|Barked: Mon May 21, '12 3:41pm PST |
|I would maybe ask about an ultrasound of her spleen. GSD's are extremely prone to tumors of the spleen, which can be painful and can be completely cured by removal of the spleen. The death rate is high for this because the tumor is not often diagnosed and leads to torsion of the spleen, which causes it to rupture and unless you are literally sitting at your vet's doorstep when it happens, they will usually bleed out.
I have had TWO GSD's die of a ruptured spleen, and one lab saved by an ultrasound and splenectomy. Both GSD's were touchy in their abdomens well before the rupture and most likely, a good exam and xray or ultrasound could have saved them. All three were around 8 - 9 years old.
The lab lived to be fifteen after his splenectomy so it IS curative if caught early enough.
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