Diagnosing a Lump on a Dog

Last Modified: September 17, 2012


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:


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.


7 Tips for Giving Smart on #givingtuesday
by Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
November 25, 2015

Related News

Sniffer Dogs May Be Used to Detect Lung Cancer

Aug 19, 2011

The dogs correctly identified lung cancer, independent of other disease or tobacco smoke

Short-Term Follow-Up Enough for Some Benign Breast Lumps

Nov 26, 2015

Biopsy not always needed for young women's lesions with benign imaging features

AAP: Dogs Help Curb Anxiety in Children With Cancer

Oct 25, 2015

'Therapy dogs' appear to ease heart rate, lower blood pressure in children fighting the disease