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DateSep 20, 2022
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet TypeDog
TopicBenign tumors
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Question:

Is there any hope, via diet or other measures, to minimize or eliminate lipomas? Thanks.

Answer:

I get this question a lot and no, there doesn't seem to be anything as it is just a genetic predisposition as far as we can tell.

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DateAug 12, 2022
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet TypeDog
TopicLump
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Question:

There is a large lump on the inside of my dogs back leg what could this be

Answer:

Lumps 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.

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DateFeb 4, 2022
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedication for fatty tumors
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Question:

Our almost 10 year old overweight female English Pointer developed a number of fatty tumors last year & we seem to notice more every month or so. We've started to cut back on her food & our holistic vet has suggested we start using CBD Hemp Oil which is no problem but doing research I find other products mentioned. Omega 3 fish oil, turmeric powder, digestive enzymes supplements, probiotics etc. Can you recommend a product thru PetMeds that may help us as I'd like to get started ASAP. Thank You Michael Lang

Answer:

There are no proven medical treatments for fatty tumors. Surgical removal is the only cure, BUT since they are benign (if diagnosed correctly with testing) and not bothering her at all, surgery may be unnecessary as they are only a cosmetic problem at that point. If she is overweight, losing weight is a good idea - that may help shrink them, but they won't go away entirely.

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DateFeb 4, 2022
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet TypeDog
TopicSmall lumps
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Question:

We have noticed small lumps (not necessarily tumors) on our 5 year old female golden retriever. Is this common in this type of breed and what do you recommend?

Answer:

Yes, these are fairly common, but need to be checked. 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.

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DateJan 5, 2022
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet TypeDog
TopicFatty tumor product
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Question:

Is there a product that I can rub on my dog to make his fatty tumor go away?

Answer:

No, unfortunately the only way to get rid of them is surgical removal, BUT if it has been diagnosed definitely as benign at your veterinarians, it may not need removing.

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DateDec 30, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet TypeDog
TopicHow to remove fatty tumor
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How do you remove fatty tumor and prevent more from com

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Surgical removal is done under general anesthesia, BUT if it has been tested at your veterinarians and determined to be benign, that may be unnecessary. Less is known about prevention but preventing your dog from becoming overweight can help.

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DateSep 21, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet TypeDog
Topicfatty acid tumors
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Hello. I am interested in your information on Ped Meds web site regarding fatty acid tumors in dogs. My dog has one that has grown and keeps growing. But my question is on pet med web site after a search on fatty tumors, the page give short information on treatments. One of which is stated infiltration with calcium chloride. I first saw that on Pegasus.org and I got excited thinking wow, there is something other than surgery. So asked two vets I have seen locally. Both never heard of it before and neither is interested in doing it as not a verified/studied treatment for lack of better wording. Is there someone who actually does this in Wisconsin? Or where is your information from?? are there more studies that have been done other than what is mentioned on Pegasus.org? Please let me know anything. Thank you! Dianna G.

Answer:

I didn't write that article and, like your veterinarian, don't recommend injecting these benign tumors with something that may cause pretty serious problems until more research is done. This is exactly what the article states: "Some veterinarians recommend injection of caustic material (30% calcium chloride) into the fatty tumor. The potential side effects of calcium chloride injection include pain, sloughing of the skin, the death of healthy tissue outside the fatty tumor, and acute inflammation caused by dying fat cells."

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DateSep 3, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet TypeDog
TopicPeppy's options?
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After 2 wks of antibiotic and steroids he is more alert and mobile.Benign tumor went down 1/3 .Only option is surgery or do nothing.He is 13yr malinois. Any suggestions to help him.Tried supples. to drain but n.g.

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I can't tell exactly what is going on by your description so your veterinarian is definitely the best person to work with and give you advice about this. Like, is he taking the antibiotics and steriods because of a benign tumor? That is very unusual as they do not become secondarily infected very often, and they don't respond to steroids, so be sure it is benign. If it is truly benign, we usually do not recommend surgery. Then if they are unsure if it is benign, we usually do recommend surgery, but he would need to be assessed thoroughly (lots of blood work and chest x-rays, etc.) to be sure he is a good anesthetic candidate.

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DateJul 3, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
Topiccat has open sores all over her body. they started off as cysts but still continue
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the vet has no idea what it is. she has had steroids and a shot of anti biotic. what is it and can you tell me how i can help her

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There are many things that cause sores like that (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some more tests and make a diagnosis. Allergies are most common but if your cat didn't respond to steroids at all, your veterinarian will need to start doing tests for more rare conditions (fungal infections, cancer, etc.) and/or refer you to a specialist.

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DateJun 8, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
Topiccough
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the vet found the tumor several years back and since then he went through heartworm treatment he had a cough with that he got through the treatment great has passed all test great and heart and lungs sound great but he is getting old and has slowed down he has arthritis …. hes had a cough off and on for the pasted year I asked the vet if it could be allergies so we give him allergy meds but his cough is a cough then sometimes a gag

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They will cough for many reasons (heart failure, sensitive trachea, kennel cough and other infectious reasons, bronchitis, heartworms, cancer, etc etc) and most of these are treated very differently - it is very rare for them to cough secondary to allergies (their allergies usually manifest as itchy skin.) Have your veterinarian do a chest x-ray and some bloodwork next to see what is going on.

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DateMay 11, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicMASSIVE and BLEEDING Fatty Tumor
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Any ideas? We've gone to a few different Vets about our 14 1/2 yr old sweet boy dog's Rapidly growing Fatty Tumor. This thing is approx the size of his head now. He is Beagle / Pit bull. Another Vet approx 3-4 months ago stated he would be dying very soon, and wanted to do a Biopsy, but it was too big and necrotic, so wasn't worth it.. They gave him Antibiotics and Pain Meds. Within a week he was feeling like his prior puppy self! It oozed and we palpated it, which released a TON of this Blood/White substance Came out like a fountain! Here we are again, and this Monstrosity is hard, hot, and constantly bleeding. Went to his long time Vet and he gave him an Injection and said perhaps he could do some sort of surgery, such as take half of it. To see if this injection works first and it shrinks. Nope, it is worse. Went back to his Vet again as he recommended we come back in 2 weeks if no improvement. We got the Vet Tech instead of him. We ended leaving there with a NEW RX for hip pain. HELP PLEASE. He is so sweet, and so loving. But, so uncomfortable, not to mention we have to clean this awful growth daily, as it fills the bandages quickly. We are using DIAPERS, MAXI PADS, etc. Its getting worse. Several spots have started to bleed. I know this thing is painful, as it's so raw too. Constant dripping, and stretched skin with several areas now bleeding.

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I'm so sorry you are going through this with him. I wish I had a magic solution, but I don't. This is not a benign fatty tumor - those don't behave like this. This is an aggressive malignant tumor that more than likely needs surgery. It sounds like they won't be able to remove it all, so the surgery will just be buying you more time with him. Another thought: Maybe try the initial antibiotic again - the one that seemed to help.

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DateApr 23, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicFatty Tumors & Hole Bleeding
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Why does my dog have a hole (see bleeding and brown & white stuff inside her) where the huge ball on her stomach is? Can that hole kill my dog? Can that hole destroy her whole stomach and can she survive without treatment?

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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. That one sounds malignant but it may just be infected. 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.

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DateApr 22, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicFatty Tumors Or Cysts
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What is the difference between Biopsy or Cytology? Should I get it tested first? or should I get it removed immediately base on what the doctor/veterinarian said; what if it's cancerous?

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A biopsy is a large wedge of the mass that usually requires general anesthesia. Cytology is just a few cells, usually taken with a small needle from the mass without anesthesia. We usually start with cytology but not all masses can be diagnosed that way, so if we don't get results, we may proceed to biopsy or just remove the mass since they are under anesthesia. Once you know the cell type, you can make a better plan. IF it is benign, you may not need to do anything.

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DateApr 12, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicFatty mass tumors
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Question:

I have read some of the questions and answers from others. Our Bella is eleven. She is a Black mouth Curr mixed. She had two surgeries for removals. Though, these did work, the recovery was bad with our dog destroying Elizabethan collars and tearing out her stitches. We also had tried holistic treatments, which did not work over about a three month span. With her age and Houdini escape skills, surgery is not an option. Last year, a large tumor has grown on her chest. Another tumor has appeared on her right back leg above the pad/ toes. She is able to walk. Last year, the same vet who performed the two removals checked the tumor on her chest and determined it was benign. But, they only offer surgery as an option. Recently, we read about calcium chloride and it's success in tumor reduction. The problem is we can not find any vets in central FL who will administer it. If you can let us know of any vets in central FL who might help. Thanks.

Answer:

Since it is kind of new and experimental, you will probably have to see a veterinary oncologist for that - often found at your closest veterinary hospital - your veterinarian, that has all of her records, will have to refer you.

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DateApr 11, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicShepard
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Question:

What can I do for her she is approx 8 and has fatty benign tumors on tail near her butt and front legs small don’t want surgery unless at last resort ,just brought omega 3 pills for her ,when it says low fat diet ,and meats cooked for diet ,would that be such things as people food beef chicken ,etc .

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I get this question a lot and, unfortunately, there isn't anything that truly helps except surgery. If she is overweight, losing weight will help them shrink a little but they won't go away. The good thing about benign fatty tumors is that they usually don't cause them any problems, so they are more of a cosmetic issue.

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