My male b has developed a rather large lump (about the size of a golf ball) on his belly. I’ve had it examined thoroughly by a Vet and am reassured that it is benign. My b is 9 years old. I’m wondering if I should have it removed as it is slowly growing and somewhat unsightly. Has this happened to your b and if so what would you advise? I would welcome your comments.
Hi. Joey has a golf-sized lump on his front upper leg. When he had his teeth cleaned, the vet aspirated the lump to determine whether it was cancerous or benign. It was benign and the vet said it could be removed regardless. I chose to save money and left it. I am not a medical person so please seek guidance from your vet. Joey was about 10 when his developed.
My Promise has a lump on her neck and the vet got a sample of it just by using a needle. (I'm sorry, I don't remember the word used to describe the process)
It was just a fatty tumor and as long as it doesn't bother her, I am not going to have him do the surgery required to remove it. (She is 14)
We had a male who was predisposed to fatty tumors. We got the first couple removed but then decided that unless it presented a problem it wasn't worth turning him into a pincushion. At nine you can hope it's a one off, so if it bothers you and/or him, get it removed. Personally if it wasn't bothering him I wouldn't, but that's just me. Either choice is OK.
This study on using steroid to reduce them looks promising. (For those with dogs with lipomas that are in hard to remove places). Most of those not completely regressed still reduced significantly.)
A total of 15 lipomas (9 subcutaneous, 3 subfascial, 2 intermuscular, 1 infiltrative) in 15 dogs (9 mixed, 6 purebred dogs, mean age 8 year, 4 male, 11 female) were injected with 0.5 mL (10 cases) or 1 mL (5 cases) of triamcinolone acetonide (Tab 1).
For all cases, diagnoses of lipomas originally identified by clinical evaluation and ultrasound were confirmed by cytological examination; lipomas showed histological evidence of normal adipocities on a proteinaceous, bluish background, and, in some cases, aggregated around a blood vessel.
After one injection, nine lipomas (six subcutaneous and three subfascial) regressed completely by 6 months follow up. Before the steroid injection, the above-mentioned lipomas showed the following ultrasound features: a hyperechoic capsule, a poorly vascularised hypoechoic or isoechoic echotexture (1 case) with thin hyperechoic stripes homogeneously distributed throughout (fig. 1).<<