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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** and I've been a veterinarian for 15 years. I'm sorry to hear about Scooby Doo's situation. Do you know what type of cancer he has? How was it diagnosed? Is he currently on any medications for it or for anything else?
Thank you for that information. If a mass was palpated in that region of the rectal area, an anal gland adenocarcinoma has to be very high on the list of concerns. Those are tough in that they are pretty aggressive and hard to surgically deal with. On top of that, they usually aren't cured with surgery and the cancer has already spread. I can't say that you are alone in making a decision like this to not pursue further testing for that mass. Knowing that though, could he benefit from some simple therapy to help him be more comfortable? In his situation, it would seem very reasonable to start him on some oral pain medication like Rimadyl (it is an NSAID similar to aspirin) to help him be more comfortable. Given his breed, could he also have arthritis somewhere that is also getting him down. It would be easy to start him on that and give him a few days to week or so to see how he does. If he isn't improving with that, then the consideration for his overall quality of life is definitely at the forefront. I consider a dogs quality of life to be good when they are eating, drinking, comfortable, social, and interactive. If he's not improving, then a decision to let him go would definitely be a kind decision.