Please Help: Just Discovered Big Lump On My Bichon

posted 2 months ago in Pets
Post # 2
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Unfortunately, I don’t know much about dog’s anal glands 😉 but even if I did I think your vet would be the best placed to advise rather than a forum.

Post # 4
5180 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

dmm321 :  What do you mean “above” her anal region? Like on her tail or just at the top of her butthole?

Either way, the anal glads are toward the bottom sides of the anus, so if it’s on top, it’s not likely the glands. 

Beyond that, it could by a cyst or some sort of infection, you’ll need to go to the vet for that. 

Post # 5
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

dmm321 :  you say obviously you are going to take her. But that isn’t obvious to some people/ some can’t afford vet bills, so I don’t assume.

If you are going tomorrow what sort of help do you want? I know some people who express their own dogs anal glands but 1) I don’t know how to do it 2) you’ve already said it’s not bothering her today so she’s ok to wait til you see the vet tomorrow 3) I would NOT want to squeeze my dogs bum hole. 

P.S. I genuinely am sorry if your dog is poorly – my dog is very previous to me, so I empathise with the worry that brings. 

Post # 6
1090 posts
Bumble bee

Hmmm, i know with our dog, once he got up in years he had a few lumps here and there and the vet was not concerned as he was an aging senior and they sometimes get those. If it gets larger or hurts her or doesn’t go away on it’s own in a few days I would go in to the vet to confirm it isn’t an infection. 

Post # 7
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Definitely take her to the vet, but don’t panic! It could just be a benign cyst. They’re very common in older dogs.

ETA: Since you have a new groomer, maybe they groomed her slightly differently so that you noticed the lump? It could have been there for a while, but was covered in hair and not as noticeable.

Post # 8
1760 posts
Buzzing bee

Sounds more like a lipoma, a benign fatty tumor thst dogs (and people) can get as they age.


Post # 10
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I agree with lipoma.  If it’s fairly soft and freely mobile, it is likely a lipoma.  And I find that lipomas tend to just show up overnight. Okay, not quite that fast, but fast enough it feels like one day they weren’t there and the next they were.  I hope her vet visit goes well and whatever it is, it’s the simplest of diagnoses.  

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