labrador-retrieverI have noticed a lump on my dog's chest recently and I think it has gotten bigger. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Any lump on a pet should be examined by a veterinarian, especially if it is changing in shape and/or size.

Your veterinarian will most likely do a fine needle aspirate of the growth and look at the cells under a microscope to determine what it is. Sometimes, the veterinarian will send the slides to a laboratory to have a histopathologist review and confirm their findings.

Please contact your veterinarian immediately, especially if your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Persistent sores
  • Abnormal discharge from any part of the body
  • Bad breath
  • Listlessness or lethargy
  • Rapid or unexplained weight loss
  • Sudden lameness
  • Black tarry stools
  • Decreased or loss of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Urinating or defecating excessively

Detecting any of these signs and acting quickly is the first step for fighting cancer successfully, so be sure to call your veterinarian as soon as possible!