Canine Lipoma

A very important thing you should know about lipoma is that this condition is not only diagnosed in people. A lipoma can also be found in the man’s best friend, naturally, in dogs. So, you may notice a round, soft lump under the skin of your dog. Most commonly, canine lipomas are traced in older dogs. A lipoma will not show to be bothering the dog, but for a proper diagnosis, it is better to take your pet to the vet.


In most cases, lipomas cause no symptoms at all. There will be no pain experienced, except for rare situations. A dog who has developed lipoma will experience no loss of appetite or loss of energy, which actually are quite common in older dogs. The only way to find out if your pet is suffering from lipoma is by regularly checking your dog for lumps and swelling.



According to medical statistics, lipomas are most commonly found under the skin on an older dog’s chest, abdomen and legs. In some cases, lipomas can develop deeper, in muscle layers. These are the less common cases in which lipomas tend to grow, causing pain. It is important to know that lipomas can occur in any dog breed, even though they are most frequently found in older females.


When the vet diagnosis an adipose or fatty tumor below the dog’s skin, surgery will be recommended. How is the tumor diagnosed? Well, the vet will perform a small needle biopsy of the lesion. The sample will be tested for the vet to determine if it is a fatty, benign tumor called lipoma or your pet is suffering from something else.



A vet might recommend surgery for your pet. During a surgical excision the lipoma is easily removed. However, before the medical intervention, the vet will most likely suggest a series of pre-surgical blood tests, that aim to find out if there are any other conditions your dogs may be suffering from. Unknown serious diseases could put your beloved pet in jeopardy due to the general anesthesia.

Usually, a surgery for canine lipoma is a secure medical intervention, so you should not worry that much about the health of your dog. Your dog will be fully asleep during the surgery. Once the tumor is removed, the dog will be bandaged and awakened. Depending on how well the animal did during the medical intervention, you may be able to take it home immediately. However, in most cases, specialists decide to keep the pet under supervision for a couple of days.


A lipoma may not be that hard to cure in a dog. Just make sure that your pet is receiving the proper medical care and you can be sure that he will be able to overcome this condition.

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