Two weeks after his 12th birthday, Buster was a little under the weather. WE figured he caught a bug, so we babied him a bit and figured he'd feel better is a day or two. He only got worse and, within 24 hours, refused all food and water. He was lethargic and clearly very sick.
I took him to Rhawnhurst Animal Hospital (a new vet, because we moved) the very next morning, where the vet found a large mass on his spleen. He then had an ultrasound. They told us it was a 14 cm mass attached to Buster's spleen, with a 50% chance that it was hemangiosarcoma, a very deadly cancer. Dr. Denish still felt like surgery to remove the spleen was an option for Buster, since he was otherwise healthy and (thankfully) the tumor had not ruptured.
We decided to go ahead with the surgery. The 3 days between this decision and the surgery were long and scary. We had to make sure the tumor didn't rupture, because that could kill him. We carried Busty up and down steps very gingerly. We fed him anything he would accept by hand, hoping to give him a little nutrition and strength to help him get through the surgery.
On June 3rd, Dr. Denish and Dr. Katz removed Buster's spleen and the tumor. Dr. Denish called and said the surgery was successful, but the tumor looked "ugly". We brought Buster home that night and that week he made an unbelievable recovery! He was quickly back to his former happy self, eating and wanting to be much more active that he could, with 35 staples in his abdomen. We an