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Hello...my old man 14 now, recently had an intestinal infection where they found a mass in his anal sac while doing a rectal exam. The tumor is small but the specialist thinks we are probably dealing with a malignant cancer in the anal sac. I have debated back and forth about doing surgery to remove it. He is still a active senior that loves his walks, still engages in play and loves to eat. I have learned that adenocarcinoma very aggressive but the internist said that she did not see anything in his lymph nodes when doing the ultrasound. Also that there id a better success when the tunor is small. Does anyone have any experience with this? He is scheduled for surgery on Wed. Thank you for any info.
 

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Sorry to hear about this - When my male fawn Max was 7 he was diagnosed with the same thing. We had the surgery and he lived almost another 3 years - we had to unfortunately put him down on New Years Day this year. I wish you luck.
 

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Thank you for the well wishes!

Calimike that is encouraging for for the additional 3 years with Max. It must have been so hard to say goodbye. My heart goes our to you. Did you see an oncologist after removal? I want to make him as comfortable as possible to enjoy the rest of his golden years.

Thankfully the rain has subsided and we are going to spend the afternoon at the beach before his surgery tomorrow.
 

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Oh yeah - we were in it to win it. He saw an oncologist after that and then was on chemo pills for almost 2.5 years. His oncologist was actually the lady who put him down, and yes it was devastating. I was inconsolable that day.
 

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I am new to the form so I am not sure how this works. I have replied to a couple posts but only 1 of the 3 show up. So I am not sure if they have to be approved first.

Calimyke thanks for the info. With your screen name are you in California? My old man is havingoing surgery tomorrow in Tustin and a friend recommended Dr. Julie who is an oncologist in Tustin as well. If you are local I would be interested in knowing about your oncologist. Thanks
 

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So sorry to hear that about your dog.My Fritz has had his anal sac have puss,in it ,but was told he would be o.k.,so far so good. I will hope and pray for him and you,that all comes out fine..
 

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I am new to the form so I am not sure how this works. I have replied to a couple posts but only 1 of the 3 show up. So I am not sure if they have to be approved first.

Calimyke thanks for the info. With your screen name are you in California? My old man is havingoing surgery tomorrow in Tustin and a friend recommended Dr. Julie who is an oncologist in Tustin as well. If you are local I would be interested in knowing about your oncologist. Thanks
I was born and raised in So Cal - im now in Pittsburgh. Best of luck to you and your pup!
 

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Wanted to update you all on my old man. Just wanted to update everyone. Dr Cambridge called earlier said that the tumor was completely enclosed and hadn't invaded any walls like he thought. He did notice an ectopic heartbeat tho on the ekg while doing the surgery. He is awake wrapped in a warm blanket doing well. Thank you all for your positive energy
 

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Happy all went well,courageous to have a 14yrs old put under...

To be a tad blunt yet realistic,you got to take into account that he is not a pup anymore and his big heart must be tired...my Valant was good till 14 but his gave up at 14.5


here`s to hope many yrs more with the old guy:cheers:
 

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Hi martinc...all did go very well, thanks! The cancerous tumor was removed and he is doing great. Going on mile+ walks twice a day. Yes I am realistic of his age and it wasn't a decision I made lightly to have surgery. The day before surgery he spent 2 1/2 hours walking on the beach and rocks. He is still very healthy for his age. His surgeon also told me that there has been recent research when the tumor is found small that it is less likely to metastasize quickly. So for us it was a successful surgery and we will continue to make every day we have together amazing. My profile pic is of him when he was young and I will attach one that I took the other day at the beach before his surgery. He is my heart and soul, but also his quality of life is at the top of my priorities. And as long as he wants to get up and has that strong will I will do whatever I can to make his days wonderful. He is on the right in the photo.
 

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Hi martinc...all did go very well, thanks! The cancerous tumor was removed and he is doing great. Going on mile+ walks twice a day. Yes I am realistic of his age and it wasn't a decision I made lightly to have surgery. The day before surgery he spent 2 1/2 hours walking on the beach and rocks. He is still very healthy for his age. His surgeon also told me that there has been recent research when the tumor is found small that it is less likely to metastasize quickly. So for us it was a successful surgery and we will continue to make every day we have together amazing. My profile pic is of him when he was young and I will attach one that I took the other day at the beach before his surgery. He is my heart and soul, but also his quality of life is at the top of my priorities. And as long as he wants to get up and has that strong will I will do whatever I can to make his days wonderful. He is on the right in the photo.
Hi there,
I wanted to ask how big was your dog's anal sac tumor? Did your regular vet do the surgery or was it a board certified surgeon specialist?
I am in a similar situation where my dog has a tumor the size of a GOLF ball in that anal sac area. How did your dog do recovering from the surgery? Was incontinence ever an issue? Any advice you'd give after having been through this?
 
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