Posted on 10-05-2016
October is the month for witches, pumpkins, and things that go bump in the night. But what about bumps...on the skin?
Let's talk about lumps and bumps
and other dermatological issues!
Your pet may have bumps, lumps, or missing fur. How about a black spot, or a funny-looking toenail? Are these things nothing, or something of concern?
Is that a skin tag, a tick, a tumor, or a toenail? Let's check!
For even the most observant owners, it is tough to know what skin issues are normal and what needs further evaluation. For a personal view, follow the story of Jane Harrell, Petfinder.com associate producer, as her beloved cat Toby experiences lumps and bumps. Yes, your pet may have skin disease and you may not even realize it. For example, your pet's missing fur may be a bald spot from a tumble or from a fungus. Eeew! We can run a simple lab test to figure out which one it is!
And if your pet has a little bump, it may be cancer. If it is left unchecked, the bump may become larger and harder to remove, which may put your pet's health at risk and is harder on your pocketbook. But if we take a look early enough, we may be able to remove it with a big sigh of relief!
And finally, that black "spot" you thought was a freckle on your pet, may be a tick! If our team removes it within a certain amount of time, your pet will likely not be infected by a tick-borne disease. Phew!
Skin is the largest organ of your pet's body, and there is a lot to examine. A veterinarian at PetMD.com, T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM, states "Since every type of cell in the body potentially could evolve into cancerous tissue, the types and ferocity of tumors that develop in the dog are numerous and highly varied. Each case needs to be evaluated on its own circumstances and variables". When you bring your pet in, we will assess every part of it, from nose to tail! We will look for spots, rashes, warts, skin tags and everything in between to make sure your pet stays healthy and cancer-free.
What is it? To help us determine the nature of the lump there are several things we need to do. We will perform a thorough skin check and a few other easy tests (check out this link from PETMD for a thorough explanation of diagnoses and treatments), if needed, to keep your pet healthy and happy! Make an appointment today!
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