|08-20-2013 06:35 PM|
I would do anything necessary to keep her alive as long as she has a good quality of life. If it means chemo or anything else, then so be it.
|08-20-2013 04:03 PM|
|huntergreen||spread the cancer cells? not sure it works like that. unless your prepared to do chemo and any other cancer treatment available, i would just have them remove and forget the biopsy and let nature take its course.|
|08-20-2013 03:23 PM|
|RebelGSD||I would not put her under twice, once for biopsy and once for the gland removal. They can send out the stuff to pathology after it is removed and you will know. Also depending on where they do the biopsy, it may come back negative, if they don't biopsy the right location. The biopsy can also spread the cancer cells.|
|08-20-2013 11:14 AM|
Nikki has anal gland problems too so we may face having them removed in the future. I agree with having this surgery done by a board certified surgeon. If it was me I would have both removed while she is under, that way she only has to go through the discomfort once.
I would talk to the surgeon and talk to him/her about your concerns for sure before the surgery.
I hope it's not cancer
|08-19-2013 09:10 PM|
Apparently those glands are rather unneccessary. They say, some dogs can suffer incontinence with them removed, not because of the lack of glands, but the surgery itself I guess.
Mine had both removed, never was incontinent, I know others who have had one removed, no incontinence and no problem having one gland.
Key is getting a surgeon who is experienced in removing glands, I used a board certified surgeon, only because there was fistula's going on as well, needed to have all the fistula tracts removed also.
|08-19-2013 08:53 PM|
|llombardo||How will removing one affect the other? Will it cause it to fill up more? Should I just worry about the one that is the problem or just remove both? Can both be removed? Where will all the stuff that is suppose to go there go then?|
|08-19-2013 08:54 AM|
|JakodaCD OA||I have had anal glands removed in an older dog, they did fine..personally I would do what your thinking, biopsy, remove at the same time|
|08-19-2013 12:26 AM|
|08-18-2013 10:34 PM|
When Ozzy's anal gland ruptured a few months back, the vet told me if he happened again, to bring him in regularly and have them completely drain it.
They explained to me that at the Groomer's, they only relieve the glands externally. At the vet's, they relieve it internally so all of the fluid is expelled. Have they suggested trying this? (Depending on test results).
You could probably also have your vet show you how to do it and you could do it yourself. (Though I'm sure you know it's messy and smells less than lovely).
|08-18-2013 10:07 PM|
|Gharrissc||We had an 11 year old dog here who had continuous issues with his glands. We eventually had them removed and he recovered without issue. If you've tried everything else I guess it couldn't hurt to have it biopsied just to know for sure. If you're like me, you want to know and don't like guessing what could be wrong.|
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