Worried about that strange bump or wart? Not sure if it is serious or not? Why not get peace of mind and have it checked free of charge? Your veterinarian will assess the lump or bump and decide if it needs further testing. They will also discuss the costs of further pathology testing, treatments or removal options.
It’s a fact that both cats and dogs can get cancers… mammary tumors, skin tumors, testicular tumors, and even very severe and significant skin cancers. Age, breed and the sex of the pet are all ‘risk factors’.
Elderly pets over 5 are in a higher risk category, a quick examination is appropriate NOW. Why now? So that together we can rule out any serious risks. Or if we identify a problem, we can treat it as early as possible.
Early detection of new growths anywhere on the pet’s body can make a huge difference in the prognosis (outcome) for a cancerous condition.
Of course, most lumps and bumps are benign, not cancerous and not dangerous. However, there are also some extremely nasty diseases that start as nothing more than a small ‘bump’ on the surface of the skin. So now is the time to check!
Have you felt or seen a lump or bump that has been nagging you to get it looked at?
So important is this, we’re offering a complimentary Lump Check to help you take an active role in identifying lumps and bumps on your pet through ‘palpation’.
It’s a straightforward process because pets are routinely symmetrical. One side of their body is exactly the same as the other. So if there is a lump on one side on not a matching one on the other, then we need to check that out as soon as possible.
Time to ‘palpate’ your pet!
Here are the 5 easy steps:
- For a longer coated pet, brush out any matts or knots in the coat (so you don’t mistake them for growths!).
- Starting at the nose and working back to the tail run both of your hands over the surface of your pet’s skin. Apply just a little pressure to feel anything that might be just under the skin.
- If you feel any lumps or bumps on just one side of your pet, mark it with a marker.
- Continue all the way to the tip of the tail. Feel underneath the body especially along the mammary glands. If a male pet is un-neutered, also feel the testicles.
- If you find a lump or bump, schedule an appointment so we can check it out. If you feel ANYTHING, it warrants an assessment.
So what happens next if you DO identify something that concerns you?
The very best thing you can do is not to panic, but to make an appointment to come and see us. We will provide a complimentary examination of the Lump or Bump, and if it is serious we may discuss with you further Options.
We can use a fine needle or a small surgical biopsy to collect cells from the lumps for analysis and we can have the results back in a few days!
The main thing is to recognize that your pet may be in a ‘risk category’ … and that NOW is the time to get that peace of mind.
Again, this is not to alarm you but to urge you to give your furry friend that five point check over pronto. Or if you prefer, drop in and we’ll do it for you.
Please mention this service before booking in for a complimentary lump check.