Re: Do you just leave Fatty Tumors?
Originally Posted By: 3K9MomMy answer is pretty much exactly what Pupresq said.
I always have them biopsied, just to be sure, even the teeniest ones, as long as the needle can penetrate. Then I leave them unless they are impeding something else. For example, one of my dogs had a huge one growing between her vulva and anus...about the size of a peach (it's not something you notice right away back there, til it gets kind of big.) That one HAD to go.
Otherwise, I just leave them. Sometimes, they burst (and I have the dog pharmacy at my house to deal with it). Often, they don't. My experience is that dogs prone to lipomas usually get more of them as they age. I learned to make a note of new ones (Yup, I actually made a note of them; otherwise, I'd forget which ones were new and which were old ones). Then when we were at the vet's for something else, I brought my list and we'd line up slides and zipped through my list. They always came back negative, but it was good to be sure.
BTW, I learned that fatty tumors are actually rather helpful to have around. When one of my seniors got sick and wasn't eating at all, her biggest fatty tumor (it was a BIG one) shrank a lot. It was providing her sustenance. I learned a valuable lesson then, to not remove something from the body unless absolutely necessary, even when it looks like it should come out. You never know what might be needed down the road. The body is an amazing thing!
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I never thought of that either.
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