A Closer Look at Lumps & Bumps

We frequently offer free lumps & bumps checks, and encourage you to meet us at one near you. Here’s why.

Dogs can sprout a variety of lumps, bumps, and skin growths, especially as they age. Fortunately, most are merely unsightly or messy rather than harmful. No growth can be definitively diagnosed by its appearance alone, however, so point out such lumps and bumps to your veterinarian during your dog’s annual physical exam, and be sure to consult your vet if your dog has a lump that grows rapidly, oozes and doesn’t heal, or otherwise bothers you or your dog.​​​​​​

One of the most common is the lipoma, a benign, fatty growth that often appears in middle-age dogs and older dogs. Lipomas can range from 1 inch to 8 inches or more in diameter, growing slowly over months to years. Your vet will measure them during your dog’s yearly physical exam and note their location and size on your dog’s medical chart.

When a new lump appears or if one enlarges rapidly, it’s wise to have the vet do a fine needle aspiration (FNA) of the lump. The FNA takes only a few seconds, can be done during a regular exam, and is virtually painless. The cost can range between $25-$200, with the possibility of additional charges for lab work. Learn more about all the lumps and bumps here.

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