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Find a Lump on your Dog or Cat? Here's What To Do.
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10 April 2015 - 11:59 am
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That's a great video! The humour really adds to it doesn't it?

I would like to add more to this conversation on finding a lump. My cat Mona got cancer from a vaccine injection. They now call it Feline Injection Site Sarcoma (FISS) because it can also occur from other injections such as glucocorticoids, NSAIDs, and microchips. It's considered rare in cats and even rarer in dogs but it does happen.

Vets don't tend to tell us this but it is important to monitor our pets carefully after vaccination. Sometimes cats and dogs get a lump at the site of an injection. Initially considered an inflammation, if it lasts longer than a week then ask the vet to look at it. It's also advised to follow the ‘3-2-1 rule’ – if the local swelling at the vaccination site persists for 3 months after vaccination, and/or is greater than 2 cm in diameter, and/or is getting larger 1 month after vaccination it should be biopsied. The rule should be used for all injectable products.

Although this monitoring is a start it's important to check our pets regularly for lumps. Mona's lump did not appear until 9 months after her vaccination.

Mona loves me stroking her when checking for lumpsbig-grin


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You rock Kerren, thanks for this great info.

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Just want to remind people that if you're active in social media, please share the hashtag #SeeSomethingDoSomething along with this video

to help get the word out.

As the Tripawds community once again welcomes another member whose original vet didn't do anything when a lump first appeared on their dog, it's so important for us to help get the word out.

No lump should ever be ignored or left to "wait and see." No pet pawrent should ever have to go through the heartache of watching a tumor grow overnight.

Thanks for sharing!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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