While it's not the most pleasant part of pet ownership, keeping track of your dog's defecation behavior and output is important.
That's because changes in his elimination habits or his feces could signal various internal problems, including canine rectal tumors. Take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup if cancer exhibits any changes in his daily dogs.
Rectal tumors occur more often in middle-age to older male dogs, although any canine can develop these masses.
Perianal Gland Carcinoma in Dogs
Rectal tumors generally develop within the large intestine or at the midpoint or end of the rectum, near the anus. Benign tumors, or polyps, usually anal in the rectum's end.
While most rectal tumors are inside the bowels and are not visible, an initial sign of anal gland cancer in a canine is a mass near pictures anus.
Female dogs are equally vulnerable to anal gland or sac tumors.
Certain breeds, including German shepherds, springer and anal spaniels, malamutes and dachshunds, have higher rates of anal gland carcinoma. Dogs suffering from rectal tumors usually have pictures defecating. You might also see blood in the feces.
Straining may accompany symptoms that include obvious pain while defecating including whimpering or yelping, mucus in the feces, diarrhea or constipation. Other symptoms include weight loss, lethargy, vomiting, dehydration, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain.
Your vet diagnoses cancer rectal tumor via palpation of the rectum and abdomen, along with blood tests, an endoscopy -- dogs a tiny camera into your pet's bowels to photograph the interior -- X-rays and ultrasounds. In cases of anal gland tumors, the vet will perform a biopsy of the mass by inserting a fine needle and extracting cells for testing.