Dachshund Luke Spleen Removed

Dachshund Luke had his Spleen removed a couple of weeks ago.

We had found a long lump on the side of his body – we were still in Spain at the time and the local vet informed us it was fatty tissue.

When we returned to USA we took Luke to his vet to get his local rabies certificate and of course mentioned the “fatty tissue”. This led to strange looks from the vet, mentions of an unlikely place to have fatty tissue and then and x-ray. We soon realised that this was not going to be a quick visit to get his certificates up to date but did not comprehend how sick Luke was.

After looking at the x-ray the vet showed us the lump – it took up most of his little body cavity! We were told that his spleen was very enlarged and that there were two lumps attached, one the size of a baseball! I can not explain how shocked we were by this news and how scared we were when the vet said that he wanted to operate of Luke ASAP and that we were to prepare ourselves for the worst. He said that there is a good chance that this is cancer and may have already spread into the rest of his body, he might have to call us during surgery so that we could decide if we want him to continue or put him to sleep.

He sent us home to decide if we wanted to go ahead with the operation in the morning or wait a few days to spend time with him. I cried and cried thinking about losing him and of course blamed ourselves for not bringing him back from Spain sooner.

My husband and I talked all while Dachshund Luke played with a ball. We decided to take him in for the operation in the morning. After spending a few hours searching the internet for more information we had to stop – most sites gave a low survival chance.

Well, I have to tell all our Dachshund friends that he survived the operation (better than us!) and the biopsy showed that he did not have cancer. We are so happy to be able to spend more time with little Dachshund Luke and to see him so healthy.

Dachshund Luke sunbathing his shaved belly

Dachshunds Know When A Toy Is Missing!

Dachshunds Know When A Toy Is Missing!

Does your Dachshund know when a toy is missing?

Dachshund Luke does – he checks all his toys at least once a day to make sure they are accounted for. He also loves to play ‘find it’ – toy hide n seek. Well today, there has been an unplanned ‘find it’ – the missing ball that he will not find, but keeps looking for.

It all started when Dachshund Luke bounced a ball out the back door, down the steps and onto the balcony. He has been taught not to go down these steep concrete steps (we carry his out) but enjoys bouncing the ball down there and us throwing it back to him.

I am not good at throwing so never should have attempted to throw the ball from our balcony up 3 steps into our doorway. The doorway the Dachshund Luke was standing in anticipaticion, waiting for his ball.

I threw it without thinking and the ball caught the corner of the door, bounced in front of Dachshund Luke’s nose and then dived over the balcony. Plummeting 2 stories, bouncing off our car and coming to rest in the barranco – a weed filled shallow river that runs around the village and only flows when it rains hard.

Dachshund Luke thought we were playing ‘find it’ and began searching for the ball. He searched for nearly an hour then started to bark at us – he wanted his ball back!

We did look in the barranco but the long weeds, and the goat tied up next to it prevented a result. We knew we somehow had to distract Dachshund Luke so that he would stop the hunting and then barking cycle.

No other ball would do. A long walk didn’t do it.

Then I remembered the giant shirt ball video at http://kalyxcornucopia.blogspot.com/ home of a Dachshund called Baxter. I wondered if we too wrapped a ball up in a couple of towels then stuffed it all into a t-shirt (knotted together) would this distract him?

I worked – he loved the ‘giant shirt ball’, shook it, and dug at it for 40 minutes. Then laid down exhausted and is currently sleeping with Kitty Kat.

Dachshund Luke and Kitty Kat 2009 289

Thanks Baxter! Now we just have to hope that when he wakes up he will not remember his missing ball.

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