Surgery – spleen tumour, cysts on prostate & Castration

2016, Apr, 12 | MANUEL - SA & more | 0 comments

If something can go wrong…

We decided that we also would castrate Manuel during the spleen tumour surgery as that would minimise future issues with prostate cysts. We also knew that the outcome of the spleen tumour surgery could be good or very bad – benign or malignant (bad prognosis if malignant in the spleen).

So we booked the 12th of April for surgery.

This means we have prepared Manuel (no food) and ourselves (nerves) and went to the animal hospital the 12th. Once there, they could not find any appointment at all (I can now see in Manuel’s journal a note on that we would be booked for surgery the 12th, but obviously something went wrong in the system). So they booked us for the next day. 

  • Guess if Manuel was happy to leave the animal hospital just after five minutes?
  • For us, it meant another 24 hours of anxiety.

13th of April 2016 – time for surgery

The plan was that we could bring him home the same day as they by now knew he would recover must faster together with us, his family than being with strangers at the animal hospital. Yes it would require a lot from me and Mikael in terms of after-care but that we gladly would do and luckily the vet. trusted us.

So we waited and waited and no-one called.

Very late in the evening they called. 

Massive bleeding

The surgery as such had gone well. They were able to remove the spleen tumour in one piece and it was now sent to the lab for analysis. However, he had had a lot of bleeding from Subcutis/hypodermis which caused a lot of problems.

No, he is not one of the Akitas with extremely low count of blood platelets, however he had been very stressed and I guess that affected the blood pressure during the surgery. Also during wake up he had been very very stressed. Poor poor Manuel. I felt so bad! 

Already then, Mikael and I agreed that after this, we would avoid bringing him to any animal hospital at all in the future if not emergency. 

So – Manuel was forced to stay over night….

14th of April 2016 – Manuel came home!!!

Poor thing, he was so so tired… As soon as he came home, he felt safe enough to let his guard down and just sleep, sleep and sleep.

We got pain-killers and  anti-inflammatory drugs. Again a high risk for nausea and vomiting was present. Not to mention that I now read all the fine print about the side effects and saw that one of the medications not was so good for the kidneys! Guess if I monitored his pain in detail making sure to stop as soon as possible.

His wounds healed just fine and he had a good apetite. He recovered very well….


This content is written post mortem but the date is set as correct in to relation when it really happened. I think it is very important to share this experience and knowledge but I have not had the energy to do so, until now (2021).

Charlotte Steneloo

Charlotte Steneloo

Akita owner from Sweden working for openness regarding health issues. One of the founders of Akita-Unleashed. I consider "experience" to be good, that is - if you have opened your mind for change and actually have learnt something, otherwise claiming you are "experienced" means nothing to me... I dare you.

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