November is ‘Lump & Bump’ Month at Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic!
Reading this article could be critical to the health of your pet. Before you read any further, please take a few minutes to take a very close look at your pet.
Are there any lumps that are the size of a pea or bigger? Are there any lumps that have been around for a month or more?
The Truth About Lumps & Bumps…
If you did not find any lumps or bumps, congratulations. Please put a reminder in your calendar for thirty days from now, and then every thirty days after that, to do this same check. This simple check can be a real lifesaver for your pet and help give you peace of mind.
If you have found a lump, please don’t panic!
In our experience, many dogs and cats have lumps and bumps. The good news is not all of these masses are malignant (cancerous) tumors. In fact, most lumps are not tumors at all and most tumors are benign (non-cancerous).
In many cases, these lumps and bumps are what we call Lipomas, which are just fat deposits under the skin. They are very common and usually present no problems.
Testing Lumps Is Critical…
The problem is we cannot tell if a lump is cancerous just by looking at it or touching it. Lumps and bumps must be sampled and evaluated under a microscope to determine what they are.
That usually involves us doing a simple needle biopsy, placing some cells on a slide and then sending the slides to a veterinary pathologist for a definite diagnosis. Most pets don’t even realize that the procedure has taken place.
Most Lipomas do not have to be removed, yet some other types of lump have to be removed, even if they are not cancerous. Rest assured we only remove lumps when necessary. Some lumps just require that we keep a close eye on them for any changes that tell us they need to be removed.
Early Detection Saves Lives…
The sooner we determine whether a lump is cancerous and should be removed, the better it is for your pet. Most tumors on and under the skin can be cured when they are small and diagnosed early enough.
So if you do find any lumps on your pet that are bigger than the size of a pea (approx. 3/8”) or have been there for a month or more, please don’t delay.
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