From Dental to Splenectomy

Caity is a cocker spaniel that is nearly 6 years old. She came in for a dental exam and cleaning. Fortunately for Caity, the dental procedure includes a full physical exam. Dr. Fassett performed the abdominal exam while Caity was sedated for the dental procedure โ€“ this allows a more detailed exam since the area is relaxed. Unfortunately, he discovered an abnormality in Caityโ€™s abdomen. Since she was already sedated, the decision was made to transfer her to the OR for exploratory surgery. Problems were found with Caityโ€™s spleen, and Dr. Fassett performed a splenectomy. She spent the night under observation and went home the next day. Not only is she on the road to full surgical recovery, but her dental work was also a success.

In the photos: Caity in surgery and with Dr. Fassett on her follow-up visit.