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Growth on Dog's Anus & Anal Gland Problems

by Jordan
(Reno, NV)

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My vet recently discovered a small black bump on the left side of my dogs anus.

Last year in October I took my dog Oscar to a new vet (Oscar is a 10 year old doxie pure bred) because he had hurt his back. After losing
my female doxie to a back problem, I wanted to take him to a knowledgeable vet.

They did x-rays of his back and expressed his anal glands. Once I got there they told me that I had no choice but to vaccinate him for rabies before they would even look at him. I'm not huge on vaccines, but since I live 3 hours from town and needed to have his back looked at, I agreed.

I got him home and all was well until the next day when his anal glands were really bothering him. They were so swollen and purple looking. He was constipated and kept scooting across the carpet. His little butt was so wet because he would lick it constantly.

I soaked his bum in warm water with Epsom salt and increased his fiber intake. And it eventually went away.

Well I took him back to that vet on March 3rd to have his teeth cleaned, while being under they expressed his anal glands again. When I got him back home his anal glands began bothering him once again, with severe constipation, licking and scooting.

I took him back about a week ago to make sure his extractions were healing ok and to ask about his anal glands. She said his teeth were great and she expressed his anal glands again, but she found a small little black mole looking thing on the side of his bum. I've never noticed that before and apparently neither have they.

She said she didn't want to mess with it because she would have to put him under again and biopsy it. She said
if it gets bigger within a month to bring him back.

Well it has gotten somewhat bigger. He is also very constipated, scooting his bum and if he does poop, sometimes it's long strips.

He has had issues with his anal sacs in the past, but not like this. It seems like all the times she has expressed his anal glands has almost made it worse.

The last time he had a problem was in January of last year. It got infected and left quite a bit of scar tissue on the glands.

I was very uneducated about allergies and a dogs diet, until now. I make sure he eats no grains, soy, corn or common allergens. He eats Stella and chewys raw beef and some canned weruva human grade food. I give him probiotics and enzymes.

He has been doing well until he went there and especially after the teeth extractions and antibiotics. Also, when they checked his blood before surgery, his pancreas enzymes were pretty elevated.

But you would never know, I mean he was a little picky about his food, but no vomiting and acted like his happy self. And when I took him to them in October of last year his blood came back great.

I'm really at a loss. I looked at anal sac tumor facts online and it doesn't sound good. I plan on taking him back on Friday to have it looked at, but I just wanted another opinion.

My questions are:

1. In your opinion does this possibly look serious?

2. What should I do to help with his elevated pancreatic enzyme levels?

3. Could the continual expressing these glands be causing this and the black thing?

4. Could it be a reaction to the vaccine from October?

5. Any suggestions on fiber? He HATES pumpkin!

6. Is there anything in his blood work that might towards anal cancer?

Thank you!

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Apr 25, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Growth on Dog's Anus & Anal Gland Problems
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Jordan,

From the photos of Oscar, it appears to be a black mass at the lower (6 o'clock) edge of his anus. (Some of the photos are out of focus). In my opinion, this does not seem associated with the anal gland, (anal glands are located at the 4 o'clock and 7 o'clock areas on the anus), it seems to be arising from the mucosa of the anus. I am concerned that this is serious and possibly a malignant melanoma.

Is he neutered? If he is an intact male, then a perianal adenoma might be a possibility. Biopsy would be the only way to determine what this tumor might be.

Therefore, in answer to your questions:
1. Does this appear serious? Yes, it does.

2. Increased pancreas enzymes indicate the diet is TOO high in fat. Oscar must be on a LOW fat diet, preferably vegetarian or home made for at least 3-6 weeks. Stop the Stella and Chewy's beef. Nature's Recipe makes a vegetarian diet, and Halo's Spot's Stew for dogs, while not vegetarian, it is high in moisture and vegetables with some chicken and low fat content. Or a homemade diet, consider purchasing Dr Richard Pitcairn's book, Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats for recipes.

He should also be supplemented with Acidophilus for his digestive tract, and support for his pancreas with Pancreatrophin by Standard Process, a glandular supplement from Standard Process. Give Oscar 1/2 capsule in his food two times daily.

And to boost his immune system he should have one of the following:

1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

3.Continual expressing of his anal glands may cause some irritation, but would not cause a tumor to grow.

4. Tumors, cancers, warts etc ARE due to vaccinations. Read Dr. Pitcairn's book in section of Harmful Effects of Vaccinations. And not just Rabies vaccination, but **ANY** vaccination can trigger the syndrome, in holistic medicine, called vaccinosis.

5. Alternatives to pumpkin to help with constipation, (if the vegetarian diets and acidophilus are not helpful), is to add psyllium seed or husks to his diet. About 1/4 tsp to each meal.

6. Blood panels do not diagnose anal cancer.

But you should consider some of the Homeopathic remedies indicated for black tumors/vaccinosis/ itching rectum/rectum problems. In the repertory, the top remedies are Sulphur, Lachesis, Arsenicum, and Rhus tox.

A holistic veterinarian would be best to examine Oscar and 'take the case', and to write an exemption form for NO MORE vaccinations, and decide which remedy would be the best for Oscar.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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