Ask the Vet About Fatty Tumors (Lipomas) in Dogs

Ask the Vet About Fatty Tumors (Lipomas) in Dogs
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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: 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.

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.

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