Guide to Canine Lumps on the Neck

"There are multiple possible causes for canine lumps on the neck that are listed below. If a diagnosis cannot be made by looking at the condition, your veterinarian will take a small cell sample using a simple procedure for further testing. Treatment often involves surgery, radiation and possibly chemotherapy."

Canine lumps on the neck can mean a variety of things.

Dog lymph nodes are on the right and left side of the neck where it is connected to the lower jaw. In a healthy dog, you shouldn't be able to feel the lymph nodes. In a sick dog, the nodes are enlarged such as when an infection is present or cancer. Swelling lower on the neck and in the middle over the windpipe could be a thyroid tumor (rare in dogs).

Other causes of lumps on the neck include:

Diagnosis of Dog Lumps on the Neck

A FNA test (fine needle aspiration) is used to extract cells from any lump for testing in a lab.

Treatment of Canine Lumps on the Neck

Treatment of canine lumps on the neck include radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.

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