Have you ever detected a lump or mass on your dog? If so, there’s no need to panic – most lumps don’t even harm dogs, and are actually pretty common in older animals. Even if you think the lump is benign, you should always take your dog to a veterinarian for confirmation. If it turns out to be harmless, you’ll have peace of mind. If the vet recommends a next step like a biopsy or treatment options, your dog will be in a better position for a speedy recovery because you acted quickly.
Early detection means early treatment, and that could make all the difference in the outcome. If you’re prepared with the right information beforehand, you’ll be ready to act the moment you realize that your dog needs some extra care.
The National Service Animal Registry says when most people hear about lumps on dogs, their first thought is “it’s a tumor” – but there are many other kinds of lumps. If you’re wondering what type of lump your dog might have, the information below could help you understand what’s going on.