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Papillomas & Warts: Grow out from the skin and look like warts or pieces of chewing gum stuck to the skin. Can occur in the mouth. Not painful.

Hematomas: Collections of blood beneath the skin, especially of the ears. Caused by trauma.

Tender Knots: Frequently found at the site of a shot or vaccination. Resolve spontaneously and are often painful.

Cysts: Smooth lumps beneath the skin. May grow slowly and can discharge cheesy material. Can become infected but are otherwise not painful.

When a Lump May Be Cancer: Rapid enlargement; appears hard and fixed to surrounding tissue; any lump growing from bone; a lump that starts to bleed; a mole that begins to spread and /or ulcerate; unexplained open sore that does not heal, especially on feet or legs; any lump in the breast. Note:Only way to tell for sure is to biopsy the lump.

Brain Tumors: These tumors are NOT common and occur mostly in dogs over 5 years old. the highest incident is found in short-nosed, large-domed breeds such as Boxers, bulldogs, and Boston Terriers. Signs are gradual and dependent on the location of the tumor and rate of growth. Diagnosis requires a neurologic exam and special studies. In some cases, surgery may be an option. Chemotherapy & radiation therapy have not proven to be efficacious in dogs.

Bone Spurs (Spondylosis): Osteoophytes are bone spurs that form around intervertebral discs in all breeds as a natural process of aging. Fusion of these osteophytes, called spondylosis deformans, restricts motion of the vertebral column and can cause pain. This condition is more pronounced in large breeds. In most dogs, this produces few if any symptoms. Dogs with pain and stiffness can be treated with analgesics
 
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