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Anal Gland Adenocarcinomas

Welcome to Paddington Vet, where we provide dedicated and comprehensive care for dogs diagnosed with anal gland adenocarcinoma. This form of cancer, though not overly common, requires prompt and precise treatment due to its tendency to metastasise early. Our experienced veterinary team is equipped to diagnose and treat this condition, offering advanced surgical options and chemotherapy to extend your pet's quality of life. From initial detection to post-operative care, we're here to support you and your furry friend every step of the way. Discover how our tailored treatment plans can make a difference for your pet.

Comprehensive Care for Anal Gland Adenocarcinoma (Anal Gland Cancer) in Dogs at Paddington Vet

What is Anal Gland Adenocarcinoma?

Anal gland adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that develops in the anal glands of dogs. Though not excessively common, this cancer often has already metastasised by the time it is detected, due to its tendency to grow inward. As a result, tumours can be quite large upon discovery, and the cancer may have already spread, even in early-detection cases.


Occasionally, we may discover these tumours during routine health checks, such as vaccinations or other consultations. However, diagnosis typically follows observation of symptoms by the pet owner, which can include lumps or swelling under the tail, or difficulties and discomfort during defecation.

Treatment Approach

Surgery is the primary treatment method for most anal gland tumours and can usually be performed without causing major complications like faecal incontinence. It is also recommended to remove the sublumbar lymph nodes during surgery, as the cancer often spreads to these nodes early on.

Considering Chemotherapy

While these cancers do not grow rapidly, surgical intervention can significantly extend your pet's life—potentially by up to a year. Introducing chemotherapy into the treatment plan can further prolong life expectancy by up to two additional years.

Cost of Procedure

At Paddington Vet, the cost of removing anal gland adenocarcinomas starts from $2,100. This is considerably less than the $5,000 to $10,000 or more you might expect at specialist referral centres.

We do offer payment plans through credit providers. Please see our payment plans section for more information.

Recovery and Aftercare

Pets can usually go home the same day as their surgery. At home, they will need pain management, typically involving opioids and NSAIDs, along with antibiotics. A follow-up visit two weeks post-surgery is necessary for suture removal, ensuring a smooth and comfortable recovery process.

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