Ask the Vet About Fatty Tumors (Lipomas) in Dogs

Ask the Vet About Fatty Tumors (Lipomas) in Dogs
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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 6, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Lump
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Question:I just noticed this on my 11 year old chihuahua?s leg. I?m trying to get an appointment soon but I was just wondering if this lump looks serious?

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: May 22, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: 2
Topic: lipoma
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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: 2
Topic: Lumps left side along ribs
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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: 2
Topic: weed killer sprays
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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: 2
Topic: cancer?
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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: 2
Topic: Bubble on side of hand
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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: 2
Topic: lump under skin
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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. i?m 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: 2
Topic: How to remove them
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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: 2
Topic: Help
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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: 2
Topic: Is it malignant or benign
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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 6, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Diet for tumors?
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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: 2
Topic: Lump/Bump on my dog
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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: 2
Topic: Fatty tumors
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Question:My Portuguese water dog is getting older she?s 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 it?s 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: 2
Topic: Reoccurring soft lump on left hind leg!
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Question:My wonderful Australian Shepard , Luna has a nasty reoccurring lump just on her left hind leg. It?s 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 21, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Is this a fatty tumor on the tail
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Question:Our Siberian Husky/Malamute is now 12-yrs old. Since 10-yrs old he has developed five fatty tumors, each tested. We no longer live in the US because we moved overseas to work for our US Embassy. I have a photo but can?t upload it or don?t see a place to do so. This tumor is very different and it is on his tail. It is pink in color, nodular, tiny dimples and super soft. Almost like a skin tag, but big (size of a large grape). Do you have any suggestions or a way to upload a photo? Thanks for the help.

Answer:We don't have a way to upload photos. A photo probably wouldn't help me guess though. What you need it a fine needle aspirate (suck some cells out with a needle and look at them under the microscope - probably exact same thing that was done to the other fatty tumors) - they should be able to do that in whatever country you are in. There are sites where you can upload photos for a small fee, like JustAnswer.com.

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