There is nothing worse than finding a growth or bump on your dog. If you do, you should go see your veterinarian for an expert opinion, but don’t panic (too much).
Less than half of those newly discovered bumps are likely to become cancerous or malignant. Once you notice the bump, call your vet. If your dog seems to have some tenderness in that area, rapid grown, swelling, redness, or pus you should ask for an appointment as soon as possible. The doctor will most likely want to do a biopsy and may ask you:
- Did the bump appear suddenly?
- Has the color, shape, or size changed?
- Has your dog acted differently? Any changes in appetite or behavior?
- The most common types of bumps are below.
Are fatty tumors (benign fat deposits). You may find these once your dog has reached middle age and they are part of the aging process.
Are oil glands that got plugged. They may look ugly, but they are harmless and may even rupture on their own. Others may become infected and require a vet to remove them.
Warts on a dog are caused by the canine viral papillomatosis and are more common in younger dogs.
Are pus accumulations under the skin caused by an infection or insect bite. Your vet will drain and clean the area and give you antibiotic to give your dog. Cancerous Tumors can be malignant or benign. Only your veterinarian can tell you which. Keep an eye out for new bumps and have your pet seen by a vet regularly.
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