Listed here are some of the most common tumours that we see in dogs and cats.
Lipomas or fatty lumps
Probably the most common lump found on dogs and is more common in obese pets. These are benign cancers that can grow quite slowly and rarely spread. In some cases they may need to be removed.
Cancer – Mast cell tumours
Mast cell tumours are a type of cancer that can take on many different appearances. Whilst some are harmless and cause no problems, others can be very dangerous. It is difficult to tell if and when they change from a benign cancer to a malignant cancer, so all mast cell tumours should be removed.
Breast cancer – Mammary tumours
Whilst some lumps in the mammary glands in female dogs can be quite harmless, others are amongst the most aggressive forms of cancer. In male pets mammary lumps are often particularly nasty. In most cases, surgical removal of mammary lumps is advisable.
Warts are more common in older animals and look like a small tag of skin attached to the coat. They can be irritating and in some cases require removal.
These are swellings filled with a creamy matter. Often seen in older pets and found in the middle of the back. Sometimes the swellings become quite red and normally they do not cause any problems other than soreness.
Histiocytoma are red button like lumps that are usually found on young pets. They usually go away as rapidly as they appeared.