Lumps and bumps are a very common occurrence for both young and old, but especially in our aging pets. It’s a serious matter, because one third of all tumours found in our pets are found on the skin. A simple regular check of your pet’s body once a week may save his/her life. A tip is to run your fingertips through their coat, starting with the head, back, sides, chest and belly and then down each leg. To our pet owners with Staffordshire bull terriers, boxers and bull dogs – these are higher risk breeds, so be diligent.
If you feel something unusual, notice a new lump or notice a lump change in size or shape, we recommend you have it checked by your local VetLove vet. Don’t panic, the lump may not be cancer, but it is worth finding out. Some can be very dangerous and early detection is key to successful treatment.
There’re many other types of growths that can appear on your pets. Allergic reactions, insect bites and irritations are just a few of the possibilities. Most lumps and bumps are non-cancerous and can be easily removed, drained or go away on their own.
You should never avoid the vet because of the possibility of hearing bad news. Stay optimistic, we are here to help, and treatment is so much more advanced these days. The sooner you visit a clinic, the more likely it will be easier and more affordable to treat.
Canine Breast Cancer Prevention
The best way to prevent breast cancer in female dogs is to spay them before they go into heat for the first time – just another benefit of spaying. By doing this, dog owners can practically eliminate the chances of their dog developing mammary cancer.