Hello 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.