Dog Disease Symptoms: Tumors on Dogs
MY DOG HAS A LUMP, SHOULD I BE WORRIED?
The answer is, yes and no. Many tumors on dogs are benign, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get them checked out by your Vet. All lumps and tumors should be taken seriously and should be treated appropriately. In the case that your dog may have a malignant tumor there are various methods you can do to help treat and lengthen the life of your dog.
BENIGN TUMORS ON DOGS
Lipoma is a type of fatty lump that is benign and very common among older and middle-aged dogs. Overweight female dogs are especially prone to developing Lipomas. Certain dog breeds may be at risk, including, but not limited to: Doberman Pinschers, Schnauzers (miniatures), Labrador Retrievers, and mixed breeds.
DOES IT NEED TO BE REMOVED?
Lipomas are usually just under the skin and fairly easy to remove. Most of the time your Veterinarian will perform a needle aspirate. A sterile needle is inserted into the lump and then collects cells from the lump to perform tests on. This procedure is not painful and usually goes unnoticed in most pets. Most vets will recommend the watch-and-wait approach and checking the lump regularly. If the lump is large and interferes with movement or function the tumor should be removed as soon as possible.
CAN LIPOMAS BECOME MALIGNANT?
The answer is YES. It is rare that they fatty tumor will become a liposarcoma which is malignant. Even though it is rare, once developed they are difficult to remove so have your vet check the lump regularly.