Colt has had quite a few anal gland problems over the past couple of years, so when he started bothering with his bum and the others were sniffing it we took him straight to the vet expecting the usual diagnosis and a course of antibiotics but not this time. The vet felt a tumour and said it needed to come out. We were discussing the surgery and he started checking Colt over, listening to his heart he found a grade 4 murmur that wasn't there a couple of months ago. This was worrying and as it might make surgery too risky Colt had a heart scan, the vet also did a needle biopsy of the tumour. Needless to say we came home feeling shocked and worried but thankfully better news followed. The heart murmur is a mitral valve insufficiency which is much more common in small dogs but not as worrying as DCM and not such an anaesthetic risk so he can have his operation. The good news then followed with the biospy results - highly suggestive of adenoma not cancer so although it still needs to be removed as it is growing pretty quickly and bothering him we are all much more hopeful of a good outcome. Colt started on Vetmedin for his heart and will be having his operation next week. Fingers crossed it all goes well.