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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: May 22, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: lipoma

Question:Hi! My pet has been diagnosed with lipoma in her front leg. She has 2 spots and it is now growing into 1 big bump. One is invading her muscle. Is there an effective treatment? I have read about apple cider vinegar and dandelions but haven't seen anything about medications. She has never taken anything except Brevecto for fleas. My husband gives her Foster and Smith Lawn Guard chewables. Thank you

Answer:No, surgery is the only treatment but since they are benign, that is often unnecessary and since her muscle is involved, surgery may not be curative for her lipoma and it may recur.

Date: Apr 30, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lumps left side along ribs

Question:Could these be fatty tumors?

Answer:Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

Date: Apr 27, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: weed killer sprays

Question:Does walking over lawns sprayed with weed killer contribute to fatty tumors in dogs?

Answer:No, not that we know of. Here is a link to our article about fatty tumors: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/fatty-tumors-lipomas-dogs-48.htm

Date: Apr 24, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: cancer?

Question:Hi, I recently noticed a pretty hard lump about 2-3 inches in width on my dogs hip. It hasn't grown in size, she isn't in pain if we touch it she still acts like herself it doesn't stop her from running around. Could this be a fatty tumor or cancer? Please let me know what this could be and if its serious. Thank you

Answer:Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

Date: Apr 21, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bubble on side of hand

Question:Hi I have a 7 year old pitbull. I noticed she has like a soft bubble like under her skin on her left side of arm above side of paw. I'm so worried not sure what it can be and if feeding taste of the wild is a good dog food option. Please I hope you can help me. I'm so worried. She is eating well walking fine.

Answer:Taste of the Wild is good food. Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

Date: Apr 14, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: lump under skin

Question:hey, i found a lump under my dogs skin that is not starting to pus and bleed. when i tough it it does not hurt her or affect her. im wondering if i should be concerned.

Answer:Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

Date: Apr 13, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How to remove them

Question:How to remove or treat them

Answer:Be sure that it is just a fatty mass - your veterinarian will need to do a fine needle aspirate (a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist.) If it is definitively benign, you may choose to do nothing if it is deemed just a cosmetic issue. For them to go away, they must be surgicially removed - there are no pills or medicine that make them vanish. Losing weight can make them shrink but they won't go away entirely.

Date: Apr 12, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Help

Question:My dog has a werid bump its red and nasty looking not sure what it is

Answer:Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

Date: Apr 10, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is it malignant or benign

Question:Is my dogs fatty deposit malignant or not

Answer:Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

Date: Apr 7, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Small soft bulges in ear and on rightleg

Question:My Angel is 10 year old female blue healer She is on thyroid medicne by vet. A year ago we noticed a soft bulge on her rear leg, Vet was not to concerned and thoought it my be fat tissue, she is a little heavy Now recently we noticed on in the top of her right ear, It is about the size of a quarter and feels soft I have not taken her back to the vet yet. Is this something serious ?

Answer:The majority of masses, especially that are soft like that and don't grow quickly (and she has a history of them) will be benign, BUT it is always ideal to have your veterinarian check it and ideally do a fine needle aspirate (suck some cells out and look at them under the microscope) just to be sure.

Date: Apr 6, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diet for tumors?

Question:My mom took our senior poodle to the doctor and they told her they would possibly do surgery if hopefully it has not spread more into other organs.She has been overweight through her life and I feel maybe her diet maybe caused this.Should I change her diet now?The other vet just suggested to let her anything to boost her immune system for surgery?This leaves me so confused.

Answer:Her diet is unrelated to the tumors, especially malignant tumors that may have metastacized but even benign fatty tumors are not caused by their diets.

Date: Apr 3, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump/Bump on my dog

Question:I woke up, pet my dog, felt a lump that wasn't there the night before. Freaking out, googling everything, got an appointment at 10am today... dont wanna wait that long. Its soft/squishy, I can move it around a little, it's small, he doesnt seem to be aware of it, he doesnt do anything when I move it around or poke it. I , not sure if its growing, just super worried with everything else going on in the world... hes a 3 year old Dachshund, a little on the heavier side. About 15 lbs I believe.

Answer:The vast majority of lumps are benign, especially in 3 year olds. It's good that you have an appointment to have it checked to be 100% sure.

Date: Mar 23, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty tumors

Question:My Portuguese water dog is getting older shes turning 12 in November, is overweight and has started to grow Fatty lumps. What is the best dog food for her to lose weight, and what supplements can I give her that are healthy and will make the bumps go down. It seems like she is getting some bumps on her limbs so its making it harder for her to get up and down the stairs. Thanks

Answer:There are many lower calorie foods available. The prescription diets will work better but are more expensive. BUT, overall, there is no secret to weight loss (with them or with us) - weight loss occurs when you reduce the calories and increases the exercise, even if you work with the food you are feeding, but you usually need to dramatically reduce the amount to get weight loss because cutting it just a little will be a maintenance amount and will allow them to maintain their current weight. Dogs usually enjoy the second part of the weight loss equation = exercise - even if it's just daily walks. There are no supplements that shrink lipomas - surgically removal is the only thing that makes them go away but that is often unnecessary if they are diagnosed by your vet as benign lipomas. Weight loss will help shrink them a little.

Date: Mar 16, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reoccurring soft lump on left hind leg!

Question:My wonderful Australian Shepard , Luna has a nasty reoccurring lump just on her left hind leg. Its just under the skin , puss and blood drain. Then it becomes a very red lesson. 3x,s this has happened.one clears up, then another lesson rears it,s ugly head.

Answer:I would definitely have your veterinarian check it out - could be cancer (benign getting infected or malignant), foreign body, etc.

Date: Feb 24, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What to do

Question: Fatty tumours How to removal

Answer:Surgical removal is the only way to get rid of them, BUT that is often unnecessary if they are diagnosed as benign from your veterinarian.


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