To cut a long story short, our nearly 8 year old dog had been losing hair on body and tail for some time. Vet thought it could be allergy, so shampoo and anti-histamine prescribed. No great improvement. Dog was also less active, so vet then agreed to blood test for Hypothyroidism. These were inconclusive but he was started on thyroid meds anyway. Blood test showed anaemia and increased platelets, so vet suggested scan to check for growth/internal bleeding.
Scan was abnormal, showing enlarged gallbladder and spleen. Exploratory surgery was scheduled. In the meantime, our dog gained a new lease of life -wanting to go on walks, leading the way instead of lagging behind, wanting to play, barking more (a downside!) - presumably through being on the Thyforon. It felt like we had our energetic, mischievous dog back and i was reluctant to put him through a major operation when he seemed so well and happy and was symptom-free. I contacted the vet and he seemed to have changed his view somewhat, saying he would not be averse to postponing surgery for a few weeks as he was not 'unduly concerned' at the moment, it wasn't an urgent matter. He said the gallbladder problem may have improved or disappeared (mucous?) and that the 'area' on the spleen wasn't that bog at the moment and was something 'of interest' rather than 'of concern'. He said that prior to the op, he woukd carry out another ultrasound scan.
I'm wondering if the vet had revisited the scan results before moderating his opinion on the findings. Should I go ahead with the operation or leave things as they are, with our dog enjoying life, in the absence of any symptoms?
The bottom line is, we want to do our best for him but are unclear what that is. Any advice would be welcome.