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It is true that K-laser and skin tumors don't go hand in hand. But as far as I'm aware, with a small splenic nodule, there would be no contraindication against hip K-lasering. I'd certainly go ahead with this and monitor (Ultrasound) the spleen every 6 months (if no clinical signs like inappetence, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, etc).
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I understand. I am sorry about this. I think Splenic tumors can be very aggressive from my experience, they spread fast and are never good news. Have your vets done any Ultrasound-Guided FNAs/Biopsies to determine the nature of that nodule?
The most common splenic tumor is hemangiosarcoma (which, by definition, by the time you see it on ultrasound, it would have spread to the chest + additional mesenteric lymph-nodes in 85% of the cases). I often choose myself not to operate on these dogs because the survival time is between 3 and 12 months (if followed by chemotherapy), and I end up advising owners to base their decision on the quality of life ("is the dog happy and comfortable?") rather then the quantity ("we need this dog to live 3 more years").
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I think it's quite unfair to blame anyone in this situation, it's just nature taking its toll. We do have limits in medicine (human or veterinary), unfortunately, and there's only as much as we can do. Please be assured that hip K-lasering had nothing to do with that splenic tumor growing/spreading/causing trouble. I am sure you've done everything you could for Glen and to be honest, 14 Years of Age, is a beautiful milestone for a Collie Cross. I think he was a very lucky dog to have owners like you, who have prioritized his quality of life and always decided what was best for him!
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