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: 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.

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.

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