Diagnosing a Lump on a Dog

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Last Modified: September 17, 2012

Question

I noticed a lump on my dog's abdomen. I am concerned it could be a tumor, but I am worried about opening a can of worms by finding out. I just don't have the money to have all sorts of tests and treatments. But I feel like I should do something.

Erika Krick, VMD, DACVIM Veterinary Medical Oncologist, University of Pennsylvania, responds:

Answer

You could start by bringing your dog to the veterinarian to find out what tests and potential treatments would be recommended. If the lump is not cancerous then just a needle sample of it may be all that would be recommended. It depends on if you want to have the information to make decisions.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire transcript from When a Beloved Pet has Cancer.

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