Hi, My puppy has a lump on her face at the side just below her eye, Its roughly about the size of a pea and moves slightly, I would like to know what it could be and if its something to worry about. She is a fit, lively and healthy 5 month old puppy. Is there anything you can tell me???
Dr. Marie replied:
Hi there...it's always hard to diagnose lumps over the internet but I can give you a few ideas.
If the lump is wartlike (i.e. kind of looks like cauliflower in texture) it may be something called a viral papilloma. These are contagious warts. They do go away on their own but can take anywhere from a few days to months to go away.
We do sometimes see cysts on the face but they are very uncommon in a young dog.
Are you sure it is not a tick? This is a possibility as well.
As long as it is not bothersome and not getting much larger then it is probably ok to watch her for now. But, if you are concerned then a vet visit is a good idea.
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