The prognosis of dogs that survive with hemangiosarcoma is very poor. I’ve been searching the internet for answers ever since my dog Moebert died from this horrific disease. Hemangiosarcoma is a very aggressive type of cancer, very persistent and can quickly spread to other tissues elsewhere in the body, particularly the liver, lungs and lining of the abdomen. hemangio (sarcoma) a blood-fed sarcoma; This means that blood vessels are growing directly into the tumor and it is usually filled with blood.
At that time you would see any “clinical signs” such as pale gums, cold touch (on the body, mouth and nose), difficult breathing, abdominal swelling to name a few. it would probably be too late, as was the case with Moebert.
The sooner your vet diagnoses and treats the dog’s hemangiosarcoma, the greater the chance of survival, but unless they do blood work and x-rays and look for something specific, they would never know either. How do you know your dog may have a “hemoabdomen” (meaning free blood in the abdominal cavity)? Sometimes the spleen becomes very enlarged, and the tumors are usually either benign (hemangiomas) or malignant (hemangiosarcomas).
The treatment and prognosis of a hemoabdomen depends entirely on the cause. The cause of the bleeding usually has to be stopped surgically by removing the spleen. Or eventually the growth ruptures and the spleen bleeds. When a vascular organ such as the spleen bleeds, the blood loss can be life-threatening and lead to a (hemoabdomen). Studies have shown that most bleeding tumors were most likely hemangiosarcoma. There’s a 50/50 chance it’s either of the two, the only way to know for sure is a biopsy.
If the tumor on the spleen ruptures, the dog will usually bleed profusely into its abdominal cavity, which the vet can usually tell by the swelling of the abdomen. In my opinion, it would still be too late to really save your dog. Even if they could be stabilized, which would involve x-rays/radiographs and/or ultrasound, replacing the lost blood volume with IV fluids and blood transfusions and oxygen would result in the removal of the spleen, but in many cases if it has metastases; which means it has spread elsewhere in the body and with it the prognosis becomes very poor. Remember that hemangiosarcoma is an aggressive cancer and that’s the problem, even if the spleen and tumor are removed, the dog will likely be spared by bleeding to death, but will likely die of the cancer at some point.
So what is the prognosis for canine hemangiosarcoma?
If your dog is diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma in the long term, its chances are slim to non-existent. The survival time after a splenectomy is 3 weeks to 3 months, with chemotherapy the survival time can increase to 5 to 7 months, only a few dogs have survived the past year. Survival time can, of course, vary depending on the extent of the disease, aggressiveness and follow-up care. Follow-up usually includes monthly chest x-rays and physical exams, which are necessary to look for cancer recurrence. Most dogs will likely die or be euthanized due to this metastatic disease. This type of cancer is unfortunately fatal, but if caught early enough, the dog’s life can be prolonged, but at whose expense? … The answer is both you and your dogs.
If your dog is diagnosed with Canine Hemangosarcoma, you will have to make some decisions that are very difficult to make in order to confirm the rental agreement. First of all, no one wants to do nothing to save their pet, but what are you going to put your best friend through, x-rays, blood tests, surgery, pain, just for them to give in to cancer and die anyway. Should you consider their age and whether or not they have other health problems and what would their quality of life be like? Then you have to factor in all the vet bills that would be incurred to add just a month or three or maybe even days to your dog’s life. This is not the type of cancer that you can cure with chemotherapy (which can make your dog sick) if you are getting rid of the cancer from a place where it has most likely spread to another location. The result will be the same.
Only you, the owner, can make this heartbreaking decision. Whether you caught this disease at an early stage or not, the prognosis will still be poor. I didn’t have to make any decisions; it seemed like my dog Moebert made them for me. He never showed any signs that he was ill. It’s true when they say hemangosarcoma is the “silent killer” because in most cases the cancer is already advanced before the dog owner realizes it. Moebert waited until I got home from work so we could both say goodbye; I know that in my heart
Would I have gotten him through the surgery and everything else? If it had saved his life and he’d been better and “cured”… you bet. He meant more to me than life. I’m so glad I didn’t have to decide whether to operate or even consider euthanasia? Sometimes circumstances don’t leave you time to ask questions, and when you’re that upset, you wouldn’t be thinking straight anyway. I know it wasn’t me, I probably would have done anything to keep Moe alive but it wouldn’t have been for his best, it would have been for my own selfishness not to want to lose him and that wouldn’t be right been. I’ve never been so devastated by the loss of anything or anyone in my life as I was by my Moebert.
Love and hold your pet every day and every opportunity you get because you never know what might and can happen. Maybe you won’t get a second chance.
For the health of you and your pet,
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