Anal Gland Cancer Average Cost

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Average Cost

$4,000

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What is Anal Gland Cancer?

The anal glands are small sacs found on either side of the anal opening of your dog. The lining of the sacs produces a small amount of liquid, which is eliminated each time your dog defecates. The development of a tumor in this area can be significant; even with the presence of a small growth there is the definite possibility that the tissues will be invaded and the cancer will spread (metastasize). In some cases, the tumor can cause hypercalcemia (elevated blood calcium), leading to kidney failure.

Apocrine Gland Adenocarcinoma is the scientific name for anal gland cancer, a relatively uncommon but serious form of malignant tumor. More common is the blockage, infection or impaction of the anal sac. An annual visit to the veterinarian to check your pet’s general health, which will include a rectal examination, is the best way to detect a tumor from the onset.

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Symptoms of Anal Gland Cancer in Dogs

An anal gland tumor is not always obvious to the eye as the tumor may be growing inward. If your dog has an anal gland tumor, he may present some or all of these symptoms:

  • Scooting his hind end along the ground
  • Licking of the perianal area
  • A lump beside the anus
  • Straining and displaying difficulty passing feces
  • Blood in the stool

Apocrine Gland Adenocarcinoma may lead to kidney failure due to elevated blood calcium which may present as follows:

  • The increased need to drink
  • Frequent urination
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle weakness

Causes of Anal Gland Cancer in Dogs

As we find in humans, the cause of cancer is not always easily discovered. We do know that cancer found in the anal gland is diagnosed equally in male and female dogs. This type of cancer is most often found in dogs of medium to middle age. Reports have shown that spaniel breeds are found to be at increased risk for Apocrine Gland Adenocarcinoma.

Diagnosis of Anal Gland Cancer in Dogs

At the start of the examination, the veterinarian will ask you to describe the concerning symptoms and behaviors that you are noticing in your pet. Be certain to carefully explain every sign of discomfort that you may have noticed. This will help the veterinarian to reach an accurate diagnosis. A physical exam will also take place, at which time the veterinarian may discover a mass or lump in the perianal area.

If a tumor is found, the veterinarian may need to aspirate (insert a needle) into the mass to distinguish between cancerous cells and infection. This is the biopsy, and is often performed when your pet is awake or under a very quick acting injectable sedation. Blood tests, to assess the overall health of your dog as well as verify the presence of kidney trouble, will be performed. In addition, x-rays and ultrasound may be necessary in order to evaluate the lymph nodes and organs (such as kidneys, heart and lungs).

Treatment of Anal Gland Cancer in Dogs

Early detection of anal gland cancer in dogs is best followed with aggressive treatment.

Surgery is the first option. If the tumor was discovered in the early stages and the spread to lymph nodes is limited, complete removal of the tumor is desirable. This provides the best possible outcome for your dog. The tumor is removed through an incision directly at the site of the mass. Large tumors may necessitate removal of additional tissue surrounding the mass. In 50% of the canine cases of Apocrine Gland Adenocarcinoma, enlarged lymph nodes are found in the abdomen. They can be removed at the same time as the primary tumor.

Chemotherapy is the recommended second step, in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Radiation may be required also, particularly in cases where complete surgical removal cannot be realized. You may decide to have your veterinarian use the surgical approach only; however, the best way to improve the life expectancy of your dog will be with the additional treatments of chemotherapy and radiation.

If your pet has hypercalcemia, calcium lowering drugs and prednisone along with intravenous care, will be necessary prior to surgery.

Recovery of Anal Gland Cancer in Dogs

Veterinary follow up is crucial to the continued health of your pet. Patients of anal gland cancer surgery and drug therapy require return visits to the clinic every 3 months for a period of 18 months. Biannual visits are important for the duration of your dog’s life.

Immediate care after surgery will involve your dog wearing an Elizabethan collar to prevent the tearing or infecting of the wound due to licking. Stool softening medication will be prescribed, and you will be instructed to limit the activity of your dog for a minimum of two weeks.

Fecal incontinence may be present in the weeks following surgery, but in most cases the problem will gradually be resolved. Continued kidney issues are a possibility which may necessitate a prescription for blood calcium reduction. The outcome of anal gland cancer depends greatly on your pet’s overall health and the size of the tumor upon discovery.

Cost of Anal Gland Cancer in Dogs

The veterinarian will likely want to do a complete tumor removal, surgically ($1,500-$3,800). The veterinarian will likely combine surgery with chemotherapy ($1,000 per treatment) to best avoid more growths throughout the body. If the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes or is rather large then complete surgical removal may not be an option. Radiation therapy ($2,000-$6,000) will likely be the best option to combat a large tumor that would be dangerous to remove. If your dog has been diagnosed with hypercalcemia, this will need to be treated before surgery. Treatment can consist of calcium lowering drugs, Prednisone ($40 per 100ct.) as well as, the use of intravenous fluid therapy ($40-$60).

Anal Gland Cancer Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Octane
Lab mix
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 13 year old lab/mix. For the past month he's been lethargic, hind legs keep giving out, skin irritation, noticed a lump in rectal area. He is, eating and drinking. I took him to his vet 2 weeks ago, he lost 40 pounds since the summer. Vet didn't seem concerned. They checked his urine he spilled glucose so said he was diabetic. They also did a blood sugar test and his sugar was 90. They then sent me on my way. I got a call about 4 hours later after leaving saying they are prescribing an abx for skin infection on his hind hip area. I think I need a second opinion vet visit, I truly feel my dog is dying and has cancer. Does anything I mention above make sense. I just can't believe my vet said he's fine but he's lost 40 pounds.

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Koby
Lab mix
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My 14 year old lab has a mass the size of a pea on the anal sac. They did an ultrasound on his internal organs and lymph nodes. His lungs are clear, however they noted a small increase in the size of his lymph nodes. The report did note that it was difficult to see exactly how much the lymph nodes were enlarged. They did aspirate the mass on the anal sac and the pathologist stated the cells were very troubling, yet would not definitely call it cancer. My vet did not recommend surgery due to Koby's age. I took him in 7 weeks later for a check up. The mass is the same size. Another vet did recommend surgery to remove the mass. His blood tests seem to indicate he will survive surgery. He does drink excessively and sometimes strains to defecate. I love my little man and can't imagine life without him. Is it worth the discomfort and pain this surgery may cause? In your educated opinion, would this surgery extend his life or would it be an exercise in futility and discomfort for my beloved Koby? I'm torn and don't know what to do???

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is always a hard question to answer especially since I haven’t personally examined Koby, but if the mass is behaving and the Pathologist isn’t pushing it as being cancerous a wait and see approach can be taken; however, it is important to ensure that the faeces is managed so that Kody isn’t straining to defecate, stool softeners should be used to ease defecation. The surgery would be best, but weighing up age and recovery time it may not be the best choice; you need to decide for yourself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Starbuck
Dachshund
11
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diagnosed during routine exam

Medication Used

None

During routine examination and emptying of anal glands our vet found a mass that felt like "a bunch of grapes", too deep in to visualize. She says it is probably cancer but all she is willing to do is re-evaluate every time she sees him. She didn't look for and lymph nodes, he does have what feels like nodes in his right axilla but there are small and mobile, would anal/rectal caner spread there with no symptoms? Could it be possible that the mass is just a sessile polyp? He has had no change in bowel habits, no vomiting or bleeding per rectum. He also hasn't lost any weight or seemed sick or tired at all.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The lymph nodes usually affected by malignant anal gland cancer are the medial iliac lymph nodes which are not palpable as they are within the pelvis; although ultrasound may be beneficial to identify the cause. Both benign and malignant cancers may affect the anal glands so it is worth investigating to see what you are dealing with. A fine needle aspiration would be best to be sent for histopathology. Cancer may occur without symptoms, with symptoms presenting once the cancer reaches a certain amount of growth. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pokey
Beagle Point
12 years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My dog passed away 6 weeks ago at the age of 12. She had anal gland cancer. They removed the tumor and she had one small lymph node that they weren't sure if it was cancerous or not. They followed surgery with 18 rounds of radiation. The radiation caused 2 structures which they tried to dilate with little improvement. My question is with the one lymph node why didn't they offer chemo?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This would be a question for your Veterinarian, there are different approaches to postoperative treatment of cancer which may include radiation therapy or chemotherapy. If the cancer was still localised, they may have tried the radiation therapy as a more direct treatment than chemotherapy (based on spread, side effects etc…). If you have concerns, ask your Veterinarian the rationale for the specific treatment plan given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Otis
Yorkshire Terrier
8.5
Serious condition
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Serious condition

We discovered our dog had a tumor on his anal gland after picking him up from the groomer and being informed that there was some blood when they tried to extract his gland. We called our vet and he was seen the next week, at our appointment the vet noted that there was tumor and took a cell sample. The lab results for the cell sample came back indicating the tumor was benign, but we were advised to have it removed anyway. A week after being seen by our vet we had the tumor (which measured almost exactly 1cm) surgically removed, and were told a few days later that it is in fact cancerous. We have since had x-rays and an ultrasound which determined that as of now the cancer has not spread and there are no visible tumors. Our dog is an 8.5yo Yorkie male who has been fixed since he was a puppy, my question is how should we proceed? The oncologist where he received surgery suggested chemo and or radiation as a preventative measure despite the fact that the whole tumor and his anal gland have been removed. I know the chance of reoccurrence is something like 80%, is it even higher for fixed males? We are reluctant to have him undergo chemo and or radiation therapy since he has shown no behavioral changes at all, and it doesn't feel right to put him through so much discomfort when he is currently free of tumors. If we don't go forward with chemo, is there any chance he will be able to live for years to come cancer free? How quickly do these tumors return when the do?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chemotherapy or radiotherapy is usually indicated in these cases as the chance of recurrence is high and although it looks like it hasn’t spread, we cannot be completely sure. Each case is different and the histopathology findings along with other factors play a role in the aftercare recommendations. There are chances that Otis will live cancer free and there is a chance of recurrence within months; we cannot say which way Otis will go, which is why chemotherapy would have been recommended by your Specialist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has anal cancer and it spread to one of her lymph nodes they want to do surgery on her since she is only eight and chemotherapy my question is is it really going to prolong her life

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Jazzy mae
Miniature chihuahua
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching and Licking
Thirsty, anixety licking at the growth,

Hi, I took my almost 14 year old miniature Chihuahua to the vet because she had a growth start near her anal gland, so the vet did a biopsy and found out that it was benign, and told me there was a 50 50 chance she wouldn't make it through surgery. Her growth is now about the size of a grape, if not a little bigger. I'm worried because she is constantly drinking water, and has bad anxiety when we leave her, and she helps when we pet her neck sometimes. Please give me advice, because I'm torn on what to do, I want her to get better but I'm afraid she won't make it through surgery.

Thanks

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a double edge sword situation where the growth is benign but the growth is irritating Jazzy Mae causing her to lick at the area which may cause the area to be irritated more causing more licking; the cycle is viscous. The decision to operate is yours, but if the growth is causing Jazzy Mae distress and discomfort, the best option maybe to have it removed; a growth the size of a grape in a miniature Chihuahua is quite large. Prior to the surgery, standard blood Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM tests will be taken to determine Jazzy Mae’s suitability for surgery mainly looking at liver function, kidney function and blood cell counts. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shasta
Chow/Shepard
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Defecate
lump beside the anus
Licking at the perineal area
Scooting his hind end along the ground

I took my 12 year old chow/Sheppard to the vet today because the groomer thought he had an impacted anal gland..The vet said it was not impacted but he had cancer surrounding the anal gland. He said he needed surgery to remove it and diagnose it. He also said that there could be issues after the surgery because it is a very delicate area. I understand the life expectancy even with surgery is slim. Is that true?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Anal gland cancer is a malignant cancer which has a high risk of metastasis; treatment is removal of the affected anal glands and removal of the regional lymph nodes (which would also be biopsied to determine if there was spread from the original mass) along with chemotherapy. Prognosis is case dependent but is better with surgery, taking into account the mass, size, malignancy and lymph node involvement; treatment will help alleviate the straining and the irritation causing him to scoot. Possible post surgery complications include infection, faecal incontinence and recurrence; despite the possible complications, surgery is strongly recommended to make Shasta comfortable and to extend his lifespan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Mixed
9.5 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Medication Used

Rimadyl, Docusate Sodium & Clavamox

My 9.5year old Lab/St.Bernard/Plotthound mix has had diarrhea for most of the 8 years with me. Usually when he's stressed. Last week I took him to my vet to find out why, as he had an entire week with diarrhea. My vet found a "tumor" in his butt. We scheduled surgery and it was removed last Friday. So, I've been "researching" this tumor while waiting for the pathology. My question is - can this be in-situ? I don't see any lethargy in my baby, he's super hungry after the surgery. The only issue is bowel movements which I assume is from the pain and incision of the surgery. I ask about in-situ because I want to keep a great quality of life for my baby and feel like chemotherapy and/or radiation will be negative for him. I know I won't be able to make decisions until I get the pathology back, but I feel impatient and would like an opinion on how I should move forward in case it's what I think it is...cancer. Thanks !

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is normal to worry about your loved one when waiting for Histopathology results which normally feel like they are taking forever, which doesn’t help your peace of mind. The overall prognosis is difficult to predict, there are a few types of tumour (adenocarcinomas – may be malignant, adenoma – benign for example) that occur in the perianal region which may become cancerous. Some people use swelling of regional lymph nodes as a guide to malignancy, but regional lymph nodes are only swollen in around 50% of malignant cases; however, if lymph nodes where removed during the surgery due to swelling, there is a strong chance of malignancy. I am unable to calm your fears as I, like your Veterinarian unable to comment without Histopathology results. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

 

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Blackie
11
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Defecate

My dog was diagnosed with anal sac cancer. He has 2 tumors pushing against his rectum. The large one is 6x5cm and the second one is half the size next to it on the inside. Two of his sublumbar lymp nodes are enlarged. My question is? are there any drugs that can shrink large tumors for the possibility of surgery? Debulking? Can surgery still be done if there are no margins? Can chemo be of any benifit? Knowing that the cancer has spread to the lymp nodes and prognosis for long survival is poor, surgery is a minimin for this cancer and potential risks involved with a large tumor in that area are high but as long as my dog is happy and healthy i will do anything for him.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery is the treatment of choice for Anal Gland Cancer, the use of chemotherapy is after excision of the tumour. The tumours associated with Anal Gland Cancer are often removed with little or no margins due to the surrounding structures. Due to the malignant nature of the cancer, the spread to regional lymph nodes and the size I would recommend speaking with a Veterinary Oncologist as they would be more knowledgeable about current treatments and techniques. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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PennyPickles
Pug
Unknown, rescue dog, possib...
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Short background:
My little rescue pug has had a tough life, but suffice it to say, in the year she's been in my care, by all appearances she is, as our vet described her, "A very healthy girl," though no one really knows her exact age since she is prone to dental calculi. She does suffer from allergies, so I have carefully been giving her the best food I can find at the holistic pet center and she is thriving, though
most mornings, she is often not the normal chow hound she is in the rest of the day and seems bilious from an empty stomach (if I don't feed her late at night she's been known to vomit white foam in the AM), so I've tried giving her a little food late at night with some positive results.

The reason I'm writing:
She sometimes seems "concerned" about her back half when I scratch her back by her tail and haunches...she acts like "Oh, Oh that feels sooooo good!" and licks my hand and thumps her foot happily, but she is quite concerned and sometimes frantic. Once in a while I've seen her scoot on the floor (kinda rarely) but when she first did this, since there was dry fecal matter on her anus, I wiped it off noting that the area looked a little dry. So I wipe her off pretty regularly and seemed to, for the most part, stop the scooting, and sometimes I also put plain moisturizing oil on her little bum. When I took her to the vet recently I tried to describe all this, but didn't do a very good job since it's involved and kinda weird-sounding.

I did ask if he could check her anal glands and when he did, he felt a small nodule.
I took her in two weeks later to check the nodule and he said it was "consistent in texture with anal gland cancer" and that it was noticeably larger.
From what I've read, this surgery is painful and the prognosis for a dog with anal gland cancer is extremely grim.

This little girl has been through so much already, what is the benefit of putting my sweet little PennyPickles though a horrific, painful, expensive procedure if, from what I read, it will in the end, only prolong suffering? Is that the case?
--What is the likelihood that it isn't anal cancer at all?
--Can this surgery save her life if it IS anal gland cancer? Or if it even is anal gland cancer, is this cancer a death sentence no matter what we do?
--Would a blood test tell us if it is likely cancer?
--Would a urine test tell if calcification has occurred?
--Would these tests be best to do prior to surgery?
--Is needle aspiration a better way to determine if it is or not?
We are on the books to have her have the nodule removed tomorrow morning, but I am having second thoughts about just what this will do for my dear little friend.
Please respond as soon as you can?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand your concern regarding surgery on Penny Pickles, but surgery is probably the best course of action for anal gland ‘masses’. Whilst anal gland tumours in dogs are uncommon, they do occur and apocrine gland adenocarcinoma is the most common tumour found; although these tumours are malignant, surgery is still treatment of choice since you would be removing cancerous tissue from the body (a growing tumour can compress the rectum or other structures causing further complications and pain) along with any enlarged lymph nodes. For testing, if the ‘mass’ is cancerous, it may have spread to regional lymph nodes which may be sampled and examined; concerning a biopsy of the mass, it would make more sense to remove the mass since the biopsy procedure is invasive in the area involving an incision of the skin etc... Blood tests don’t necessarily help in diagnosing specifically if it is cancer; but are important to determine Penny Pickles health (especially liver and kidney function since we aren’t 100% sure about her age) and suitability for surgery. My recommendation would be to have the mass removed (along with any enlarged lymph nodes) and to have the mass examined (by a Veterinary Pathologist) to determine the type of tumour which would also help with post-operative care medical management. It is impossible for me to comment on prognosis (as I haven’t examined Penny Pickles) but would be generally guarded in this type of case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fred
Bassett Hound
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent defication sometimes mucousy, frequent urination

My 13 year old basset hound was diagnosed with anal gland cancer. This was done during anal gland draining during routine visit. Tumor is 6 to 7 cm. Ultrasound advised. Vet believes due to tumor size it most likely has invaded colon and/or abdomen. He doesn't really show symptoms of being I'll but he is obviously old. How badly does tumor size and age affect prognostic and treatment options?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst symptoms may not be evident, the tumour is there; anal gland cancer can be aggressive and locally invasive meaning that if surgery is done, a section or all of the rectum may be removed. Surgery is something that would be down to your Veterinarian’s discretion or they refer you to a board certified Surgeon. An ultrasound may be useful to get a better idea about the tumour, but surgical excision would be best if it is a viable option; age is a factor, but the increased risks may be mitigated by blood tests and good surgical management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello Dr. Callum,
Kristal is a 12 year old Miniature Schanuzer and got her anal glands removed last week and yesterday we received a call from the vet saying that the lab results were positive for cancer, the vet recommended a cat scan to determine if the cancer has spread to other organs.
We will have the cat scan done but we want to know if it comes positive, what options does Kristal have and the possibilities of surviving...
Help Please? Desperate parent

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Moose
lhasa apso
15 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drinks and urinates alot

I have a 15 year old Lhasa Apso who has just been diagnosed with anal gland cancer. My vet has suggested surgery because the lump is small. I really do not want him to go through Chemo and Radiation after surgery. By removing the gland is there a possibility that this will not be necessary. Then I also question if he will make it through the surgery at his age. I think the cancer has come about within the last 6 months because it was not mentioned the last time I had to have his anal glands cleaned.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A decision to operate is yours, however surgery is the best course of action to treat if not only extend the lifespan in some cases. Anal gland cancers can be very aggressive and difficult to treat; but the size of the tumour may start to cause problems with defecation and will also be uncomfortable for Moose. At the age of fifteen, the suitability for surgery would be dependent on Moose’s overall health and the results of a blood test and physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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capuchino
Terrier mix chihuahua
17 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

thirsty also tired more than usual
Sad
pain

Medication Used

Tramadol

My 17 year old mixed dog has a massive ball underneath his buttocks, it is causing him to cry day and night. I am worried because he never cries! I took him to emergency clinic where they told me it was cancerous. I'm not sure what to do. Capuchino my dog drinks, eats, and goes to the restroom is why I think he is not ready to be put to sleep. I known he is in pain but I want to do something for him. That ball he has causing him so much pain he's not comfortable he just wants to lie on his back! Most people tell me to let him go cause he might not make it through the surgery but I'm not too sure on what to do.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Seventeen years old is a good age for a dog like Capuchino; it is true that surgery would be risky for him and generally not worth putting him through it. It is a hard decision to put down a loved family of the family but in some cases it is in their best interests and not your best interest. Out of all the pets I’ve put down; I saw a lot of hesitation before but never saw regret afterwards. The decision is yours and I haven’t examined Capuchino, but you need to think about his quality of life; speak with your Veterinarian about palliative care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
Chihuahua
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Defecate

My brother has a chihuahua that has recently been diagnosed as having anal gland cancer. It is my dogs son so do I now need to be concerned this cancer is a genetic condition?
Will I need to get my dog checked out for cancer now?
She strains a bit and often her poo is long and stringy

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst there are reports of a genetic component to anal sac tumours (more so in Spaniels) a genetic link is unlikely. However, if you have concerns there is a simple examination your Veterinarian can perform to determine whether or not there is a concern. Generally if there were a tumour (or other disorder) of the anal glands, you would see defecation problems, scooting and biting at the anal area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zane
Shitzu
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Small mass on rear

He had several small masses removed almost 9 months ago but another one showed up and took him this morning and received the diagnosis possible anal gland cancer. Referred to a specialist for removal of anal glands. He doesn't seem to be in pain and I'm praying I make the right decision but I'm concerned about the cost of all this and what kind of condition will he be in after surgery. I really do not want to do chemo or radiation treatments either. I'm just so upset and just don't know what to do.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is better to go ahead with the surgery than not, a decision to have chemotherapy would be your decision but at least have the histopathology so that type of cancer can be identified. Possible risks are faecal incontinence after the surgery do to the location and the anatomy of the area. Cost will vary depending on your location and the Specialist you visit, it would be best to ask your Veterinarian about cost as they will have a better idea than myself as the ball park I can give you would be too vague. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bonnie
cross breed Spaniel and staff
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

Hi, My dog was letting off a funny smell so we took her to the vets to see if her anal glands were blocked, she has a lump on the top of her left back leg and by feeling this lump they have come to the diagnosis of Anal or Bowel cancer? The vet is saying it is not worth operating or taking a swab as she is old so may not survive the anaesthia and if she was half of her back leg would be missing so wouldn't live the best life. Is there any possibility they could be wrong? Could it just a be a lump?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is hard to say, but based on the location of the lump it would most probably be anal gland or bowel cancer. Without further tests or imaging it isn’t possible confirm or rule out a diagnosis. It is always difficult in geriatric dogs sometimes to reach a diagnosis, but by monitoring the lump and looking out for other symptoms over time will help confirm a diagnosis. If you were wanting to do further tests, older dogs may not tolerate anaesthesia and the general risk isn’t worth the reward. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Doobie
Basset Hound
Serious
Has Symptoms
Straining To Defecate
Skin Lump
Poor Appetite
my 8 yr old basset has this. He has a mass on the outside of his rectum, it is under the fur. He alerted us to this because he couldn't poop without straining VERY HARD and when he did poop, it was pinched looking nuggets. The lymph nodes near his bowels are extremely swollen, pushing on his colon thus making it hard to poop. He is on lactulose which is a stool softener.
Dylan
Dachshund
9 Years
Critical
Has Symptoms
Muscle Swelling
Weakness
Straining To Defecate
Lethargy
Extreme Thirst
Our 9 year old daschund Dylan was given his diagnosis in June. He had surgery to remove the mass under his tail, our vet was able to get 90% of the mass. Dylan's mass grew internally towards his spine, rather than outward like a baseball from under his tail. Our vet said at best he would have 9 months, deviated we spend all the time we can with Dylan telling him how much we love him daily. He has good and bad days. But on the good it's as if he never received the cancer news at all. We are now at 10 months since we found out and Dylan is now just starting to have a problem going to the bathroom (pooping), our vet said he could prescribe a stool softener he also just prescribed a medication called metacam that really seems to help with pain. Dylan has also experienced increased thirst. We are hoping he can make his 1 year mark and beyond. We are heart broken and feel sorrow for anyone who is or has had to live through this with their family member. God Bless and prayers! Diana & our baby dog Dylan
Charlie
Beagle
11 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Increased Thirst
Incontinence
My 11 year old beagle started peeing everywhere in the house so we took him to the vet. She ran a urinalysis and it came back normal. Then she did blood tests and found extremely high calcium levels so she checked his anal glands and found a mass. Due to financial restrictions we were unable to treat him.
Kia
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
10 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Skin Lump
Straining To Defecate
Drowsiness
Our 10 year old Staffordshire bull terrier, Kia has just been diagnosed with Anal Gland Cancer. It started a few weeks ago when I noticed a small lump next to her anus, she sometimes had difficulty pooing so I just thought it was because she was straining so much to poo. We left it a few days and she began to have more difficulty pooing and the mass grew larger, it is hard to notice at first glance but sticks out a lot more when she is pooing. We took her to the vets and he diagnosed her with cancer, she could of had an op to remove the mass but they think it has already spread throughout her body. She is on some medication but unfortunately it's terminal. I will be so upset when the time comes to say goodbye to Kia, she's been the kindest most gently dog I have ever met in my life! 😢