They put her on oxygen right away. We still had no idea what was wrong with her then. I was given a list of possibilities. Maybe she aspirated water, had a small seizure, had the beginning stage of a heart failure , or maybe a bleed (she had a spleen nodule).
Some of you may have read my posting before where I had mentioned that we found a small splenic nodule over 18 months ago. Due to its appearance (non-hemangiosarcoma/
Before heading into surgery, the attending vet had told me that it could be other masses that the ultrasound missed before. Sunshade's last ultrasound was less than two months ago, and other than the nodule, everything else was normal. But I understood that cancer can grown and pop up very fast.
Midway through surgery, the attending vet came out to update me. There was a "split" in that nodule and that was where Sunshade was bleeding. He asked me if Sunshade "fell" by any chance, and she DID. At the beach, she fell a few retrieves before that last retrieve. Due to her toes catching the ground at times, she sometimes trips and stumbles. Today, while she was turning to go after the log I threw, she caught her toes and went splat hard. So it is reasonable to think that the fall had caused the split in the nodule. They suctioned out all the blood, cleaned her abdomen, and didn't see any other masses or sign of spread. So this is very good news, especially since we had been very hopeful that the slow growing nodule was benign (we still don't know, have to wait for pathology).
The surgery took less than an hour, which according to Janice was very speedy. Less time under anesthesia; the better for Sunshade's kidneys and everything else. Her heart rate was very high, which according to them was normal during an active bleed. Her pressure was low normal. Janice stayed with me on the phone until 2am, and then we were texting back and forth until around 7am, when she had to go into work again...
The attending vet did tell me that some dogs die after successful splenectomy, something about their clotting factor being all confused and they don't kick back into action, so Sunshade was still far from home free.
Sunshade was still anemic from the blood loss and surgery so she needed to have blood transfusions. She was also on oxygen because of the anemia.... :-(
I am all teary and absolutely amazed at the generosity people are showing towards me and my special girl. The way this group of individuals come together when an animal is in need has been nothing short of AMAZING. I have seen the miracles they were able to pull before, and I am seeing it now with my Sunshade girl. Some of the donations came from people who had just adopted rescues that required extensive medical work up, and from people who had just had to spend a lot on their own sick dogs, and yet, they found a way to give.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! ((Big Hugs)) to all...
Lastly, I know I'm the last person that should be asking for more from you, but I would really like it if you could continue to keep Sunshade in your prayers, and hopefully, the pathology on the spleen nodule will show it to be benign and not something more sinister......