Lumps on Dogs and Cats

Have you found another lump on a dog or cat? Here are some tips to know when to schedule a visit to the vet.

In the past few blogs, we have talked of lumps and masses that may appear on your pet. Readers asked for a more in-depth and concise list of terms for the different types of masses and lumps. So here it is:

  • Skin Papillomas: these growths are benign, wart-like growths that can appear on your pet’s body, footpads or beneath the nails. These masses do not need to be surgically removed unless they are causing your animal pain or discomfort.
  • Hematomas: these lumps are blood clots that appear beneath the skin and are caused by contusions, or bruises. This type of lump is not usually a problem, and most will go away by themselves. However, large hematomas may need to be drained, so consult with your veterinarian if you are concerned.
  • Cysts: these are common surface tumors that can grow anywhere on your pet’s body. Dog breeds that are the most affected by cysts are Kerry Blue Terriers, Poodles, Spaniels and Schnauzers. Cysts are typically dome-shaped, and will be about an inch or more in size beneath the skin. Removal is not always necessary, but cysts can be surgically removed.
  • Lipoma: these are benign growths made up of fat cells and other tissue in your pet’s body. These growths are common in overweight pets, especially females. These masses are typically oblong or round in appearance, and they typically have a smooth surface. They grow slowly, and are usually not painful. Surgical removal may be necessary if the mass is interfering with your pet’s ability to move.

If you find a new mass or growth on your pet, it is always a good idea to bring it to your vet’s attention.

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