• My vet said my dog has anal gland cancer, but I want to know what is the expected live after the surgery, keeping in mind my dog is 14 years old and how can we know if this cancer made metastasis.

    Hi Gloria,
    I recommend that you talk to your local veterinarian about this question. The prognosis in situations like this will depend on a few different factors including the exact type of cancer present, how large the mass is, if there has been any localized or diffuse metastasis. Your vet knows your pet’s medical history and they will be able to give you the best advice on this. Unfortunately, there is not perfect way to tell if they tumor has metastases. There are some tests like chest x-rays or ultrasound that can help with this. If these are clear the prognosis is better but there is no way to know for sure if it has moved at the time of the surgery. Your vet can give you the best advice on this.

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