Dear VetBabble, What Should I Do About a Soft Bump on My Dog’s Head?
Do you have a mature dog, like my seven-year-old Basset Hound, sporting a soft, grape-sized, painless lump for over a year? Is it just at the moment starting to develop a layer of what appears to be old, black blood? What’s the best course of action? As an experienced vet, do you agree that it might be beneficial to keep the bump clean until I can get a professional examination at the clinic?
Section 1: Understanding the Nature of Lumps and Bumps
Firstly, it’s important that we understand the various types and characteristics of canine Lumps and Bumps: When to Worry.
It’s not uncommon for dogs, especially as they age, to develop soft, movable lumps under their skin. However, seeing it covered in old black blood might seem concerning, and in some cases, it should be. Any change in a lump, like a change in size, color, consistency, or the appearance of discharge (like old black blood), warrants immediate veterinary attention.
Section 2: Initial Actions Before Visiting Your Vet
Even though seeking professional help is crucial, there are a few steps you can take at home to help you and your pet before the vet visit. First, ensure that you’re doing regular health checks for your dog to keep track of any changes regarding your pet’s health.
Next, maintaining cleanliness is essential, especially when there’s an open wound or any visible discharge. This might involve some at-home wound care. Clean the area gently but thoroughly, making sure not to cause discomfort or pain to your dog, and monitor it closely for any changes.
Section 3: Visiting the Vet
Upon visiting your vet, the bump will be inspected to determine the cause. It’s possible that your pet could have an infection (either of the skin or the ear) that could be manifesting with these symptoms. In fact, Ear Infections in Dogs are a common ailment that can present with a variety of symptoms, including lumps, bumps, or changes of the skin.
During the examination, your vet can also determine if the bump needs to be biopsied to identify the exact type of growth. This will facilitate any subsequent necessary treatments, such as antibiotics or another form of comprehensive care.
In conclusion, while a soft, moveable lump may not necessarily be a cause for panic, the changes in it surely necessitate a call to your vet. Remember, when in doubt, always consult with a professional. After all, your pet’s health and wellbeing are always our top priority.