My brother has a chihuahua that has recently been diagnosed as having anal gland cancer. In the event that the tumor has spread to the sublumbar lymph nodes or lumbar spine, lower back pain or stilted gait may be present. Chics scent gland is currently really smelling. Patients of anal gland cancer surgery and drug therapy require return visits to the clinic every 3 months for a period of 18 months. In addition, abdominal radiographs X-rays and abdominal ultrasound should be performed to evaluate internal organs and look for evidence of metastatic disease. The cancerous cells may invade regional lymph nodes and travel to the spine, lungs, liver and spleen via the bloodstream. Add a comment to Walle's experience.
Tell Tom I was on the floor in stitches. When he was diagnosed his general health was really poor. The scent glands no longer serve the typical "marking" purpose that they once did; however, dogs still smell each others butts and each other's potty in order to learn information about the other dog. Ladyebug's a true gem. If the pressure is not released the dog becomes a tyrant due to the pain and the gland soon ruptures.
Originally appeared as Ask the Vet by Dr. Our dog Toby was just diagnosed with an anal gland tumor and I am crushed. The only issue is bowel movements which I assume is from the pain and incision of the surgery. Unfortunately, in over half of animals with anal gland tumors, the cancer has metastasized to nearby lymph nodes, which may also need to be surgically removed.
Playing, running loves to eat and always wagging that tail. His blood work all came back good also. If your veterinarian didn't palpate any anal gland masses, there are other causes of increased calcium. I understand the life expectancy even with surgery is slim. So what can be done to remove the tumor? Early detection of anal gland cancer in dogs is best followed with aggressive treatment.