Lumps, Bumps and Cancer in Pets- Quick & Brief FAQs


Cancer is the first thing that comes in our mind when we find a lump or a bump on our pet’s body. Isn’t it? Well, we tend to think the worst scenario about those whom we love the most. However most of the lumps are harmless and are there because of different things such as swellings, fluid build-up, parasites, etc. Though, it is essential to get it examined by your vet. To make things a bit easier about bumps, lumps and cancer, we have answers on quick and brief FAQs. Let’s go through!

How to determine whether the lump is cancerous?

There is no way to determine that by yourself. You must visit a veterinarian and get that lump examined. If you are delaying the consultation just because it may cost you then you are making a big mistake. Vets need to check the lump and if they would be suspicious of it being cancerous then they will suggest you to make further tests.

How many types of lumps are there?

Lumps are formed by different things in your pet’s body. Here is a list of types of lumps:

  1. Cancer– Mast cell tumors: Mast cell tumors can be tricky. Some may be benign while the others can be malignant. As any benign lump can change into malignant, it is advised to remove all mast cell tumors.
  2. Fatty lumps or Lipomas: This may be the most common type of lump found in canines, especially in obese dogs. Their growth rate is slow and they rarely spread.
  3. Sebaceous Cysts: These swellings have creamy matter inside and are generally seen in older pets. It usually appears in the middle of the back, has a reddish look and does not pose any severe problem other than soreness.
  4. Mammary lumps: These are tumors found in mammary glands of female dogs. Though most of the lumps are harmless it is advised to take the vet’s opinion.
  5. Histiocytoma: These lumps are often found in younger pets and appear like red buttons. They may not pose intense problems as they may disappear quickly.
  6. Warts: Warts are more common in aged dogs. They look like a small portion of skin is attached to the coat which can be irritating sometimes and requires a removal in some cases.

How many types of cancer are there?

There are two types of tumor that could be found in dogs:

  1. Benign: Benign growth of tumor may grow in size but does not spread elsewhere. It may not pose severe health issues except for difficulty in breathing due to its size. However it is necessary to let its characteristics determined by the vet.
  2. Malignant: Malignant growth of tumors is aggressive and spread through the whole body. This growth is cancerous and affects lungs, liver and other body parts in a negative way.

Should you be concerned about lumps on your pet’s body?

The smallest of lumps should be monitored even when declared harmless by the doctors. Any sudden change in its size or growth requires veterinary attention. So, yes you should be concerned about the smallest of the lumps and bumps on your pet’s body.

How the treatment should proceed for lumps?

In most of the cases vets may advise you to get the lump removed. However if the tumor is malignant then your vet may ask you to get your pet checked. X-rays, ultrasound reports may be advised to check whether the lump has spread to any other part of the body.

To conclude, no external or internal growth that seems abnormal should be ignored. Take your pooch to the vet in such cases. Keep your furry friends ell examined to avoid the lethal disease of cancer. Your awareness may become your pet’s wellness!


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