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Old 12-01-2012, 06:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Freestep View Post
Keeping a dog lean and free of excess fat will reduce the incidence of fatty tumors. I've never had them on any of my dogs, but I see dogs with fatty tumors all the time. Almost without exception, the dogs that get fatty tumors are fat dogs.

The good news is, fatty tumors are generally benign, and need only be removed if they grow so large that they are getting in the dog's way.
I don't think I agree with that. Buddy is a big boy, with lots of fur but you can still feel his ribs just fine. My vet is not shy about telling me when/If I need to put my dog on a diet and she hasn't said anything about Buddy. He has two fatty tumors, one on his thigh and the other on his chest.

Buddy is the big black dog on the right. Sorry for the poor picture quality.

Another one of Buddy from the front.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Best Treatment Options for Canine Lipomas - Whole Dog Journal Article

Have to have a subscription to see it, but good info.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Talk about good timing ! The January 2013 issue will feature an article on lipomas and fatty tumours - preview

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Old 12-03-2012, 04:20 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I am guessing you mean lipomas? They are benign and cause no real harm to the dog. I've seen many dogs (labs are very prone) that have NUMEROUS, and there is no need for euthanasia.

However, is your friend and their vet sure this is what the dog has? Has a histopathology been done on one of the removed tumors?

Sudden, fast growing tumors all over a dog's body... sounds like it could be something more serious and malignant, such as Mast Cell Tumors. These overtook my sister's dog within a week and forced very quick euthanasia.
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