If you’re a dog owner, chances are you’ve seen some kind of lump or bump on your pet. Most of these growths are harmless, but some can be cause for concern. Let’s take a look at some common types of lumps, bumps, and masses that may appear on your dog.
There are numerous types of masses and growths that can form on dogs.
There are many types of masses and growths that can form on dogs. Tumors, cysts, papillomas and other benign growths are common in the canine body. These tumors may be small or large in size and they can be located anywhere within the dog’s body. However, not all tumors are benign; some tumors will become cancerous if left untreated for too long or if they’re not treated properly by a veterinarian.
Cysts are fluid-filled sacs found under the skin surface which can grow to large sizes before rupturing; however it’s rare for these sacs to become malignant unless they have been there for many years without being treated at all.
Lipomas are the most common growth in dogs and are typically benign.
If you’re dealing with a growing, benign tumor on your dog, lipomas are the most common. They typically grow anywhere on the body, but are most common around the abdomen and neck. Lipomas can be easily removed by an experienced veterinarian surgeon. If your dog has one, he’ll likely remain free of any serious health issues as long as it doesn’t grow too large or cause pain in his daily routine.
Mast cell tumors usually appear as red masses that can change shape or size.
Mast cell tumors are found in the skin, hair, and other soft tissues—including the abdomen, chest, limbs, and face. In dogs they appear as red masses that can change shape or size. They’re often itchy or painful to your pup and can grow quickly if left untreated.
Some mast cell tumors are small enough to be removed easily; others take more extensive surgery for removal.
Histiocytomas are smooth, round, red bumps on a dog’s skin and usually go away on their own.
A histiocytoma is a benign skin tumor that can appear as a smooth, round, red bump on your dog’s skin. Histiocytomas are common in dogs, but they are rarely seen in cats. These tumors typically occur on the head or neck and often around the anus and genitalia. While most histiocytomas go away on their own within 6 months, some may grow in size or number. If this occurs, your veterinarian may recommend removing them surgically to prevent infection or bleeding from the tumor sites.
Dogs also develop cysts, which can look like pimples but will not go away on their own.
Dogs also develop cysts, which can look like pimples but will not go away on their own. They are fluid-filled sacs that form in the skin and usually appear on the face or legs of dogs with long hair. If a cyst becomes infected, it may need to be removed surgically.
Papillomas in dogs are flesh-colored warts that should be removed if they grow in size or number.
Papillomas are flesh-colored warts that should be removed if they grow in size or number. A veterinarian can remove papillomas with a scalpel, and they will often come back. These harmless-looking growths may also appear on your dog’s face, but this is not normal; if you see any unusual growths on your dog’s face, consult your vet immediately to make sure it’s not something serious like cancer.
Papillomas can also be an indication of other diseases such as canine distemper virus or feline herpesvirus (which causes cat flu).
Growths, cysts, and tumors are more common than you think, but they don’t always mean cancer is present.
It’s important to remember that tumors, cysts, and other growths aren’t always cancerous. In fact, benign tumors are much more common than malignant ones. Benign tumors don’t spread (or metastasize) and don’t usually cause symptoms or long-term problems for your dog; they’re just there in one place on her body. However, if a tumor or cyst is growing rapidly or causing pain or discomfort for your dog—or if she has several of them at once—it’s worth having them examined by a veterinarian to find out what they are and whether they need treatment.
The same goes for growths: these may be either benign or malignant (cancerous). Benign growths can be life-threatening if not treated quickly enough; however, many types of benign growths require no treatment at all because they won’t cause any problems for your dog unless she tries to remove them herself (for example, by chewing on herself).
With so many different types of masses, growths, and cysts that can form on a dog, it’s important to get any changes checked out by a veterinarian. This is especially true if the bumps are growing in size or changing shape over time.