Pet Info

FREE Lump and Bump Check Month

We don’t want to alarm pet owners, but rather give them a heads-up on this very important issue. We see lot of cancers in dogs and cats due to the fact that they age much quicker than humans (approx. 1 pet year is 7 human years). Common cancers we see include:

What are the risk factors?

A pet’s age, breed and sex are all ‘risk factors’.

Un-desexed pets have a much higher risk of cancers linked to their hormones e.g. prostate and mammary tumours.

Any pet 6 years or older is in the higher risk category, so 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 is vital

Early detection of new growths anywhere on the pet’s body can make a huge difference in the prognosis for a cancerous condition. Luckily, most lumps and bumps are benign and are not dangerous e.g. fatty lipomas.

However, there are also some really nasty cancers that start off as a small blemish or bump on the body surface and if not detected and treated early can very quickly spread through the whole body e.g. melanomas, mast cell tumours.

So now is the time to check!

FREE Lump and Bump Check-up Month at BHVG (but hurry!!!)

So important is this, we’ve made this month a BHVG Free Lumps and Bumps Check Month 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.

Here are the 5 easy steps to palpate your pet at home for lumps and bumps
 1. For a longer coated pet, brush out any matts or knots in the coat (so you don’t mistake them for growths!)
 2. Starting at the nose and working back to the tail, run both of your hands over the surface of your pet’s skin. 
 3. Apply just a little pressure to feel anything that might be just under the skin
 4. If you feel any lumps or bumps on just one side of your pet, mark it with a marker
 5. 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 for the FREE Lump and Bump Check. The only thing you pay for is the pathology test(s) we run to determine the nature of the lump or bump. We use a fine needle or a small surgical biopsy to collect cells from the lumps for analysis. We have the results back in a few days typically.

The main thing is to recognise that pets 6 years or older are 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 pet that five point check over pronto.  Or if you prefer, drop in and we’ll do it for you.