Dog Leg Trauma, Lung Tumor & Enlarged Spleen
by G. Frias
Laceration to legs
Our 12 year old female dog had an accident when running to the street and had trauma in both of her front legs. We went to the vet immediately. She had multiple lacerations in her left leg and some minimal in her right leg.
The Vet took x-rays of both legs and chest to discard the possibility of fractures. There were no fractures but a large solitary tumor was found in the left lung.
The vet told us that this tumor was so big that was compressing the heart. He also mentioned that he noticed that the spleen was big.
The dog: her name is NANA - has no symptoms; no shortness of breath, no coughing, no loss of weight, no diarrhea, or anything abnormal. She is not lethargic, she has lots of energy all the time, so I was a little bit confused by this finding.
About her past medical history I can say that three years ago she had multiple small masses in several regions of different breasts. I went to the vet and she had a partial mastectomy and hysterectomy. By that time a chest x-ray was performed and everything was normal.
The pathology investigation for the masses was not performed, so we don't now about their nature; benign or malignant. She still has some small masses (size of a pea) which were not taken out at her mastectomy (I don't know why), but they are small, they move, they haven't changed in size, and they are round with regular borders.
She is now hospitalized due to an infection in her left leg caused by the previous trauma. I will perform a CT Scan as I was advised to do, to look for other tumors and then the possible next step will be surgery.
This is her med record since the accident Famotidine 20mg,sucralfate,Metronidazole( since Jan 24: every 12 hrs) Baytril IV(3 doses),Amikacin subq (4 doses) she was also given cephalexin,previcox, & convenia.
What do you think? What is you recommendation?
How can I possibly get her up and running again, holistically speaking?
She is currently still hospitalized. :(
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