As your pet gets older, you may discover a lump or two on your pet in areas like the neck, belly or rib cage. Most of the time, these bumps are cysts. While it may or may not be any reason for concern, it is always wise to have your vet surgeon take a look at your next veterinary visit.

A cyst is a non-cancerous growth that commonly shows up under the skin or even inside the body. They are made up of fluids wrapped in a membrane. Some cysts are soft in nature and some are firm. While most cysts are harmless to your pet, it’s always best to get them checked out by a vet surgeon to make sure. Depending upon the type and nature of the cysts, there are a variety of things that can be done.

If the cyst somehow impedes daily activity or is causing your pet discomfort, your vet surgeon may use a syringe to drain it if it is soft or fluid. If the cyst is hard, it may need to be surgically removed. Of course, one of the best things to do may be to leave the cyst alone. Over time, the cysts may go away on their own or more may develop. Either way, the cysts shouldn’t pose any harmful effects to your pet.

While it’s not exactly known how and why cysts develop, they may be hereditary and actually develop at any age, in any breed. One of the most common lumps that pet parents uncover are sebaceous cysts. These can resemble a common cyst but are formed by the oils that keep the skin hydrated. Because it’s not always easy to determine what a lump is, it’s always best to seek the expertise of a professional.

If you have any questions about growths on your pet, visit your vet surgeon at East Valley Animal Hospital. Knowing what your pet is dealing with is an important part of health management. We are here to help you care for your pet in the best way possible.