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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Is the growth near the anal sphincter?
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Friend, tumors that are near the anal sphincter whether they are malignant or benign it is best to have them removed before they get big and interfere with the anal sphincter. You see, what happens is that as they get larger if it involves the anal sphincter it will be difficult for the veterinarian to get it all off; the dog then may suffer from fecal incontinence. So, before it gets to that point it is best to have it removed.
As far as getting him neutered, that is an excellent idea as well. Very often tumors that develop in the anal area are the result of the hormones produced by the testicles. So, getting him neutered will decrease the chances of him developing more of these growth in the future.
I can't tell you why they didn't notice it before. Perhaps it wasn't there.
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