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Recurring anal gland abcess

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by LumpySpacePrincess, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. LumpySpacePrincess

    LumpySpacePrincess PetForums Newbie

    Jul 12, 2019
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    My almost 7 year old dog has an anal gland abcess for the third time in his life. He's on the second lot of antibiotics and has had it drained. It's was really bad, pockets of infection on both sides with fistula. The infection has gone but he now has a lump which the vets told me is either cancer or inflammation (the vet that did the draining last week didn't mention a lump). They've said that anal gland removal done by a specialist is the only option now. Has anyone had experience of this surgery and the recovery? Everything I've read says it's risky and the recovery can be tough. We don't want to put him through it, he also isn't insured so would be very hard to afford specialist surgery when there is a chance of needing further surgeries or treatments. I'm desperate for advice on the outlook for my boy.
  2. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

    Jun 24, 2010
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    Yes I know quite a number of owners who's dogs have had the operation. It used to be considered risky but with advances in veterinary procedures in recent years I believe it's much safer these days. All the dogs I know (and some I know very well) and made a good recovery and have no further problems.
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