Lumps and Bumps in Senior Pets

As dogs get older, it is very common to find the appearance of various lumps and bumps either above the skin, or felt under the skin. Some dogs may have multiple growths all over the body.   In fact, the incidence of skin growths in dogs is probably much higher than it is in people. Fortunately, most of these growths are benign ones such as warts, cysts, skin tags and fatty tumors known as lipomas.While benign growths comprise the vast majority of these lumps, malignant cancers known as mast cell tumors may sometimes mimic other growths. If in doubt, a veterinary exam and needle aspiration of the lump will often distinguish mast cell tumors from the more common benign growths outlined here.

After 20 years of clinical experience, both as a holistic and traditional veterinarian, I am convinced that over-vaccination of adult and senior pets plays a significant role in many of these growths.  In fact, the homeopathic remedy Thuja is often quite helpful in the management of many of these cases, and is one of the major remedies in treating diseases brought about by vaccination.

While one must follow the law with regards to rabies vaccination, I would strongly recommend skipping other core viral vaccinations such as parvo and distemper in adult pets previously vaccinated.  Fortunately there are now blood vaccination antibody tests, which can document existing immunity, thus avoiding giving vaccines that are no longer necessary.

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  1. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I am not believe in using DMSO products long term in dogs. I would see vet about surgical removal if it persists, or work with homeopathic vet to treat more holistically. You could try topical vitamin E and/or castor oil, which may help dry wart up over time

  2. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.
    Our vet did suggest surgery; he doesn’t have the equipment to freeze the wart and we are afraid of the anesthetic. We’re in a rural area with limited vet services.
    Should I use either Vitamin E or castor oil, or alternate between the two or try one for awhile and then the other?. I have both on hand; I use castor oil in natural pest control and vitamin E for healing.

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 6, 2014 at 12:57 am

    I would use each once daily; one in morning and one in evening. Also consider the homeopathic remedy Thuja in 30c potency, which you can give 1 pellot once weekly for 3 to 4 weeks only to see if any change in the wart.

  4. My dog has warts all over her. When she gets groomed it cuts them. What can I do? Also has to be sedated to groomed.

  5. We tried the Thuja for our dog’s bumps and warts on all over his skin. We gave him 5 pellets in his 1 gallon drinking water container for about a month.
    Almost all of them have disappeared!
    Thank you for your advice.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Karin. Thanks for sharing. If you can email me this to my email address: michael@doctordym.com that would be great so I can share your story. Please present historical information of the case, as well as treatment you gave.

  7. MY 13 YEAR OLD CORGI HAS A FATTY TUMOR NEAR THE T0P OF A HIND LEG. iT HAS GROWN, SOME, BUT DOES NOT BOTHER HER. SHE IS VERY HEALTHY. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING IN PET MEDS THAT WOULD HELP TO KEEP IT FROM GETTING LARGER. THE VET DOES NOT SUGGEST SURGERY BECAUSE OF HER AGE AND CHRONIC BRONCHITIS THANK YOU

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    No specific drugs for this. But I would try the homeopathic remedy Thuja in 30c potency from health food store, ONE pellet once weekly for 4 weeks to see if any changes, as well as put on her preferably home made diet or carb free diet like wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds. Also consider oncosupport from 1800petmeds.

  9. hey connie,

    i was wonjdering the same thing about freezing worts.my dogs 12 abd has 2on his head, they bleed and open somtimes,bad spot.
    leme kno what answer you got for that question

    thanks
    micki

  10. I agree 100% about not vaccinating older dogs for things like distemper etc. BUT I travel and as my dog (13yrs.) is boarded, they won’t accept them without the vaccines. Any ideas?

  11. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I would still connect with a holistic minded veterinarian who may be able to write a letter for you on you and your pet’s behalf as to WHY an older pet like this should NOT be over vaccinated or vaccinated un necessarily with vaccinations like kennel cough… I have found that when I provide that to my clients, that many kennels back off their strict restrictions.

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