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Common Skin Lumps in Pets

Uh oh! You were having a lovely cuddle with your pet when you felt a small lump on their skin… what could it be, and does it warrant a vet visit? Here’s what to do when there are skin lumps in pets!

Types of skin lumps

Lumps on your pet’s skin may be areas of localised infection or inflammation, cysts or tumours.

Skin tumours are most commonly seen in middle- aged to older pets, however, some tumours, such as histiocytomas and mast cell tumours, can develop in younger pets too.

Skin tumours can be benign (i.e. not spreading or causing your pet to become unwell) or malignant (aggressive tumours that can spread around your pet’s body and cause other problems).

Should you just monitor your pet’s lump or get it checked?

It’s best to have any new lump assessed, especially if it’s growing or causing irritation to your pet. In the case of malignant tumours, prompt diagnosis and treatment will improve the odds of a successful outcome.

Our vets will begin by assessing your pet’s lump visually, as certain lumps (such as skin tags) can have a distinctive appearance. If your pet is amenable, we may be able to collect samples from their mass for analysis during the consultation, using a technique called a fine needle aspiration. This involves using a needle to collect material from the lump, and examining it under the microscope for evidence of bacteria, inflammation or distinct tumour cells.

Otherwise, we will discuss the option of a surgical biopsy to send a sample of the lump or the entire mass away to the pathology laboratory for testing.

Get the jump on lumps and bumps with prompt Vet checks with Dr Peter, Dr Dylan or Dr Chantal for your pet!

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WHIPWORMS

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Whipworms (trichuriasis) are intestinal parasites that are most commonly found in dogs, and sometimes in cats. They are relatively small with a maximum length of 5-8 cms and are called whipworms for their thin, whip-like front end that carries a slightly thicker backend. These worms feed on your pet’s blood by attaching to the walls of the large intestine. (more…)

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That’s a tick for parasite prevention

Is your pet up-to-date with a thorough routine of external parasite prevention? Depending on your dog or cat’s home environment and lifestyle, common parasites that could hitch a harmful ride on your pet include fleas, paralysis ticks, brown ticks and mites, such as sarcoptes. (more…)

Tummy Troubles

Tummy Troubles

When our pets are suffering from tummy troubles, we empathise with them and want to relieve their troubles as soon as possible (even if we’re pretty sure their symptoms are the result of some cheeky food scrap stealing). However, it can sometimes be hard to know when to just support them with TLC at home, and when they actually require urgent veterinary care to treat their tummy woes. (more…)

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Medicating cats and avoiding “cat-astrophes”

While we prescribe various oral and topical flea, tick and worming medications for our feline patients, we understand that medicating cats at home is not always easy! Here’s how to keep home treatments for your resident feline friend low-stress. (more…)

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About Addison’s Disease

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Fruits and Veggies Your Pet Should Never Eat

Adding fruit and veggies to your dog’s diet can be beneficial so here are the ones you should avoid altogether! (more…)

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Teething Issues in Young Dogs

Puppies are adorable, but they can be challenging to live with! Here are our tips to help with a few common new teething issues in young dogs. (more…)

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What is Gastric Dilation or Bloat in Pets?

When the stomach is filled with gas, food, liquid or a combination the stomach can sometimes become abnormally enlarged or distended. Abnormal positioning of the stomach which is caused by the stomach’s rotation around its axis, ie, the twisting of the stomach or BLOAT in pets, is a painful condition that is dangerous, life-threatening and requires surgery to repair. (more…)

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Why Vaccination Matters

Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they lead a happy and healthy life.

If you’re not convinced here are four reasons why: (more…)