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Lumps, Bumps and Cancer in Pets

If your dog or cat has a lump or bump anywhere on his or her body it could be early cancer.    A simple physical exam can not determine whether the bump is a malignant tumor, cancer,  or a benign mass.   Commonly given advice by veterinarians is to watch a mass and see if it grows or changes.    Unfortunately,  such advice  may jeopardize the animal’s life.   Waiting to see if the mass grows may waste valuable therapeutic time if the mass turns out to be cancer.   Lumps developing on or under the skin are often benign tumors but there is no sure  way to know visually or by feel.    Such lumps may be cysts, abscesses, or benign fatty tumors or a life threatening cancer.    It is very important to evaluate such a growth as soon as possible by either a needle aspiration biopsy and/or excision of the entire mass.    Either the aspiration biopsy of the mass  or complete excision will provide a specimen that can be sent to the laboratory  for a complete microscopic evaluation by  a pathologist.    This way cancers can be identified and removed before they have had a chance to spread to other areas of the body.     Pet owners should be made aware that what often appears to be a benign fatty growth can not be distinguished from a cancerous mast cell tumor by simply feeling it .     Of course, non cancerous fatty tumors are by far more common than cancerous mast cell tumors but playing the odds is not a good idea when loosing the bet might mean your pet could die from  cancer.   If the lump turns out not to be a tumor but, on the other hand ,  a cyst,  or abscess the  mass can be either opened up and its contents cleaned out or it could be removed in its entirety and thrown out with the trash.     If cryo surgery is to be used to remove the growth then excising a small piece of tissue before the freezing begins will allow tissue to be sent to the pathologist .

If you feel any sort of mass on your dog or cats body please do not sit around and watch it growth.  Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian so that he can give you his honest opinion about how to proceed.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional andalternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at

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