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Lump or swelling – Head or Neck

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular animal hospital ASAP and don’t let your dog scratch or paw at the affected area

  • 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 carefully – if your dog becomes very lethargic, painful, or vomits, contact an emergency veterinary clinic.
  • Be careful when handling your dog – the affected area is likely painful and they may bite. Do not put anything in their ear unless directed by a veterinarian.
  • Don’t let your dog rub/scratch at the affected area. Put a cone on them if you have one.

 

Why it’s high priority

Swelling in the face may indicate an underlying condition

  • 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.
  • Any swelling of the ear is most commonly due to a “blood blister” inside the ear flap, often due to ear disease. This requires veterinary attention as soon as possible.
  • Any lump that grows or changes in appearance is also of greater concern.

 

Home care tips

Record details about your dog’s lumps

  • Keep note on details of lumps (ex. size, appearance, location), especially if they change over time. These are very helpful for your veterinarian when investigating the situation.
  • Learn more about skin lumps and masses in dogs

 

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