Monty with Aggressive Tumor on Anal Gland

Monty with Aggressive Tumor on Anal Gland

by Joel Laight


I could really use a virtual shoulder to cry on and maybe get some advice.

I have been told this weekend that my 8 year old dog Monty has a tumor on his anal gland. It is early days and the blood sample has gone off to determine whether it is safe to operate on him to remove it. This decision will be based on how his calcium levels are. If not, it is about looking after him the best I can.

The only problem is the fact that his bottom is really suffering because of it. His anus has shifted to the left and he is bleeding every time he passes, and blood is occasionally leaking out now. He went to out of hours vets today who gave him antibiotics and a pain killer saying that the lump is rubbing his anal wall while he passes. Not too much to worry about, surgery could still go ahead a week on Tuesday.

Monty seems to be ok in himself, still running around on walks, eating his food greedily etc, he doesn't seem to be in much pain at all, he just naturally licks his bum a lot.

I am a 37 year old man, who lives alone, have some mental health problems (I am very depressed) and Monty is my best friend. I haven't stopped crying for him in 4 days now and I am so scared of losing him. I have had him since a puppy and cannot bear the thought of him being ill. I am so scared, upset, angry, the lot. I do not have any family or friends to talk to or help me out in any way. I have to go to work next week but hate to leave him. We have another dog also who would be lost without him.

Once more, I hate the thought of him having surgery to remove the lump but knowing it might never be the end of it, my dog doesn't deserve this and I am completely and utterly heartbroken.

Submitted on Sunday, February 28, 2016

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Mar 31, 2022
Anal gland cancer
by: Betty

Our dog had anal gland cancer and we had the tumor removed and we did chemo. It gave us about 18 months with him. I wouldn’t trade that time with him for anything. I wish we had found it sooner. We lost him in 2018 and we recently lost his brother to cancer in 2021. I miss my furbabies every day!

Jun 18, 2019
My boxer had Lymphoma
by: Anita

Thank you for sharing your story. I had a 10 year old boxer with Lymphoma. My heart was broken.

Jul 09, 2016
Penelope hugs Monty
by: Keri

Hi Joel,

Penelope sends love to Monty as she has Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma as well. Her tumor is quite small however it has spread to her lymph nodes. It isn't fair. I also am sad for my 8 year old girl that I have had since she was a puppy.

Let us love the life they still have.

Hang in there. I feel your pain.


Feb 28, 2016
by: Hazel, Site Editor

Hi, Joel,

I am so sorry to hear about Monty. I can understand your anguish and frustration. Let's just take it one step at a time - wait and see if the lump is operable and if so the prognosis. As it's still in its early stage, it is likely that surgery and chemo may get rid of it...

As dogs are very sensitive to our feelings, you need to stay strong and positive for Monty. It's great that you reached out and asked for support here - we are always here for you. You may also want to consider joining a dog cancer support group (I think there are a few such groups on Yahoo or FaceBook).

Good luck and stay hopeful and strong. Please let us know the blood test results, and what the next course of action is.

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