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Ask the Vet About Fatty Tumors (Lipomas) in Dogs

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Dr. Michael Dym
Dr. Michael Dym
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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: 10/28/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty Tumors

Question:What Happens If A Fatty Tumor Ruptures On The Inside Of The Dog

Answer:If Tumor Is Truly And Simply A "fatty Tumor": Then Dont Rupture On Inside Of Dogs. Other More Aggressive, Malignant Cancers, Such As Hemangiosarcomas, May Potentially Rupture, But Not Simple Fatty Tumors

Date: 10/19/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Large Mass On Under Side Of Belly

Question:My Dog Has A Rather Large Mass On Her Belly , It Kind Of Hard But Not Rock Hard. Is This A Fatty Tumor.. It Does Not Bother Her And I Can Squee It.

Answer:Very Well Could Be Benign Fatty Tumor Which You Dont Need To Worry About, But Vet Exam And Needle Aspiration Is Needed To Confirm

Date: 09/20/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty Tumor

Question:I Have A Rat Terrier/chihuahua Mix Who Seems To Have A Fatty Tumor On Her Chest. It Is Soft And Movable And About The Size Of A Large Walnut. Is The Chest Area A Place I Should Worry About. She Goes For Her Visit To Her Vet In 4 Days. I Have Heard The Size And The Location Could Affect Her Walking. Your Thoughts, Please. Thank You

Answer:This Is Most Likely A Benign Fatty Lipoma, Which I Would Probably Leave Alone. Go To Vet And Have Aspiration Done For Proper Diagnosis Which Will Probably Tell You This

Date: 09/18/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cut/hair Loss On Fatty Tumor.

Question:Hi I Have A 12 Year Old Blue Heeler/husky Mix With A Larg Fatty Tumor On His Leg. Three Months Ago He Got Sick And Lost Some Hair On It, The Vet Treated His Illness But The Hair Hasn't Grown Back, Is This Normal? He Also Recently Got A Cut On It And I'm Not Sure How To Treat It As It Is Very Difficult To Get A Bandage To Stay On His Tumor.

Answer:I Would Take Him Back To See Vet For Recheck And Appropriate Care Here

Date: 09/14/16
Category: Other
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: 09/05/16
Category: Pain/Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty Tumor

Question:My Dog, Marvin, Has A Fatty Tumor (which Has Been Diagnosed As Such Over A Year Ago) On His Side That Seems To Grow Bigger Then Smaller At Times. In The Last Couple Weeks There Has Been, What's Appears To Be, Another Tumor On The Side Of The Existing One. Is This Cause For Alarm?

Answer:Most Of Time These Dont Need To Be Addressed Or Of Concern, But Best To Have Vet Check To Have New Lump Aspirated Just To Make Sure It Is Only Fatty Lipoma

Date: 08/31/16
Category: Other
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: 07/28/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lipoma/ Fatty Tumors

Question:Hello Dr. Dym, My Cocker Spaniel/rat Terrier Mix (14 Years Old) Most Defiantly Has Fatty Tumors. Our Vet Has Confirmed This And My Dog Has Had Them For Several Years. He Used To Have Them Rather Frequently All Over His Body, Now The Quantity Has Seemed To Retract, But On His Left Shoulder He Has One That Has Enlarged To The Size Of A Grapefruit Over The Past 8 Months. Our Dog Does Have Heart Disease, So He Is Taking A Diuretic As Well As A Cholesterol Medication. Several Weeks Ago We Had An Emergency Visit With The Vet To Find Out He Had Bronchitis. So Now He Is On Prednisone Every Other Day. At That Time We Could See The Tumor In The X-ray, Which Showed It Was Located Outside The Ribs And Of Similar White Color Throughout. Because Of My Dogs Age, My Vet Does Not Want To Put Him Under Anesthesia To Remove It, And I Understand Removing It Really Might Not Solve The Issue. I'm Concerned About What I Can Do On A Holistic Side Of Things (vitamins/dog Food/ Treats/etc) Since He Is On Plenty Of Medications. He Eats The Life Protection Senior Blue Buffalo, But I'm Concerned If That Is A Good Fit.

Answer:I Would Work With Local Homeopathic And/or Holistic Veterinarian In Your Area, As In My Experience And Opinion, These Type Of Growths Represent What Holistic Vets Described As Chronic Vaccinosis. To Learn More And Locate A Properly Trained Homeopathic Vet In Your Area To Work With You See Www.drpitcairn.com

Date: 07/26/16
Category: Pain/Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump Under Skin

Question:My 9 Lb Toy Poodle Has A Lump Under The Skin The Size Of A Grape. It Is Movable And Rubbery Feeling. When You Go To Touch Near It He Panics And Sits Down. He Acts Like His Leg Hurts Or Itches. He Can't Stop Itching. No Fleas, No Injury And He Had A Needle Asparate A Week Ago. The Vet Said It Looked Like A Fatty Tumor And All Is Fine But He Is Extremely Uncomfortable And Not Getting Better. He Lays Most Of The Time And You Can Tell He Is Having A Difficult Time. What Should I Do?

Answer:I Doubt The Lump Is Involved With The Symptoms You Are Describing, Especially If A Vet Told You That It Was Fatty Tumor On Aspiration. I Would Have Vet Recheck To Address The Likely Underlying Allergies And Possibly Secondary Bacterial Infection Of Skin, Etc

Date: 07/26/16
Category: Pain/Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump Under Skin

Question:My 9 Lb Toy Poodle Has A Lump Under The Skin The Size Of A Grape. It Is Movable And Rubbery Feeling. When You Go To Touch Near It He Panics And Sits Down. He Acts Like His Leg Hurts Or Itches. He Can't Stop Itching. No Fleas, No Injury And He Had A Needle Asparate A Week Ago. The Vet Said It Looked Like A Fatty Tumor And All Is Fine But He Is Extremely Uncomfortable And Not Getting Better. He Lays Most Of The Time And You Can Tell He Is Having A Difficult Time. What Should I Do?

Answer:Answered Previously

Date: 06/30/16
Category: Other
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: 03/17/16
Category: Other
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: 02/24/16
Category: Other
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: 01/01/16
Category: Other
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: 11/04/15
Category: Other
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.

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