Lumps On My Dog; Should I Be Concerned?

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The thought of finding lumps and bumps in dogs can be scary. However, fewer than half of the growths on dogs are cancerous. You should always take your dog to your veterinarian to have them checked out just to be sure. The different types of lumps and bumps in dogs are lipomas, abscess, tumor, Sebaceous Cyst, warts, Melanoma, Hives and injection site reactions. Tumors and melanoma, especially Mast Cell Tumors are the only ones that can be cancerous.   

Bumps On Dogs And When You Should Be Concerned

lumps on my dog
  • Bumps that grow rapidly over a few weeks or longer.
  • Bumps that when touched are painful or are in a location that makes contact with something. This could be your dog’s collar or under their leg. 
  • A discharge from the lump or discoloration. There may be an infection in this case.
  • Lumps and bumps in dogs that grow and then shrink. Mast cell tumors appear like this. This happens because of histamine that is released. Histamine is involved in the production of inflammation and itching. You don’t want your dog itching any lump. This can make it worse and cause an infection.  
  • Bumps on dogs that grow in a few minutes. This is usually an allergic reaction and you should take your dog to the veterinarian immediately. 

Take a picture of your dog’s bump and make a note of its size. This can be beneficial information for your veterinarian. They will want to know if the lump appeared suddenly, whether its shape, size or color has changed and if your dog’s behavior has changed. For example, their appetite and energy levels. 

Remember to stay calm and remind yourself that most lumps and bumps in dogs are no big deal. Just have your furry friend checked out. 

About The Author

Performance Dog Wheelchairs wants you to know that physical limitations are not the end to mobility. Our purpose is to give others and their dogs the ability to seek new adventures and overcome physical challenges with our wheels for handicapped dogs

A dog wheelchair is essentially a dog harness with wheels. One of the common needs is for hip dysplasia. We offer three different models and have french bulldog wheelchairs and weiner dog wheelchairs. Actually our wheelchairs are for all types of dogs and other types of animals too. 

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