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It is disturbing, even frightening to discover a strange bump or lump on your dog while petting her. This is a guide about bumps and lumps on a dog.
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August 12, 2015

My dog has 2 strange lumps on his side. They cause him no discomfort or anything. They are about the size of a pencil eraser and a light pink color. He has a smaller one lower on his side, the same color and shape, just smaller. There are also these really weird patches on his torso everywhere and they are like dry skin patches. I think the patches turn into the bumps, but I am not sure. It is really scary not knowing what they are or how to get rid of them.

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August 14, 20152 found this helpful
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As some dogs age they can develop skin tags, fatty tumors, warts, and lipomas. It is best to notice any changes in color and growth and after doing online research as much as possible about each of these mentioned and you feel uncomfortable still, then take your dog to the vet and have it checked out. I do not believe the other problem your dog has is related to any of the above lump issues and for this reason, I'd take the dog to the vet promptly and have both looked at while there.

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Cocker Spaniels which we own get fatty tumors and warts when they are six years and above. They've all been benign. When you see tiny clusters or pinkish color warts forming in one area around legs and leg pits, that's when I'd take great concern as one of my dog's had cancer and it was removed only to reappear w/i a year and we had to have the dog put down as he was experiencing pain and a second surgery was out of the question as cancer had advanced internally.

I believe it's always better to be safe than sorry and get a professional's diagnosis more than an opinion in regards to a pet's skin changes and you get peace of mind to a degree.

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May 27, 2008

I have a 4 year old dachshund. For about 2 weeks (or more) she has had this funny looking bump/growth on her belly above her navel. Do you know what it could be and if there is anything I can do for it? It is not draining and is not sore. It started out as a red rashy kind of skin, like she had scratched there. She had a herniated navel at birth just below the bump. Please help!
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May 27, 20080 found this helpful
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Could be just a benign mass. Get your vet to aspirate the mass and look at it under the microscope. It might just be a histiocytoma or a mole-like growth. But noone can tell by looking at a picture. Get her examined.

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By Kathy (Guest Post)
May 28, 20080 found this helpful
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My little fat beagle has something that looks just like this. It did not get any larger. They told us it was just a fatty tumor. They had tested it to see what was inside of it. They said as she gets older she may get more, but they are harmless.

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful
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My dog a little Chihuahua had a place on her back leg look like that looks,took her to Va Tech Vet School and it was CANCER HIGHLY AGGRESSIVE please take your dog to a good Vet. We had Daisy's removed been about a year and as of yet nothing has returned but if I had waited it would have spread fast. Only the VET can test it and know for sure what it is.

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By Linda Smith (Guest Post)
June 11, 20080 found this helpful
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One of our dogs had a similar spot. It burst. There was puss inside. After it burst, we cleaned it and let it drain and put an antiseptic the vet had given us for another treatment and it cleared up. I would advise you to take your dog to the vet. This could be caused from a cat bite known as cat scratch fever and can be fatal if untreated. Maybe an insect bit your dog and it is infected. Either way, the vet is your best and safest if you really care about your pet. Your dog could have a fever which is another indication of an infection. It is red which leads me to believe it is "active" and not a dead growth.

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July 22, 20141 found this helpful

It started 3 wks ago and it was the size of a nickel and white, but solid, and now its the size of a quarter and very red. At first my 7 1/2 month old puppy didn't show any signs of discomfort and it was assumed and suggested that it was a bug bite and would go away within a week.

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I'm extremely worried now because it has not and he is always whining and licking at it. A friend suggest that it may just be a cyst and to keep warm compress on it, but as soon as I run warm water for a bath on the spot he starts crying. I feel horrible and don't have a lot of money and can't really afford a couple hundred spent on vet visit and testing for it to be something that needs to pass on its own. I'm looking for suggestions on what it may be.

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July 23, 20140 found this helpful
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My dog had a lump that looked like that on her ear. Check out the listing for "histocytoma" on wikipedia. If that's what it is, it should go away in a few weeks. The dog may be crying because you are irritating it when you try to treat it. Of course, you should take her to the vet if you can. A histocytoma is a benign tumor fairly common in young dogs that goes away on its own. A friend who is a vet student says that they always take them off right away because they will be gone if they wait!

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July 25, 20140 found this helpful
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There is no way for most of us who post here to know what your puppies lump is. But in not finding out you put his life at risk. Assuming the correctness of the opinion of someone who really is just guessing is putting his life at risk. If you really dont have the money for a trip to the Vet, ask your local Vets if they have a fund for animals of folks who cant pay.

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Most all of them do. Or perhaps you could take a second look at you budget and make some changes. Many Vets allow time payments. You need to make a decision. It is not OK to just hope something turns out OK, when you need to be doing a lot more to make it turn out OK.

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January 31, 2017

My fur baby has a lump down there ever since she gave birth a couple years ago. I noticed it since, but didn't think nothing of it cause it didn't seem to bother her. But then she recently felt distressed and when I examined her, I felt it tighten and it was making her cry. It lasted for a few minutes cause I started to massage her softly to calm her right near the spot as if it could have been a pulled muscle or something. The tightness seemed to have gone away, but the lump is still there.

Any idea what this may be just from describing the issue? Thank you in advance. I will be taking her to the vet for tests, but in the mean time, I just wanted some info of possibilities. Other than that, she is eating good, loves to play, and is full of energy. My little Pepper.

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January 31, 20170 found this helpful
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Is it possible that she did not give birth to all the puppies, and that one is still in there? That could be terrible, for it would eventually become septic. I do hope you take her to the vet soon.

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February 1, 20170 found this helpful
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This could be a mammary tumor. they are more common in dogs that have not been spayed. They can be malignant. Time is of the essence. You need to get your dog to the Vet right away.

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February 3, 20170 found this helpful
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I would think it is probably a hernia, but if she is having noticeable pain, her intestines could be pinched or trapped cutting off blood supply, and she would need emergency surgery to keep her bowel from dying. Hope she is ok!

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August 22, 2017

My 11 month old Labrador Retriever has a dime sized bump (hopefully it's not a tumor but probably is). He also tends to lose pee from his wee wee randomly and it dribbles on the floor and bed. Does anyone else have this problem with their dog and if so any advice? I know I should take him to the vet, but I just want to know if anyone else had this ordeal and could offer advice? He is not neutered yet. The bump is up in the left corner of his nuts. It's a weird tear drop shape.

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August 22, 20170 found this helpful
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I do not believe you can judge your Lab's problem by any other owners experience as this can be very serious and should be checked as soon as possible. Your vet will be able to tell you right away (maybe after tests) but they will also know what steps to take to help you pup.

If it is a tumor then it may be benign and can be removed immediately or left but only a vet can tell you whether this is cancer or not.
Don't wait - Make an appointment and take your Lab to see his doctor.

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August 23, 20170 found this helpful
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Your dog has a very common issue, its anal gland needs to be expressed. Google it. You can attempt to do it, or take to the vet to do it. To ignore it could result in it rupturing. Other times they go down on their own, but usually it needs to be expressed. For some reason, it happens more often to labs, but all dogs can experience it.

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August 5, 2017

Do you have any idea this could be? It doesn't hurt him at all when I touch it, but it is really hard. I wanted to know what it is because I'm getting worried and I saw it right after I walked him outside.

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful
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In Tahiti this happens quite often when a centipede bites a dog. It can form a hard lump in the area that was bitten. The vet normally gives the dog a shot to reduce the swelling. Anyhow, something has bitten the dog and you need to determine what has. I would take the dog to the vet and have them examine the dog. Hopefully they can drain the area and it will be fine.

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful
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It could be a bite or something more serious. You won't be able to tell if he's not showing signs of itchiness or anything. Best take him to the vet.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful
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I hope your dog is doing okay and having no serious problem. If your dog still has the bump on his nose and has not seen a vet I have a suggestion - one that I have used when faced with a similar problem/condition.
Mix about 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt in a pint (2 cups) of hot water. Cool the water until you are able to place your hand in it as you will need it as hot as possible but his nose will be tender so cool it down some. Dip a clean washcloth in mixture, wring slightly, and place on his nose. Hold it on until it cools. Do this several times and it will reduce the swelling and draw any poison (if present) to the surface. Use clean cloths and hot (tested) water with the Epsom Salt and hold on nose - it will help.

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May 26, 2016

My dog, Nevaeh, is a blue nose Pit mix. She's 1 and a half years old. She has had a strange bump appear on the right side of her upper chest. It is now a month later and it is still there. It is now the size of a nickel and red with a black scab. It seems painless and has not grown since it reached the size it currently is. What should I do?

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May 27, 20160 found this helpful
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Please take your dog to your vet immediately as the bump may be cancerous. The sooner the vet can check the bump and provide treatment, the better! Further delay in treatment can be more expensive and dangerous to your dog.

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August 16, 2016

I saw this thing on my dog and I can't decide if it's a mole or something more serious, does anyone have any insight?

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful
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Obviously it is best to get it checked out with the vet. It looks like it could be some sort of growth or a skin tag

here's a useful article: "Many dogs and cats have lumps and bumps, and not all of these masses are malignant (cancerous) tumors. In fact, most tumors are benign (not cancer). So if you find a lump while petting your dog, or your vet finds one during a physical exam, don't just monitor it."

http://www.dogc  -a-veterinarian/

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful
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Anything new on skin should be checked out by a professional. This applies to humans as well as animals.

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October 24, 2017

I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some ideas as to what this black lump could be. It is growing on a German Shepherd's right front leg and seems to be painful if touched.

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October 24, 20170 found this helpful
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The dog's lump could be a wart. However, the area around this lump looks red. This bothers me a great deal. I believe whatever it is, it's infected and irritated.

Unfortunately, nobody here is a vet and we can't diagnose the dog from a photo. There are other reasons for this lump such as a histiocytoma or a mast cell tumor. I would personally suggest that you take the dog to the vet to look at this. The red area around the lump concerns me. Normally read around a wound like this indicates some sort of infection.

For your dog's health and safety, I would recommend you take the dog to the vet to have this looked at. I personally don't think you can treat this yourself at home because of the red area around the lump.

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October 8, 2017

My dog suddenly isn't able to jump on the bed or anything without hurting himself. He has lumps on his back and when you touch them his nerves start twitching. Do you know what this is?

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful
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It is important that you see a vet immediately. Especially, if you say when the bumps are touched it effects his nerves. Here are some of the reason and causes for bumps on a dog's skin.

  1. One type of bump looks like a pimple and when it opens white puss come out. This is called a sebaceous cyst.
  2. Warts is yet another virus infection that is found on young dogs. Normally they are around the mouth area and go away. However, some don't go away and have to be removed.
  3. An abscess is yet another pump that is on a dog's skin. This is normally from a bite from another animal or a bug.
  4. A mast cell tumor is the most common bump found on a dog skin. This is also a caner on the dog.

No matter what type of bump this is on your dog you need to take them to the vet immediately. From the sound of it your dog has many bumps on his and they are very painful. Go to the vet and find out what is causing this problem.

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October 2, 2017

I recently discovered this small bump on my dog. It suddenly pops and blood comes out and then it reforms. What is it?

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October 2, 20170 found this helpful
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Some animals have delicate skin and from time to time have a lump or bump on them.

  1. A bump can be caused from something picking the dog's skin and getting under the skin. The skin will react to the foreign object inside and form a lump or the skin will close over the object. This needs to be removed by a vet to be safe.
  2. Dog's do get small tumors on their skin. Normally the tumor will start out small and grow. To be safe you should go to the vet to see if this is serious or not.
  3. A scratch or bite can also cause the skin to be irritated and a lump forms on the skin. In such a case you will need to clean the area and apply a small amount of antibiotic cream to heal the wound.
  4. If you see the lump growing or you are worried about this on the dog it is recommended that you go and see your vet. They will know what the problem is and if it is serious or not.
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September 12, 2017

I need to know what this bump is on my small dog's head. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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September 12, 20170 found this helpful
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Dogs can have bumps on their head for many different reasons. Only a vet can actually determine the cause of this bump. If you are worried about this bump it is recommended that you seek medical attention for your dog. I would make an appointment at the vet's and have him examine the dog. This is the only real way to find out what is the bump.

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August 25, 2016

Any advice would be appreciated. My Pit Bull/Mastiff pup had what looked like a couple of bumps on his leg and body. It's been a week now and the bumps on his legs have become hard and clustered. The hair is gone in this area. I am concerned because I am not sure if it is something I should be concerned with. Tank is my baby, and I don't want to risk taking any chances. I made him a vet appointment for tomorrow, but was wondering if I could get some insight from anyone who has experienced this before.

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