October 2012 Issue
Best Treatment Options for Canine Lipomas
Can (or should) anything be done about lipomas (also known as fatty tumors)?
Uh-oh. Whats this lump? Any growth on your dogs body deserves attention, especially one that wasnt there last time you checked. It could be a sebaceous cyst (a sac filled with sebum, a cheesy or oily material, caused by clogged oil glands in the skin), an abscess (a pus-filled swelling caused by infection), or everyones worst nightmare a cancerous tumor. But in most cases, the lumps we discover as we pet and groom our dogs are lipomas, which are benign (non-cancerous) fat deposits, also known as fatty tumors. An estimated 1.7 million dogs are treated in the United States for lipomas every year, and according to one survey, American veterinarians average 25 lipoma removals annually at a cost to owners of $635 million. Lipomas tend to emerge as dogs reach middle age and increase in number as dogs get older. A dog with one lipoma is likely to get more. Lipomas are most often found on the chest, abdomen, legs, or armpits (axillae). These fatty lumps arent painful and they usually stay in one place without invading surrounding tissue.
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