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: Apr 12, 2021
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty 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.

Date: Apr 11, 2021
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Shepard
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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 .

Answer: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.

Date: Mar 11, 2021
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: how to shrink
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Question:Dr, is there anything I can give Bella to shrink her fatty tumor? It is under her arm and she had surgery in May of 2019 but it grew back. She is a miniature schnauzer, she will be 9 in April of this year. Thank you.

Answer:I get asked this question a lot, so someone needs to develop something that helps shrink them, but no, only surgery helps. Losing weight if she is overweight may help a little but it won't go away.

Date: Feb 3, 2021
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty Lipomas
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Question:My dog has been tested with fatty lumps (fatty lipomas). They are benign which I am glad. My question is what can I give him to help with these lipomas I am reading all kinds of things to give him but very confuse about them. I want to give him Omega-3 fish oil but I reading about this and says it is not good that it has to much fish oil could be toxin to your dog. I also read about some Herbal products. In your opinion what will help my dog.

Answer:If it is a product formulated for dogs, it may be beneficial but not for the lipomas - there is nothing they can take (orally or topically) that helps these go away - they must be surgically removed, which is often unnecessary because they are benign.

Date: Jan 22, 2021
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump on dogs ribcage
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Question:Hello! I found a lump on my dogs right side ribcage about a month ago. It is about the size of a quarter and when I touch it/pull it, feels like a little ball under his skin that is separated/moves around under his skin. He is a 5 year old goldendoodle, and doesn't seemed bothered by it (it is not red or inflamed). How do I know if this is something that I should get checked by our vet or just a fatty tumor? 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: Jan 1, 2021
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I believe her fatty tissue is infected
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Question:My dog sky she has had this tumor hanging on her leg for eight out of her 10 years and it’s never done anything but just hang in there but now she’s licking it it’s bleeding and it looks infected and it smells terrible. I cannot afford for her to have surgery because it’s about $600 for the surgery. Dr. Bleem is supposed to order her some antibiotics but I have not heard from him yet. I just ordered some omega three for her but what else can I do. Is there something that I can put on it wrap it up in something please any and all help you can give Me for my baby girl I would be so grateful. I am as disabled senior citizen in the Mobile Wheelchair and Social Security and $600 for surgery is just out of the question. She is like my support dog she takes care of me she protects me she’s a sweetheart and I love her very much what can I do for her

Answer:I would really need to see it to recommend anything. In general, we try to not wrap them up. Hopefully it is just secondarily infected and the antibiotics will help - start those as soon as you can.

Date: Oct 26, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Swelled Leg
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Question:My 12 year old Labrador retriever has had a fatty tumor near his ankle or what is described as a fatty tumor I guess. Yesterday it became hard to the touch and not squishy as it used to be. After another hour, his whole leg had become increasingly larger and seems as if it is swelled. He can barely walk and cannot get up on his own. I read that if they have a loss of appetite then they are in pain. What should we do? What is happening to him?

Answer:It sounds like it may be infected, but it also may be cancer growing, so definitely have your veterinarian check it out as soon as you can so you can make a plan for it.

Date: Oct 14, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pea sized bump under skin
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Question:My eight year old golden retriever has a pea sized hard bump under her skin just about at the center of her abdomen. I was wondering if this could be a lipoma just starting to form. It causes no pain when pressed on and there are no other symptoms. Thank you Joseph castiglia.

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: Sep 7, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Type of Food
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Question:Hello, I have a 7 year old Cocker Spaniel and I've noticed that he has had 2 fatty tumors. I've had both of them examined by the Vet but I wonder what type of dog food should i be feeding him. He is on Hills Original wet food and Nature's Recipe dry. Thank you so much.

Answer:Both of those foods are good foods so no huge need to change him if he is doing fine otherwise, because the food they eat doesn't effect the fatty tumors at all.

Date: Aug 23, 2020
Category: Fatty Tumors
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: a oral growth
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Question:Hi my name is willie clay and we have a lab that has a growth on this mouth and it bleeding how can i treat this at my home and i dont have funs for a vet operation at this time

Answer:Growths in the mouth tend to be very aggressive so it really is ideal to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment options. Tell them that you have financial constraints and most veterinarians will work with you.

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.

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