2010-05-14 11:13:44 +0000 #1
I have a 12 year old terrier who suddenly developed a small, but raised, pea-sized, red lump located one centimetre under his anus. It is sitting directly under the anus and is not favoring either side. It's also red and bleeding, I suspect from irritation. I have noticed him scooting but he has been having normal bowel movements, is active as normal, eats and drinks like normal too. I have also tried manually expressing the anal glands but very little came out. It is my first time attempting it myself so I don't know if I'm doing it wrong.
I've called the vet and the appointment is next week but in the mean time, what could this be? I'm especially concerned because he is an older dog. Thanks for any insight.
2010-05-14 11:29:44 +0000 #2
Welcome to the board Lirna. Lumps and bumps are always scary aren't they? Hopefully it's nothing more serious than an irritation from scooting or a simple hemorrhoid.
p.s. would love to see pix of your little guy too! Lots of fans of the seniors on this board.
2010-05-14 11:46:32 +0000 #3
Thanks for the well wishes, mummummum. I am hoping it is something harmless too. At this point, and after some research it looks like it could be a perianal adenoma or a perianal adenocarcinoma. I'm hoping for the non-cancerous former. It's odd that he would get one given that he's been neutered since he was 7 months old. I never thought I'd ever say this but, I wish it was a hemorroid instead. Just hoping for some news that is not bad.
I'll see about getting a picture of him when things settle down a bit. Thank you again.
2010-05-14 11:44:14 +0000 #4
Lirna by "research" do you mean you and the internet or you and the Vet?
I often refer to the web as the university of my autumn years as it is such a great learning tool and resource. But, it's very easy to fall into a worry trap gathering more and more information which may or may not be accurate. Or relevant for that matter.
that a biopsy shows that it's benign if it is a tumour.