Pet Lumps and Bumps:  What’s an Owner to Do?

pet lumps and bumpsA sudden swelling on your pet’s perfect skin can be concerning. What could it be? Do you need to worry? Is it an emergency?  Pet lumps and bumps can be scary, but not all of them are cause for alarm. If you find an extra friend on your pet, Animal Internal Medicine & Specialty Services is here to help you sort out what’s going on.

Good Looking Out

As an owner, finding pet lumps and bumps can be scary; but many times they are not anything to be concerned about. The cause of a lump typically falls into one of three main categories: an infection or abscess, a reaction to something foreign or abnormal in the body (a granuloma), or a tumor. A tumor is a cancerous growth that can either be benign (harmless) or malignant (aggressive).

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A Pet Owner’s Guide to Lumps and Bumps: What to Know About Growths on Dogs

AIMSS_iStock_000005781697_MediumYou are enjoying some quality time with your furry companion snuggling on the couch. As you run your fingers over him, suddenly you feel something that shouldn’t be there. It’s a lump, right behind his ear. Before you panic, take a deep breath and read on to learn what you need to know about growths on dogs.

Types of Growths on Dogs

It isn’t unusual for our canine companions to develop a lump or bump during their lifetimes. Lumps and bumps are often growths of some kind, but they can also be an abscess (an infection) or a granuloma (the body’s reaction to something foreign). Continue…

Pets and Cancer: A Tutorial for Owners

aimss-iStock_000016342926_LargeAlmost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, shape, or form. This horrible disease is all too common and far-reaching. Besides affecting people, cancer can also affect our pets. In fact, nearly half of all disease-related pet deaths each year are due to cancer.

With our animal friends developing this disease at nearly the same rate as the human population, understanding the relationship between pets and cancer is important for all owners. Continue…

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