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What are Benign Tumors?

Tumors can be benign (harmless) or malignant (cancerous) and it requires a veterinary expert to identify them. There are many varieties of tumor in canines, ranging from smaller bumps on the skin to large growths on the body. Benign growths are best left without interference unless the growth is large and affecting your dog’s normal behavior, for example, how he walks or sits. These growths often occur in overweight or older dogs, but they can appear as small lumps or bumps on the skin on any animal, appearing as hairless discoloured patches, or a growth the body.

There are many types of tumors, which are caused by abnormal growth of the cells and affect the skin or the tissue in your dog. 

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Symptoms of Benign Tumors in Dogs

  • Usually detected by unusual lumps or bumps on your dog’s skin or in the underlying tissue
  • Benign tumors do not usually affect your pet unless they are large or are growing in an area that affects everyday actions of the animal, for example on a paw, or between the legs and it affects the walking motion
  • Some tumors look button shaped and appear hairless 
  • If the growth becomes larger, your dog may exhibit signs of being uncomfortable due to the growth
  • You may notice your dog worrying an area, which will draw your attention to any growth

Types 

Tumor types are diverse and many, but here are a few of the common types:

  • Basal cell tumors develop within the top layer of your dog’s skin (the epidermis) 
  • Lipomas are often referred to as fatty tumors or growths; they are located in the subcutaneous tissue, and are firm, movable and painless 
  • Melanoma is diagnosed much more frequently as being benign, and is a dark pigmented skin growth on your dog’s head or forelimbs 
  • Sweat gland tumors develop on the head and neck with one or more cysts developing in the upper layer of the skin around the hair follicles

Causes of Benign Tumors in Dogs

  • Animals that are overweight seem more disposed to tumor growths
  • Diet is an important consideration, although hard to prove, a diet rich in carbohydrates seems to encourage these growths to develop so keep the diet as close to your dog’s natural diet and limit sugary treats 
  • Exposure to the sun, working dogs and others with fine or pale fur are prone to melanoma and it is very common
  • Some breeds that are affected by this type of tumor growth are the Miniature and Standard Schnauzers, Doberman Pinschers, and Golden Retrievers
  • Viruses have been named as a cause for the development of growths although science is not sure of the exact process of how that happens yet
  • Hormonal abnormalities and genetic factors are also said to be a factor with some dogs being more prone to tumors
  • Hormonal activity can be a result of pregnancy or may be caused by certain drugs which cause an imbalance and intense hormonal activity

Diagnosis of Benign Tumors in Dogs

On finding a growth or lump on your dog, it is vital that you take your pet to have it checked out by a qualified veterinarian. Because of the numerous types of tumor growths, it is hard to tell just by looking and feeling the site what type of tumor growth it is. Your veterinary caregiver will consider your dog’s age and breed, and will do a careful inspection of the growth site. The best way to be absolutely sure of the type of growth is to have a biopsy of the area done (a very small sample of the tumor is taken for analysis), and from that he  can then analyse the cells that make up the lump or growth, just to make sure it is not cancerous. 

This is a quick process for your pet requiring your presence and support, and will not hurt him. From the analysis of the cells, the veterinarian will be able to see what type of growth it is and prescribe a treatment for it. If it is benign and not distressing your dog, the veterinarian most likely will prefer to leave it alone. This is because of the slight risks with anesthesia; some surgical complications are not worth risking the health of your dog for a common growth. Your veterinary caregiver will advise you to monitor the tumor and report any changes.

Treatment of Benign Tumors in Dogs

For benign tumor growths that are small and not distressing to your dog, the veterinary caregiver may decide no treatment is necessary. This is because of several factors. 

  • Small benign growths are not affecting your dog’s daily life 
  • It is not in your dog’s best interest to have anesthesia to remove a common growth. The anesthesia has risks associated with the procedure so unless it is harming the dog, most veterinarians prefer to leave it alone
  • The veterinary team  will enlist your help to monitor the growth and ensure that there is no increase in size, colour or effect on your pets’ behavior 
  • If it is annoying your dog, a simple day surgery removal may be advised with the area given a painkiller injection, and the lump removed; although a benign spot, if licked and bitten by your dog it could cause infection and ulceration

For larger benign growths that are inhibiting the dog’s movements and causing distress, the treatment is as follows.

  • Surgical removal is usually the most effective option for unsightly or motion inhibiting growths 
  • Your dog will be anesthetised and the removal procedure will be carried out
  • Careful closing and cleansing of the wound site will be carried out and a dressing applied

Recovery of Benign Tumors in Dogs

Simply keeping an eye on your dog to monitor any further growth may be all that is needed. This also includes making sure that it is not annoying your dog and that he is not licking and biting the lump which could cause complications with infection. If your dog does need surgery to remove the lump, he will need your help with recovery. You will be required to keep your pet calm and resting after the operation, inside in a restricted area so he cannot jump or run; lying quietly is preferred. At first your dog may refuse food but just offer little bits and plenty of water, and his appetite will return. It is vital to make sure the wound area is kept dry and clean, and to prevent your dog from licking and worrying the area. Make sure you take your dog for a follow up visit to the veterinary clinic to check the healing process.

Benign Tumors Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Nayla
Beagle
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No

Hello! I have an 8yrs old female beagle. She had a mass close to the base of her tail. I noticed it 2 years ago, it doesn't bother her at all and it has not grow, if it did it has been very slightly since I can remember. I took her to the vet to check it out because we put her dad down 1 week ago because he had also tumors but his grew really fast, and was kind of purple and it ruptured so he had internal and external bleeding (it was cancer). Vet took a sample of tumor with a needle and blood came out. Could this be a benign tumor since it has not grow like her dad and be like a dead tumor. I am also worried since we did the aspiration with the needle now it can started to grow or started giving her issues. I feel bad fro interfering with that tumor now.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing more about the tumor, I can't comment on how ti will act, unfortunately. Since your veterinarian did an aspirate of the mass, they should be able to give you a better idea as to what the mass is, and what to expect. If they did not give you that information, it would be okay to call and ask for the results of the aspirate, and what you should expect from that growth. I hope that all goes well for Nayla.

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Zoey
Boxer
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

My dog has a tumor on her spleen we found out today. We dont know if it is cancer or benign yet. But i was wondering could a benign tumor cause a dog to lose weight as well?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Weight loss may occur with both benign and malignant masses, however it is not a main symptom. At Zoey’s age it would be beneficial to have a splenectomy done and the mass sent for histopathology for examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.acvs.org/small-animal/splenic-masses

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Mindy
Black Labrador Retriever
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

We took our 10 year old black Lab female to our Vet for a case of bad stomach gas our Vet took xrays and found a big tumor in her stomach they sent her blood work out we won't know till Monday. My question is are all stomach tumors cancerous? She has no symptoms eats all her dinner, go potty with no problems, no blood no signs that we would think it would be cancer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately stomach tumours in dogs are rarely benign, malignant tumours are more common; there are some non-cancerous growths which may form but are usually small. It may be wise to either have a biopsy taken by endoscopy or exploratory surgery and tumour removal depending on your Veterinarian’s thoughts based on x-rays, size of mass and other factors. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Junior
Husky/Shepard
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My Husky/Shepard has a softball sized tumor right at his anus.
He is having trouble pooping. Stools are often flat not round like usual. I have him eating pumpkin to keep his stools soft. My vet suggested Mucilax laxative and I intend to try that as well.
He was on thyroid booster until we found this, and stopped the pills for now. Is there any way to help shrink the tumor util I can have it removed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no way to effectively shrink the tumour, all you can do is to ensure that the stool is as soft as possible to help ease defecation so that there is no obstruction or pain. Surgery would be the treatment of choice and should be carried out sooner rather than later to get the best prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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B
Toy Poodle
14 Weeks
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Tumour on eyelid

My 14 week old 6 lb oversized red male toy poodle puppy just developed a peasize lesion in two days and was diagnosed a fibroma where the vet wants to laser it off right away. This male dog has been on a raw diet with a tiny bit of bil jac kibble sent from Breeder. The first week we kept him on, then switched to an Xcaliber raw diet (breeders request) with a little Fromm kibble the second week and the third switched to just the Fromm kibble. He has not been taking treats when he has they have been freeze dried chicken breasts. Digestion system has been perfect, no problems when we got him it was a bit black tar like feces. Nice and solid now. His start of third week also encountered a fun ranch property in Midwest to run then into a tick on Tues pulled off not fully attached on forehead (which a small bump is there that should go away) and half dose of 5-22 lb frontline on wed eve then this tumor popped up a centimeter or so above left eye opening. The vet examined ( I soaked and compressed area before appointment) the vet squeezed and pricked with syringe needle 3x and was very confident it was fibroma. Trying to decide if we need to send dog back to Breeder...? Please let me know if this already is going to be a "tumor ridden" dog since we are starting this young with a fibroma and do we need to worry about other skin issues most importantly cancer or could this still possibly be injury, virus, hormonal, or diet reactions ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black tarry faeces may be caused by a few different causes and doesn’t necessarily indicate that a dog is prone to being sick; some raw diets can give the appearance of tarry stool. Picking up a tick from a ranch can occur to any dog, my own dog picked one up last year and I just walk him on the pavement around my block (no grass). As for the fibroma, I cannot tell you if this is an isolated event or not; if you are wanting to return B to the breeder, this is your decision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I would really like to know your experiences with having a fibroma at this young age on a dog. If commonly there will be more soon or even abundance at his old age when this experience happens. so young? If you believe diet or virus could be the cause? We just lost cockapoo dog to cancer in December and fear terribly to have another dog starting off the same direction! Thank you for your time it is so much appreciated! Tlc4dogs

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Cole
Catahoula Leopard Dog
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling and hair loss

I have an 18 month old Catahoula Leopard Dog. He’s very shy of strangers, which is pretty typical of the breed, but is generally a happy and very active dog. He has a moderate appetite and I haven’t noticed any changes since I got him. Two weeks ago, I suddenly noticed a circular hairless bump about 3/4 inch across on his right rear leg, right where the upper joint sticks out. He kept licking and chewing at it and it was very inflamed, so I took him to the vet the next morning.
My vet wasn’t available, so another vet from the clinic took a look at him. However, because he is shy and she didn’t want to scare him, she never actually touched him, took his temperature, or closely examined the spot. She said she thinks it is a benign tumor, and that it will go away by itself in 6 weeks, but I’m worried that something may actually be lodged in his skin or that it may be some kind of infection. It is no longer inflamed or raised at all, but it still seems to bother him, and it’s always scabby and scaly. The hair does not seem to be regrowing, either.
Does it sound to you like a benign tumor, or would it be better to get a second opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For now I would keep an eye on it for a little time longer to see if it improves over the next week or so as there has been some improvement already, without examining the lump myself feeling the edges, general firmness and whether it is free moving I cannot say if it is a benign lump or something more serious. If there is no further improvement over the next week return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stanley
Labrador
3
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi! My 3-year old Lab suddenly had a huge lump appear on his right shoulder. In the beginning, it had sort of a loose fluid sac under it. That went away. However, the huge lump still remains. We took him to the vet, at which time they put aspirated it and found only blood. They also took xrays that showed no mass.He was put on Cefpodoxime and Carprofen for 14 days. The lump is not bigger, but it hasn't gone away either. We are already in $600 with no answers and I don't know what to do. The vet didn't know what it was either. It doesn't appear to hurt him. He has been off the meds for bout a week now with no change except the last 2-3 days he is not eating much which is highly unusual for him. I did purchase a different flavor of the dog food brand we normally buy and I could tell he doesn't really like it. This dog has a history of allergies to the extreme of mass hair and weight loss until he was put on a couple rounds of Prednizone. We have been unable to determine what he is allergic to. Can you help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes lumps form due to various reasons, some of which may self resolve if they were formed with blood or fluid; otherwise, it may be removed surgically if it is causing an issue. The decrease in appetite is most likely due to the change in food and it would be advisable to change the food back to the previous flavour; allergies can be difficult to nail down and food elimination trials can be unrewarding, VARL testing may be useful and you should speak with your Veterinarian about it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi Stanley's owner! I was reading this Q and A looking for answers and saw your post. I hope I'm not overstepping but when you said you haven't found to root of Stanley's allergies I had to comment. We have a yellow lab which have a higher risk of allergies per vet and we went through 2 yrs of different meds, injections, food, etc until we decided to take him to an allergist. Turns out dogs can be allergic to use just like we can be allergic to them. My dog is allergic to human dander. My vet put him on Apoqel, Benadryl, and ketoconazole and he has very few flare ups. He's a different dog now. When he does flare up we fill the tub up a few inches with cool water and put baking soda in it as well as keep the carpets/furniture vacuumed more often to clear the dander. I hope this has helped give you some ideas.

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Princess
Doxiepoo
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tumor on belly close to nipple

My female doxiepoo has an irregular sized tumor that basically resembles one tumor with other way smaller tumors growing off of the main one. If I hold the tumor between two fingers I can maneuver it. Does not seem adhered to her inner(back) tissue but more so adhered to the top layer(skin). She does not react to my touch. I can give it a poke or a little push and she does not flinch. The whole are does seem very warm to the touch and she licks it a ton. Not constantly but enough to notice. One of the smaller lumps that protrudes right off of the main lump has stretched her skin so much that it's very thin and has a purplish tinge to it. I can even see tiny red spider vein type vessels. I'm concerned that it's cancerous. She has had it now for like 1 1/2 years. She is not spayed and the tumor has grown a bit. She does not have discharge from her nipples but the 2 closest mammaries to the tumor seem to have a bit of swelling. She eats well and p and poos normal. Her energy level is low but she is naturally a chill dog. She also overall has really been a healthy girl. Honestly , thinking back, she has never been treated for any illness. Ever. I'm hoping to hear something that will give me hope that my little girl does not have cancer. Thanks in advance for your expert opinion.
Eileen
Pembroke Pines, Fl

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the mass and taking a fine needle aspirate or biopsy I cannot say for sure if it is cancerous, but it may well be especially if it is growing and you are noticing other glands affected as well; the fact that Princess isn’t spayed also increases her risk of mammary tumours. I would highly suggest you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and at a minimum a fine needle aspirate; ideally a mastectomy or biopsy should be performed to see what is going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Riley
australian shepherd mix
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unsightly

Medication Used

Percorten injection once monthly,
20 mg Pepcid once daily
50 mg Tramadol once daily
5 mg Prednisone daily

My 8 year old dog, Riley Girl (breed unknown as we adopted her, but resembles an Australian shepherd) has developed more than 20 adenomas on her skin over the past year. They do not bother her and they do not hurt her.

She has Addison's disease which I know affects her hormones so I suspect that is why she has them. She gets a shot of Percorten once monthly and takes 5 mg Prednisone daily to treat the Addison's. She also is taking 50 mg Tramadol once daily for an elbow injury in her back leg and takes 20 mg Pepcid because the other medicines seem to upset her tummy.

She has not had an Addison's episode in over three years. She had the initial episode and diagnosis at age 4 and one year later, at age 5 had her second and last Addison's episode . She is thriving and has adjusted well to the disease and medications.

While the adenomas do not bother her, they bother me. I brush over them when I brush her and they feel awful when I pet her. Some family members will not pet her because they think they are gross. Is there any treatment beside surgery to help rid her of these? Could the medications be causing them? Could these be caused by an allergy?

I recently asked my veterinarian and she prescribed Max Chlorhexidine 4% shampoo. I have used the shampoo on her three times and while her coat has been amazingly beautiful and shiny, it has not had any affect on the adenomas.

I know this is not a serious problem, however, she is such a sweet dog and she loves cuddles and physical attentIon. I want her to receive all the love and attention she deserves and I don't want people to withhold affection because they think she is gross.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand your concern and I know it is heartbreaking when people will withhold affection towards an animal (or human for that matter) based on a condition which isn’t cosmetically appealing. I would recommend visiting an Oncologist who may be able to help you better with different treatments. Cryosurgery may be effective for superficial lesions, but this would be best handled by a Specialist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucky
French Bulldog
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged Neck Glands

My 11yr old Frenchie has enlarged thyroid glands.
My vet sez they are benign.
Afther antibiotic they still are enlarged.
He has been checked twice.
His appetite is better than normal etc..
Basically good health?......???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what the cause of his enlarged thyroid glands are, or what testing has been done to determine that they are benign growths. Since I cannot examine Lucky, it might be best to either ask your veterinarian more questions to determine what is going on, or have a second opinion to see if there are any other possibilities or anything to worry about. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Lilly
bagel (beagle/basset hound)
11 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

limping, constant shaking/shivering

My 11 yr old beagle and basset hound mix, started with one very large fatty tumor on her side. I had the vet remove that one along with a small one in her armpit. a short time later more and more started growing. Now she has them all over her body and they are huge! her front legs are turning inward due to the size under her armpits, she's limping more and more every day. I have her on pain killers several times a day, the vet now says I should think of letting her go. That is a very very hard decision, is this the only choice at this point?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Lilly. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to prevent those fatty tumors from happening, and if they are getting to the point where they are affecting her life, that may be the best decision, if repeated surgeries to remove the tumors are not an option. Since I cannot examine her, I can't decide on that with you, but your veterinarian has her best interest in mind. I hope that you are able to keep her comfortable a while longer.

Thank you, it's just such a hard decision. I recently lost my boy Rocky and losing another so soon would be devastating.

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Dixie
Beagle
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at lump

My beagle was seen by a vet today to look at a lump on her left back leg. She did say it was a benign tumor however I wasn’t there do they normally heal on their own? Dixie has to wear a cone to prevent her from licking it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Benign tumours normally require surgical removal, but generally with most types of benign tumour surgical removal is curative; you should call the Veterinarian who examined Dixie and ask them what their thoughts are on the possible type of tumour and whether they are planning on a biopsy, surgical removal or wait and see. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mac
Mini schauzer
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fatty growths

My 11 year old mini schnauzer has fatty growths all over him. Some very large. I don't have the funds to get them operated on. My question is- how do I know he isn't in pain and that they aren't affecting his quality of life.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fatty tumours or lipomas are usually not a problem for dogs unless they are near the limbs or impede movement etc… Normally lipomas are removed for cosmetic purposes; quality of life is difficult to measure but normally behavioural changes and whimpering are usual signs. I would speak with your Veterinarian at your next visit to see what their first hand opinion is regarding Mac’s comfort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Greer
Bearded Collie
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

shy , one time vomiting, diarrea

I have a beardie that is 11 years old and just had an x ray. The vet said that she has a tumor lower part of her body but did not say that it was in any of the organs and had not spread to the lungs which is large and is pressing up against her heart, stomach, and she may have trouble eating and pooping. So I want to ask some questions . Should I be asking for a biopsy to make a decision about surgery or not ? Can a biopsy cause the tumor to spread? Should I be asking for an ultrasound or blood work and if I do , what would those tests prove?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, from the information that you have provided, I am not sure where the tumor might be, or what might be going on with her. I wish that I knew more. An ultrasound might provide more guidance as to whether a biopsy would be helpful. An exploratory surgery might be helpful as well, especially if your veterinarian were able to remove the tumor. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian, as they know more about Greer's situation, test results, and possible outcome. I hope that she is okay.

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Mylo
Part collie
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Large growth near anus, maybe cancer ?

I have a long hair part collie that was a stray. He has been here at least four years now. I just noticed a ball like growth on the right side of his right hind quarters. When I checked it last night it is quite large and hard. His long hair covered it. He is eating well and shows on sign of distress. He moves about with no apparent problem and does not favor it. I think he is about 10 yrs old. Without incurring a lot of debt which I have already what course of action should I take

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes from anal gland tumour to perineal hernia; a visit to your Veterinarian would be best to get an idea of the cause, a simple rectal examination will tell your Veterinarian a lot and it will give you a picture of what to expect. After you know what the cause is, management options like stool softeners and other medications may help to prevent straining etc… But at least get to know the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Barbie
Toy or Miniature Poodle
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy

My dog has a benign tumor slightly smaller than the size of a ping pong ball on her head, caused by genetics, and she scratched it, so it was bleeding for a while until we got it to stop. There’s a quarter sized wound on it now, how do I heal it before it gets worse?? The tumor has gotten bigger ever since she scratched it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what kinds of tumors form as a result of genetics, but the lump should probably be looked at by a veterinarian if it is open and bleeding. She may benefit from having the tumor removed to prevent future problems. If there is a wound present now, she may need medications to help it heal.

Can a benign tumor on my dogs spleen cause her to lose weight?

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Samson
Laborador
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

benign
tumor

Medication Used

None

I have an 11 year old lab that has a few benign tumors. One is on his chest and another in between his legs. The one on his leg is huge. The vet said they wouldn't recommend surgery because of his age and proximity to nerves. He seems to be dealing well, although not as spry as he was. The tumor seems to be getting bigger.

Are there any remedies that might be useful? I hate to think that he has to just suffer with these tumors.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For benign tumours, surgery is the treatment of choice; however, at a Veterinarian’s discretion they may decide against surgery for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, with tumours there is no magic ‘at home’ treatment; there may be some chemotherapy or radiotherapy options available depending on the type of tumour but a biopsy would need to be done to determine suitability and then you are trying to reduce the growth instead of treating the problem. It may be worth speaking with an Oncologist to see if they have any insight for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sally
Bloodhound
8 Days
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

Medication Used

none

Just wanted to say, this conversation was very helpful. Just had a 18 lb non cancerous tumor removed from a rescue bloodhound we just adopted. I now know what to expect months future. Thank you

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We’re happy that you found our website useful and if you require any assistance you know where to find us. We all hope that Sally has a quick recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peacan
pit bull terrier
10 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Hi, my Pit Bull Terrier named Peacan has benign tumors on her right paw. Her veterinarian said that they should be surgically removed. She used to bite and lick her paw a lot, sometimes refusing to put weight on it while walking, and since the vet visit she no longer does any of that.
I am worried about the surgery, she is 10 yrs old and weighs about 65lbs.
Is the surgery too risky because of her age?

Thank you,
Em

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst Peacan is getting old, she isn’t too old and surgery would be the best course of action; your Veterinarian would take age and fitness into account before recommending surgery, we don’t recommend surgery for all cases as the surgery may not be worth the benefit:risk balance we need to consider. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your feedback. Peacan had surgery this week and is now safe and sound at home recovering. She's a little grumpy from staying indoors (She does not like the cone of shame!) but her paw is healing and the swelling from the surgery has gone down as well. hopefully in the next few days we can remove her bandage and her stitches will be removed 2 wks from now.
There were no complications with anesthesia or anything.

Again thank you so much for your help.
-Em

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Dylan
Yellow Lab
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rubbing,
Shaking his head to the point where the tumor blee

My 14 year old lab has a gold ball sized tumor (or so I think that's what it is) on his head by the top of his ear. He has had it for years but only recently grew to the size it is and started bothering him. He rubs it open any chance he gets. I have been trying to keep it covered and clean and have have had a cone on him. Is there any other method I can try? I am afraid to have it removed because of his age.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand your concern regarding surgery, but if Dylan is suitable for surgery (blood tests, heart etc…) it would be the best course of action; excessive shaking of the head will not only cause the mass to bleed but may also cause an aural haematoma where the blood vessels in the ear rupture leading the ear to look like a pillow. I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian to explore your options since the presence of this mass will make Dylan shake his head more to try and ‘shake the mass off’. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BellaAmie
Greyhound
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tired

My 9 year old female greyhound has a tumor on her butt. Around her anus. It is not causing her any problems and is not getting bigger. The vet wants surgery, and I am not comfortable with that. She has a skin problem and is being treated with anitbotics. She has been a little stressed as I was out of the country for 3 weeks for work, and that always upsets her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many people are concerned with surgery for their loved one, however it is recommended to do these types of surgery early as anaesthesia becomes more risky with age and may become more complicated if it grows any larger; whilst it may remains the same size now, it still may grow larger. Having the surgery earlier makes more sense as BellaAmie will tolerate the anaesthesia better and will recovery better than if she needs the surgery in four or so years. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Morgana
Sheltie
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no other symptoms - fully normal habits, mobility
No

My 12 year old Sheltie suddenly developed a lump on the upper to middle part of her tail. I noticed it while I was brushing her last night. It is rather large and pink, is soft, and rather movable and I have not noticed her acting like it bothers her in any way. She is overweight, she is a very small Sheltie, but has always been in good health. I know most dogs develop benign tumors on the body, but this is on her actual tail. She is not on any medications and only eats Blue Buffalo lamb and rice food and gets their lamb and apple treats. We live in an apartment and have a private yard, so the only other dogs she is around is my other little Sheltie ( except when we visit my son who also has Shelties) Please let me know what this could be and if I should get her to her vet immediately or if this is something that is harmless.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various types of lumps and bumps which may affect a dog; there is a gland on the tail called the violet gland (supracaudal gland) which may enlarge and cause stud tail; whilst this usually occurs in male dogs it may also occur in females. Treatment for stud tail is usually with benzoyl peroxide shampoo, but if there is an infection you would need antibiotics from your Veterinarian. Other lumps and bumps may be present, but you would need to visit your Veterinarian to have a look. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/stud-tail

This was very helpful!

Thank you, Dr Turner!

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Gussie Moon
Maltese
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Just the lump itself.

Hi my 7 year old Maltese has a grape-sized mammary lump. I rescued her 1 year ago from a bad situation she was kept as a puppy mill dog. At that time she also had a small benign lump removed. And now she has this one. I am wondering if I am better off to leave it alone. I read elsewhere that sometimes the worst thing you can do is to remove a lump because it can cause more to grow quicklier? It doesn't seem to bother her and she seems to be in great health especially compared to what she was when I rescued her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any mammary lump should be examined by your Veterinarian, they will decide if surgery is indicated or a wait and see approach should be taken; normally surgery is best but is case dependent and your Veterinarian will talk you through this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Beagle
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

Hello
Our 12 yr old male, beagle/jack russell, has several fatty nodules on his body, one on his back opened up, and we were able to drain, what looked like pumus, no smell no infection, it healed up but is enlarging again, the one that concerns us is, on his front leg, at the joint, a large red smooth service lesion , or tumour has been growing, and he's constantly licking it. It doesn't weep, or bleed it's a tough feeling nodule, but it does seem to be getting bigger.
He has no other symptoms, weight loss, fatigue etc, so his over health appears normal. Just not sure what to do with this unsightly lesion.
Biopsy is not something we're wanting to pursue, if it's a cancerous (which I doubt) for the length of time he's had it, advanced ill health would be apparent I think. I just would like to curb the licking etc, or be able to put a topical ointment on it to make less bothersome to Coop..
thank you very much for your time and assistance

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Sometimes benign tumors will cause problems if they become infected. It would be best to see your veterinarian, have Cooper examined and medications prescribed if appropriate. I hope that everything goes well for him.

Hey - my dog had one large benign tumor and one small. Both were inside of his body (not visible) the large one was around his andomin, both were surgically removed 16 months ago. He recently had got out of the house and was gone for 4 hours. When he got back he had a slight limp and the next morning was peeing blood. He since has had perfectly fine urine then a little blood again today. He is 10 years old and the area we live is in the woods where ticks are normal. Any suggestions?

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Sherman
Bouvier des Flandres
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy breathing, raspy bark, falling down
Heavy breathing, raspy bark, falling doen

Medication Used

500x2 mg amoxicillin 2x per day, 75mg Carprofen 2

My 8 year old bouvier, Sherman, has a softball sized mass on his throat. The vet X-Rayed, says it looks to be fluid filled. Under anesthesia, the vet looked in his throat and said that it's subcutaneous. Vet aspirated the mass, clear fluid. All blood work has come back normal. We were given a it-inflammatory and antibiotics which initially (4 days treatment) helped the mass shrink. 10 days later, the mass is back to its original size. He is panting heavily, raspy bark for about 3 weeks, tonight he stumbled 2x (he has a steel plate/bone graph in his right wrist from an injury 6 years ago, usually gets on fine, no stumbling) as if he was weak/disoriented.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst a mass may be subcutaneous, it may still cause extraluminal pressure on structures like the trachea or larynx which may induce coughing or other issues; if you are noticing a level of weakness or disorientation it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian to check the mass and to consider whether draining or surgical removal is an option. Always be on the side of caution when breathing is affected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chloe
Boxer
10 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Doesn't notice it
Acting normal

If a dog has had a benign growth for a few months and it is still just bigger
than a pea should you get it removed, how much would it normally cost to remove and does the price depend on the size of the growth?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally if the lump isn’t doing anything it may be just a case of wait and see; however if the lump grows, changes colour or changes appearance then it should be removed or treated. If your Veterinarian isn’t concerned, don’t be either but to have it removed and sent for histopathology would be staying on the side of caution. Cost for a removal of a small bump can vary widely from practice to practice but it isn’t a complicated surgery, especially if only the skin is involved; but you would need to discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bumble
Boxer
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Doesn't notice it
Perfectly normal

my dog has a marble size growth right next to her bum. I believe it is a Benign skin growth? I was wondering a few things, do you have to remove these, how much will it approximately cost, how much more will it grow?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Bumble, or knowing what type of growth it is, I don't have any way to know how it will behave, or if it should be removed. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to look at the lump, determine if it should be removed, and give you a cost estimate for removal if that is necessary.

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Lily
Black Lab
8 1/2 years old
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

benign

We have an 8yr old female black lab that is not spayed. She has a benign tumor on one of her nipples that she scratched open. She is now healing nicely and is antibiotics. Does she still need surgery? Also, should we have spayed first?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to have the tumour removed as it may grow larger and may get damaged again; in most probability it would be best to have the tumour removed and to have her spayed at the same time as intact females are prone to developing mammary tumours as well as pyometra and uterine tumours. Eight and a half years is still relatively young for surgery so Lily should tolerate it well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Casey
Golden Retriever
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
benign

My 10 year old Golden Retriever has has a lump on her chest behind her right leg for years. It does not seem to bother her. A few years ago it was tested and came back as a Benign tumor. My worry is that it will become cancerous. Does this happen? If so, is it often? Should we be testing it with her yearly check-ups? Other than that she is in good health. She has slowed down a bit and has become more vocal. Like when she is bored like a teenager.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Benign tumours becoming malignant are rare and only occur in some types of tumours and are not usually something to worry about. If you have concerns ask your Veterinarian, call the office and ask the type of tumour Casey has - the receptionist should be able to get a Veterinarian or Technician to explain it to you over the phone. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Cava-Tzu
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking

Medication Used

Tramadol

Oliver developed a tumor about 2 months ago. We've had it biopsied and it is benign by inoperable due to location. It's on his left leg, about mid-way. The biopsy revealed it's a tumor of the tendon (I believe). It is in close proximity to the tendons, nerves and veins. The mass was pushed out in part during the biopsy but has regrown and surpassed the previous size. It's about the size of a mandarin orange. Oliver puts hardly any weight on the paw and limps around mainly on three legs. Any options to shrink the tumor? Or any other advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tendon sheath tumours are uncommon in dogs and treatment with chemotherapy of the primary tumour is generally unrewarding; since the occurrence of tumours in this area are uncommon I would suggest consulting with an Oncologist who would have more experience dealing with different types of cancer and would be more up to date on treatments and research. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you - so my only remaining question...or request for clarification, is if it is benign, why do you say it's cancerous. I'm a little confused. I assumed a malignancy is cancerous. Appreciate the clarification. Thanks!

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Bonnie
Labrador Retriever
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

benign
Bleeding
Tumour under ear.

My dog who is 14 and a half, black lab has a tumour under her ear. It got tested and it is not cancerous. Our vets put her on antibiotics which has finished now. Although the tumour is increasing in size but I am concerned with the amount of blood in and around her ear. We are cleaning it with hot water but is it normal for the tumour to be bleeding as much as it is?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst surgery is the treatment of choice for benign tumours, in older dogs, surgery may not be the best course of action. Cleaning the tumour regularly with diluted iodine will help, but you should revisit your Veterinarian as a course of antibiotics may be indicated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 14 week old 6 lb oversized red male toy poodle puppy just developed a peasize lesion in two days and was diagnosed a fibroma where the vet wants to laser it off right away. This male dog has been on a raw diet with a tiny bit of bil jac kibble sent from Breeder. The first week we kept him on, then switched to an Xcaliber raw diet (breeders request) with a little Fromm kibble the second week and the third switched to just the Fromm kibble. He has not been taking treats when he has they have been freeze dried chicken breasts. Digestion system has been perfect, no problems when we got him it was a bit black tar like feces. Nice and solid now. His start of third week also encountered a fun ranch property in Midwest to run then into a tick on Tues pulled off not fully attached on forehead (which a small bump is there that should go away) and half dose of 5-22 lb frontline on wed eve then this tumor popped up a centimeter or so above left eye opening. The vet examined ( I soaked and compressed area before appointment) the vet squeezed and pricked with syringe needle 3x and was very confident it was fibroma. Trying to decide if we need to send dog back to Breeder...? Please let me know if this already is going to be a "tumor ridden" dog since we are starting this young with a fibroma and do we need to worry about other skin issues most importantly cancer or could this still possibly be injury, virus, hormonal, or diet reactions ?

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Abby
Shetland Sheepdog
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

biting at himself

my dog has a benign tumor on leg. Not affecting movement. Has been checked by vet but now continues to bite it. It is broken and bleeds. I do not want it infected. I have been wrapping so that she can't get to it. Surgery is not an option. She will be 15 in November

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Abby is a good age for a Shetland Sheepdog and surgery is probably not the best course of action at this point; the only course of action is to stop her from biting at it which may include putting a cone on her for a while so that the bleeding heals, cleaning the wounds with dilute chlorhexidine or similar product will help too. Then it comes down to physically stopping her from biting and possibly keeping it covered so that she doesn’t get to it; there is little else to do at this point. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello, I have a dog that is 2 years old, has had these tumors multiple times, we put him through sergery to remove them and now the doctor is recomending to put him on medication but the medication is 200 and something dollars, almost 300 every 2 months. He has been on this medication for a few months now and he still has 1 or 2 of these tumors... but I want to know if this medication is necessary and if he'd be okay without it?

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