Checking For Lumps and Bumps

Lumps and bumps are quite common in dogs, particularly as they get older. Although most lumps are entirely benign, a small proportion are serious and may require treatment. To give your dog the best chance of remaining healthy, it is important to check your pet regularly.

Check your dog regularly for lumps and bumps

In many cases, you can’t tell how serious a lump is from its appearance. So if you do find something unusual, ask your vet to check it out. If the lump is nothing to worry about, this will give you reassurance – and if it is something more serious, it will ensure treatment is not delayed.

Ask your vet to check out any lumps you find

How to check for lumps and growths

Because dogs are covered in hair, swellings can be difficult to see. So you need to run your hands over their entire body, feeling for anything abnormal. If you can do so safely, look inside their mouth, too. If you do this about once/month you are likely to spot any lumps or growths in the early stages.
It is also a good idea to take your pet to the vet periodically, to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

Ask your vet to check your dog at routine appointments

The most common lumps in dogs

Lots of different things cause lumps and growths in dogs. The most common ones include:

  1. Cysts: These fluid-filled masses are usually benign
  2. Benign tumours: The most common benign tumour is a lipoma; these fatty tumours usually cause no problems
  3. Malignant tumours: These require immediate veterinary attention.

Although any lump has the potential to be serious, the ones to worry about the most are those
associated with:

  • Rapid increase in size
  • Crusting or bleeding
  • Redness and/or itching
  • Failure of a wound to heal
  • Black or dark brown colour
  • Pain.

Keeping your dog safe

Finding lumps or growths early is the best way to keep your dog safe. To do this you should:

  • Check your dog regularly
  • Contact us if you find anything abnormal
  • Bring your dog in for a check-up periodically.