Do you examine your Basset Hound on a regular basis for abnormal lumps and bumps?
If not, you should start because the next best thing to preventative health care is early detection of health problems and disease.
An abnormal lump or bump could be a symptom of a health problem. By examining your dog on a regular basis, you'll be more likely to find a problem early before it progresses to a more serious stage. If a health problem is found early, then there's a better chance of successful treatment.
It's simple and it doesn't take long. Slowly rub your hands over your Basset Hound's entire body. Feel for abnormal lumps that may be under the skin and also for lumps or bumps that may be on the skin. Inspect your dog's skin for abnormalities or abrasions.
I examine my Basset Hound weekly, as recommended by my veterinarian. I usually find time to do it during a grooming session. Sometimes I'll do it while I'm petting him. He actually loves getting a rub down and it's quality time with my dog.
If you find a lump or bump, it doesn't necessarily mean that your dog has cancer, which is usually the first thought that comes to mind. There are many other causes of lumps and bumps. Therefore, it's important to have your Basset Hound examined by your veterinarian as soon as possible to determine the cause and treatment options if needed.
Early detection of health problems is important. With that in mind, check for Basset Hound lumps weekly and promptly contact your veterinarian if you find an abnormal bump or lump.
Update August 2012: A few more lumps have developed on my Basset Hound, Hunter, over the past few years. He has a large lump near his shoulder (not visibly noticeable, but I can feel it with my hands), a small one on his tummy, and one in the loose skin of his neck. My vet checked all of them and thankfully they are all fatty tissue like the first one, i.e. nothing to worry about. The one on his stomach has gotten a little bigger. So I asked my vet about this at Hunter's recent, yearly checkup. She said that sometimes they do get bigger. But, it's nothing to worry about. She also said that it's not necessary to remove these lumps unless they become bothersome to him, which they aren't.
Update August 2008: I recently found a lump on my Basset Hound's left side. He's 6 years old now and I noticed it while I was petting him. It felt like a bubble under his skin. I had my vet check it out. She used a fine needle to draw some fluid from the lump. She then viewed the a sample under a microscope. I was worried. But when she came back from the lab, she gave me the good news. It's just fatty tissue - nothing to worry about. Hooray!
My dog, Hunter!
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