Ask Dr. Anna: Lumps and bumps on dogs: When should I be concerned

Ask Dr. Anna: Lumps and bumps on dogs: When should I be concerned

Dogs of all ages can develop lumps and bumps. It is important to know when these should be examined by a veterinarian. According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, lumps and bumps on dogs were the third most common medical reason why pets visited their veterinarian in 2016.

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If your pet has a lump or bump that is larger than the size of a pea and has been present for longer than one month, then you need an appointment with your veterinarian. It is impossible to determine the cause of lumps and bumps on dogs without taking a sample from the mass. Looking and feeling the mass can help in the diagnosis but a definitive diagnosis can only be made by taking an aspirate of the mass.

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