Dogs and cats love to be petted and that's when you are most likely to discover a bump or a lump on your pet. It can be benign or a sign of something more serious and it's best to find out what it is as soon as possible.
There are many causes for skin lumps or bumps, such as cysts, allergic reactions, benign tumors, infections and even cancer. Most are harmless, but you won't know that until your pet is tested. This is especially important if your pet is lethargic or in pain, or the lump is growing rapidly, warm, bleeding, irregular in shape or attached to the tissues under the skin.
Cancer affects as many as 50% of all dogs above the age of 10. It can affect any area of your pet, the most common affect the skin, lymph nodes, blood and bone. Some of the signs to look for include new swellings or lumps or changes in those that exist; unexplained weight loss; unpleasant odors; wounds that don't heal; symptoms of pain; disinterest in food; difficulty in eating, swallowing or breathing; unusual bleeding and problems with urinating or defecating.
November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Abri Animal Hospital is offering 20% off to remove lumps and bumps this month. Offer expires November 30.