Post # 1
Long story short I have a beautiful 16 year old bichon and had her groomed today and had the works done. When I took her out to go potty I always wipe her when I get back in and that’s when I discovered right above her anal region a large lump about the size of a quarter! It doesn’t seem to be bothering her but my first thought was when they squeeze her anal glands did he do it wrong and now it’s building up and has the potential to burst? Has anyone ever experienced this before? This was a new groomer too so makes me even more worried. Thank you everyone!
Post # 2
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 # 3
Well I’m obviously going to take her tomorrow because they are closed but was hoping I would get some helpful information rather than someone thinking I would just post in a forum and leave it at that. 😒
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
Sounds more like a lipoma, a benign fatty tumor thst dogs (and people) can get as they age.
Post # 9
It’s right under the tail right above her anus. We wipe her every time we walk her so it’s mindblowing how fast it formed. The vet wasn’t available today but I’m going in the morning, very odd. SithLady :
Post # 10
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.