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What to Do If You Find a Lump on Your Pet: Advice from Your Vet

by | Nov 8, 2022

No one wants to see their pet sick or in pain, which is why it’s important to be able to identify potential health problems as early on as possible. One of the most common issues seen by pet owners are lumps and bumps. While most of these growths are benign, it’s still important to get them checked out by a veterinarian, just in case. In this blog post, we’ll discuss when you should be concerned about lumps and bumps in your pet. We’ll also provide some tips on how to care for your furry friend if they do happen to develop a growth. So, read on for more information!

The lump is growing rapidly

Typically, benign masses grow relatively slowly compared to malignant lumps and bumps. If a lump seems to appear overnight and then explodes in size quickly, it may be cancerous and should be checked for signs of malignancy. Also, some masses may develop, stay stable for a while, and then start growing. If a previously examined lump on your pet suddenly increases in size, have it re-examined.

The lump causes your pet pain

Benign lumps, like lipomas and adenomas, generally do not cause discomfort unless they are in a spot that limits mobility. Problematic bumps, whether they are cancerous or not, are more likely to cause pain. An abscess is an example of a non-cancerous lump that requires veterinary attention. This pus-filled pocket must be drained, flushed, and treated to heal the infection. Some cancerous masses, like bony tumors, can be particularly painful for pets, causing lameness and discomfort when touched.

The lump is oozing or bleeding

Despite antimicrobial treatment, some cancer tumors can appear as non-healing sores or masses that ooze or bleed. Mast cell tumors, in particular, are a type of skin cancer that often bleeds if the lump becomes irritated.

The lump changes color

Occasionally, a cancerous lump can appear under your pet’s skin, then change color and take on a bruised appearance over time. If your pet’s lump was originally the same color as their skin and then changed to a color indicating bruising, inflammation, or tissue necrosis, it may mean the mass is cancerous.

If you notice an unusual lump or bump on your pet, or a sudden change occurs, contact our team for an appointment.