The cost of a dog spleen removal can range from $750 to $1,500. In addition, you must also consider the cost of other related tests and treatment, such as:
- Initial consultation
- Test result analysis
- Blood transfusion
- Hospital stay
- Pain killers
This is a complex surgery and requires a lot of planning, pre-operative tests and recovery afterward.
With all tests, medication and consultation fees included, a splenectomy could cost anywhere from $1000 to $2000.
How long will a dog live after the spleen removed?
While the spleen is an important organ, a dog can live a relatively normal life without one. The prognosis of the dog after surgery depends upon the reason a splenectomy is required.
If the surgery is required due to a benign tumour, the dog can have an excellent prognosis of several years.
With cancerous tumours, the prognosis depends on whether the cancer is localised or has spread to other areas of the body.
If the cancer has spread, the prognosis after surgery is between 4 and 8 months. The estimated chance of survival beyond one year for a cancerous spleen tumour is around 10%.
How can I help my dog with spleen removal?
The most important thing is to ensure you follow the guidelines of your dog’s prescription. They will have a painkillers to manage the pain caused by the surgery. They will also have anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and antibiotics to prevent infection at the surgery site.
Your dog should wear an Elizabethan or inflatable collar to prevent them licking the wound or pulling at the stitches. This can lead to infection, which is a serious risk post-surgery as their immune system is weaker than normal.
Your dog’s appetite may be different in the first week or two after his operation, so you may find that smaller more frequent meals are better for him.
Restrict exercise to short walks around the neighbourhood until he has had his post-operative check-up. Walks should be on-lead only until the vet has given the all-clear for off-lead exercise.
Try not to fuss your dog too much. He may think there is something to be nervous of and this can lead to clingy behaviour, separation anxiety and stress-related food avoidance.
Keep your home routine as normal as possible but make sure everyone in the home knows to be calm around your dog. Do not get him excited and do not allow him to jump up on the furniture while his wound is still healing.
If you have any concerns or think your dog’s wound is infected, speak to your vet as soon as possible.