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Lumps & Bumps — What To Do If Your Dog Has a Mass Under Their Skin

Many pets, especially as they age, grow little lumps and bumps on the surface of their skin or just under their skin, in what’s called the subcutaneous space. Such growths can be all kinds of things from benign (not harmful), although potentially unsightly, “skin tags” and cysts to bug bites or masses, which themselves can be either benign or problematic.

It's always best to play it safe

The best thing to do when confronted by a new lump or bump is to bring your pet to the vet so that your vet can evaluate the new growth. They’ll feel it, measure it, document it in your pet’s record, and likely even recommend doing a “fine needle aspirate” to begin to get a sense of what it might be. Read More

Topics: Dog Health, Blog, Dog Tips, Bug Bites, Skin tags, Cysts, Subcutaneous mass, Lumps under the skin

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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