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.

Symptoms

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.


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Location

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.

Diagnosis

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.


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Surgery

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.


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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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Superficial Subcutaneous Lipoma

Superficial subcutaneous lipomas are probably the most frequent apparitions of this kind and, fortunately for the ones that have them, they are also the easiest ones to treat. Most of the times, these occur in the areas of the trunk, of the thighs and of the forearms, but they can develop in any other portion of the body that has fat tissue as well. The exact location of this type of a lipoma is beneath the skin and above the underlying muscle layer.


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Since the real cause of the apparition of lipomas in not yet clarified, we can only assume the fact that it surfaces in one of the instances which have been proven through medical research. Professional researchers have shown that these fat tissues can occur through heritage or after a traumatic event of the body. However, there are still unknown causes, which make these two stand out only as possible theories, rather than as objective conclusions. More to this, it has been noted that lipomas are most likely to occur in women and in overweight people.

The superficial subcutaneous lipomas are common and they can be easily identified. They surface on the skin under the form of small lumps, which can be moved around and have a doughy feel. In the case of the superficial lipomas, as opposed to the others, we can note the fact that they are very small in size and that they do not cause pain for the person carrying them. However, these can grow into larger and more painful lipomas over time.


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Diagnosing a superficial subcutaneous lipoma implies a medical checkup during which the specialist will do a physical exam and then a biopsy. Treatments are not always recommended by doctors for superficial subcutaneous lipomas, due to the fact that these are very small and they do not interfere with the lifestyle or with the health of the person. However, if wanted, there are many ways through which it can be treated going from creams and drugs and all the way to surgery, which is recommended more for larger lipomas.

Lipoma on Neck – What you Should Know

Lipoma on Neck – What you Should Know

Neck lipoma
Anatomy (Source: http://global.britannica.com )

One of the most common and concerning types of lipomas are ones located in the neck area. There are 2 major reasons for this:

  1. They can be a cosmetic concern (they are visible to everyone unless you cover your neck)
  2. They can grow and place pressure on vital structures in the neck (See figures)

If you suspect a lump on your neck, the first thing to do is consult your doctor. A lump can be any number of things including a malignant tumor (cancer) so its important to get an accurate diagnosis before taking any form of treatment. Once you have a diagnosis (and confirmed it via a second doctor to be sure) and it does turn out to be a lipoma, it will really depend on the size and location on the neck as to the appropriate course of action.

If the lipoma is small and a cosmetic concern, your doctor may suggest surgical removal. Although be aware that there are risks involved in surgical removal of lipomas. If the lipoma is larger a liposuction maybe advised. Ultimately, you caregiver will be able to make the best decision for you on the appropriate course of action and its important you consult with them. Just be aware that remove a lipoma for cosmetic reasons may not be covered by your insurer, so you way want to craft your case in a way that will allow insurance coverage.

Lipoma on Neck
Anatomy (Source: http://global.britannica.com)

Be also aware that lipomas can develop for any number of reasons and some of those are lifestyle, stress, diet, exercise etc. Its important that your read up on natural remedies that can be performed in order to treat and prevent lipoma. We can some posts on this website regarding this topic. Lipoma formation in some is very much due to environment (eg. the food we eat, the things we do) so being aware of factors that could bring on lipoma formation and factors that could suppress lipoma formation may help you a lot and avoid expensive and stressful (and potentially harmful) surgical procedures. Your doctor should be able to provide you with advice on this topic and if not, be vigilant and search the web for information.

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