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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My siberian husky has a large growth around the anal area

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my siberian husky has a large growth around the anal area with a couple of marble size bumps, cancer?
he is 13 yrs old
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Perianal ("around the anus") growths in elderly male dogs can be quite concerning because, yes, they often represent perianal adenocarcinomas - dangerous cancers which metastasize readily. Less commonly, perianal adenomas which are benign can arise. It's very difficult to differentiate one from another unless the tumors are biopsied which is usually done when they're surgically removed. I understand that such surgery might not be appropriate at Lakotah's age. Can you upload a photo of this growth to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if that icon is visible) or you can use an external app such as I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can try and take a picture, he is not eager for me to look at his hinnie. But I will try, it will be tomorrow before i can do it as I am at work right now.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

No worries. I'll watch for your next post. Ultimately, Lakotah's vet is going to need to take a look at Lakotah's hinnie and tell you if it makes sense to remove those growths.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have an appointment tomorrow.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm pleased to hear that Lakotah will be attended to soon. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Lakotah. How is everything going?
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