Lipoma or Fatty Tumors in Dogs

Lipomas or fatty tumors are local groups of fat cells that just don’t follow the rules. These renegade cells grow slowly in pockets under the skin and between muscle layers that bulge out and form soft lumps. These lumps may be hard to distinguish from other more dangerous tumors, so a needle may be used to suck cells out of the lump to make sure that the lump are just a group of fat cells with a mind of their own, and not more dangerous tumors.

Fat is a valuable part of the body. It is a part of all cell membranes, keeps us and our pets warm, and cushions sensitive areas from jarring trauma. The fat layer between the skin and the muscle should form a fairly uniform insulating layer. The fat in the abdomen and around the kidneys is a source of energy and also protects sensitive internal organs.

However, too much fat can stress the back, joints, heart, and lungs and lead to arthritis and common medical problems such as diabetes. Too many treats and high calorie food can add unneeded weight and shorten the lives of our pets.Why do our pets grow fat tumors. There is no real data, but I suspect high calorie carbohydrate food, lack of exercise, genetics, and preserving chemicals may all play a part. What can you do? Try and feed a healthy diet, exercise your pets, and give them lots of love!!

Check out my video on Lipomas and Fatty Tumors in a Dog.

Remember to feed your dog healthful treats like carrots, fruit, pieces of chicken and fish, cheese, and hot dogs, instead of high carbohydrate, allergenic treats!!

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2 Responses to Lipoma or Fatty Tumors in Dogs

  1. Dr Greg says:

    Small single cysts may just stay there and remain quiet. Some cysts may become infected and rupture. Some people want to wait and see if it grows and changes. Others will opt to remove it to avoid future complications. Are you sure it is an adenoma and not a papilloma or other tumor type?

  2. Linda Wood says:

    How would you treat a sebaecous adenoma on the top of the head?

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