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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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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: 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!

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

Question:HI I have a 4 year old mix breed dog and she has a tumor on her left leg but we haven't had a dog with a tumor before so what should we do about it?

Answer:Not a simple question as every tumor is different. Many dogs have innocent fatty tumors called lipomas or other cysts that often can be left alone. A vet exam and evaluation is needed for vet to perform needle aspirate of tumor which should provide more information and best treatment moving forward

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


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