I am a worrier by nature, so naturally when I see something on one of my dogs that has the potential to affect their health and well-being, I am not going to forget about it until I find out the cause for it.

Our dog, Pugsley, is getting up there in years - she has already started to gray around the muzzle. Also, like other older dogs, she has several lumps and bumps all over her body - skin growths. I was assured that they are likely harmless at vet checkups.

I started to worry when a tumor on her leg, which has been there for as long as I can remember, had a large bump under it beneath the skin. This week the bump started to bleed and appeared to be infected. This kicked in the worrier in me.

Always being one interested in small animal veterinary medicine, I went online to try to find out what could be causing it. Of course, when one researches a symptom or illness on the Internet, it usually causes you to worry more than before. Not a good idea. It is best to leave it to the professionals to get to the bottom of it before you draw any conclusions.

I made an appointment at the vet clinic to indeed get to the bottom of it. After seeing the vet, we have decided to have this growth, along with two other ones - one on her stomach and one on her paw that was discovered - removed.

Currently, I am giving her antibiotics and waiting to make the surgery appointment until the swelling goes down on the infected area.

After the surgery I was informed the growths would be sent to pathology, and then we will find out the results - whether they are really something to worry about or not. Until then, I am trying to squash that worrywart inside of me and think positive.

To us she isn't "just a dog" and we are willing to do what is necessary to ensure her health in the future. Pugsley is part of our family and we hope she remains so for many years to come.