Skippy had been complaining about his butt for the past 2-3 days whenever going potty, but we just though it was his anal glands needing to be expressed (he rarely gives us the scooting sign). However this morning I noticed the left side of his butt had a large (fig-sized), hard bump, and when pressed he would whine.
At the vet the technician took one look at his butt and said "this will need a doctor's examination". The doctor came in and said she thought it was either an abscess (due to his anal gland), but could also be a cancer/tumor/growth. She then took him to another room (I haven't seen him since!) where she shaved his butt area and presumably probed inside of him to determine the nature of the mass. The screaming/yelping told me he was not having a good time at all. It was only a few minutes but waiting there it was hard to even go through the possibilities if the mass was determined to be cancerous. Eventually though, there was good news, as the mass was indeed an abscess. Phew!! I eventually decided to leave him there overnight for the procedure.
The doctor just called to say she finished the procedure and though "there was a lot of pus", everything went well. The next challenge will be helping him through the next few days while the remnants of the abscess drains out. Skippy's not going to be happy to see the 'cone' again, that's for sure. Also glad that we signed him up for PetPlan a while ago, so that should cover most of the surgery costs.
Looking forward to picking him up tomorrow morning and glad that it wasn't anything more serious!