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Ask the Vet About Fatty Tumors (Lipomas) in Dogs

Fatty Skin Tumors in Dogs
Symptoms & Diagnosis
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Ask the Vet About Fatty Skin Tumors in Dogs
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Apr 21, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tumor?

Question:My dog has a lump on the side of his face that I discovered today. There is mucus, I believe coming from it. (Thick greenish fluid) He doesn't seem to be in pain but I am still worried. I first noticed dried blood in his cage and his hair was matted to the side of his face. ( he's a yorkie) the matted hair had a smelly stinch to it so I went to clean it with warm water and soap. That is when I discovered the lump. I believe it could be a cyst but it is kind of large.

Answer:Have it checked by your veterinarian as soon as you can. It sounds like it is infected, so he will need antibiotics at a minimum. Have your veterinarian check his teeth because tooth root abscesses sometimes erupt at different places on their face depending on how long their infected tooth root is.

Date: Apr 17, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: tissue

Question:my dog is a 10 year old basset hound and she has a lump near her back leg but she rubbed up against something and started to leak and I was wondering what should I do

Answer:If the mass has opened up and started to leak it is either infected or a growing malignant tumor, so either way, take her to your veterinarian as soon as you can.

Date: Apr 11, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Small white growth

Question:Maybe has a small white growth on the top of her head. It almost looks like a large pimple but is solid and seems to have gotten bigger in the last two weeks. When at our vet's office last week I asked them to take a look. The technician said not to worry and maybe we could pop it - but the vet was not there - and it doesn't seem to a growth we should or could pop. Any idea what this is and what we should do for Maybe ?

Answer:I would definitely not pop it - for a lot of reasons = some benign-looking masses may not be and you can cause serious problems by squeezing on them, popping them opens them up and makes them more susceptible to infection, etc. Have your veterinarian look at it when you can, just to be sure.

Date: Apr 10, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: dermal nodule

Question:Our 9 year old Lab mix has had a skin nodule on top of her back for about the past 2 years. Our vet did a fine needle aspiration which showed no sign of cancer about 2 years ago. At the last checkup in November, we told him the lump had either stayed the same or seemed to get smaller. Over the past 2 months, it has doubled in size. Do we need to get this checked again and do another aspiration to check it? It doesn't seem to bother our dog, but is ugly and we are considering surgery, but I am sure it will cost more than our original quote, since it has grown, right?

Answer:I would definitely have it rechecked - it may just be infected. Malignant tumors get infected more commonly than benign fatty masses and benign fatty masses shouldn't take off and grow quickly like that.

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tumor just fell off

Question:It just fell off. There's a big gaping hole there. Very little blood. What do I do?

Answer:Very rarely do benign fatty masses just fall off and leave big gaping holes. More commonly, malignant masses behave like that, so you will want your veterinarian to check it as soon as you can.

Date: Mar 31, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy with fatty tumor?

Question:Is it possible for a 5 month old german shephard to get a fatty tumor? I just noticed it on the back of her front leg joint.

Answer:I suppose it's possible, but not very probable. If it's soft and freely movable and feels like a fatty mass, it is probably a hematoma (like a big bruise) where she whacked her leg. It should slowly get resorbed if this is the case over the next few days.

Date: Mar 30, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tumor on belly

Question:I have a pug. Well three actually. Axl has a growth on his belly its gets bigger each week its full of fluid and is hot to touch. I thought antibiotics might help and we seen worms last night in his bottom. Also arthrits i ordered some antibiotics rimadyl and some prednisone.also Zakk has constant ear infection and high anxiety what do you recommend for them til i can get them to vet. Wr have transportation issues

Answer:Don't give prednisone and Rimadyl at the same time, to the same dog - ever. When we switch from one of these to the other, we wait a minimum of 3 days because they can cause really bad side effects/interactions if given together. Benign fatty masses very rarely get secondarily infected but they can so the antibiotics are probably a good idea if it is infected. Malignant cancerous masses like to get (or look) infected so I would definitely have that mass checked out as soon as you can. Zymox with hydrocortisone works nicely for mild ear infections. Your veterinarian will have stronger medications. Dasaquin helps arthritis, as does Rimadyl. Here is a link to the Dasaquin if you want to read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Dasuquin+with+MSM+for+Dogs-prod338143.html And here is a link to the Zymox: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Mar 23, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump in leg that swells

Question:I have a miniature jack Russell 6 years old has a small moveable lump under the skin on her leg that swells then goes down again. The vet looked at it about 8 months ago and gave me cream and some tablets but this is still happening

Answer:If it swells and then goes down again, I would want to do a fine needle aspirate of it to be sure it isn't a mast cell tumor that might need removing. I can't imagine what kind of cream and tablets you were given for a fatty mass - maybe it was secondarily infected. Either way, have them recheck it and do a fine needle aspirate.

Date: Mar 22, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Help please

Question:My dog has a big lump on his side an it's going to his tummy as well could this be fatty tissue of cancers

Answer:Many possibilities, including benign fatty tumors, which are common in middle age and older dogs, which can even get quite large. Other lumps are possible as well, which are best diagnosed by direct visual exam and possible need aspiration and evaluation of cells under microscope at vet office

Date: Mar 6, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  soft almost fluid like lump on side

Question:Unknown very soft almost fluid like lump on right side of dogs ribcage towards the hind leg. He is 12 years old wolf/husky mix. Always very frisky healthy, no problems...healthy appetite, goes regular.... Today we spotted his right side seemed fluffier than normal, there was a lump approx 3" wide...very soft and squishy to the touch. His behavior has not changed at all...dont know what to do. Cannot afford a huge vet bill. What can this be?

Answer:If it popped up all of a sudden, it may just be a hematoma - like he bumped his side pretty hard and has a big bruise. If that is the case (and there are no underlying clotting issues) it should slowly get resorbed over about 7-10 days. If it doesn't slowly go away, it still may only be something like a benign fatty mass (lipoma) but you will want your veterinarian to verify that. It is usually an easy procedure with a small needle - most veterinarian can perform this in the office while you are still there.

Date: Feb 21, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump

Question:Hello I Have a very healthy two year old German shepherd, she is very active.. and love playing with my other two dogs.. just the other day I noticed a golf ball lump that's hard.. I can kinda move it..on her neck right by her collar.. her temp is normal and her gums are little more pale then normal.. eating drinking and stool ate normal but I have noticed a loss in weight.. can a two year old get cancer or could this be a fatty tumor..? Should I go to the vet fast?

Answer:It is rare, but 2 year olds can get cancer. If it's hard it is more than likely not a fatty tumor. You do want a veterinarian to go ahead and check it over the next couple days. They will usually be able to do a quick fine needle aspirate of it and give you some preliminary results right there in the office. If they see unusual cells, they might send it to a pathologist to make the diagnosis.

Date: Feb 12, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty tumors

Question:Is there something a vet could give a dog to shrink tumors without surgery? My doggies tumor is getting bigger on her buttock area and she's licking it. Plus, she's starting to get them everywhere. I'm calling her vet tomorrow but was just wondering. I am poor so was hoping for an inexpensive treatment.

Answer:Not much you can do to shrink tumors with conventional veterinary therapies. If there are multiple growths, you should have proper veterinary exam and evaluation, including needle aspirate of the lumps for possible hint at what growths may be. Only medical approach to growths would be to consult with holistic vet, who would take long term approach internally, including diet, supplements and homeopathic remedy prescribing, however this would take long term approach and is not expensive either. To learn more about homeopathy for pets, see www.drpitcairn.com

Date: Feb 8, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty tumor I

Question:My dog has a fatty tumor on her back. She managed to break it open running under some low shurbs. It is oozing. Is this cause for a vet. We covered it with a sterlie bandage

Answer:If it is just from getting scratched by the shrubs, it should heal very quickly, so if it is not drying up and healing in just a day or two, I would definitely have it looked at. Masses that get secondarily infected and don't have a very good blood supply can have a hard time healing. Malignant tumors like to get secondarily infected as well, so have it rechecked if it's not healing.

Date: Feb 2, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy

Question:I just noticed last night that my toy poodle has a palm size soft lump on her back. It moves and she is not in pain. But she is only 7 months old and not overweight. Do you think it can be a fatty tumor?

Answer:Hello, There are several possible causes for a lump. Has she received a vaccine in the area? With a young dog, it is best to have any new lumps examined by a veterinarian. Please schedule an appointment at http://bit.ly/2k0cWop. Thank you, Amber

Date: Jan 25, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump the size of a skittle

Question:My 10 year old Dobie has a lump the size of a skittle on her neck, near her chain collar. She seems annoyed when I feel on it. What do you think?

Answer:Any lump that pops up at any age can be benign or malignant or anything in between. As dogs get older they will get more. Most of the ones that are soft, freely movable in the subcutaneous (under the skin) tissue and don't grow very quickly are usually benign but not always. At her age especially, you should have it checked. This usually involves a quick fine needle aspirate (mini-biopsy) that your veterinarian can usually do while she is wide awake and can sometimes be interpreted right there in the office. If they see questionable cells they will want to send it off and let a pathologist look at it. Good Luck!


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