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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: Jan 17, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How to get rid of them fatty tumors

Question: How look after them

Answer:Surgical removal is usually the only way to get rid of them, BUT since they are benign, if they don't bother them, we usually leave them alone.

Date: Jan 12, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Death breath

Question:My abby has oral cancer. Between the sores on her mouth and the tumor in her neck, her breath is awful. (She is happy, eating, her normal self, so not suffering). What can we do to clean those mouth sores and help her breath?

Answer:An odor that strong probably needs oral antibiotics and/or a professional cleaning but you can try a water additive like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Oratene+Drinking+Water+Additive-prod11891.html

Date: Jan 3, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Multiple Lipoma

Question:My dog has had one suspicious lump removed when she was 5 and two lipoma removed since then. She is now 11, and has had several - probably 5 or 6 - more lipoma come up in the last year, and I just found another lump this morning. All except the new one have been biopsied and no abnormal cells were found. With them popping up so fast and so many of them, is there any health concerns that we should watch for? If she gets so many of them, will her quality of life be threatened?

Answer:Have it checked with a quick fine needle aspirate by your veterinarian. If it is another benign lipoma and it isn't bothering her, removing is unnecessary. These benign lipomas do not affect their longevity.

Date: Dec 30, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Growth

Question:Our 16 year old Beagle/Bassett has quickly developed a growth on her left eyelid. It is pretty solid and doesnt seem to hurt her when we touch it. Im just curious as to whether or not we need to take her into the emergency vet or its something we can schedule out? Weve never dealt with something like this before

Answer:If it starts to rub on her actual eye, I would go ahead and have her seen. If it is not, it can probably wait until your regular veterinarian opens back up.

Date: Dec 30, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Butt hole inflammation and knuckle lumps

Question:My pet dog (breed unknown) weighs around 90 pounds and is already nine years old. Lately, he is showing urinary incontinence. He is also suffering from slight hair loss, belly rash (?), butt hole inflammation, and knuckle lumps. I am very much concerned of the latter two. The lumps, as I searched on the net, look like lick granuloma. I am still not sure tho. We are preventing him from licking it through gauze wraps. Is that alright? We do not know what to do. Thank you. Other than those, he still eats well.

Answer:I would definitely go ahead and have your veterinarian check him out with all of the different problems involving different body systems that he has, you will really get your money's worth from one exam fee. Keep him from urinating a couple of hours before so they can get a urine sample from him. Here is a good article about lick granulomas written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951978

Date: Dec 19, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty skin tag

Question:My buddy Langton has a skin tag behind his left shoulder that has grown to about an inch long. It feels very fatty and doesn't seem to bother him even when I'm examining it. A friend suggested that I tie a piece of thread around it close to where it comes out of his chest and wait until it falls off. My question is; what is it and should I take my friends advice?

Answer:No, I wouldn't do that - it could get necrotic and infected. It is ideal to have your veterinarian check it - do a fine needle aspirate, look at it under the microscope and determine if it is benign, malignant or something in between.

Date: Dec 16, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump found

Question:Hey , to if it we discovered a lump on our dogs leg , every thing we read suggests it's lipomas my dad's do also has one on her front leg and his other dog on the bottom has his are both labs but mine is a jack russle could it be something different that they are all catching

Answer:Masses like that should not be contagious. They are often benign fatty masses but it is ideal for your veterinarian to check it because it could be a malignant mass.

Date: Dec 8, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Age

Question:How old are dogs when dogs usually get fatty tumors? We got rex about 6 years and my son had him for about 3 but got him from someone else.My rex has had one or 2 really close together for about a year. Thank you

Answer:It is highly variable, but usually in middle-aged to older dog.

Date: Nov 25, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Bump on cats nose

Question:My cat bella is 6 has a bump on her nose. She has had the bump for years, it hasn't grown in size and doesn't hurt her for me to touch it. She doesn't have nose bleeds, she eats fine, she doesn't have any changes in bowels or urination. She does snore sometimes at night. What could it possibly be?

Answer:Bumps can be anything from benign to malignant and everything in between. As long as she has had it (years), hers would be more likely to be benign but testing at your veterinarian would be the only way to tell.

Date: Nov 24, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Basketball size fatty tumor

Question:10 yr old female Rottweiler had Spleen cancer & a huge tumor removed 2 yrs ago, now the fatty tumor on her left flank is hard & big. I feed her Taste of the Wild Salmon, 1 Cup morning & night. Is there anything else I can do it give her to help reduce the fatty tumor?

Answer:No - if it is a fatty mass, they are controlled by her genetics. If she is overweight, losing weight may help it shrink a little. A fatty mass should not be "hard" really so it is ideal for your veterinarian to recheck it and confirm that it is nothing to worry about.

Date: Nov 12, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty skin tumor and Diet

Question:My 8+ year old Tibetan Terrier had small soft lump on lower side area needle biopsied today and diagnosed as Lipoma. In July my vet recommended I change his diet from grain free following all the negative reviews. (He had been on grain free for years with no problems) Less than 4 months on new diet and he developed this lump. Is it know what causes Lipoma?

Answer:No, definitely not.

Date: Nov 9, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Hamster has a mass on tummy

Question:What can case this mass to appear? Is it a tummer? Will it kill my hamster? Where did it come from? Why does my hamster have this?

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your hamster. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: Nov 1, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: lump size of large marble under dogs eye

Question:Hi. Last night I noticed a lump under my dog's eye, the size of a large marble. It is more like on his cheekbone.. Anyway, today I noticed that it has swelled and his eye looks a little swollen. not the eyeball but the area on the bottom

Answer:Sometimes that will be a tooth root abscess. But, in general, 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. If it is a tooth root abscess, they will usually need to pull the tooth under anesthesia.

Date: Oct 24, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty tumors

Question:I have a 6 year old min pin. She has gotten 2 fatty tumors that the vet said r lipomas. Just today I noticed a hard pea size knot under the skin on her knuckle on front left foot. She is a feet licker I think she is allergic to grass. What should I do on my end to help her prevent more fatty tumors. Ive made her food for her since she was little with also dry food. Please help

Answer:There is nothing you can do to prevent fatty tumors, that we know of - they are just a genetic predisposition. Keeping her a healthy weight may help a little. The hard pea size knot on her foot should be checked by your veterinarian.

Date: Sep 21, 2019
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tumor removal

Question:Good evening, I wanted to see if I could gain some insight on possibly removing a fatty tumor/cyst from my dogs hindquarters. Harley has had a tumor on his rear since he was one year old. He is now ten years old, however, the cyst seems to have grown in size during the past year, to about three times the size it was. Im interested in having this removed however, Harley started having seizures a few years ago (mid 2017). Hes been on zonisamide since the first week he had seizures and has not had a single one since then. My question is wether or not its realistic to use anesthesia on a dog with a history of seizures to remove a cyst. Im not really sure if the risk is worth it and Im also not sure if it costs significantly more to put an animal under anesthesia when they are prone to seizures - if special meds are used, for instance. Any guidance would be appreciated!

Answer:Your veterinarian, who knows a lot more about him [what breed he is (a 10 year old mastiff is considered much more geriatric than a 10 year old poodle), what his blood work looks like (kidney, liver function, etc), exact location and size of the tumor (will the skin close easily, will he need skin grafts, how long will the surgery take, etc), what cell type the tumor is from a fine needle aspirate, etc etc] is definitely the best person to ask these questions.


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