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Hard anal gland or tumor, my vet doesn't know and said to

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hard anal gland or tumor, my vet doesn't know and said to keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't get bigger. I am thinking of getting a 2nd opinion. Titan is a 10yr old Chihuahua with anal problems
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the Chihuahua's name and age?
Customer: Titan 10
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Titan?
Customer: Just past issues with anal glands. His right gland sealed shut and they had to sedate him to make a hole and empty it. It's now scarred and doesn't fill up anymore.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
It would take another person to hold him for me to take a photo of his rear end. My husband isn't here right now to do that.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Should I get a second opinion with another vet?

Certainly. You may be describing the dangerous anal sac gland adenocarcinoma. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I've looked that up before our conversation and he doesn't have all the symptoms. Praying it's not that. Thank you for your time.

I'll think good thoughts, too. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
ok, I will.

I appreciate it.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Hi, I am following up to my question. I got a second opinion from the main vet who also thought it might blocked gland or a tumor since it was hard. My Chihuahua had surgery this morning and the gland was so full with thick fluid and scared that my vet decided to remove it using the laser technique. No tumor! PTL! Thank you for your advice and help!

What a good update! Thank you for taking the time to let me know.