Lumps and Bumps, FAQs
16th October 2015
You asked… the expert answers!
“What is this mass on my pet?”
“Could it be cancer?”
“How will the veterinarian diagnose the lump?”
“What are the options for treatment?”
Many owners who find lumps and bumps may have the same general questions, and it is essential to let your veterinarian know about your discovery as soon as possible. Dogs and cats may have many benign skin tumors, but confirming the diagnosis with laboratory work (eg, cytology or biopsy) is very important. The results of these tests can help your veterinarian detect malignant lesions before they spread.
Even some benign tumors warrant further workups. Benign tumors should be monitored for signs of change, because it is possible for a benign tumor to transform into a malignant tumor.
Malignant tumors can be similar in appearance to benign tumors, so being proactive with detection and treatment (not “waiting and watching”) can help your pet’s health and prognosis.
Lumps & Bumps: Steps After Diagnosis
Once the diagnosis of your pet’s lump or bump has been confirmed, the next step is to discuss all treatment options with your veterinarian.
IF CANCER IS DETECTED…
Surgery is the most common (and most effective) curative method for treatment. Talk to your veterinarian about presurgical steps you can take to prepare your pet.
IF SURGERY ISN’T AN OPTION…
Some tumor types require chemotherapy for control.
REMEMBER TO KEEP AN EYE ON THINGS…
Your veterinarian can provide you with a tumor map of the size and location of your pet’s lump(s) or bump(s). This can help you note any changes in the bump’s size and identify any new lesions.
Careful monitoring should help you detect changes early on so you can optimize your companion’s chances at having a long and happy life.