Douglas is about twelve years old. A shelter can be an overwhelming environment, especially for a little guy like Douglas. He was very scared, shut down, and in extreme pain. He had visible issues with a mass on his anal gland.
Douglas was diagnosed with an enlarged spleen in addition to having a mass on his anal gland. He’s undergone surgery to remove the mass, but while he was under anesthesia, the vet also discovered a fistula. A fistula is a hole at the back of a dog’s mouth near a nasal cavity. Fistulas are easily infected if not treated, so the hole was sewn shut during surgery.
The mass on the anal gland was entirely removed and sent for a biopsy. When the spleen was removed, there was a 4cm mass attached to it. There was so much wrong with Douglas’ tiny little body.
There’s some good and bad news with Douglas’ case.
The good is the pathology on his spleen mass was benign and not cancerous. However, the mass on his anal glad is what’s called a Adenocarcinoma mass and is a malignant tumor. The doctor believes he has 12-18 months left with us. This little man is recovering from surgery in a medical foster, and he’s getting the love he deserved all along.