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Ask the Vet About Fatty Tumors (Lipomas) in Dogs

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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: Jan 7, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty tumor that has gotten hard

Question:Do fatty tumors on a dogs tail ever become hard. Our Schnauzer has had the tumor for some time and vet tested it years ago and diagnosed fatty tumor. He now has a large one on his buttock/hip by the tail also. Just concerned that the one on tail has hardened

Answer:Fatty tumors can change over time. I would have vet exam and have growths reaspirated to make sure only fatty tumors. On occasion, there can be other tumors that seem like fatty tumors such as mast cell tumors, which would need more aggressive treatment

Date: Jan 6, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Schnauzer Bump

Question:Hi I have an almost 10 year old miniature schnauzer who has a few schnauzer bumps around his neck and back. He has one that was half the size of a pea behind his neck that lays under his collar. It has been there for at least 6 months without any change is size, color or shape. It is dome like and a light pink/red color. I just noticed it doubled in size and has dry blood on it. I gave him a bath and it is still concerning as to it's growth and that fact that he has clearly scratched it leading it to bleed. Should I be concerned and go to the vet or keep the area clean and dry and keep a sweater on him to reduce the impact of the itching?

Answer:I would go to vet to see if bumps are secondarily infected and may need topical prescription antibacterials like benzoal peroxide products or another excellent topical called mupericin. Some dogs will need systemic antibiotics as well

Date: Sep 14, 2016
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Small Lump Under My Dogs Leg

Question:I Was Petting My Dog And Noticed Under His Leg There Is A Small Lump In The Skin. It's Sort Of Football Shaped And I Just Now Noticed It. It's Soft And Feels Just Like Normal Skin.

Answer:Most Likely Benign Fatty Tumor Known As Lipoma, But A Vet Exam And Evaluation As Well As Needle Aspirate May Be Needed To Definitively Diagnose That

Date: Aug 31, 2016
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump Under Skin

Question:There Is A Moveable Lump On Left Side Of My Dog. Doesn't Seem To Hurt Him When I Touch It. Do You Know What I Can Be?

Answer:Could Be Innocent Fatty Tumor Known As Lipoma, Which May Not Need Treatment. However, Best To Have Vet Check And Aspiration Of Lump To Make Sure Thats What It Is And To Rule Out Other Causes Of Lumps

Date: Jul 2, 2016
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Cancer?

Question:I've Had My Dog, Curly, For Almost 10 Years. He's A Labrador Mix (probably A Labradoodle) And He's Had A Mass On His Right Side Of His Chest For A Couple Years Now. Before We Noticed That Mass, We Found A Mass On The Front Of His Chest Under His Neck About 4 Years Ago. A Few Months Ago, My Mother Found 2 Lumps Underneath His Left Arm. The Lump On The Right Side Of His Chest Is About The Size Of A Softball Now And Moves Freely, The Mass In The Middle Of His Chest Sort Of Moves Freely, And The Masses Under His Left Arm, We Are Unsure If They Move. He's An Outside Dog And Occasionally Lifts Up His Arm As If It's In Pain. My Family And I Were Wondering What These Masses Could Be And If We Need To Take Him To The Vet To Get Them Removed. We Don't Have A Whole Lot Of Money To Pay For A Lot Of Procedures. I'm Just Worried About My Dog And I Really Don't Want Him To Be Put Down Unless It's The Last Resort. Thank You So Much For Your Time.

Answer:Best To Have Proper Vet Exam And Inexpensive Needle Aspirate In Veterinary Office, As They Could Be Benign Fatty Tumors Called Lipomas. Sometimes They Dont Need To Be Treated

Date: Jun 30, 2016
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Movable Lump On His Side

Question:My Dog Has A Lump That Is Movable Like A Golf Ball That I Can Grab And Pull On Is This A Concern Of Cancer?

Answer:I Would Take Your Dog To Vet For Exam And Evaluation For Possible Needle Aspiration Of Lump And Cytology For Appropriate Diagnosis. Hopefully, This Is Innocent Fatty Tumor Known As Lipoma

Date: Mar 17, 2016
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty Tumor?

Question:I Have A 10 Year Old Shih Tzu And Under His Behind He Has A Spot That Is Big Under His Skin, When I Touch Him There It Is Soft And Squishy, He Never Whines. He Does Have Small Pimple Like Size Spots On Him In Other Places Also. But This One Is A Lot Bigger. Could It Be A Fatty Tumor. Thank You

Answer:A Fatty Tumor Is Possible. A Vet Exam And Simple Needle Aspiration Is All That Is Needed To Rule This Out

Date: Feb 24, 2016
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump

Question:Hi My Dog Is Around 8 Yrs Old I Was Rubbing Inside His Left Back Leg And Felt A Small Lump It Seems To Move Around Freely He Is Active And Eats Well Thanks

Answer:I Would Take Him To Vet To Have Evaluated. It Could Be A Small Innocent Cyst Or Fatty Tumor Known As A Lipoma. These Often Can Be Left Alone, But Sometimes A Needle Aspirate Done By Veterinarian Can Help With Diagnosis And Treatment If Needed.

Date: Jan 26, 2016
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty Tumors In Cocker Spaniels

Question:Hi Dr Dym my Two Cocker Spaniels Have Developed Fatty Tumors. I Am Making Some Changes To Their Diet And Also Will Be Supplementing With Cbd Oil For Omega 3 And Denosyl. do Fatty Tumors Ever Dissolve Or Go Away On Their Own?

Answer:They Can Increase Or Decrease In Size, But I Have Rarely Seen Them Go Away Completely. Best Chance Would Be To Work With A Holistic Vet On Diet, As Well As Constitutional Long Term Homeopathic Treatment. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations

Date: Jan 1, 2016
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty Tumor On Labs Tail

Question:I Have A 9 Year Old Black Lab. She Was Diagnosed With A Fatty Tumor On Her Tail 6 Months Ago. However, Yesterday We Noticed It Was Getting Raw Looking And So We Bandaged It. Today It Is Falling Off And Oozing. It This Normal Or Do We Need To Take Her To Vet

Answer:Does Not Sound Like Simple Fatty Tumor, As They Dont Usually Ooze And Bleed. I Would Take Her To Vet For Exam And Evaluation. Sounds Like The Mass Needs To Come Off And Be Biopsied

Date: Nov 4, 2015
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Post Surgery Symptoms

Question:Hi Dr. Dym, my 10 Year Old Dane/lab Recently Underwent Surgery To Remove A Fatty Tumor From Her Neck By A Local Vet. In The 6 Days Since That Surgery, The Area Where The Tumor Was Removed Began To Fill With Fluid And Swelling And Wound Up Being Nearly 50% Larger Than The Original Tumor. I Took Her In And Had It Drained Yesterday, But As Of This Morning It Was Growing Larger Once Again. The Vet Said That They Would Try To Drain It Two Or Three More Times, But Might Need To Put A Permanent Drain In To Prevent Those Symptoms. My Questions: 1) Is This Normal Procedure For A Surgery Of This Type? 2) Isn't There An Option Other Than A Permanent Drain For Addressing This Fluid Build Up? thank You!

Answer:Unfortunately, Sometimes After A Tumor Is Removed, There Can Be What Is Called A Seroma, Which Forms In The Dead Space At The Sight Of The Surgery. A Penrose Drain Or Tubing May Need To Be Inserted For 3 To 5 Days To Help With Drainage Until The Dead Space Closes With Healing And Scar Tissue. Other Than Warm Compresses 10 Minutes At A Time 3 Times Daily To Encourage Drainage And/or This Temporary Drain Placement, Not Much Else Can Be Done.

Date: Mar 15, 2014
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Health

Question:Sir, i Have A Labrador Around 13 Years Of Age ,He Is Having A Lot Manny Problems He Was Gaining Wait And Was Advised Thyroid Tests He Was Diagnosed With Hypothyroidism His Blood Results Were T3 0.38ng/dl T4 Total 1.00 Mcg/dl And Tsh 0.04mlu/ml.his Body Is Full Of Lumps Some Veterinarian Say They Are Lipomas Other Say It Is Generalised Lymphadenitis ,But All His Blood Reports Are Normal,At This Point I Will Like To Add He Has Been On Renal Diet Since One Year Because Of Proteinuria And Low A/g Ratio.he Is Having One Stone Both In Right And Left Kidney ,He Was Castrated Last Year Because Of Testicular Inflammmation And Epidymitis. he Walks Very Slowly Multiple Lumps In His Body That Are Increasing In Size But Painless And Mobile,Now Hypothyridism ,Plz Guide Me The Correct Treatment Plan And Diet I Have To Give Him It Will Be A Great Help And What Are The Lumps.

Answer:Lumps Can Be Many Things From Benign Fatty Tumors To More Serious Ones. Vet Exam And Needle Aspirate May Help Diagnose Lumps. I Would Strongly Recommend Consulting With A Holistic Vet On Pet This Age With All Of These Issues. I Think That At Least An Integrative Approach Would Be More Helpful Than Simply Drugs And/or Surgery. To Find A Vet In Your Area, Go To Www.ahvma.org

Date: Feb 18, 2014
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump/fatty Tumor

Question:I Have A Dog The Has Recently Stopped Nursing Her Pups As Her Boobs Are Now Shrinking I Have Noticed A Lump Maybe Half The Size Of A Golf Ball In The Loose Skin It Doesn't Feel Like It Is Attached Solidly But Rather "floating". Does This Sound Like Something I Need To Have Checked By The Vet? I Am Not Trying To Be Cheap We Have Just Spent A Few Thousand On This Dog And Money Is Getting A Little Tight

Answer:Could Be Simple Fatty Tumor Or Lipoma Which Does Not Have To Be Treated, But As With Any Lump, Best To Have Vet Check Though To Be Sure

Date: Feb 10, 2014
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty Tumor

Question:Hi Dr. Dym Our 6 Year Old Alaskan Malamute. We Rescued Her 2 Months Ago. She Was Abandoned And Left Outside For Months. She Is Now Strictly A House Pet. Mica Has A Large Fatty Tumor On Her Upper Thigh.our Vet Said Was Nothing To Worry About.. It Was Soft And Pink And There Was Hair On It.. Now Its Dark Pink With Purple Spots And All The Hair Fell Off Of Her Tumor. We Are In Mid Winter In Pennsylvania And The Temp Is Freezing. Mica Is A House Dog But Does Like To Sit Out Side For A Bit Cause Of Her Breed And When The Furnace Runs She Gets Hot. I Am Concerned With The Tumor Changing Colors And The Hair Falling Off. Do I Have A Reason To Be Concerned. thanks, Dano And Mica

Answer:I Would Take Her In For Second Opinion As Cant Really Comment On A Tumor I Cant See Visually. A Needle Aspirate Can Be Done In Office For Quick Diagnosis. If Fatty Tumor, Can Leave Alone

Date: Feb 2, 2014
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cancer

Question:My Dog Drinks A Lot Of Water Pees A Lot He Has To Lumps On Chest One Is A Fatty Tumor Don't Know What Other Is . I'm Having That Checked . He's 10 Yes Old Lab Pit Mix He Gets Excited And Has A Breathing Attack Out Of No Where Why Does That Happened ???

Answer:Breathing Attack Likely "reverse Sneezing" Which You Can Look Up On U Tube Video. I Dont Think It Is A Major Problem, However If Excessive Thirsty/urination Best To Have Blood Work And Urine Analysis At Vet To Rule Out Medical Issues.


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