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Common types, what to watch for, and how to monitor them

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It is unsettling to find a lump on your pet. Any and all lumps should be checked out by your veterinarian, especially if your pet is acting sick. Your vet will assess the location, duration, firmness, and size. A needle aspirate may also be taken to look at what type of cells make up the lump. Here is a collection of "lumps and bumps" resources and photos to answer questions about common lumps in dogs and cats.

1. What is a histiocytoma?

Asia - September 2006
Lianne McLeod
A histiocytoma is a benign skin tumor, usually seen in young dogs, that often spontaneously regresses without treatment. This FAQ offers additional information on this common skin tumor seen in young dogs.

2. Lipomas (Fatty Tumors)

Large neck lipoma prepped for surgical removal © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
© Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
One of the most common types of lumps in pets, especially dogs, is a fatty tumor called a lipoma. Learn about lipomas, their occurrences and treatment options in this FAQ.

3. Surgical Photo Gallery of Lipoma Removal in a Dog

Lipoma removal surgery © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
© Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
This is a surgical step-by-step of a lipoma removal. Please note: The photos in this gallery are graphic and not for those who are squeamish at the sight of blood or surgery.

4. Palladia - New Treatment for Canine Mast Cell Tumors

Mast cell tumor on the side of a 3 year old Boxer dog © Joel Mills
© Joel Mills
No one likes to hear the "C" word - cancer. But today (June 3, 2009) the news is good. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it has approved the first canine cancer therapy in the US. The drug is called Palladiatm (toceranib phosphate) and it is used for treatment of (MCT) in dogs.

5. What is the best way to "watch" a lump?

Honey checking out the latest news © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
© Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
Discovering a lump on your pet is often a scary finding. The first thing to do is make an appointment with your vet for help in determining what the lump may be, especially if your pet is lethargic, in pain, or bothering the lump. If your vet says to "watch the lump" for growth, what is the best way without worrying daily?

6. Readers Respond: Monitoring Lumps and Bumps in Pets

Veterinary technician monitoring a patient's vital signs © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
© Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
Please share your experience with "lumps and bumps" in your pet. Did you vet advise surgical removal or a wait-and-see approach? If you are watching a lump for changes in size or type, please share your tips on how you keep track of changes and how often you check back with your veterinarian.

7. Glossary Term: Pedunculated (Polyp or Tumor)

When used with the words polyp or tumor, pedunculated means a growth on a small stalk. This can be anything from a small skin tag to a larger growth, anywhere in the body.

8. Glossary Term: Seroma

Not to be confused with a hematoma or abscess, a seroma is a fluid-filled lump with clear, straw-colored liquid.
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