Junior’s owners noticed a lump in his abdomen and his family veterinarian referred him to WVRC for an ultrasound. The results showed a splenic mass and possibly an issue with his gall bladder.
Travis P. Reed, DVM, Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon, one of WVRC’s surgeons, performed a successful splenectomy (removal of the spleen) and evaluated Junior’s gall bladder. Thankfully, his gall bladder was fine, but a biopsy of the mass indicated that Junior had hemangiosarcoma of his spleen.
Hemangiosarcoma is a malignant tumor of the blood vessel lining that typically affects older dogs between the ages of 8-13. The treatment of choice for splenic tumors is surgical resection of the entire spleen followed by chemotherapy.
Dr. Custead, a WVRC oncologists, discussed options with Junior’s owners and then prescribed a personalized chemotherapy treatment. Although Junior experienced some GI issues throughout his treatment, which required some modifications to his treatment, Junior is now cancer free and on the mend. Way to “Kick Cancer’s Tail” Junior!