Lumps and bumps can be quite common in pets, particularly dogs, as they get older. There can be many reasons that cause a lump, from infection, insect bites, fluid build up and unfortunately cancer. The problem with lumps is that from the outside it can be impossible to tell what the lump is. While most lumps we see are harmless (non-life threatening), if the lump is cancerous, then, like humans, early detection and removal is the key to helping your best friend stay healthy.
If you notice a lump of bump on your pet, then it is best to come in a get it checked out. The vet will do an examination and likely take a small sample of fluid from inside the lump to look at under a microscope. This quick and painless test can provide valuable information, so our vets can take the best course of action. Check out our video explaining how to check for lumps on your pet.