Help! My Pet Has a Weird Lump

April 17th, 2015 by Daniel Mudrick

To start – if you find a strange lump or bump on your cat or dog, don’t panic. You are probably concerned and worried, and that’s okay.

The first thing on your mind might be to wonder if the lump is cancer. You should know that while cancer is possible, there are some benign (or at least, less severe) possibilities as well.

Here are just a few of the things (other than cancer) that could cause the growth:

  • Inflammations
  • Abnormal reactions to sunlight
  • Infections (from animal bites, fungi, bacteria, parasites, viruses, etc.)
  • Self-licking
  • Hereditary factors
  • Warts
  • Cysts
  • And many more…

As you can see, the lump or bump is not necessarily cancerous. However, these conditions can range in severity from benign to life-threatening. You won’t know which it is until you have it checked out.

Visit Your Veterinarian

If you find a lump or a bump on your furry friend, there’s only one thing to do: bring them in for an appointment with your vet.

Your vet will examine and diagnose the growth to determine exactly what it is and how to treat it (if necessary).

At our clinic in Mississauga, we use something called fine needle aspiration (FNA) to take a sample from the lump. That sample goes to a pathologist, who does analysis on the tissue to determine the cause of the growth. FNA is about 90% effective at identifying lumps and bumps.

If the lump is benign – great! And if it does require surgery for removal, it most likely will not return or spread.  However, sometimes your pet may need to undergo more extensive surgery to remove a malignant or problematic growth.

Even if your pet doesn’t seem to be in pain, you should bring them for an examination. Pets – especially cats – are good at hiding their pain. On top of that, the mass might not be painful yet but that doesn’t mean it won’t become painful and malignant in the future.

Remember, the sooner you bring your pet to be examined by the veterinarian, the more that can be done to help your pet if the lump is a health concern.

>> Clarkson Village Animal Hospital is experienced in diagnosing and treating lumps and bumps in cats and dogs. If you’ve found a lump or a bump, book your appointment right away. Give us a call at 905-855-2100 if you have any questions.

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About Daniel Mudrick

I'm the owner and founder of Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Clarkson Village Animal Hospital has always been a dream of mine, and by caring for one patient at a time, the hospital has continued to grow. During those rare times when I'm not at the hospital, I'm at yoga, hiking, gardening, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading to stay current on the most recent advances in veterinary medicine.

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