🐶 Finding a lump on your pet can be a very worrying time. Certain lumps are benign and nothing to worry about, however some can be cancerous and need further treatment. Unfortunately, it is not possible to tell the difference between these just from look or feel, although some things do indicate a potentially more dangerous disease:
- irregular feel
- hair loss over the surface
- redness of the skin
- multiple lumps developing
👩⚕️ When you call us to examine your pet with a lump, we will always give them a thorough head-to-toe check up, rather than just looking at the lump you have found. This will enable us to pick up any other lumps that may be present, and also other clues as to whether the lump may have spread or be causing other problems.
💉 The best way to initially investigate lumps is to take a small sample of cells from the area, called a Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA). This can be done at home; it is fairly painless and just involves sticking a needle into the lump to collect the cells. Most animals will tolerate this with no problem. Results are usually available within a few days. Occasionally an FNA does not give a conclusive answer and a surgical biopsy may be needed. We can arrange for this to be done at a local veterinary hospital.