Finding abnormal lumps on your dog

Not all lumps need immediate removal and surgical biopsy

One of the more common presenting complaints, particularly in middle age and older pets, is the development of various skin lumps and bumps. These can range from simple skin tags, warts or fatty tumors, to more complex skin tumors and breast or mast cell tumors that can certainly have the potential to be malignant. Many dogs seem to be almost lumpy bumpy factories, sometimes developing skin tags and cysts all over their body.

And while it is important to be vigilant and have all such lumps checked out by your veterinarian, not all of these types of growths need immediate removal and surgical biopsy. By doing a simple procedure right in the office called a needle aspirate or impression smear, your veterinarian can often diagnose if a lump is anything to worry about, or can be left alone. Thus, I would always encourage a veterinary guardian to request a needle aspirate/biopsy before subjecting their dog to anesthesia and sometimes unnecessary surgery.

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  1. my dog has bump on side of paw we r concerned and took her to vet.we had the aspiration done and waiting for results tuesday. she is only 5 yrs old.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 7, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Not much I can suggest until you get aspirate results back. Let me know how it goes.

  3. Hi, I am a little concern about my dog strider. He is 10 years old and he had developed some Lipomas ,the Dr said they are benign and because he is senior, surgery to remove them is not a good idea. He is doing great,I just want to know if there is something I can give him to try to shrink those bumps

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    You can try the homeopathic remedy Thuja in 30c potency giving one pellot once weekly for 3 to 4 weeks. If no help you could try the homeopathic remedy calcaria carbonica in 30c potency given one time. Probably best to consult with homeopathic vet however on more individualized approach. To learn more see as well as my website

  5. My 6 yr old mix breed dog had a cyst removed when we had his teeth cleaned – I was careful to have it checked everytime we went to the vet for his check ups and it was agreed that it would be removed when he needed his teeth cleaned which is why we waited – just be mindful of the size of the lumps and how they feel and most of all stay in communication with your vet about it.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 20, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Excellent points Maria. You seen like an excellent guardian

  7. My 9 year old dog has just been diagnosed with granulomatuos inflamation what can I do to help him feel comfortable? Is there a cure? What is the prognosis?

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Most cases of this type of inflammation are usually helped with at least temporary use of cortisone type drugs, however effects are usually short lived. Other drugs include cyclosporine, etc An internist would need to be consulted. In my experience and opinion. I would try exploring holistic or homeopathic treatment options. While this is not quick fix and does require time, patience and commitment, I would certainly learn more about it as well as

  9. My 8 year old pomeranian has developed what appears to be a wart on his paw. can we treat this ourselves without incurring the expense of going to a vet

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 2, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Best to have vet check and assessment for best treatment plan.

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