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DateSep 21, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet TypeDog
Topicfatty acid tumors
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Question:

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.

Answer:

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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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.

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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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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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DateMar 11, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
Topichow to shrink
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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.

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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.

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DateFeb 3, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicFatty Lipomas
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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.

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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.

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DateJan 22, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicLump on dogs ribcage
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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!

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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. 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 1, 2021
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicI believe her fatty tissue is infected
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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

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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.

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DateOct 26, 2020
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicSwelled Leg
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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?

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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.

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DateOct 14, 2020
CategoryFatty Tumors
Pet Typenull
TopicPea sized bump under skin
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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.

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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. 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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