Common Lumps and Bumps on Dogs. The question most owners have when they find a new lump or bump on their dog is, "Is it a tumor?". The truth of the matter is that no one can tell you with 100 percent certainty what a mass is by simply looking at it. Your veterinarian may be able to make an educated guess with just an exam, but without taking a. Dog breast cancer is common among middle-aged, unspayed dogs, but can also be acquired by males or spayed females. However, risk is dramatically reduced for females spayed before the age of 2. Symptoms of Breast Cancer. Breast cancer usually appears as a lump or multiple swellings in the mammary glands, located along your dog's stomach, each with its own nipple.
When a male dog is affected by a tumor of the breast, the prognosis is much more guarded and grave. A genetic basis is possible in some breeds, and there are frequently some genes that can be identified in dogs that are predisposed to cancer of the mammary glands. I have an otherwise healthy labrador of 14 1/2 who has several lumps that her regular vet is unwilling to aspirate and against treating dogs for cancer entirely! I hope that they are fatty lumps as suggested but my dog keeps drawing my attention to the largest lump and has been known to indicate breast cancer in at least one human.Author: Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology).
Not all lumps on dogs should be a cause for alarm, but pet owners should be alert and investigate any suspicious growth or mass they find. See your vet quickly if you are concerned about a lump. The two major categories which will most concern you are benign tumors and malignant tumors. Types of Lumps and Bumps. The more common lumps and bumps in dogs include: Fatty tumors happen most often in middle-aged or older dogs, especially around the ribs, although they can show up anywhere. They're considered a natural part of aging. Any breed can have them, but larger dogs and those who are overweight are more prone to them.
I am a 'human' cancer nurse and I recently had two cats that had lumps in their mammory glands. I can tell you from human and pet experience that this is probably cancer (breast cancer as we call it in human medicine). Many times, if caught relatively early, it can be removed and your poor dog could be back to normal and live a healthy life. The causes of cancer are not well understood in either humans or canines. The causes of breast cancer in dogs may have a hormonal component as spaying your female dog before their first heat nearly eliminates the possibility of developing mammary tumors. Genetics also play a factor as certain breeds seem to be predisposed to developing breast.