Red or hot skin may be a sign of infection or allergies. Scratching can be related to pain, infection, allergies, or parasitism by ticks, fleas or mites. While many lumps and bumps on pets are benign, 20% of all skin masses are cancerous. It is not possible to distinguish cancerous masses from non-cancerous ones by appearance alone; they must be evaluated by a veterinarian
. Lumps can also be enlarged lymph nodes and related to serious disease. If you answered anything but the first option, reach out to us. Skin issues are often treatable. Diseases associated with skin conditions, if diagnosed early, can often be treated successfully.