How to perform an anal sacculectomy

November 2, 2017
Matthew M. Keats, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Keats currently practices at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Md. He graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He completed his surgical residency in 2005 with Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Services and then became board-certified in 2006. He practices both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Matthew Keats provides a step-by-step demonstration of this procedure.

In this video, Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Matthew Keats, DVM, DACVS, demonstrates how to perform an anal sacculectomy in a dog. He points out that there are several reasons for performing this procedure, including:

  • Anal sac tumors

  • Chronic anal sacculitis

  • Recurrent anal sacculitis

  • Anal sac abscesses

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Prior to the procedure, Dr. Keats provides advice on identifying the sac's margins and orientation and offers this guidance:

"Bilateral one-stage anal sacculectomy can safely be performed," says Dr. Keats. "However, if the veterinarian is uncomfortable, it is also acceptable to perform it in two separate procedures."

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