Have you noticed your pet scratching themselves more than usual, or found a mass or bump while giving them the love that they deserved? We understand how scary it can be when you think that something may be wrong with your pet. After all, they’re part of your family, there is no question about that. The good news is that we are here to help. At Eastside Animal Hospital in Muskogee, our entire veterinary staff is dedicated to the health and happiness of the animals we treat.
Skin issues are one of the most popular reasons for people scheduling an appointment with our veterinarians, and while there are a variety of causes for constant itchiness and many forms of lumps, you can rest assured that your pet will be getting the help that they need.
Lumps and Bumps
It’s incredibly nerve-wracking finding a mysterious lump on your furry best friend. It’s common to immediately fear the worst. The good news is that the majority of the masses that we find are benign and incredibly easy to treat. Our animal care specialist will begin by taking a sample of the cells of the mass and sending to our laboratory to determine the precise nature of it. Once we have the information we need, we’ll determine the proper way to remove it.
The most common lumps end up being skin tags, warts, or cysts, which are easily removed. However, if the mass is cancerous, the process will be more intricate. We recommend having a pathologist take a look at the tumor and discussion will begin to determine the best route to take for treatment.
While fleas and mites are one cause of itchiness for your pet, the most common reason for your pet’s incessant scratching are allergies. Whether they have an allergic reaction to a new food or medication, environmental allergies including animal dander, pollens, and the like, or contact with something that their body is not used to, animals quite often suffer from an allergic reaction.
While each case is different, the good news is that itchiness is often incredibly easy to treat. There are some highly effective lotions or prescription shampoos on the market that can help, and switching up their diet is another technique that we’ve found to be successful. No matter, our veterinarians will be able to determine the right way to get your pet happy and healthy again.