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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: Jun 22, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty lumps

Question:Hi my Labrador is 7, we found fatty lump on his right side belly last year, took him to vets for his annual check, she didn't seem conserned but she did measure and asked us to keep an eye on it. We have found two more one on his back leg underside, other on his side, he is not off his food, still goes on his walks, enjoys playing with his ball, don't no whether to leave him be because he's happy or take him to vets. Don't want to frighten him cause vet's make him nervous. Kind regards much appreciated for a reply..

Answer:I usually like to aspirate all lumps once just to be sure they aren't one of the few that "look" benign but may need to be removed. If it is soft and freely movable (not attached to underlying structures) and don't grow real quickly, they are usually benign.

Date: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Raised pink cyst on back

Question:My dog is 15 years old and developed a raised cyst on her back. It does not appear to hurt and has been there approximately 4 to 5 months. Looking closely it resembles a wart Any thoughts on what his might be_

Answer:I would really need to see it and aspirate it and look at it under the microscope. Most masses that are freely movable in the skin and don't grow very quickly will be benign but you can't tell just by looking at it.

Date: Jun 3, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: When to worry about fatty tumors.

Question:My Field English Cocker has multiple very large fatty tumors. He has been checked by a vet for them. A needle biopsy has been done. He has so many that it's hard to not pet him without finding or feeling one. One on his side by his ribs is huge. One in his groin prevents him from sitting normally. He also has a large tangerine size one next to his penis. The one on his side is probably 8inches round. I don't want to put him through surgery because he is 8 years old and there are so many. What is your recommendation for my boy? And I absolutely do not want to put him down.

Answer:I try to not surgically remove benign tumors but if they are bothering him, I will consider it. If he is overweight as well, having him lose weight will help - they wont go away totally but they could potentially get small enough to where they aren't bothering him or preventing him from sitting normally.

Date: May 26, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Surgery

Question:Hello I have a lab, corgi, Shar Pei, Pom, Shi Tzu mix and I think she has a fatty tumor. No tests from my vet has been done yet to determine, however, I was given Ciprofloxacin and that did shrink it but it did grow after I was done with her doses. This was the third go round. My question is is a fatty tumor affected by the Cipro to know that is what it is? And the second question is what is your opinion for surgery? She is over 14 years old, great appetite and very active. Should I go another round of Cipro to shrink it then surgery? Right now it is the size of an elongated softball with a few tiny blisters and the occasional tiny bleeding. Any info will help. Thank you for your time.

Answer:It really sounds more like a malignant tumor than a benign fatty mass, so removing it sounds like a good idea - at her age, there is a lot to consider when putting her under anesthesia though, so work with your veterinarian who will run tests like blood work and chest x-rays to see if she is healthy/strong enough for surgery.

Date: May 23, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump appeared

Question:Just noticed a lump on side of my dogs leg it wasn't there yesterday when I bathed him and tonight I've noticed it on the side of his leg he doesn't seem bothered by it. It's a little smaller than a golf ball..I'm going to give it till Friday incase hes been stung while out on our walk tonight.

Answer:Yes, it could be that, or it could be a hematoma if he whacked himself right there. Either of those benign conditions should gradually improve over the next few days. I think your plan is a good one - if it doesn't resolve by Friday or if it worsens at any point, have your veterinarian take a look at it.

Date: May 22, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty tumir

Question:I have a 10 year old mini schnauzer he has a fatty Tumor on his upper chest he's had it for about 3to4 years it's about the size of a baseball it is getting bugger he weighs 31 pounds vet doesn't seem worried lately he's panting wheezing and won't lay directly on it whines sone where he never used to can all these symptons be related ? They say no asbiration is needed What are your thoughts??

Answer:It should be aspirated at least once. I will aspirate them again if they are growing. If it is a benign fatty mass, it shouldn't be causing the panting and wheezing. I would have your veterinarian check him for that when you can.

Date: May 19, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin growth

Question:Years ago when I rescued my dog he had a severe case of flea allergy dermatitis and was constantly chewing and scratching himself. I have gotten it under control but sometimes he still gnaws on his leg. I didn't know if that had anything to do with the fact that now he has a flesh ball hanging on his back leg. It's just attached by a small piece of skin. It all is healthy and pink. He hasn't changed his appitite and still has lots of energy so it doesn't seem like it's bothering him. I just worry because it seems to be getting a little bigger and I don't know what it is or if I should worry. Do you have any idea?

Answer:Have your veterinarian do a "Fine Needle Aspirate" of the mass - this is an easy procedure and is like a mini-biopsy and will usually tell you what the mass is and how much you need to worry about it.

Date: May 11, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tell me what to do

Question:My dog has a growth that has come through her skin and is leaking. She had checkup about 4 months ago and was fine. She is eating playing drinking acting normal . What could it be or what can I do until I get paid next week for vet

Answer:I would have it checked as soon as you can - it may just be an abscess but I worry about cancer, foreign body, etc. and have a hard time advising you without actually seeing it.

Date: May 8, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump that changes size and density

Question:I have a 7 year old pit that I noticed has a lump on the inside of her left rear leg. It is not discolored and does not have a head as if it's popable or filled with anything. It doesn't bother her when I touch it. Some days it is about the size between a nickel and a quarter and is hard. Other days it is very small, almost non existent and soft. It seems to be larger and harder on days when she is more active. She's had it for a couple months now and it has never gotten larger than between a nickel and quarter. Does this sound like a common fatty tumor?

Answer:No, a fatty tumor stays the same size and is usually always soft. It still may be a benign mass and nothing to worry about, but I would have your veterinarian aspirate it and look at it under the microscope to be sure.

Date: May 4, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: fatty tumors

Question:are fatty tumors encouraged to grow if the dogs obesity is a problem?

Answer:Fatty tumors are benign so they shouldn't take off and grow really quickly. If your dog gains weight they may get very slightly larger but it shouldn't be very noticeable.

Date: Apr 30, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: tumor shes had on her chest/somach area

Question:I noticed an odd odir and looked at this tumor shes had and been examoned for. It looks dark at the top/tip and looks open or leaking. Is it infection, im assuming it is.

Answer:I would definitely get her veterinarian to recheck it - it may just be infected but malignant tumors that start growing quickly can open up like that as well.

Date: Apr 30, 2017
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I'm scared to have it removed and to not

Question:My dog has a fatty tumor near his tail is about the size of a quarter I'm not sure if it is growing my vet took a needle biopsy and said it's you know mostly fat 95% chance and I'm nervous he suggested to have it removed because of the location I don't know what to do

Answer:That's a tough decision and it really depends on a lot of things. I lean away from removing benign tumors but if it is somewhere where if it starts to grow, I won't have enough tissue to close the wound around it, or if it is near his rear end and might start trapping feces or something odd like that I might recommend removing it. You/your veterinarian will weigh anesthetic risk (how healthy, how old your dog is, how good does his bloodwork look, etc) as well. For right now, I think it's acceptable to kind of keep an eye on it and make sure it's not growing, but I would definitely go more with your veterinarian's recommendation because s/he is looking at it and factoring in a lot of things.

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.


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