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Lumps and Bumps on Pets

One of the more common reasons for people to make appointments for their pet is for lumps. There are a great variety of lumps that can develop in dogs and cats. Many are harmless and will not be a problem, but there are some that are harmful.

A good rule of thumb when a lump is found is to come in and have it examined. With some lumps, we will be able to tell you what it is right away. For others we will be able to give you a list of possibilities of what it could be. Often we will need to sample a lump to find out. The reason we take a sample is to get a diagnosis to know whether or not surgical removal if it is required. One simple way to do this is a Fine Needle Aspirate, or F.N.A.
With this method, a sample of cells is collected in a needle and then placed on a slide and sent to a pathologist to be evaluated. There are several types of lumps for which this can be diagnostic. For some others it can give us a category of lumps it may be. Unfortunately, some types of lumps do not shed cells well and it is difficult to get a diagnosis with an F.N.A. Another problem is very small lumps; they are a very small target from which to get a sample.

Another method for sampling is surgical biopsy when an F.N.A. is not an appropriate diagnostic. Again, this is important to make a diagnosis, as well as to be able to plan for complete surgical removal. This is usually performed under a short injectable anesthetic. A small incision is made and a small piece is taken from the lump and the skin is closed.

We are doing this in part to plan for removal. Some lumps are benign and we can remove them very closely to the lump edge. There are other, more aggressive, malignant lumps that require a large margin from the visible edge of the lump because they are growing microscopically in fingers or sheets of cells. With wider margins we have a better chance of complete removal. The sooner we are able to see a lump, the smaller it is at the time of removal and there is a better chance of it not re-occurring or spreading somewhere else in the body.

If you have concerns about lumps or bumps on your pets, please make sure you call the team at Clappison Animal Hospital as soon as possible.

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Last updated: December 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital