just lay there. Now is being a punk again, shopping in my daughters toy bin, playing minimally, wagging his tail and just being a dog again. We planned on euthanizing him on Monday, but we really arent ready to lose him, he still has a lot of spunk...he doesn't act like an "old dog". We wonder if we are jumping the gun, and with it being a weekend, we haven;t had the opportunity to discuss options. If they operate again, does he have a chance? I have been reading about marijuana for cancer inhibition. Do we have options? We are not doing chemo.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The decision to end the life of your loved one is never an easy task, especially when you see him active and playing. There are many ‘if’s’ in this case, if the cancer can be operated on again is dependent on it’s location, before it was on his spleen which is an organ that can be easily removed but if it has spread and is more disseminated then surgery may not be an option; if the pain medication continues to work, the effects of the medication may lessen over time leaving him lethargic and not wanting to play; the use of marijuana in cancer patients is still being researched and while there are some promising studies, there isn’t enough conclusive evidence at the moment to make a recommendation. I recommend taking each day as it comes, enjoying as much time with your friend as you can. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sam
Cocker Spaniel
12 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Fatigue
Shaking
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Tramadol
Famotidine

Our 12 year old cocker spaniel Sam was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma on March 20th. He has 12cm mass on his spleen and the cancer has also spread to his liver. I opted not to do the surgery, nor chemo, due to QoL. The (junior) vet sent me home with pain meds (Tramadol) and a decision to put him down. As well, to feed him whatever he wanted, as he recently went off kibble. On the 26th of March we went back to the vet prepared to put him down, as we thought that this was the only option. Sam was still eating, taking long walks, etc. however the meds did knock him out. Upon researching I discovered that the condition was not painful, so asked the (senior) vet why he was on pain meds, she explained for the discomfort that he might be experiencing, but suggested to take him off, and offered an injection and liquid meds (Famotidine) to help with digestive issues that he was experiencing due the change in food. There is the risk that the cyst could rupture and he would pass, however we were assured that it would not be painful and that he could die in his sleep. I would rather he pass in the comfort of our home, on his own terms, in his own time, as long as he is not suffering. We were happy to bring Sam home again, but annoyed that we weren't given more information/options earlier. It has been a roller coaster, one day he's great and the next day he won't eat. He shakes periodically which apparently is a symptom of the condition. In the past 2 days he has not eaten. It is difficult to know what is best. Is he suffering? Should we make the decision to put him down? Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is hard for me to comment on whether Sam is painful or not. I think that cancer can be painful, and he may have good and bad days as it can take a significant toll on his body. If he is not eating for a few days in a row, that may be a sign that he just really isn't feeling good. It may be worth giving him a Tramadol to see if it helps and makes him more comfortable, since he cannot tell you if it hurts. Tramadol is a medication that doesn't need to be given all the time - it can be used as needed. Since I cannot examine him, it would be a good idea to contact the veterinarian that you trust and ask if they have thoughts on his condition. I hope that he has a while longer with you.

Sam's owner and Dr.King : My pup Rocky is going through same ting. Hes eating and looks happy to do so and happy to see people. But its so hard to know if he's in pain. I'm giving CBD oil and a little Tramadol so does that guarantee no pain? ALso wanted to ask how long Sam lived after becoming immobile?... Rocky is on day 4 of back end paralasis and can not even sit up by himself. He is on forearms to eat and drink, and of course I have to bring those to him. And he's incontinent wearing diapers but no blockage of urine and his stools are firm and dark (I'd guess some blood as he has hemorrhaging around his navel down throughout groin that is visible dark red purple skin). I prefer not to euthanize but want to be sure he's not feeling pain otherwise I would and also wondering how prolonged it could be to wait it out.

Thank you Dr. King for your response.

Unfortunately Sam passed away this morning. With his declining health and responsiveness we were prepared to put him down tomorrow. However difficult a decision that was to make, it was equally as hard to watch him labour this morning. I did question my decision at that moment, but have to believe that he was happy to spend a few more weeks, trustingly without pain, surrounded by all of those who loved and cared for him, and trust that the information that the vet was providing was accurate. Words of advice from our vet were there is no right or wrong decision in this situation, however a tough one.

My heart goes out to all who have loved and lost.

Thanks again for your advice, and for taking the time to offer guidance and support to those who are faced with this difficult situation.

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Lily
Goldendoodle
11 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Loss of Appetite
Restlessness
Heavy shallow breathing
Lameness
Pale gums

Medication Used

Corius Vericolor mushroom extract
Tramadol

During a yearly checkup, our vet noticed a PVC in our dog's heart. After some X-rays and ultrasounds, it was determined she had masses on her spleen but initial lab results were negative for cancer. She had a splenectomy mid-May of this year and pathology came back positive for hermangiosarcoma. We did not do chemotheropy but used I'm Unity Coriolus Versicolor mushroom supplements instead. She was taking the supplements (and later Tramadol) like a champ. Over the months, she has had a couple of "episodes" of some heavy breathing and pale gums. I chalked that up to some possible small bleeds that she was able to recover from quite quickly. Her appetite has been decreasing over the last week weeks. She has become quite picky and won't eat most foods we put in from of her with the exception of chicken and steak. A couple of weeks ago she completely lost interest in taking her supplements which we put in Pill Ppckets that she loved and gobble up. Last week she was having difficulty getting up on her own. I thought it was probably old age (she will be 12 in 8 days) and a common ailment for Goldens (hip problems). This week so far (today will be day 3) she has had diarrhea and vomiting. I have a hard time wondering if her symptoms are old age or just not feeling well and she will bounce back again or if in fact this is all due to the cancer and these are the final stages and we need to make the hard decision now rather than later. I've heard so often "you will know when to put her down" but I don't think I will. I am too hopeful and optimistic that she will get better which is probabaly blinding me to the reality that she really is dying and I should help her pass peacefully. In your experience, are all the symptoms she is having more than likely due to the cancer and she won't get better but worse?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually in these types of cases, owners will notice changes in behaviour and distancing from family when their dog is getting to that point; however, some people will focus on the positive things and will disregard the negative changes either out of denial or pure hope that their loved one will get better. I cannot give you any specific signs as hemangiosarcoma is a very aggressive cancer and affects multiple systems; from a Veterinary point of view, recommendation will come from your Veterinarian during a physical examination during a check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Just last week, our nearly 13-year old shepherd/chocolate lab mix succumbed to what we suspect was a rupture. We, too, believed it was just her usual old-age getting the best of her that day, but soon she was immobile, unable to eat or drink, breathing heavily, pale gums, and had tinges of pink in her drool. From the onset of what we now know to be the symptoms, she was gone within 48 hours. She died with us at home hours before the vet could do a home-visit to help her go peacefully. It was devastating. After speaking with our regular vet, it is suspected that hemangiosarcoma was the culprit. YOU WILL KNOW. And putting her to sleep will be the best way. Watching my beautiful friend struggle in those last hours was heartbreaking. I wish I knew more, and I would do it all over again. We would have done better by her.

Enjoy the time you have with Lily! With this hemangiosarcoma, it could turn badly very quickly and leave you guessing at what to do. Make a plan now. I'm so sorry.

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Sadie
Golden Retriever
Almost 12
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Mucous in Stool

On June 17th of this year, our dog Sadie a golden retriever developed her fist symptoms of hemangiosarcoma. At first we were told she had a pericardial effusion and they wanted to put her down. But being this was my daughters birthday we opted to wait. Come that next week she was back to normal, which I found crazy. I took her back to the vet and they sent us to a specialist. There she was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma and I was told she had a mass on the right side of her heart that was inoperable. He told us that chemo would buy her maybe 1-2 months but there was no cure. Since then she has been acting like herself. I cook her grilled chicken with white rice, and lean ground beef with rice for meals. She is still eating, drinking, and playing which has me so confused. She will be 12 years old in October and has never had any health problems. I actually have 2 questions: they told me that he prognosis was day to day, is it uncommon for them to live this long afterwards? And my other question is, a few days ago she began having diarrhea. Not just any diarrhea but mucousy diarhea...(no blood in it I checked) Is this common or should I be concerned? She is still eating drinking and acting like herself. In fact, the vet that treated her that June 17 came to our house to treat one of our larger animals and couldn't believe how good she was doing. She couldn't believe she was the same dog. Thank you so much for your time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cardiac hemangiosarcoma is an awful condition where survivability is measured in weeks to months with some articles citing an average of four months (some less, some more but dependent on other factors too). If Sadie is otherwise in good spirits (eating, drinking and playing) I would take each day as it comes and enjoy the time that you have left together; I would try to reduce activity as hemangiosarcomas cause blood vessel fragility around them and may rupture (due to an increase in blood pressure). The diarrhoea may or may not be connected, diarrhoea is caused by so many different causes, just see how she is over the next day or so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

There is a vet cardiologist in San Leandro, California who surgically removes hemangiocarsoma from the heart. She did it for our dog who is dancing like a puppy 4 months since his heart bleeding incident.

I wish I had known about this vet on Tues. I'm in the East Bay and we elected to put my 13 year old female Lab down after receiving this diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma on her heart on Tuesday. I don't know if it would have saved her, she had massive CHF as well, but it would have been nice to know. I hope this information can save another dog's life. Thank you for sharing.

I wish I had known this information on Tuesday. I live in the East Bay and we elected to put my 13-year-old female Lab down after receiving this diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma on her heart on Tues. I don't know if it would have saved her life, since she also had massive CHF, but it would have been nice to know if it was an option. Hopefully this info will save another dog's life. Thanks for sharing.

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Coral
pit bull terrier
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Collapse

My dog is is 8 year old pit bull terrier. On 5/11 she collapsed due to a mass that burst in her spleen and caused internal bleeding. The vets said there’s an 85% chance she has hemangiosarcoma and we’re waiting for the path report to come back. So far, her recovery has been exceptional she’s not tired and not really minding the 10 inch incision anymore. Maybe I’m trying to be too optimistic but if she indeed had this aggressive cancer do you think her recovery would have been so quick? From almost dying on Friday, to coming home on Sunday to walking around and having energy just 4 days after surgery, do you think the odds are on our side!?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With splenic masses, complete removal of a benign tumour (normally with splenectomy) is curative; however if the tumour is malignant the prognosis is not as favourable. Without getting the histopathology report back no Veterinarian is going to give you an indication of long term prognosis, but I’m happy that Coral is doing well so far. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.acvs.org/small-animal/splenic-masses

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Binx
Australian Shepherd
13 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

I took my 13 1/2 year old female dog, Binx in for her yearly exam in Feb. I mentioned that for about the last year her back legs seem to go out on her or buckle when we are walking. It’s like she just kneels down 4-6 times during a walk. I was told it was arthritis and started her on Rimadyl. The vet said I would know in 2 weeks if it was helping her and it to let them know. She was helped significantly and after 2 weeks went to pick up another bottle. The Vet tech told me I would need to have lab work done before it could be refilled again. I took her in for lab work several weeks ago and the next day heard back that all 3 liver enzymes were elevated. She could not tolerate the Rimadyl. WE started her on Denamarin for 30 days and then she would have her labs done again and if that brought them back down, we could then start something else for pain. Last week when she woke up from her nap, she could not step up onto one step to come out of her room. It scared me because she had never done this before. I ran to get a blanket to try and lift her with it and when I was heading back to her room, I noticed she had made it up the step on her own. I took her outside on a leash, and when we were ready to come inside she couldn’t get up the step onto the front porch. I was crying thinking she is so old and this is just the beginning of the end. She has also been sleeping most of the day for the last 10 months or so. I just assumed it was normal. This was on a Friday, and all last weekend she just laid on her bed and hardly got up. I was so worried and knew it was much more than just arthritis. She looked so sad and seemed like she wasn’t going to be around much longer. I didn’t want to leave her all weekend, but we left for an hour on Sat and Sun and when we left she was asleep. Off and on all weekend, when she needed to go out, she had trouble with the step. We decided to keep her out of her room while we were gone because we didn’t want her to fall. She also has a bed in our bedroom so we told her to lie down in there. She seemed so confused and really wanted to go into her room. It’s her favorite place to sleep and hang out. When we arrived home, she didn’t even get up to greet us. She just laced there. On Monday morning we took her to the vet. She had gained 7 pounds since Feb. Her abdomen looked thick and bloated. I hadn’t noticed this but my husband had. He didn’t tell me because he didn’t want to worry me. She didn’t have a temperature and her heart rate was good. Her gums looked pink. We decided to do an ultrasound of her abdomen. We were shocked when she told us she had a huge, ugly mass she thought was on her liver. She also said it looked like it had paper punch holes all over it. She said Bing was squirming and so it was hard to get up as high as she wanted. She basically told us she has 2 weeks to live and that we could go to a specialist if we chose to do so. She also said Bing had fluid in her abdomen maybe around the liver, I’m not exactly sure. I was in shock. Bing has always been pretty healthy. She has parvovirus as a puppy before we adopted her and almost died. All her liter mates died. She also had pancreatitis when she was around 6 years old. I don’t know what to do or if there is any hope at all. The Vet also told me that the tumor could rupture and she would bleed out. I haven’t left her al week since this devastating news. The next day I called the vet and asked her if I should avoid anything at all or if i would have any warning that B in was bleeding internally and then she told me she didn’t think that would happed. So, one day she tells me that she could bleed to death and the next day she says she probably won’t. I’m on pins and needles and terrified the tumor is going to rupture and she will bleed to death. I also asked her if she knew for sure that it was malignant and she said no, not unless we did a biopsy. She prescribed GABA pectin for pain and said to finish up what was left of the Denamarin. We also got her some CBD oil and saw an amazing change in her the next day after 2 doses. We are not giving her the Gabapentin any longer. She’s still sleeping a lot and eating and drinking. We took a long walk the other day and i feel guilty because I know she over did it. I let her take me to her favorite places and she had so much fun. My app on my phone said we walked 2 1/2 miles. She was dragging and barely made it home. She couldn’t get up the step again on our front porch, so we had to go next door to my sisters house for awhile so she could rest. Do you think I should contact a specialist? My vet said tumors on the spleen are the ones that rupture and she didn’t think her spleen eas involved. One more thing, she did say that there were like bright lights on her spleen or maybe bright spots. Thank You so much for your time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is always distressing when you hear this type of news and you want to do all you can for Binx. The type of tumour most common on the spleen is hemangiosarcoma (malignant) which may rupture; hemangiosarcoma may also affect the liver as well. Without a biopsy it is difficult to say specifically what the tumour is but statistically we’re looking at a malignant tumour; I think it would be wise to speak with a Specialist since you don’t seem sure specifically if the tumour is liver, spleen or both. Once you speak with the Specialist you will have more information to make an informed decision in Binx’s best interest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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