Q. My dog has a lump on its stomach

Nov 27, 2022

Big red lump
Should I make a vet appt?

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First of all, I’m sorry that I couldn’t answer your question quickly.

I think you may concern that the lump may be malignant cancer, a life-threatening problem. However, many different types of lumps can develop on pets for many reasons, and most of them pose no serious health risk to your pet. Common types of lumps on pets are lipoma (benign fatty tumor), cysts (growth of blocked oil grand), hematoma(raised bruise), abscesses (collection of pus), and cancerous tumors.
If you see fast growth, redness, swelling, pus, an opening, or if your pet feels pain, we recommend you make an appointment with your vet soon. Your vet will evaluate the lump with physical or pathological examinations and determine its type. Depending on the type, amount of your pet’s concern, expected lifespan, and potential health risk, your vet may perform surgical procedures to remove it, manage it with medications, and/or apply additional procedures such as radiation therapy to reduce its size. Sometimes, in the worst case, your vet may recommend hospice care if malignant cancer has complete metastasis. I hope this information is helpful for you.

Please let me know if your pet has any new symptoms or other questions. I apologize once more for the delayed response.