The Clinical Exam for Bumps Begins at Home


“People who own dogs into the middle years of their lives should be checking for bumps on a somewhat regular basis,” says John Berg, DVM, a soft tissue surgeon at Tufts — “every three or four months. Just sort of systematically feel all around the dog. You’re not looking for things the size of a grain of sand. But head to toe, all around the flank and up and down the legs, any bump that’s at least pea-sized and that wasn’t there before is something to be concerned about and reason enough to take your dog to the vet for a professional evaluation. Usually, it will be nothing,” Dr. Berg says. “And if it’s something, you’ve insured that treatment will be as little of an ordeal as possible.”


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