SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Southfield removed an 11-pound tumor from a mixed breed dog Wednesday.
The 10-year-old female boxer-mix named Ginger underwent surgery Wednesday morning to have the basketball-sized tumor removed. The tumor weighed more than one-fifth of her body weight.
According to Ginger’s parents, the farm dog, who usually chases chickens, horses and squirrels, had recently become less active and began to look like she was losing weight, except in her stomach, which had become hard.
Because of their concerns, they took her to their family veterinarian. After an examination, bloodwork and X-rays, the family veterinarian recognized what appeared to be a splenic mass and referred Ginger to the specialists at BluePearl.
“This is a great example of why it is so important to see your veterinarian regularly and at the first sign of trouble,” said Dr. Kyle Kerstetter, a board-certified veterinary surgeon with BluePearl. “Catching these tumors early can mean the difference between life and death.”
A splenic mass can rupture, which can cause an animal to bleed to death.
“Fortunately, because of Ginger’s parents’ attention to detail, she’ll have many more days of chasing chickens, horses and squirrels,” said Kerstetter.
Doctors from BluePearl say common symptoms for splenic masses can include abdominal distension, fainting, inappetence, weakness or weight loss. If any of these symptoms are present, doctors recommend you contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 2,400 team members including more than 500 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.