You're sitting on the couch at the end of a long day patting your dog. As you stroke along his belly you feel something different and new. There is a lump there. It's small and it doesn't seem to be bothering him. He seems quite happy and well in himself. But this lump... should you be worried?
Well, yes. Until tested that lump could be anything from nothing very much through to something quite scary. Until proven to not be a problem it's very reasonable to be concerned. A lump could be as innocent as a skin tag or wart or benign growth. Or it could be a tumor that requires surgical removal and possibly follow up treatment.
The best thing you can do for your pet is get that lump identified.
Come in and see us and we can help you work out what tests are best for you, your pet and the lump in question. In some cases a sample can be taken right away, with a needle and syringe. The cells collected can be examined under the microscope and in some cases identified in just moments. Sometimes the sample is sent away for further examination. In other cases a biopsy, or chunk of tissue is needed. This can be collected under local anaesthesia in some cases or more commonly under general anaesthesia. This sample will then be sent away.
Once identified a treatment plan can be put together. This can be a simple as 'love him with his lump' through to surgery and follow up medical treatment. Prompt identification and treatment is key when it come to lumps so if you find a change on your pet, come in and see us ASAP.