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Lump or Swelling – Area not listed

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular animal hospital ASAP and monitor your dog carefully

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If your dog starts showing signs of pain or vomits, contact an emergency veterinary hospital right away.
  • Be careful when handling your dog – the herniated area may be painful and they may bite.


Why it’s high priority

Your dog’s lump or swelling may develop into a serious issue

  • Lumps and swellings have a wide range of causes, including insect stings or bites, bruises or strains, fractures, abscesses, and tumors. Your vet may need to examine your dog carefully to determine the exact cause.
  • In this case, it is possible that the lump is a hernia, where contents of the abdominal cavity can push out. These can be harmless, but in some cases organs can get trapped, causing serious illness if not treated appropriately.
  • Based on the signs you’ve selected, your dog does not require immediate veterinary attention. However, it is best for a vet to examine your dog to make sure the lump or swelling is not causing problems with internal organs.


Home care tips

Keep your dog quiet and prevent them from irritating the lump

  • Try to keep your dog calm and quiet, and restrict exercise to only bathroom breaks
  • If your dog is scratching or licking at the area, put a cone/socks on them to prevent them from traumatizing their skin
  • Learn more about skin lumps and masses in dogs


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