One fine day, you’re curled up with your furry pal on the couch and you feel a bump on his body. Well, it will be worrisome for any pet parent to find a little spot that can do bigger damage to the pup’s health. When you feel a sudden lump on the dog, the very next moment it leads to the ultimate concern and the mind starts to think worst-case scenario. Would it be cancer? Therefore, pet parents must know that most fatty bumps are tumors but these are the non-cancerous bumps (benign) while fewer bumps and lumps on the pet’s body are cancerous or malignant. Just like the people we meet for the first time and they all appear to be good; similarly, either benign or malignant bumps, they look the same from outside.
It is arduous to find a bump or lump on your furry pal’s body. Therefore, here are some easy steps that will help you to check your dog for lumps and bumps at home.
Examine your dog’s body
Keep it a task of the month to examine your dog’s body. Instead of finding the lump later on your dog, all you need to do is have a closer look at his body for any new growths. Check them all out by running your fingers through their hair. Moreover, ensure to note down the date so that you will get to know when to check the pet for lumps and bumps in a month.
Have closer inspection
The moment you discover a lump on your pet’s body during the inspection, consider having a closer look. Ensure to examine the bump and what it’s size and shape, whether it’s underneath the skin or on the surface. To have a clear idea, you can use reference regarding the appearance of the bump, whether it is firm or soft, smooth or bumpy, it is bleeding or not.
Mark the spot
It is crucial to keep track of any significant rapid changes in your pet’s body. Therefore, if you have an older pet that is prone to lumps and bumps, ensure to keep track of new growth. After giving a thorough inspection to your pet it is crucial to mark the location of each one or note it down. This will help you to locate the lump on the dog again during the monthly inspection or when you take your pet to the vet.
See your vet
Generally, not all the bumps and lumps are cancerous. However, it is essential to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to examine any unusual changes you find in your Fido. The vet will then perform a full physical exam of your pet. Moreover, he will palpate your pet’s abdomen to check any potential bumps within the body. The vet will also check your pet’s mouth as there are chances there may be the detection of malignant cancers which are often overlooked until they become advanced.
Early detection is the key to combat malignant diseases. So, when you take your pet to the vet, he will recognize the lumps, identify other masses and recommend a few options based on the cell, size, type, and location of the bump. The vet will either recommend surgery or cryotherapy to remove bumps from your pet.
In a nutshell, it is crucial to regularly check your pet’s body and get it checked by your vet if you find any. A monthly checking, weekly brushing, and daily patting will help you to identify any changes in your pet’s skin and coat.