I just noticed a new lump on my pet, what should I do? - Polo Springs Veterinary Hospital

I just noticed a new lump on my pet, what should I do?

It is not advisable to just monitor the lump for changes without having it examined by a veterinarian. If you see a new lump or skin growth, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. There are many different types of lumps, or masses. Some masses can be cancerous and it is not possible to tell if it is cancerous by just looking at it or feeling it. Your veterinarian can perform a simple test called a fine needle aspirate that can be completed during your appointment. This is done by using a very small needle to take some cells from the mass. These cells can be examined under the microscope to determine if the mass appears cancerous. This information is essential to determining the appropriate treatment for your pet and can save your pet’s life.

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