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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Lipoma and Liposarcoma in the Dog: Fatty Tumors

Updated: October 27th, 2019


Is that soft squishy lump on your dog something to worry about? It depends.

lipoma, liposarcoma, fatty tumors in dogsMany times dog lovers will arrive in my hospital and point out that their canine companion has a bump. They are soft, kind of like very firm jello. “Doesn’t seem to be causing any pain,” they say.

Hmmm. Well, it could be a “fatty” tumor. This is simply a tumor made out of fat. Yes, a big glob of fat, the same stuff that makes us chubby.

Some clients have used natural means to help their dogs with these tumors. I have had my clients say they have had luck with curcumin given by mouth.  Curcumin is a part of the spice turmeric.  In The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, I wrote about this bioflavonoid.  It can be purchased as an ingredient in Apocaps, and also by itself as a sole agent.

Many dog lovers have heard of fatty tumors, and have been told by their vets that there is nothing to worry about. And many times, they are right.

Not every time, though.

Some Fatty Tumors Are Cancers

Here’s why: first of all, not every soft tumor is a “fatty” tumor. Remember mast cell tumors, the Great Imitators? Some mast cell tumors are aggressive, life-threatening cancers. And they can feel just like a benign fatty tumor.

Your vet can differentiate between a fatty tumor and a mast cell tumor with a simple fine needle aspirate. This is an easy outpatient procedure where the vet takes a sample with a needle and sends it to a pathologist. Many of us will review the slide right in house.

Another soft gushy tumor, especially on the limbs, in called a hemangiopericytoma. This is an unfriendly tumor, folks.

Because two dangerous tumors can look like fatty tumors (lipomas) I recommend that all such tumors get aspirated.

Some Fatty Tumors Are Dangerous In Other Ways

Secondly, not every tumor made out of fat is truly benign. Most are, and they are called lipomas. However, a small portion of them grow aggressively. They invade surrounding tissue. They often grow fairly quickly, over months, and expand. These fast growing lipomas have crossed the line and become what are called liposarcomas.

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The reason it matters is that they can become quite large. And you remove them and they will often regrow, since they are difficult to remove. You think you got ’em, and they come back.

Liposarcomas are not good news. So again, if you have a rapidly growing, fatty tumor, get it out. You might be dealing with a liposarcoma, and they can be tough. Have the vet biopsy the edge, and make sure they include adjacent muscle, or the path folks may complain they don’t have enough data to make a call.

Best to all,

Dr Dressler


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  1. Josephine Testa on October 30, 2019 at 10:57 am

    why does my holistic vet state that a aspirate wakes up the cancer and she does not recommend this.

  2. Lisa R on October 30, 2019 at 4:31 am

    When you say “liposarcoma” aren’t you speaking of Infiltrative lipomas?

    • Molly Jacobson on November 1, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      Hello Lisa, thanks for your question. The clue here is whether the name of the tumor ends in -oma or -sarcoma. -Oma means benign, and -sarcoma means malignant. Infiltrative lipomas are lipomas that grow between the muscle layers, but they are still lipomas, and considered benign and not malignant. Infiltrative lipomas are named for their location, not their malignancy. Now, depending upon where they are in the body, lipomas (including infiltrative lipomas) can have malignant effects, like causing discomfort, but they are not malignant tumors themselves. Liposarcomas are malignant tumors. They are harder to remove and tend to recur. They are definitely malignancies, not benign, and should be removed. A fine needle aspirate can usually determine whether you are dealing with a lipoma or a liposarcoma. Hope that helps!

  3. Fiona Jewkes on October 30, 2019 at 1:46 am

    My beloved elderly dog who passes away 2 years ago, had a lipoma- feeling lump on her chest wall. I was reassured by my primary care vet, who did an FNA and it did not show malignancy. It continued to grow and I decided I wanted rid of it. I asked to go to the Royal (Dick)Veterinary School in Edinburgh to have it removed as she had a heart murmur and I wanted the best. They took one look and said they would CT it first. (They found an oral malignant melanoma as well, at anaesthesia.) The liposarcoma , as the lump on her side turned out to be, was removed but to get clear margins would have required opening her chest and operating near the top of her leg, (and possibly an amputation). I would recommend very much to get “lipomas” which are big or fast growing removed early, before they get to a size where clear margins are difficult /risky to get. Also, I am sceptical about FNAs in this situation. What do you think of FNAs? Having said all that, her liposarcoma never caused her more trouble. She passed away due to spread of her melanoma 6 months later.

  4. Maria on April 22, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    My dog had a lipoma for years (confirmed by FNA). Overnight it tripled in size. Had another fine needle aspiration and sent to pathology. They say it is an inflamed lipoma. I can’t find anything online about this. Vet suggested anti-inflammatory meds. Any thoughts?

  5. Bush on March 22, 2019 at 4:55 am

    My puppy lab was sprayed 2 hrs ago she now has lump on her groin what could it be

    • Dog Cancer Vet Team on March 22, 2019 at 6:24 am


      Thanks for writing. As Dr. Sue writes in this article, if your dog has a lump that is larger than 1cm or has been there for over a month, to get it checked by a vet ASAP to determine what it is 🙂

  6. Sue on September 2, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Dr. Dressler,
    My 14 1/2 year old Golden Retriever had two, what I was told, were fatty lipomas about the size of a small marshmallow. This past year they both ruptured and are now raised, raw, red and seeping. Due to my concern about general anesthesia for removal of them at her age and general health (she has lar-par and weak hind legs), the vet surgeon said I didn’t have to do anything and just continue cleaning them and applying a topical triple antibiotic ointment daily. He said they are probably some type of skin cancer, but that it wasn’t going to kill her. These awful sores look like pictures of mast cell or squamous (sp?) cell cancer from pics I viewed online. I’m not sure how much discomfort they are causing her, but they do seep a little fluid with a small amount of blood, but she maintains her appetite, although she is very sedentary. I can’t exercise her because of the lar par–was told to keep her cool and calm because of her reduced ability to cool herself. At her age, am I doing the right thing by not risking her life with surgery? I don’t know what is best for her? Any comments or ideas would be so appreciated. Thank you very much.
    Nessa’s mom.

  7. Debbie Lacroix on December 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    There is so much cancer in my area with people. Ive had one cat die of cancer of the palate. now my dog has cancer also. Is this common anywhere else?

  8. Debbie Lacroix on December 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Hi my dog has a lump the size a soft ball in the inside right leg growing on the body. the vet said it was a fatty tumor without doing a needle biopsy. my dog is a border collie black lab and is 12 1/2. I see her now scratching at lumps on her abdomdon she is not over weight she is 46lbs. when she scratches its not causing skin damage or hair loss. and no fleas. do you think it might be painful/.

  9. patti kyra on July 20, 2017 at 3:26 am

    We Has our Bulldog’s tumor removed from the spleen. It was the size of a babies head. It was benign and he has been living a great life without medical issues since. He is 12yrs old.

  10. Susan on March 9, 2017 at 7:45 am

    My Shih-tzu had a very small dime size mole “lipoma” ( I am guessing) and the vet did not want to remove it. It is on her neck(above her chest) where a collar would sit so that was my primary reason for wanting it removed. I was disappointed that they would not remove it but I mostly use a harness so I let it go…. but all of a sudden, it grew and grew to be golf ball sized so I am guessing this is now a liposarcoma. The doc did not label it, she said it was a harmless fatty mole. Right now she is in surgery. I just hope she comes out of it okay. The moral of my story is….if you feel that something like that should be removed such as a wart, mole…growth, you might insist while it is still small as it could turn out to be something bad. We had to wait a month for this surgery and it just kept getting larger and larger during this time. It went from dime size to golf ball size in about 2 months. Since it is so large now, they are putting her under and its a full blown surgery. Its evasive and its going to cost a lot of money but I do love her so much so its worth it to me. Be proactive! Do not wait if you do not have to. I think it would be cheaper to be proactive if cost is a factor and much more humane in the long run.

  11. Ralph W. DiBacco on January 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Hello…I am so glad there is someone I can talk with. I am feeling SO guilty. I recently put down my 13-year old Basset. In a little less than a month, she developed large anal tumors, a cloudy right eye, a severely bulging third eyelid on her left eye (Cherry Eye?), and a double-ear infection. Her last night at home she refused to eat, but drank four large bowls of water. I brought her to a reputable Animal Hospital in my area numerous times. They would not confirm ANY diagnosis without running tests. I’m glad my personal doctor isn’t like that. In fact, this vet, I believe, failed to correctly diagnose a severely enlarged lymph node under my dog’s jaw two years ago. They didn’t even offer to run tests then! Given the breed’s susceptibility to cancer, I believe she had Lymphoma. The anal tumors grew so quickly. It appeared that she had some kind of organ failure at the end, as she drank constantly and gained two pounds in a week, while eating barely a morsel. I needed to share this. There are alot of dog owners who criticize posters for not seeking veterinary help. I wore a path to our local Vet, spending hundreds of dollars in a very short period of time. Please, people, don’t make the same mistake I made. Research everything…despite what your hometown Vet says! That’s why I so appreciate this site. Thank you for listening.

  12. Susan Kazara Harper on June 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    You need more information. Did the vet put a grade to the tumor, or offer any treatment options? More information will give you a better feeling of being able to do something, and the diet in the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, or http://www.dogcancerdiet.com will help your Tommy feel better and be able to fight the fight.

  13. Susan Kazara Harper on March 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Beth,
    I don’t have statistics for you as to how common this sype of lump is, and of course you don’t know yet what it is made up of. If it is fatty, Preds, or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory is not likely to reduce it. Any lump or blockage in that area could certainly cause discomfort. It sounds like you might need a vet more experienced in soft tissue surgery to find out whether it’s possible to get a bioppsy of that lump, or try to reduce or remove it. OR, consult with a vet oncologist. If you have a good relationship with your present vet you can ask directly “can you aspirate or remove this lump or refer me to someone who does this type of surgery?” Sometimes our dogs, once they have had pain or discomfort eating associate any food with that pain even if the cause of the pain is no longer there. So if the medication has helped, your boy may still be scared of swallowing and feeling uncomfortable. Plus the stress around the food is hard to avoid; he has had discomfort and you are desperate to get food into him. I know this scenario myself. Have you tried chicken broth? Not the kind from a can, but the broth you get from simmering chicken in a big pot? It’s about as irresistable as it can get for a dog, and full of nutrition. You can puree that tender chicken in a blender with some broth and give him a easy to swallow paste. Also, lightly cooked, runny eggs go down very well. We are all hoping for the best result for you both. Do please pursue a good diagnosis with your vet, make meals times as natural and stress free as possible for your boy, and let us know how you get on.

  14. Beth on March 8, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Hello! This blog has been so helpful. I have a 5 year old boston terrier who for the last 2 weeks has been very lethargic, drooling, and seems to have difficulty swallowing. He had some discharge from his eyes as well. Took him to the vet, bloodwork normal except elevated WBCs. Vet thought infection and tummy upset b/c of the drooling. Gave antibiotics and sucralfate thinking he had some throat/esophagus irritation. Also found a lump around trachea area. A week later, no improvement. Gave stronger antibiotics but still same symptoms. I’m worried about the lump. I think it is making him not be able to swallow and this is making him turn food/water away. Whatever he does drink or eat, I have to force feed through a syringe. I’m thinking some sort of tumor or growth in the esophagus/trachea. I guess the next step is a needle aspirate. How common is a tumor in this area? And if it’s just a fatty tumor, could prednisone shrink it so he can swallow normally? Any suggestions or thoughts would be so helpful!

  15. Susan Kazara Harper on February 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Toni, I am so sorry. I know that pain. As hard as it is, for Rocky to have the glory of moving on while wrapped in family love… I truly believe nothing fills a dog’s heart more. He will always be with you. Good dogs always are. Take care.

  16. Susan Kazara Harper on February 22, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Toni, We’ve been so backed up and I apologize you didn’t get any response before this. Is there any more news? How is your dog doing?

    • Toni on February 22, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Unfortunately, my poor Rocky passed on February 9th at home in my fathers arms.

    • showrya on June 4, 2015 at 12:28 am

      Hi dr
      I have a 12 yr old dog tommy,recently I recognised a small lump on head of my dog between both eyes I consulted with vet twice bt lump is increasing then another test fr my dog they taken samples of blood frm the lump….after waiting fr 3 days they said that this problem is indication for cancer……this information made my family members in worried situation..is this situation overcome by vaccine or not……please I need a feedback…

  17. Toni on January 26, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Dr.
    Today, my 10 year yet old golden retriever got rushed to the vet because he seemed to be coughing and we noticed a dark spot in mucus that came up, Almost like a small blood clot. We thought a piece of bone got caught in his throat because he has been “coughing” since he had the treat. X-Rays shows multiple nodules in his chest. Vet said it is most likely cancer, but she cannot be certain unless we do more test like a sonogram. She did not see a primary tumor but mentioned it could be behind other organs. She said if it is cancer, surgery is not an option because it is the chest. He seems to be having trouble breathing after he runs, which is when the cough comes. Needless to say, it’s been a horrific day for my family. I’m not really sure where to go from here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  18. Susan Kazara Harper on December 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Hello Bears Mum!
    Your boy sounds amazing, and 17… WOW! I also know what you’re feeling, so do take heart. You must have done an amazing job of loving him over all these years for him to still be enjoying his food and walks. So, here’s the thing. At 17, Bear is like an amazing man well into his 90s, if not older. Of course there will be challenges, and if he’s enjoying life so well with limited vision and hearing, he definitely likes his home and family. Vet bills can get very expensive, and some people, vets included, personally feel that a very senior animals should not be “messed with”. Understandably, there are people who will go to the ends of the earth and try every possible procedure to prevent the ultimate end of the life cycle. From our dog’s point of view, they live very honestly. They don’t ‘soldier on’ pretending that things are fine if they are in real discomfort. They can’t really. I promise you that as long as Bear is eating, toileting where he should, having the occasional walk and loving his naps and his life, he is not in great pain or discomfort. Animals may come to a point that we call ‘decompensation’… where weight loss is notable, they go off their food for several days in a row, and of course they may become incontinent if they lose the ability to hold it until they go outside. These can be signs that that beautiful body just can’t keep chugging on any longer. But until you see those signs, and you know Bear better than anyone, your instincts are showing you that he is a content dog. Your Mother’s phrases aren’t helping you, and I’ll bet Bear knows it too, even if he doesn’t hear all that well. Please don’t feel pressured. You may gently ask her to focus on what a great life he’s had and help you keep him joyful in these sunset days. The greatest gift would be to surround him in positive love. If that lump by the ear gets messy, your vet may be able to reduce it by syringing fluid off, which can often be done without anethetic. Bear sounds very placid which will help. I know the appts are expensive. You might phone and ask the surgery for an estimate to do just this. The PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) may be available to you nearby. They help with routine vet procedures when income is an issue. It never hurts to ask. I hope this helps. You will truly know if Bear reaches a point that he is struggling, and if you reach that time, talk with him and ask. He’ll tell you. Give him a big bear cuddle from me please. And take care.

  19. Bearsmum on December 18, 2014 at 7:55 am

    My dog is over 17, a first cross Australian shepherd (apparently) – a rescue dog whom I brought to Bulgaria and then to UK from China. I’ve visited both the Bulgarian and British vet about lumps, one soft and fatty on his back and one on his tummy, plus a growing one under his ear. The latter has grown back, having been removed in 2006, and is now the size of a small orange (getting on for a tennis ball). Both vets assured me that all the lumps were benign, though no tests were taken.

    When I visited the British vet this summer, she said the big lump was harmless and couldn’t be removed in any case as he is too old for anaesthetic. And that cost me an arm and a leg with the taxi and some vitamins at £26 (which at that price should have worked miracles). Now the lump is huge and nasty looking as well as heavy, and is weeping slightly since yesterday.

    Frankly, as a pensioner, I can’t afford the huge vet bill here, just to be told again that there’s nothing to be done. He is also blind and deaf and has arthritis so he can’t run around any more. He enjoys his food and a small walk and is able to ask to go out to the garden for the toilet whenever he needs to, outside of his walking time. He is also able to bark to be let in the inner door when he’s ready, if we don’t notice him. Most of the time he sleeps.

    My mother keeps calling him ‘poor dear’ and ‘poor old boy,’ which I fear is her indication that I should have him euthanised and am unkindly keeping him going.

    How can I know what is the best thing for him? He has been my good friend for many years and I don’t want him to suffer, but at the same time I don’t want to let him down now that he’s old and needs my help.

    I would appreciate any helpful advice here. Thanks for reading.

  20. Susan Kazara Harper on December 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Mar, Can you contact the Sam Simon Foundation and let them know you’re worried about waiting based on her symptoms? They may be able to advise, or move things up. Don’t worry about what you did or didn’t do in the past. Take care of today and your girl. If she seems in real discomfort and you can’t contact the foundation, then yes, get her to a vet to try to help manager her symptoms please. When you take a breath and step back inside yourself, you’ll be able to make clear decisions. Good luck to you both!

  21. mar on December 9, 2014 at 7:35 am

    My 12 year old Min Pin has two tumors on her nipples. It stared small and the Vets I went to said they were nothing to worry about. I should have been smarter and taken care of them in the beginning. One is very large now. I have an appointment for Surgery with the Sam Simon Foundation on the 15th to remove the tumors because I couldn’t afford to have it with another vet. The large tumor is getting bigger and bigger each day and I am not sure my dog will be able to go through this surgery anymore. She is uncomfortable and I don’t know what to do. Wait till the day of surgery or try to contact another vet. I’m confused and don’t know what is best for her at this point. She is still eating but eating less, she still wants to be active but it’s hard to do with the tumor getting so large.

    I am not sure if she needs Emergency surgery or if I should just let her rest and wait for the 15th. Any ideas would help me, I can’t stop worrying but don’t know what to do. Thanks

  22. Susan Kazara Harper on December 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Kim,
    Bottom line? Sure, it could be cancer, but it might not be as well. You must take her in to a vet. Heat usually indicates an infection, and that would be good news, compared to a cancer diagnosis. Just because the’re eating well and active doesn’t mean there isn’t something serious going on, but when they go off their food it can spell trouble. So this is a great window to get her in to the vet. Good luck! Let us know if we can help. Our fingers are crossed for you both.

    • Kim on December 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you Susan. As I came home from work today my husband informed me that our boxer now has a swollen front right leg with a knot on it and her right side has little bbs on it. Probably not good news, but she will be taking a trip to the vet first thing in the morning. Thanks again.

      • Susan Kazara Harper on December 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm

        OK Kim, we’ll be rooting for you all. Get that vet diagnosis, digest it, and learn what can be done. Be prepared to ask questions and write down the answers. Even if it’s the diagnosis we don’t want to hear, I promise you, there is so much you can do.

        • Kim on December 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

          We had to say goodbye to our boxer today. Diagnosis was cancerous cysts. More than one. Could’ve prolonged her life by a few months, but we didn’t want her to suffer with them anymore. Vet said she was really healthy other than the cysts. Gonna miss her, I know she is better off.

  23. Kim on December 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    My 8 year old female boxer has a softball size knot on her nipple. It has a fever in it and is hard. Could this be cancer? She has been eating fine and is very active.

  24. Susan Kazara Harper on October 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Anne, What was the result of the aspiration? Did your vet do a biopsy? Hard or soft is not the telling of whether it’s a problem. If he aspirated to make the lump smaller by trying to draw enough liquid to reduce it, that’s one thing. If he aspirated to get a biopsy to find out if it was cancerous or not, that’s another. Ask your vet clear, direct questions. If you are really worried about the lump, ask to have it completely removed and biopsied, unless your vet has a good reason to recommend against this. You need clear answers, and that often takes clear questions. If you don’t feel your vet listens to you or want to do what you ask, you can always find another vet. It’s your right. But work together with a vet somewhere to find out what’s going on. Good luck!

  25. Anne on October 11, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    My 13 year old female dog has a hard fatty tumor in her neck. Last year the vet aspirated it . Right after it turned soft again.stayed that way for a year. Now it’s large and hard again. I asked my vet to aspirate it again. He told me that didn’t make it turn soft again. Refused to do that. Could that have made it soft again.

  26. Jennifer Kratson on October 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Hi Dr. D. I’ve got a situation…
    My 10 year old Golden presented with hind leg swelling back in August.. It rendered his leg lame but responded to Prevacox and Tramadol very nicely and was diagnosed as a muscle trauma. Fast forward 3 weeks ago, the leg has blown up. This time it did not respond to anti-inflammatories at all. During xrays and biopsy, the vets noticed his groin area which was dark purple with what looks like one large continuous bruise and the very same day, his 3rd eyelid swelled up to cover his eyeball. The vets were sure that it was Hemagiosarcoma. They biopsied 4 different areas of the tumor including a small area where the bruising is on his groin. My golden was put on Tramadol, Gabapentin, and an antibiotic. They said during his biopsy, there were times where he bled profusely as the blood vessels burst. His incision sites were dark purple like his groin.
    During his healing period this past week, his eye cleared up, his incision sites went back to skin color. The biopsy results all came back as Lipomas. All 4 of them.
    His next step is an ultra sound before surgery to check organs for tumors and how deep the growth is. My vet still is concerned about cancer because he’s never seen a Liopma with such a large vascular supply (even though all biopsies came back as fatty cells). He mentioned Hemagiopericytoma as a possibility. Of course we’re hoping for just an invasive fatty tumor.
    My question is to you if you have heard of such a thing..a largely invasive fatty tumor? Is it possible that the biopsy results from 4 different areas with the same results be wrong? It’s been a roller-coaster ride of emotions and have been developing depression with the possibility of losing my heart dog.
    It’s been 2 months since he’s been able to walk and his muscle seems to be atrophying as the Ischium bone is very prominent now.
    Any advice you can give me or questions I can ask my vet? I’m desperate for some kind of peace of mind and some answers.
    Thank you kindly

  27. Susan Kazara Harper on July 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Kathy, Well, really, it’s best to ask your vet these questions. Every dog is different, and just because they want to leave the staples in for a little while longer doesn’t necessarily mean you need to worry. Worry is a waste of energy. Ask your vet direct questions. What happened before today is done, so just focus on what you need to know now. Ask your vet “how can I help?” They may want you to modify your dog’s activity for a while longer, they may recommend some meds to help. But you need to go back with clear, precise questions in order to get the answers. Good luck!

  28. Kathy on July 30, 2014 at 10:59 am

    My dog had a large tumor removed under her right back hip 15 days ago. She had a drain in for 6 days and when I took her back to get her staples removed yesterday they said they are leaving them in because there is still a bunch of fluid in there. Is this normal? Did the drain come out too soon? Should something else be done? I’m very worried.

    Thank you

  29. Tee on July 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    My 6 year pit bull mixed with Boston terrier has a thyroid tumor for almost a year now! The doc said it was cancerous and spread to the lungs:( He now has fluid like jelly above the tumor that hangs! It was never there before, what could it be?

    • Susan Kazara Harper on July 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Hello Tee,
      Very sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis. I hope you”ve got him on the Dog Cancer Diet to help. There is a lot you can do. We wouldn’t even try to diagnose anything online however, you really need to take your dog to your vet to discover what this new situation is. It may have an impact on his overall health. Good luck!

  30. Susan Kazara Harper on July 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Liz, You’ve probably had your vet appointment by now, and I’m sorry we couldn’t respond sooner. Do you have any information from the vet?

  31. Liz on July 10, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I have a 6 year old poodle mix that has had a lump under the skin on his hind leg for about a year. Its around the size of a nickle and has flat edges. Recently he starting not being able to walk up or down stairs without pain, sometimes he actually wouldnt do it and I had to pick him up. When he tries to jump on the couch there is obvious pain as well. I also just noticed a new lump (under the skin not raised) on the middle of his back near his spine. This one is about the size of a marble, maybe a little bigger and round. Im taking him to the Vet in two days, but I cannot stop worrying that there is something major going on with him. He sometimes only eats the right side of his food out of his dish. Any advise or insight?

  32. Celeste on June 19, 2014 at 5:02 am

    My 14 year old Irish Setter has a sore on her neck, right below her ear. The vet says it is a cyst and prescribed Neo-Predef. The sore bleeds on and off and has grown to the size of a quarter. Flat shaped, but raised off body, and the fur around is pulling back. I am concerned about surgery at her age. Do most dogs survive surgery at this age?

    • Susan Kazara Harper on June 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Celeste, You and your vet are the best team to determine whether your girl would handle surgery. My own dog had surgeries at age 12 and 14, and he had no problem, but just like people, each dog is different. If she is well in herself, bright, happy and has no breathing or heart problems, she may be a good candidate. However, your vet knows best what to check and how to advise you. If you are considering surgery, please consider that the longer you wait to decide, the larger this lump may become, which means it may be more difficult to remove completely. If it’s not attached to underlying tissue, again, it may be a pretty simple procedure. Please don’t pump fear into this; it won’t do either of you any good. Take a breath, talk to your vet, talk to your dog, and when you’re ready, decide.

  33. shannon on June 15, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I have a golden retriever that will be 8 in august gave her a fur cut for summer to keep her from over heating and four days later my boyfriend and I noticed a lump next to one of her hind legs its about size of a two dollar coin. It moves around butit soft and hard in different spots of it . she doesn’t seem to be bothered by it and is drinking and eating normally. I am very very worried that it is cancer and if so how am I suppose to tell my son who is special needs that mine and his dog is very sick.

    • Susan Kazara Harper on June 15, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Shannon,
      You don’t tell your son anything, and you don’t worry until you know what you’re dealing with. That’s simply a waste of energy, and brings to mind a quote that I love: “Worry is a prayer for what we don’t want”. Get to a vet and ask to have a biopsy done. The vet may suggest a fine needle aspirate, but they’re not very accurate. If the lump is as easy to get to as you describe, the best course of action is to ask to have it completely removed, with clean margins, and biopsied properly. You may get a result that it was a benign, fatty ump — time to celebrate. But again until you have it checked by the experts, you don’t know. It would be a very good idea to look at improving your dog’s nutrition as much as you can… get your free Dog Cancer Diet download from the blog page. Even if the biopsy comes back all clear, getting her diet a good upgrade will do wonders for her in every way. Good luck! We’re thinking of you.

  34. Shelly LaManque Stine on June 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Today I took my 12 year old Golden to the vet as she has a mass on her right leg. At her yearly check up in February I had pointed it out and the vet said it is probably fatty tissue and not to worry about it unless it grows. Well It did and that is why I took Honey to the vet. While there another was found on her left leg near her chest. The vet has recommended having them removed as she was very concerned at where they were. I made her an appointment to have them removed on Wednesday, but I find myself goggling and wondering if I am doing the right thing because of her age. The anesthesia she will get concerns me. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old and can not imagine being without her at this time. Am I doing the right thing?

    • Susan Kazara Harper on June 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

      Hi Shelly, Here’s the thing. If you don’t get the lumps properly checked, and that means surgery and biopsy, you (a) won’t know whether you’re dealing with a benign fatty lump or something more serious, and (b) sounds like there would be a risk of a growing lump interfering with the function of her leg and perhaps restricting blood flow or nerve action. That’s going to cause her pain. If your girl is otherwise healthy and well in herself, and the vet thinks she’s a good candidate for surgery, you will (a) know what you’re dealing with and (b) have the lumps either removed or reduced. I understand you’re worried, and you’re scared. Your girl is 12, and part of you fears that this could be serious. It’s your decision, you’ve got the responsibility. But you’re her mom, and for sure, she is going to be feeling your anxiety. You’ve done a great job recognizing the lumps and getting them checked. If you decide to do nothing at this time everything may be OK, but if they continue to grow it will be more difficult later on. So I’m afraid it’s down to you. I always feel it’s better to know what you’re facing, and face it. Talk to your girl, stay positive, don’t feed that fear. This is just a part of taking care of her. And don’t do too much searching on the internet. You can find anything you look for; and if you look for bad news you will surely find it. We’ll help in any way we can, and even if the surgery comes back with scary results, don’t despair. There is so much you can do, and you’ve already taken the first steps just by getting this far. Good luck. Please give her a hug from all of us, and one for you.

  35. Susan Kazara Harper on May 23, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Nikki, I know this is scary and depressing, but hang in there. There is so much you can do. The only thing that is set in stone is that Bennie is with you right now. I’ve had two dogs with cancer and both exceeded the prognosis with Dr. Dressler’s full spectrum treatment help. I’m glad you’ve got Apocaps on the way. Please get the Dog Cancer Survival Guide book, it’s invaluable, and get started on Bennie’s diet. We’re hear to help with information and support. Give Bennie a big cuddle from Team Dog, and you take care of yourself.

  36. Nikki Landry on May 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Does the Apocaps, help with a fatty tissue build up in a dog? My dog has a fatty tissue build up under his arm pit and the Vet took a blood sample. He did seem to think it was cancerous but he did feel it would grow rapidly. My dog has had a limp since he’s had this fatty tissue build up. Do you feel the Apocaps, will help my dog? My Vet recommended surgery but if that’ snot necessary then I’d like to try the Apocaps,.

    • Susan Kazara Harper on May 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Nikki,
      Do you mean your vet DIDN’T think it was cancerous? Just confirming. So, to answer your question, there is some incidental evidence that Apocaps may help with benign fatty lumps, but it wasn’t formulated for that purpose, and no hard data is being collected as to whether it may or may not help. So, that’s a vague answer, I know, but I can’t tell you yes, Apocaps will help and you invest your time and money on a remote possibility. In the meantime, your dog’s lump is growing rapidly. Now the situation with your dog is, (a) your vet cannot be certain whether the lump is cancerous without surgery and taking a biopsy of the lump and having it tested. And (b) that area of the body isn’t designed to hold extra lumps. If your dog is already limping or favoring the leg, the lump is either making him uncomfortable, in a bit of pain, or interfering with the blood or nerve supply under his leg. You really don’t want that to continue. Please have another chat with your vet and talk about all the options. The sooner you really know what you’re dealing with, the sooner you can stop worrying about vague outcomes and take action. If it is cancerous, you want it out before much more time goes by. Partner with your vet and make the best plan you can. I do urge you do loo at your dog’s diet and get some real, natural food into his meals, which will help with everything. All the best to you both. Give your boy a cuddle from all of us on the Team.

      • Nikki Landry on May 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

        Thank you for your reply and your honesty. Right now my vet has him on an anti inflammatory and pain pill he gets once a day. When he takes this pill, he’s almost like a 100% again except he does still hold his paw up when he walks. He’s scheduled for the 14th of May to have his “tumor” removed. The vet did say he did NOT believe it be cancer since the test result came back showing it was more fatty tissue than anything. He said this type of “tumor” is normally found in German Sheppard’s and my dog is not a German Sheppard. He’s more of a Lab-a-doodle with Schnauzer in him. He’ll be 8 in November. I’m going to look at the diet and start him on it right away.

        • Susan Kazara Harper on May 3, 2014 at 4:40 am

          Nikky, that all sounds great. I know it’s a worry, but at 8 he should be able to have this op and recover really well. Some years ago I found a similar lump in the “leg pit” of a friend’s whippet. There had been no sign that it was developing, but once found she had it checked immediately. It was removed, not cancer, and the vet said had it been left it could have caused all sorts of problems. So, be glad that you caught it and I’ll bet your boy sails through the treatment. It’s a good time, and a good age to get him on a plan of nutrition and regular checks. Please have a look at http://www.everpup.com, as that’s a wonderful supplement for him, and it has some of the apopotogens that Apocaps has. Good luck to you both!

          • Nikki Landry on May 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

            Thanks. Interesting I was just speaking with someone and they mentioned their dog had a limp like mine. Every single symptom their dog had, mine has. Come to find out, with their dog, it had an inner ear infection. Can an inner ear infection cause a dog to limp or their their paw? I notice sometimes with my dog he seems a little off balance.

          • Susan Kazara Harper on May 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm

            Oh gosh Nikki, the causes of a limp can be many, many things, small and large. Get your vet to give him a good, thorough check-over, including ears. The lump definitely needs to be taken care of and it sounds like your vet wants to manage that. We’re sending you good wishes that it will all be resolved easily for your both!

          • Nikki Landry on May 14, 2014 at 4:40 am

            Just got word from the doctor as Bennie went into surgery this morning. The tumor doubled in size in 2 weeks time. The tumor is cancerous and he is not sure if it is the kind that spreads to other parts of the body. He was able to get 80% of the tumor out but told me, this type of tumor will grow rapidly. He said if it is the kind of cancer that doesn’t spread then he can amputate the leg, and he will be able to live a happy, healthy life. If it is the kind that spreads, then it would not be fair to Bennie to put him through the amputation knowing the cancer will ultimately end of taking his life. The test results for the tumor come back in 2 weeks. My heart is breaking.

          • Susan Kazara Harper on May 14, 2014 at 5:14 am

            Hi Nikki, I’m holding you both in my heart. I know how scary this is, and how heartbreaking. But you hold it together now. Bennie is with you and there are things you can do.

            Have you or your vet consulted with an oncologist? You need that expertise.
            Did your vet do a biopsy on the tissue to confirm that it’s cancerous?
            You really, really need a specialist involved and don’t be afraid to ask. Another thought, if the growth is believed to be very fast growing, you need to move fast too. Don’t wait until test results come back to move forward where you can. Two weeks with a fast growing tumor is a long time. There really isn’t a “type” that spreads or doesn’t spread, it’s not black or white, though of course some do more than others. But you already know this is moving fast. Often the most likely spread is to lungs or lymphatic system. Your vet should be able to carry out tests now to get the answer.

            Also, it’s not your vet’s decision about what is fair to Bennie, Sweetie. It’s yours. Your vet is available for information and opinion, if you want his opinion. He works for you and is an expert in veterinary medicine. YOU know your boy. Now, many, many, many dogs who have an amputation absolutely thrive! I’ve seen them happy and running around 2 days post surgery. If it is osteosarcoma (bone cancer) or another type that is believed to be confined to the leg, then really the best way to stop it in its tracks is to amputate. But that’s not as bad for dogs as for people. They have 4 legs to our two, and Bennie is already using 3 legs as the 4th has been uncomfortable. Check out http://www.tripawds.com. If it’s likely to go this way, the sooner you make the decision, the better. Even if you amputate and there is a possibility of spread, it ain’t over till it’s over. Bennie is not a statistic. There are many, many things you can do.

            You really need to be comfortable talking with your vet; have a pad of paper, or record on your smart phone so you can remember the answers to the questions you have. Check out that Tripawd website. Ask your vet what the name of the cancer is… if he’s not sure yet ask him the name of the type he suspects. You can get all the latest information by searching for that in this blog. What treatment Bennie is going to have from today…. NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories)? Antibiotics? Pain med? Any side effects to look for? If you want to consider amputation, does your have a lot of experience performing that surgery and providing rehabilitation or do you need to consult with someone else? These are bits of information you can get now.

            Take a deep breath, let it go. Get determined. Fill your heart only with a mother’s love for Bennie and get busy. You’ve got a job to do, and there’s no one better to handle it.
            I really recommend you get the Dog Cancer Survival Guide book, available as part of the wonderful Dog Cancer Kit (www.dogcancerkit.com) or on its own. Check out http://www.apocaps.com. Apocaps are also part of the kit, and have been designed specifically for dogs with a cancer diagnosis. The website describes how they work. You are about to become an expert in “Bennie” and what he’s going through. You can do it, and we’re here to help.

            Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need further help or information. My direct line is 808-568-3252.

            Hang in there!

          • Nikki Landry on May 14, 2014 at 6:57 am

            can Bennie take the apocaps if he is on other meds?

          • Susan Kazara Harper on May 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

            Hi Nikki,
            Yes he can. Apocaps is a nutraceutical, not a prescription drug, and made from all natural ingredients. While they are powerful and effective, and there are some situations where you would wait to use Apocaps, or use a lower dose, they can work hand-in-hand with most conventional therapies. There are some situations where we’d advise taking a lower dose, for instance if he in on NSAIDs, because Apocaps have an anti-inflammatory effect themselves. We don’t have data that dogs have had problems, but it makes sense not to use too much anti-inflammatory meds. Usually it means that he’d either have a lower dose of the vet prescribed NSAID, or a lower dose of Apocaps. This would be coordinated with your vet of course. There is a lot of info on the apocaps website which I gave you, and your if your vet has any reservations, he can check in through the veterinary portal. You’d also not give Apocaps before surgery, and would wait till healing is complete to resume. And in any case that the dog is vomiting or has liver or stomach problems you would stop Apocaps until that situation resolves.

            I hope this helps Nikki.

          • Nikki Landry on May 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

            Thank you. He is sleeping now in front of the couch while I’m on the couch. He has 2 meds one is for pain and the other is for pain and anti immflamatory . I noticed when we got home he was really hungry. Also, the vet did complete blood work before surgery today and all was normal. They gave me a copy of his blood work. He has to wear a cone for 2 weeks and Ghent he goes back in to have the stitches (staples) removed.

          • Susan Kazara Harper on May 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

            Thanks for the information Nikki. Love him and cuddle him and tell him you’ll both get through this. Will you give him a special nuzzle from me? 🙂

          • Nikki Landry on May 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

            Yes of course. And let everybody else know too that when then he came home from the hospital he had that big plastic cone on his head and he was really stressing out so one of my friends recommended the kind that you blow up inflatable kind and soon as I put that on him the inflatable kind hundred and 10% better he’s not panicking he’s calm now and is actually sleeping now

          • Nikki Landry on May 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

            Got the test results back from the vet today on Bennie’s tumor. The vet said it is the kind that will spread. He said Bennie’s life expectancy is between 1 to 2 months depending on fast the tumor will re grow. I’m going to order the apocaps today and see if this will help him.

    • Susan Kazara Harper on May 3, 2014 at 4:36 am

      Hi Nikky, I did respond to your first msg. Plase double-check for it.

  37. Susan Kazara Harper on March 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Hello Elizabeth, Bless your heart for rescuing that pup and giving her a loving home! Her youth is on her side, but there is honestly no way of being completely sure without your vet examining the lump. Perhaps you can phone your vet office, explain the situation and ask them what the fee schedule is for a routine appointment to get it checked. If you need to wait a little bit and save up, then find a way to measure the lump. By that I mean, can you compare it to something… is it the size of a pea? a dime? Make a note of that and then check once a week using the same measuring idea. Don’t massage it or try to make it disappear. If it changes then get that appointment more quickly. Stay aware of it, but please don’t fill your mind with worry. She needs your love and your laughter and I’ll bet that’s easy when you’re together! Good luck! Please give your pup a cuddle from us all. Susan

  38. Elizabeth on March 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    My puppy is only a few months old. I recently rescued her off the streets. We wormed her and gave her her shots. She seems very healthy. I found a lump slightly larger than a pea underneath her armpit, it doesn’t seem to bother her but I’m really concerned. Also, it is moveable. Can someone help me? Should I take her to the vet? I’m only seventeen and don’t really have the funds for a very expensive vet bill, but I love my dog and I am really worried.

  39. Susan Kazara Harper on March 3, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Hi Steve,
    I know this is tough. And this is a tough subject, but you’re doing a good job to be thinking about it now. Do you have the Dog Cancer Survival Guide book? If not, I really recommend it. There is an entire section devoted to End of Life Choices and Care. Plus, chapters on dealing with the different types of cancer, a full section on the best nutrition, and real food will go a long way toward helping your girl. There is also a section in the Dog Cancer Blog (video and text) at https://www.dogcancerblog.com/blog/how-to-know-when-its-time-to-say-good-bye/#.UxSWfvTV_X0
    Bottom line, you know your dog better than anyone. Our dogs are full of joy in their lives. They may cope just great with an annoying limp or an inconvenient growth even when we, in our further knowledge of what’s going on, think “wow, is this fair?” So, here you go. Your girl right now is a :little lame” and in “good spirits”. I’ll bet she has a great appetite. That’s wonderful. You know what makes her happy. Make a list of the things that she loves… everything from eating to chasing a toy to going for walks to cuddling to sitting with you when you watch TV, to all the weird and wonderful stuff that makes her, her. Then over time keep a reality check on how much of that she can still do and enjoy. Maybe she won’t be able to chase a ball, but she still loves playing with the ball with you; like that. If you see more things going off the list than staying on, and you know your girl, it will give you a scale to worth with. Most animals will eat less, or quit eating for several days when they are in pain or too weak, or feel the end coming. And honestly, most of our dogs will give us a look when they have passed a certain level of coping. We know the look, because we know them. We just need to be willing to see it.
    I really hope you check out the book. You didn’t mention the type of cancer it is, or what the stage is. Do you and your vet have a treatment plan? There is so much you can do. So take a deep breath and give her a cuddle, and keep gathering information. We’re here to help. All the best.

    • Webdevii on May 5, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      My friend has a 9 1/2 year old Black Lab Mix more like the size of a decent pit bull, up until 4 or 5 days ago he has been going like a bat out of hell, all of a sudden we had a heat spell in April upwards of 95+, he became lethargic and could not roll over onto his feet. Initially it looked like his right front upper leg was swollen, which it was slightly, so his human picked him up under the belly and I thought the world was coming to an end, he screamed and hollered to beat hell. That is when we noticed the mass. Turkey (dogs name btw) loves sleeping on his back with all fours dangling in the air funny albeit but we never have noticed that lump before. Now it is very prominent and has only showed it ugly head within the last 2 to 3 days. So either it is a fast spreading cancer or a lump of fat. We are praying the latter but the speed this is growing leads me to believe the fore. Any Ideas? Sad in Long Beach

      • Susan Kazara Harper on May 5, 2014 at 11:26 pm

        Hi, This needs an urgent trip to the vet. For a dog to express that much pain and discomfort, somthing acute could be going on. Yes, it may be cancer that’s suddenly reared, but it’s also very possible that the dog was injured, stung by something, and/or has a local infection in the area. All of those scenarios have the possibility of getting much worse. A lump of fat by itself will not cause that degree of pain. Please get your friend to get Turkey to the vets as soon as possible. Don’t wait. Give them both our best, and bless you for trying to help. We’re keep our fingers crossed that it’s an easy fix.

  40. JBTB on February 5, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Hello ,

    My friend’s dog has had this lump on the back of her neck. The fam had it checked and it was a fatty type of lump but it grew bigger. Now it is oozing and there is a little blood coming out…the puppy may have scratched it as it is clearly large and she won’t let anyone touch it really. You think it is best to get it removed ? it is the size of 1/3 of an egg (lacking better comparison). In addition she has been having itching problems…black spots on her belly and bumps on her skin while it is not my dog I worry every time i see her and they seem to think it is ok….am I worried for no reason ?

    • Susan Kazara Harper on February 5, 2014 at 5:49 am

      I think you’re worrying for good reason. Lumps and bumps can be anything from scratches, infected scratches or punctures from thorns or rough play, cysts, plain fatty lumps to actual cancer. Oozing and blood is not normal in healthy tissue. The fact that the dog doesn’t want anyone touching the lump indicates there is real discomfort or sensitivity involved. If an infection is present, left untreated it might go internally and cause real problems. The black spots and bumps could be another worry… whether the dog came in contact with an irritant or toxin. Bottom line, only a vet can really check all of this out. I know vet visits can be expensive, but left untreated there could be a bigger problem brewing. Is this an adult dog we’re discussing? I hope you’re able to encourage your friend to have the dog vet checked; it may be a very easy fix and everyone will be more comfortable. Good luck.

      • JBTB on February 5, 2014 at 11:21 am

        thank you for the response. Yes she is 7 years old. She has had this itching problem for 7 months now and the bump for about 5…they had it checked and it was fatty tissue and said to watch it should it grow bigger and such. It did…its big. I will try and push for a vet visit. thank you again.

        • Susan Kazara Harper on February 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm

          OK, thank you for the additional information. Itching with lumps may indicate Mast Cell Tumor, but there could be other possibilities. Good luck encouraging your friends to get that dog to the vet. I understand and share your concern. It’s tough when it’s not our dog. Bottom line is, the longer they wait to find out what’s wrong, the more expensive and difficult it will be to help their dog. Early detection and treatment is always worth the effort.

  41. dobiediago on January 15, 2014 at 4:20 am

    I have a 9month old Doberman puppy. He has a lump in its neck almost 3cm. I’ve never noticed anything,but yesterday I saw he lump,but it wasnt that big,and then later that afternoon when my husband came home it was a lot bigger and the skin around it looked like it was sagging or swolen sortoff,its hard,but can move a little and doesnt seem to be painfull when you touch it. Also i noticed about 4 days ago that he has a bad odour,but i dont know ehere the smell is coming from! The only thing that has changed in the past week or so is that we had a heat wave and were swamped with flies(they are mean,they are biting him a lot) and ive been pouring a bit of oil onto his food in the evenings,because he doesnt seem to eat as much as he used to(now he does) so i’m scared that the lump could be an infection from the flies or worse larvae or is it just lipomas. He is so young,thats why i dont how it could be lipmas.

    • Susan Kazara Harper on January 15, 2014 at 6:15 am

      Hi. Can you get your dog to a vet to be checked? It SOUNDS more like a cyst or local infection, but there’s no point worrying yourself until you know. A vet visit is in order. Good luck!

  42. Dani on December 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Hi, our 9 year old border collie has a large soft lump on her lower right abdomen about the size of a rugby ball shaped orange. I noticed it a few weeks ago and it’s gradually getting larger. It does move and feels like it could be fluid filled. It’s not causing her any discomfort and she’s still her usual happy excitable self. Do you think we need to take her to the vets? Thanks 🙂

    • Susan Kazara Harper on December 10, 2013 at 3:19 am

      Hi Dani, Well done for catching this, especially on a long-haired dog. You’ve noticed that it feels like fluid and it moves, which could indicate it’s not attached to underlying muscles. The bottom line is, unless you have a vet check it and do a fine needle aspirate (where they take fluid with a syringe and have it checked at the lab), you really will not know what it is. It could be a fatty lump, an abscess, an infection or possibly an indication of cancer. We always recommend getting lumps and bumps checked by a vet as soon as you notice them. It will give you an answer, and save the worry of not knowing. If you wait until it does seem to affect her health it could be too late to do anything about it. So if you can, take her in and if the vet rules out abscess or infection, ask for a fine needle aspirate. Good luck!

  43. Glenda Evans on November 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I took my dog to vet had infection 2 days later had to take her back her stomach was blood under skin did ultrasound spline was enlarge stay in hosp.for 2 days have been doing bloodwork 1 week later had to have another ultrasound found a inch gash in liver Took her back Friday Liver enzymes is coming up but red blood cells is going back down has been on med.for 3 weeks now

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  45. nuk on October 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I have a 7 year old rottie we found a lum right next to his upper right leg it’s the sizes of half a ping pong ball it doesn’t move around what could it be

    • Susan Kazara Harper on October 2, 2013 at 5:03 am

      Lumps like this could be anything from a simple lump of fat to an indicator of a more serious condition. You did well to notice it, and the best thing to do is to make an appt with your vet to have it checked. Your vet may give you an opinion based on simply examining the lump, but if you want to be absolutely sure you can ask to have a biopsy of the mass. This can be done with a simple test where your vet will use a needle to withdraw some of the fluid inside the lump. The vet will then get a lab to look at it to tell you just what you’re dealing with. Your vet may prefer to take a portion of the lump out under sedation. If for any reason you can’t go to your vet yet, please take a photo of the lump with a coin next to it, and keep an eye on it. Take another photo in about a week, so you can track whether there are any changes. It is always better to get these checked early. It saves you worry and in case anything is trying to get established in your dog, catching it early is the best thing you can do. Good luck!!

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  47. SaraBeth on August 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Doc, I am fostering a rescue dog….(Wheaten Terrier mixed breed) Estimated age is between 2-5 years. In addition to cloudy eyes she has a number of small masses that the Vet said were probably benign. She was recently groomed/shaved and I noticed a large mass of skin dangeling from her tail just above her anus. She is constantly licking it. Overall, she seems healthy….but I am concerned with the location and size (walnut) of this mass. Looking forward to your feedback.

  48. chris on May 26, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    my dog has more than a dozen lumps actually closer to twenty now. he also has skin tags that have now filled with fluids and masses that have come up after injury,
    but he has one that started the size of a pea probably golf ball size around christmas, tennis ball size when the vet stuck a needle in it a couple of months ago (results inconclusive but not what is expected from fatty lump) now it is not quite the size of a netball but still growing, it is on one side of his ribs I was gaging it’s growth in relation to a nipple, it has now growing over that area and the nipple is much bigger that it was we have decided not to operate as he is old and have so many lumps but just curious about what it could be, without putting him though a biopsy

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on May 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Dear Chris,
      I am sorry, I cannot make a diagnosis over the internet…even sometimes in the exam room (often) we have to get a biopsy or repeat the aspirate. I would suggest this as growing lumps are not good for dogs.
      I hope this helps..
      Dr D

  49. Joan Walker on April 25, 2013 at 4:39 am

    My pit/lab has a hard lump under his jaw. He has no trouble eating, drinking or playing with toys. He is about 8 yrs old and very energetic. It doesn’t bother to touch it, push on it or manipulate his jaw. My vet told me when I had him in for his yearly last October, that as long as he wasn’t experiencing any pain or change in his behavior, to keep an eye on it and if it changed, to call him. Any idea what could be causing this.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on May 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Joan,
      there is no reason not to test a lump with a fine needle aspirate or biopsy to obtain a diagnosis. This is what is recommended at this time if your vet cannot diagnose the mass on a physical exam. The use of pain, etc has nothing to do with whether the mass may be harmful or cancerous. Sometimes dental X-rays or other tests might be necessary, but why monitor when you already have established that it is growing (since it was not there, and now is there, you know it has grown…). My two cents…Best,
      Dr D

  50. Maryllen Candace Reichard on April 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    9 yo p. Welsh corgi spayed 3yrs ago tumor r. hock
    hx of bladder stone surgery. my computer down at this time. hope to have it fixed with in one or two days.
    live in Tucson AZ. no vet school. will out of state see my dog ?
    Thank you,
    Sincerely, M. C, Reichard
    have lost two dogs and 1 cat to cancer in the last two + years

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on April 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Deary Maryllen,
      Gosh, so sorry to hear that. You are not alone as cancer is so common.
      there is usually no problem with out of state treatment, in my experience.

      Dr D

  51. Carol Cason on April 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    ok .. here goes ..Biscuit, my 8 year old boxer/american bulldog mix has a huge belly .. my vet thought it was a weight problem, so I put him on a diet and he lost 10 pounds .. Now, he feels a hard round ball type size thing in his abdomen on the bottom part and he also found a round baseball size lump next to his trachea .. no fever, and my dogs acts normally but it’s like he is carrying flat bowling ball in his belly .. He sent out a biopsy from Biscuits neck and just said .. we can put him on pred to make him more comfortable if it comes back malignant .. I asked, can you operate and he said most likely not .. Is the prednisone worth using or is it just a catch all med? .. I’ve read about the benadryl and lutimax, etc .. just seems like my vet is depending only on the prednisone .. The results from the biopsy will be in in 3 days or so .. I am numb and so sad from this .. I just had to put my Beloved Boxer Jake to sleep in Dec, 2013 due to lung cancer .. the vet again only had him on prednisone .. This is just another nightmare way too soon .. Any thoughts? .. thank you ..

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on April 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Dear Carol,
      I am sorry to hear about your Biscuit.
      The first thing is to determine the diagnosis: what the bumps are , and if they are indeed cancerous, then what type? Using prednisone by itself is a rather limited approach to dealing with dog cancer, and there may be other tools discussed in the second edition of the Guide that would be useful.
      Here is a post to get you started:
      And remember, there is nothing wrong with a second opinion if you feel the need for it.
      Dr D

  52. Maria P on April 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    My 11 year old golden retriever still acts like a puppy….is very active, happy and in no pain. A few months ago, she had several fatty globs near several lymph nodes. They were soft and moved freely. Two weeks ago, one of them, in her groin area of her rear left leg, got very hard, firm, a bit larger and now is affixed vs. moving freely. It gives her no pain, she isn’t bothered when it’s touched and it doesn’t interfere with her movement. None of her habits have changed (eating, drinking, vomiting, pooping). I bought some natural remedy (K9 Critical Care pack) in hopes that it would reduce the size but no effect yet (after 5 days) so wondering what we could try/do. My husband does not want to subject her to surgery so I’m hoping there’s a homeopathic remedy, a medicine, or an injection the vet could give her. Thank you for any insights!

  53. Babs on March 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I know there are no recent posts on this thread but information is very lacking on this subject, and then I fell onto this site.
    I have a 7 year old Jack Russel, female and a loyal member of the family. As I am a Bowel Cancer survivor I have an empathy with her.

    A lump was noticed on the right of her anus and we told the Vet straight away. She said it was nothing and we should watch it and see what happens. 4 months later it is like a Grapefruit and the s**t hits the fan, and there are the needle aspirations et and talk of a lot of things that I dont understand..
    I became quite fearful when the conversation was then;
    “I cant see what is what there so give me £75 and I will send it to the Lab. If they cant see anything it will be £250 for biopsies and see what that shows. If you want it removing it will cost thousands and she will probably not recover as there are her organs to think of and blood vessels etc, and it is close to the Vulva as well”

    No 1 Son is then talking about what dog he would like next and husband is saying it is a lot of money to gamble with and discussing breeds so I left the room in tears, remembering how my GP destroyed my stool sample that showed visible blood in it and refused treatment or testing as she clearly didnt think I was worth the cost of tests, only for me to visit friends in Europe who arranged a Colonoscopy and I paid for it privately, (thank God,) as thats when the Cancer was found and removed.
    (Bit too close to home for me as I have just had a second removal)

    I am so glad I came on here as at least I have a bit of hope now and will raise the money myserlf to give her a chance and see how it pans out.
    It seems at least an idea to run with it and find out the Diagnosis rather that someone guessing and saying “Dont go there as it will cost a lot of money and it could be all for nothing”.

    It is MY family member and I care even if the Vet doesnt.
    What upsets me is she advised against it because of the cost, but I got Saffy at the same time as I got Ruby, the Westie, both 6 weeks old, so I know Ruby would pine her heart out if we lose Saffy. I will run with it as far as I can now I have read all these posts and hope for the best.
    Thank you for letting me drop by friends, and nearly a year on, I do hope you have been on the lucky side of care as far as your pets are concerned and were able to save them.
    Many thanks,
    Babs xx

  54. Hunter on March 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Hey doc, I’m only 15 and my two Rhodesian ridgeback mixes are almost 7 years old, I have recently discovered on the male dog (they are brother and sister rescues) he has a lump in the bottom of his neck near the back by his shoulders (he’s 135 lbs) it’s about the size of a golf ball maybe allitle bigger and I can hold it in my hand and move it around. It doesn’t seem to hurt him but I am scared for his health. My female dog (80 lbs) also has one except its about half the size but in the same spot and everything please help!

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on March 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Dear Hunter, although I can’t diagnose over the internet, these dogs are prone to an anomaly called a dermoid sinus which you can read about online. It might be other things though. Get it checked by the vet as treatment might be needed!
      Dr D

  55. Grace on February 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    My dog was just diagnosed a month ago with Liposarcoma It was found in the back of his tongue and was not visable without an x-ray It was the size of a golf ball Which was massive for a 5 lbs dog Skeeter will be 8 in April While doing the x-rays they also found a bladder stone He is now eating a dog food called SD Canine Disolution Our vet told me that it was a very rare type of cancer I was wondering what you may know about it and what the outcome may be for our Skeeter
    Thank You

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  57. Stephanie on November 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Dr.
    I recently adopted a one year old Shepherd/Lab mix for a shelter this past March. I was petting her sides when I felt tiny lumps on either side of her! I noticed that some of them I am able to grip, but just today I found two more! She’s turning two in January, are these fatty-tumors?

  58. Loretta on November 24, 2012 at 5:42 am

    My 14 year old female chow/retriever mix has been getting soft, golf ball to tennis ball sized lumps that usually appear aound her abdomen or neck area. They come and go. Right now she has a tennis ball sized one on her left side. I expect it to be there about three weeks then it will disappear. A week later another will pop up somewhere else. They don’t seem to bother her, but I get worried because this has been going on for about 3 years. Unfortunately, this all started happening when our family underwent financial devestation due to unavoidable circumstances. We still have not been able to get back to financial stability. I want the best for my dog and just wanted advice on what these roaming tumors could be. Any thoughts on what my next step should be? If she has to go to a vet, I will most likely need to find her a new family with the financial means to do so. We’ve had her since she was 6 months old and are unsure of what is best for her :(.

  59. BL on November 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    How much would a fine needle aspirate usually cost?

  60. Anthony on August 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Good evening. My 8 year old male Yellow Labrador has several lumps in different areas on his body. Some are soft, some are harder. But one in particular has grown slowly over the past 3 or 4 years to the size of a baseball. It’s on his right side in front of his upper thigh. It has always been soft and the vet said it’s nothing to worry about, it’s a lipoma. Recently is has become hard, and I want to know if this happens when a lipoma becomes cancerous? I’m sure you’re going to tell me to have it checked, and I will, but in your expert opinion, when a lipoma turns hard after being soft for so long, does it usually signal some sort of cancer growth? Please be frank. I can handle whatever you might want to tell me. Thank you in advance.

    • Bay on November 16, 2012 at 4:15 am

      My Pitbull is about 10 years old. He has been having trouble with his back right leg. A couple of days ago my sister had noticed a softball sized lump on the side of his rib-cage(left side). We had seen it before but we thought it was his rib poking out because he was using that side more than the other becuase of his leg. He doesn’t seem to be in any pain but he seems to wine at night time when he is lying down. We are low on money and don’t know what to do. Should we just watch it and see if it gets any better?

  61. Dana on August 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

    My 11 yr old Standard Poodle has several, little lipomas all over. He got on on the outside of his right, front leg, and it it larger than the rest. It has not been tested, assuming it’s another lipoma. It seems to have now burst inside the skin and is smaller now. This morning I noticed lymph nodes near his mandible, his shoulders and groin are all swollen. He’s going to see the vet in two days to get it all checked out. I just want to know if a lipoma leaks inside of his body, would that cause an infection triggering lymph node activity? He has zero symptoms like diminished appetite, vomiting, or anything. He’s hopping around and being totally normal. His stool is perfect also. I’m just so confused.

    • Dr. Susan Ettinger on August 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Obviously a physical exam by your vet is the next step, as is sounds like your dog’s lymph nodes are enlarged. And I would recommend aspirates. It is unlikely this is related to benign lipomas. Good luck.
      All my best, Dr Sue

      • Sparkles MOM on November 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

        Hi Doctor,
        My cocker Spaniel was found to have mammary masses (about 12) throughout her breast and stomach area. The vet would like to do surgery but I’m concerned they will just grow back and honestly want to give her the best quality of life; just make her as comfortable as possible for the time she has. She is 8 years old. What should I do? They say they can not “confirm” it to be breast cancer without surgery. She is very lethargic, is she in pain? Also, I know this is an impossible question, but how long do you estimate we will have her with us?

  62. Kim on August 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    My 12 year old Aussie had a fluid filled cyst on the point of his hip. Decided to get it drained because it seemed to be bothering him. The vet put in a drain. While putting in the drain, the Vet excised several (at least 10) “tumors” that were floating around in the cyst. The vet said that he had never seen anything like it. In looking at pictures on the internet, these masses look like pictures of Lipoma’s.
    Is this possible ? Have you ever seen this ?

    Any help would be appreciated.

  63. Patti on July 31, 2012 at 7:06 am

    My 11 year old male Standard Poodle has a soft mass about the size of a pea on the inside of his left leg, I took him to my vet and he didn’t want to aspirate because it was close to the femoral artery, he said that the dog should be sedated before doing the aspiration, and I should check the area weekly to be sure it’s getting larger. Do you suggest going ahead with the aspiration under sedation, and would the procedure be safe under sedation in spite of the location of the mass? I want to do the safest thing for my best friend.

    Thank you.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on August 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Dear Patti
      Honestly I cannot comment on safety with respect to position since i have no idea what we are talking about- I can’t see it nor feel it….sorry. But its best to check, so if it were me I would follow your vets recommendations to get it tested under sedation. If you are not sure, nothing wrong with a second opinion.
      Hope this helps
      Dr D

      • Jewels on November 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

        Dear Dr. Dressler,
        Thank you for the free download of your Cancer Diet – I have already been following many of your suggestions, and will add a few more to my girls diet.
        My question is about “preventing” fatty lipomas in canines.
        My 13 month old Ridgeback does not have any, but her 7 yr old grandmother and 5 yr old mother do. I am committed to taking preventative measures so that she does not develop this genetic trait.
        What do you suggest?
        Thank you,

  64. Tanja on July 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Dr. Dressler,
    We found a mass on our 8y/o beagle last week the size of a baseball on his upper chest. We took him to the vet yesterday and had an aspiration performed and sent out for testing. The results came back today as necrotic adipose tissue….in the differential noted lytic neutrophils, macrophages, lymphoid cells, and spindle cells…my vet put Harvey on broad-spectrum antibiotics and prednisone for 10 days and then we take him back for a recheck. My question is if this mass is still there or if we see no change would doing a biopsy be the next step….we are worried about him…thank you for your help.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on July 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Dear Tanja
      the pred will slightly skew the histopath results…but sounds like might be a fatty tumor…most are benign but there are malignant ones:
      Under veterinary supervision I might remove it as its causing a problem and get the biopsy done including the actual edges to make sure not a liposarcoma.
      Don’t forget diet, apoptogens, etc found in the Guide, as always

  65. Tanja on July 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Dear Dr. Dressler,
    I just came across your site and have been reading and have the following querstion:
    About a week 1/2 ago my 9y/o beagle developed a lump on his upper chest about the size of a baseball maybe a little bigger that fills soft and doesn’t appear to be causing pain…this appeared out of the blue. I took him to the vet yesterday to have an aspirit taken to have it checked out. The cyctology report came back today:
    inflamed and necrotic adipose tissue maybe cellulitis/steatitis or panniculitis. It ws noted that that there were lytic neutrophils, vaculated macrophages, lymphoid cells, and spindle cells in the differential.

    My vet has put him on prednisone, broad-spectrum antibiotics for the next 10 days and then re-check….my question is should we go ahead and have tissue taken and checked? Thank you so much…

  66. Tanja on July 24, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Dear Dr. Dressler,

    About a week 1/2 ago my 9y/o beagle developed a lump on his upper chest about the size of a baseball maybe a little bigger that fills soft and doesn’t appear to be causing pain…this appeared out of the blue. I took him to the vet yesterday to have an aspirit taken to have it checked out. The cyctology report came back today:
    inflamed and necrotic adipose tissue maybe cellulitis/steatitis or panniculitis. It ws noted that that there were lytic neutrophils, vaculated macrophages, lymphoid cells, and spindle cells in the differential.

    My vet has put him on prednisone, broad-spectrum antibiotics for the next 10 days and then re-check….my question is should we go ahead and have tissue taken and checked? Thank you so much…

  67. terry on July 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    hi doc, have a 13/14 yr old lab mix on the small side..her mass is about 12″ size. her tumor has grown rather quickly after the biop was neg.she was very active pre biop but has recently slammed on the breaks and her appatite has also slowed as well.
    comments please
    thanks terry

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on July 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Dear Terry, please contact your vet as decreased appetite can be a sign of multiple illnesses above and beyond the effects of what I imagine is a benign mass. I am assuming the biopsy was benign as opposed to malignant?
      Dr D

      • Kim on November 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

        We just noticed a lumpy thing in our 12 weeks neck..its under the skin..not attached to muscle….but this very alarming to me…..I thought these fatty tumors show up later in life…..

  68. andrea on June 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm


    My dog is 12 years old and he has an infiltrative lipoma in his groin/right inner thigh area. Right now it is 8 cms. The vet does not want to do surgery as he also has a heart murmur and the surgery will be long and invasive. It is not causing him any pain or affecting his mobility. He is also starting on rimadyl for arthritis. Is there anything else I can do to manage his pain if the lipoma starts to affect his movement and cause him pain? I feel so helpless.

  69. Gary on May 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    My 9 year old lab has some fatty lumps and like you stated earlier my vet said no worries but i have heard that a no grain type of dog food is a good way to prevent them from getting worse. Whats your take on that? Also what type of food would you recommend for my dog?

    Thank you


    • Dr. Demian Dressler on May 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Dear Gary,
      limiting grain usually does not stop lipomas, but I am not sure whether your dog’s lumps are lipomas. They have been tested, I hope?

  70. Christine M. Miller-Ramey on April 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Dr. Demian Dressler

    I have a 10 year old dauchsund/chilhua and she has been diagnosed with a fatty tumor several years ago. However, the bumps have grown and I’ve been told by several friends who have had this happen that she could die quickly from this. So my question is should I have her rechecked to be guaranted that it is still benign tumor and what specifically should I ask the doctor to do to be guaranteed. I’m very concerned about her well being. She is also a caterack (spelling I know is wrong) in her eyes as well. Often I think she is having a hard time hearing as well. It takes her a long time to respond sometimes.

    Should I be concerned and how long do these dogs have to live once diagnosed of a malignant tumor? Thanks.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on April 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Dear Chrisine
      there is such a thing as malignant transformation and yes, I am not sure why you should not get this re-checked. Please get your dog medical attention.
      Different cancers are different and the stats are different so we need a diagnsosis to answer the lifespan question…sorry I can’t help answer that one without knowing more about what this is.
      Dr D

    • Kally on November 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      I have been reading all yur stories, with sadness for you all, I have a beautiful 13 year old Husky who is a blind diabetic but still full of life and the joy of my life. He has had reoccuring tumours, one after the other removed only to come back somewhere else. He suffers the pain with dignity, and I wish everyday that I could bear his pain for him. He is the child I never had but in everyway a child he may not be human, I may ot have given birth to him but he is part of me and I would give everything I had and more to see him free of pain and happy.
      He is currently in hospital again having another lump removed and I pray he will come through surgery and come home to his mum.

      If we could have but one wish, I know what mine would be, but if I can not have that one, I would wish that all your babies be well.

  71. Crystal Lawson on March 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I have a 3 year old husky and he has a soft squishy lump on his chest the vet did the needle aspirate and it didn’t appear like he got anything but when he emptied the needle there was a few small drops of clear like water can you tell if this is a good sign of just a Lipoma he is very active and eating well

  72. Joanne on March 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I was petting my Shetland Sheepdog Merlin tonight and noticed on his right side two small moveable lumps right behind the shouler on the ribs. He turns a year on the 26th of March and I’m very concerned about what these could possibly be. What’s the likelihood of a young active healthy sheltie having Lipomas or something worse? There’s no evidence of cancer in his bloodlines, his breeder hasn’t seen any cancer in her stock but he is an outcross to another bloodline. I’m going to take him to work on Monday and get a biopsy.



    • Dr. Demian Dressler on March 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Dear Joanne,
      statistically benign is more likely BUT get them checked anyway! let us know the outcome…
      Dr D

      • nadine on October 12, 2012 at 2:39 am

        Dear Dr. Dressler,
        My beloved Pluto – a 8 year old retriever – was diadnosed with hemangiosarcoma a week ago – I started giving him Apocaps on Monday 3X per day – Can I also give him Yunnan Baiyao ? Any contra indication? Which doses? His weight is 100 pounds and his cancer – alas – is visceral. Thank you for your prompt response – Nadine

  73. Helen Torris on March 9, 2012 at 8:23 am

    My 18 month old rescue ‘puppy’ (of mixed breed) has had a lump on her back leg, near her butt, for a few weeks. It started out as a soft, jelly like lump, but then one night I felt it and it was hard. The next day it was soft again, then last night it went hard again – really knobbly and it felt like there was a long thin ‘lump’ shooting down the leg. This morning it was soft again! Should I be worried?

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on March 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Dear Helen
      please bring your dog to the vet and have the lump checked
      Dr D

      • Christine on November 4, 2012 at 6:19 am

        I have a 13 yr. old bichon poo and i have noticed a lump on the top of his stomache and it has grown over the past couple months it is soft but after reading up on it im very concered i am going to bring him to the vet but they arnt always right when giving suggestions about what measures to take. I noticed this page said some owners use all natural remedies and that totally interest me im wondering what they are he was nudderd as a puppy.if someone could email me some of those suggestions that would be greatly appreciated . thank you so much . Christine

  74. shar on February 21, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Hi Dr
    Hope you’re well.
    I have a Boston terrier furbaby who will be 9 this July.
    He has developed lumps over a period of a year and since the number has increased, his vet said that we should take all of them out and find out if these are just fatty lumps or otherwise. I asked if he could aspirate them to find out but he said that that would not clearly give me an answer.
    I am a little hesitant of the operation as he is now almost 9 and fear the anesthesia.
    Why cant they aspirate?
    Your advise is much much appreciated.


    • Dr. Demian Dressler on February 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Dear Shar,
      I do not know why the hesitancy to check the masses with a fine needle aspirate. Some growths (like adenomas) do not require fine needle aspirates as their appearance is so typical we can be almost 100% sure they are benign…but the vast, vast majority of growths in a senior dog should be checked and/or removed. Why don’t you ask the vet to clarify so you understand?

  75. Sandy on January 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Dr. D.

    I have an Alaskan Husky who will soon turn 13. Several months ago she was diagnosed with a benign (biopsied) fatty tumor in her abdominal cavity. Additionally, the tumor is inoperable since it is attached to the inside abdominal wall and it would require a mesh replacement. Given her age and breed, the vet and the surgeon have recommended she not have the surgery. However, the tumor is continuing to grow and is now larger than a grapefruit and causing her some discomfort when she lays on that side. Her only other medical issue is that she has elevated liver enzymes. We’ve been giving her Denamarin (SAM-e and Milk Thistle) but her counts haven’t been dropping much. Is there anything else I can give her to help reduce the size of the tumor, particularly from a homepathic perspective? I noticed the mention of curcumin, but is that more for malignant tumors? The only advice I’ve been given from a canine dietician is a raw diet but my vet isn’t too keen on that idea. Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated.
    -Sandy and Ruby (aka Miss Ruby Doo)

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on February 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Dear Sandy,
      sorry to hear about your Husky. These can be tough. My favorite curcumin containing supplement is apocaps, and you should have the liver enzymes monitored with either apopcaps or curcumin by itself. These are not for malignancies only. There is a free diet download on the top of this page that I would recommend you read. Some have success with Neoplasene. Not impressed with homeopathic remedies (in the traditional sense of the word) for fatty tumors (lipomas, liposarcomas, or infiltrative lipomas). The Guide has comprehensive info on these topics…please use veterinary supervision for each step.
      I hope this helps

  76. Sharon Geary on January 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    My 16 year old sheltie/terrier mix dog has had a fatty tumor for several years and I never had it operated on because I figured at 9 she was too old to do it. She has been fine with it until recentley it started leaking. It was just a little bit before and now it is so much more that the first time I saw it I thought she had peed on the couch. Is this a bad sign? what can I do to help her? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on February 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Dear Sharon,
      the first step is to see if it is really a benign growth. If so, surgery is the best option. I often operate on dogs of this age without problems. Non-surgical options include apocaps that contain curcumin, neoplasene, and of course diet (free download above) and immune support. Above all, please have this checked and discuss treatment with the veterinarian.
      Dr D

    • Rebecca on September 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

      I am really confused and concerned right now. I have a 9 1/2 PItt/shepard mix, I took him to the vet because I was really concerned with the multiple tumors he has all over him. There are more that grow within a week time frame. I was told by the vet after palpation that my dog was too heavy and I had nothing to worry about that they were just fatty tumors. I have now noticed that he is really itching behind his left front shoulder and I looked today and there are flat (not scaly) black spots all over him with flaky skin around them (not on them). There are no scabs and they are everywhere! I have noticed as well that on his belly, and legs that his fur is thinning drastically. Could this by chance be a progressive form of skin cancer? I am really concerned because yes he has lost a considerable amount of weight and there are days that he goes without eating and then all of a sudden he is starving. I need help and the vet doesn’t seem to be much help.

      • Dr. Demian Dressler on September 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        Dear Rebecca,
        the good news is there are lots of other causes of skin crusts- allergies, bacterial or fungal infection, mites/mange, etc…get it checked out again. Nothing wrong with a second opinion if you need one.
        Dr D

  77. Randall Stoddard on January 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Dear Dr. Dressler:
    Dear Dr. Dressler:
    I have a 10 yr. old black neutered labradoodle from Australia . He has increasing numbers of tumors which feel like lipomas. These began to appear about 2 yrs ago and are widely scattered with some small clusters of 2-3. I am palpating these growths regularly, but I don’t feel confident I could pick up a conversion to liposarcoma. There are about 20 tumors now and my vet feels that , in this situation , biopsy would be tedious and unproductive with no one suspicious site.
    I think this is appropriate, but would like comments from a canine cancer pro.

  78. Jillian on January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Dr. D.

    My middle aged lab cross developed a mass in the summer and I took him to the vet. They did a fine needle asparation and it was sent off to the lab and results came back and it was not cancerous. The vet told me it was a lipoma (fatty mass). She suggested a watch and wait approach to see if the size increased. She suggested to not remove it unless it was restricting his movement. Well now it has grown to about the size of a basketball and he is having trouble going up and down stairs. My vet again did a fine needle aspiration and it still came back as just fat cells. I am taking my pup ti see a surgeon this week because our regular vet isn’t comfortable doing the surgery as she said the mass has grown into his “armpit” and she is concerned about the nerves. I am planning on having the lipoma removed. I am wondering if you have any suggestions for post post-surgery care to keep my boy happy and healthy. Diet? Lifestyle? Suppliments? Fingers crossed it doesn’t grow back. I am going to ask the surgeon to do a biopsy to see if it is cancerous or not just to be sure. Any advise you could provide would be helpful.
    & Justice *woof*

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on January 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Dear Jillian
      these are odd but common growths that seem to have a genetic basis. The truth is we don’t have a really effective preventative. I’ve seen some improvement with Apocaps but not every time, and some guardians say the Budwig diet helps (altough I am not really convinced of this 100%). Keeping them lean is good, and the dog cancer diet would be a thought to discuss with your vet along with these other ideas.
      Dr D

  79. Randall Stoddard on January 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I have a 10 yr. old black neutered labradoodle from Australia . He has increasing numbers of tumors which feel like lipomas. These began to appear about 2 yrs ago and are widely scattered with some small clusters of 2-3. I am palpating these growths regularly, but I don’t feel confident I could pick up a conversion to liposarcoma. There are about 20 tumors now and my vet feels that , in this situation , biopsy would be tedious and unproductive with no one suspicious site.
    I think this is appropriate, but would like comments from a canine cancer pro.
    Also, can you not share my email address with the public. Mahalo nui loa. RS

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on January 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Dear Randall-
      my take on it is check them to make sure they are fat. Fine needle aspirate is simple, easy, and can at least confirm fat. Palpation on the other hand, cannot do it reliably:
      true, they all might be fat…in which case all you have to do is keep feeling them and measure them…and if they grow then remove them later.

  80. David J. on January 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Hi All,
    I want to share my current situation and plans with you all….

    Chelsea, my 7 year old beagle mix (maybe with Spring Spaniel) has a lump on her rump. The oncologist said it seems to be liposarcoma. Chelsea has some trouble pooping. We are opting to forgo expensive surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. It seems these options could be painful for her, and only extend her life for a short while. We will give her low-bulking foods, stool softeners and lots of love. I will now begin my journey into holistic treatments for canine cancer.

  81. anne on January 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

    My 8 1/2 yr old corgi, Phoebe was dx with liposarcoma in her tongue! It was found when she has surgery 12/23 to repair bialteral CCL’s. The surgeon said he can’t do a wide excision 2nd to location of tumor area. My vet recommended an oncologist, which I am very reluctant to do. She had a SCC in her groin 2 years ago that was 100% removed with wide excision and no recurrance. Unfortunately I am limited financially. My surgeon couldn’t/wouldn’t give any “prognosis.” Any thoughts?
    Thanks, Anne

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on January 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Dear Anne
      aside from the dog cancer diet, combination apoptogens, immune support, antimetastatics (all in the Guide), you cold consider Neoplasene injectable under sedation (discuss this with your vet) as a salvage procedure that might be what you are looking for…I hope this helps
      Dr D

  82. Colin on January 5, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Dear Dr. Dressler,

    My almost 14 year old Lab has had a fatty tumor on his rear leg for many years. My Vet checked it out years ago and said it was not cancerous. In the past 2 weeks my dog has lost his hair around the lump and the lump has turned very red and looks sore but it does not appear to bother my dog. Took my dog into the Vet and he wants to remove the tumor within 2 months and said the tumor will rupture within 6 – 8 months. I am very worried of surgery due to my dog’s age. What happens if the tumor ruptures? Would you go through with the surgery? Any ideas or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on January 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Dear Colin
      I believe under these conditions I cannot disagree with your vet’s recommendations since he/she has hands on the dog.
      Good luck
      Dr D

  83. Zamora on December 31, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Dr. D

    Last night, I noticed a big lump (on the inside) on my 7 year old Boxer. The lump protrudes outward but is still held within the skin. It’s located around the groin area at the crease of his right back leg and his stomach. I hadn’t noticed it before and it’s not too visible but when I touched it, it felt like some sort of fatty filled sack inside. I have no idea what it could be. It doesn’t seem to bother him and he acts just fine. Eats like he always eats and doesn’t make any noise of discomfort or anything when the lump is touched. We are taking him to our local vet asap and was just curious as to what advice you could give me or perhaps questions that I could ask the vet.
    Thank you

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on January 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Dear Zamora
      please get the lump tested at your vet’s as soon as possible. Unfortunately his activity does not give us much information.
      Dr D

      • Tina on June 13, 2012 at 3:04 am

        I have an 8 year old dalmation who over the past 2 months has nearly 8 lipomas no problems….Now he has hind leg weakness sometimes he cant get up or walk very long. Over past 23 hours he has very foul liquid stool. Does not look good……vet visit today….

  84. Ava on December 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    My 14 year old yellow lab has several fatty tumors, lately she had to have one removed that grew rapidly on her mammary area, it was small but grew quickly. Now she has a large protusion from her anal area. She is 14 with severe arthritis, is there anything we can do..Her blood labs all came back great…The anal tumor has grown rapidly, & have heard they are usually cancerous.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on December 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

      Dear Ava,
      I would imagine your vet has made a recommendation to have it biopsied or aspirated?
      This is step one: a diagnosis.
      Once you know that this is cancer, and what kind of cancer, then we come up with a plan.
      Please have it diagnosed!
      Dr D

  85. erine on December 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    About a year ago of year and half ago , I pointed out to the bmy vet the bilateral axillary “swellings” on my dog. Lipomas, he said, nothing to worry about, Over the last 8 months or so they’ve grown so much they impede her movement, and her breathing.
    How difficult is removal of lipomas in the axillary region, most likely with muscle, etc involvement. Is this a job for veterianry surgical specialist? SHould I ask my vet to do chest films and needle aspiration biopsy?

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on December 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Dear Erine
      the first thing to ascertain is if they are indeed lipomas (get a fine needle aspirate done, or biopsy). If you have a skilled clinician, often an experienced (but not necessary board certified) surgeon can do the job successfully, but statistically a board certified surgeon is always the better choice. Axillary masses can be easy or impossible to remove given the anatomy, so the safest is the specialist if possible.
      The check for metastasis will be contingent on the results of the fine needle aspirate or biopsy. Not all cancers metastasize to the chest so again there, have the sample assessed for tumor type as your next step.
      Keep in touch

  86. Jenny on December 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Dr. D,
    I found a lump on the side of my golden’s trunk. He is only 2. Took him in and his Vet did a fine needle aspirate. She said it is likely a lipoma, but she was a little concerned because she found actual clumps of fat cells. She is sending the slides to a cytologist to r/o liposarcoma. Can a liposarcoma be differentiated from a lipoma by cytological evaluation alone? I just want to be sure since my special guy is so young, and if caught early liposarcomas are so much easier to cure.
    Thank you for your help,

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on December 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      Dear Jenny
      good point!!!
      It is pretty darn hard to say a liposarc can be diagnosed with a fine needle aspirate. Get a biopsy done including the surrounding muscle if the mass is growing and get it removed. Sometimes curcumin and the other apoptogens can help with these (shrink a bit but not make disappear…).
      All my best

  87. Lydia on December 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Just found a 2 inch long thin lump behind the shoulderblade of my 15 month old working cocker spaniel. Not causing any pain, still covered with hair and skin intact. Is this something I should be worried about? It has just appeared today and he is a very lively, over friendly mishievous dog.

  88. eve on December 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Shadowsten,

    I’m feel empathy for you and your beloved wolf service dog with those ignorant vets. Yes I lost my beloved to an ignorant evil vet who I wish for nothing more than to hold him down and inject him/her with the things they forced into my beloved manipulating me into believing that they were doing good. SOME VETS ARE SADISTIC BASTARDS! I feel your anger and desperation. Please see if I can help you:

    1) PLEASE SEE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLISTIC VETERINARIAN who is also an orthodox vet. Make certain this holistic veterinarian has extensive experience. Dr Barbara Foerge The All Natural Vet Clinic in Russel Lea between five dock Sydney NSW. google it and get to her or ask her for a referral. She is a well respected Holistic and Orthodox Vet who regulary consults internationally and nationally. I send my clients to her when I can not treat animals with extensive complexities.

    2) PLEASE USE THE BACH FLOWER OR AUSTRALIAN BUSH FLOWER ESSENCES. These WILL help heal your WOLF! The Bach Flower CRAB APPLE is the only essence which works both on a psychological and PHYSICAL energy level. Crab Apple is used extensively in CANCER and TOXIC compounds throughout the body of animals and humans. It’s ability to cleanse the body is amazing and reduction in pain is noticed very well if not release the pain entirely. PLEASE ALSO GET RESCUE REMEDY which contains the 5 bach flowers mix for shock, terror, pain , fear and stress. Please google the bachflowers for pets and get the list and go through it and pick which ones you want. THESE ARE NON-TOXIC NON-ADDICTIVE AND NON-INVASIVE. Put 4drops in food and in water 4x day. ALSO ADD 4 DROPS DIRECTLY ONTOP OF THE LUMP/S CRAB APPLE. WATCH IT OVER DAYS-WEEKS DISAPPEAR. But you must be frequent with it. It actually does not matter how many drops 1-4 but No More than that cause you’ll just waste it. Just get the drops. These are homoepathic ENERGY ESSENCES. and i’ve been using them on animals for over 15years wild and domesticated animals. The Australian BUSH ESSENCES there are many google that and get the list and go through that too: I would use CROWEA first. This remedy works on ALL THE BODIES ORGANS AND TISSUE. From Organs to Muscles to Nerves to Ligaments. With the Bush Essences use 7drops 2-3x day. Put 7 drops also into Wolfies dinner and breakfast and afternoon snack. Try to give the crab apple and crowea seperately. EG: DINNER: Organic Lamb Mince, brown rice, cooked carrots and beetroot with dandeloin leaf tea (yes add 2 teaspoons of dandeloin leaf and root tea sprinkles to aid liver and bladder-avoid roasted dandeloin as this is a durietic instead) add 7 drops to this. Then for DESSERT: Poached pear (deseeded and cored) or Apple (red only) with goat or sheep PLAIN yoghurt NO COW DAIRY too high in protein and cow products are a major contributor to diabetes meticulitis T2 in animals and people too. Add 4 drops of the crab apple to this. REMEDIES COST APPROX $12-20 bottle will last 6-12mths
    TIP: To make a bottle last longer buy two spare empty bottles from pharmacy or health food shop. Fill it half way with organic flat-spring water. Then take 4drops of the crab apple and add it to the water. Keeps for 2-3weeks unpreserved. Then the other bottle do the same but add 7drops of the crowea to it and fill it up full with rest of water. KEEP THESE AWAY FROM ANY ELECTRICAL AND MOBILE RADIOACTIVE GADGETS-it’ll disrupt the energy. KEEP them in a cupboard or sock drawer. KEEP IT OUT OF THE FRIDGE TOO…its energy!

    3)GO HOMOEPATHIC: PLEASE SEE A HOMEOPATHIC TO GET THESE FOR YOUR WOLFIE: very affordable from $5-20 per bottle
    A) Lipomas THUJA 30C (safe dose 30c is best) generally use 5drops before meals 4-6x day. STOP TAKING WHEN LUMP HAS GONE! When you see lump going down in size reduce dose from 6x day to 3x day. ALSO get ST JOHN’S WORT 30c(homeopathic remedy only as I do not know your dogs health contraindications) this is incredibly soothing and can kill some cancers. My beloved was in deep pain I quickly made some strong tea with SJW and his pain and shallow breathing almost instantly stopped. Of course I kept using SJW until he passed. ONLY USE THE HERBAL EXTRACT UNDER VET SUPERVISION. THE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY IS VERY VERY SAFE TO GIVE REGARDELSS OF WOLFIES HEALTH STATE COMPLICATIONS. Also excellent resource for Homeopathic Vets are google these as I have their reference books:
    Dr Christopher Day (UK Vet)
    Dr George McLoud (UK Vet – who has since passed but leaves his gifts behind)
    Dr Edward Bach (Bach Flowers)
    Ian White (Australian Bush Flower Essences)

    Slippery Elm Bark Powder (very safe) is the bark from the Elm Tree. Contains Calcium (please if wolfie has kidney failure ask vet as the calcium can upset the balance ratrio in renal failure chronic or acute) is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and natural mucilage which lines and protects the gastric wall. HEALS perments and helps pull out toxins from the bodys system easily including parasites. It is gentle and although acts somewhat like a laxative is very safe to have 2-3 times a day without pulling out the bodies vital vit and minerals like laxatives do. MAKE: 1-2teaspoons per 1cup warm water. MIX and leave settle for 3minutes. ADD 1-2 tablespoons of mix to Wolfies meals. COST approx $4-8 pkt will last 4-6mths.

    5)MEDICINAL PAPAYA or PAW PAW This fruit is truely amazing. Too many qualities to list here. BUY IT AND GIVE IT TO WOLFIE. PUT IT IN THE FOOD OR HAND FEED IT STRAIGHT!!!! VERY SAFE FRUIT TO GIVE!!!! IMPORTANT: YOU MUST PEEL AND DISCARD “ALL” WHITE AND BLACK SEEDS AS THEY ARE POSIONOUS – JUST LIKE APPLE SEEDS. Cut into chuncks and keep in tupperware container and put in fridge. Will last up to 7days in fridge. The jelly like settling on bottom of container is good – normal of this fruit. EVERY DAY AS MUCH AS YOUR DOG WANTS. FIRST MIX IT INTO THE LAMB MINCE.

    6)STOP VACCINATING, defleaing your dog!!! These are HIGH TOXIC COMPOUNDS WHICH DO CAUSE DISEASE IN ALL ‘BODIES’ ANIMALS ARE SO EASILY PRONE TO DISEAES WITH PHARMACEUTICALS ANNUALLY. Ask your holistic vet about NOSODES homoepathic vaccines they do work and are very safe and do not impose toxic diseae like orthodox medicine does.

    7)LOOK AT YOUR DOGS DIET!!!!….PLEASE NO TIN CRAP NO DRIED BISCUIT CRAP….NO WHEAT-ALSO MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO DIABETES METICULITS T2 as it elevates and drops blood sugars, ABSOLUTELY NO SOY-highly undigestible grain causes colic and many diseases in pets, also disrupts the THYROID gland, NO CORN (unless corn cob is ok 1per wk) processed grain, NOTHING BUT BROWN RICE! NO SUGARS NO SALTS NO PRESERVATIVES ETC ETC ETC…..OPT FOR A MORE NATURAL DIET. LAMB (AVOID HARMFUL BEEF) CHICKEN. MUST BE ORGANIC CHICKEN.

    LOVE EVE hop this helps!
    God Bless your beloved dog/s!

  89. Angie Grant on November 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    My 10 yr old dobie grew a lemon size tumor on his right elbow, this appeared overnight, it is on the outside. He has a lot of allergy issues and I just wiped him completely down on Sunday and the lump was not there. On Tuesday evening I noticed it at feeding time. He’s had several small fatty tumors for about a year, not much changing in the growth, but this one just grew basically overnight. Has anyone had one grow so fast? I will be taking him to the vet this week. Thanks for any ino

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on December 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Dear Angie
      please be sure to have the bump tested ( a sample taken) for a definitive diagnosis
      Dr D

      • Kaycie on April 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

        Hi we have a 1 1/2 year old great lab mix that within the last month has had a very large mass grow on his side. We first had the fine needle aspirate done by a vet oncologist & were told it was too inflamed at the microscopic level to get a good glimpse. Last week we had a biopsy done & found out today he has lipomas; however, from our readings I’m not sure if he doesn’t have liposarcoma. Is surgery his only option? & is there any type of medication / antibiotic shown to slow the growth of this type of cancer? It seems to be growing very rapidly despite being on steroids, pain medicine, a holistic immune booster & the antibiotic fluroquenolene (we started him on this because pre-biopsy we thought he had chondrosarcoma). Any advice will be more than greatly appreciated.

        • Dr. Demian Dressler on May 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

          Dear Kaycie,
          get a copy of the path report as discussed in the Dog Cancer Survival Guide. This is step one. Lipoma (not cancer) is utterly different from liposarcoma (malignant cancer) and the treatment and advice will be very different.
          Dr D

  90. worried pet lover :( on November 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I’m worried about my 2 year old staff! I had him sat on my lap stroking him when I came across a lump right in the middle of his 2 shoulder blades! I try 2 examine it and get a little closer and he wimpered and got very stressed when I got near it! Should I be worried! He’s never had anything like this before 🙁 🙁

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on December 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      Dear Worried
      it is very important to get this checked out at the vet. MIght not be cancer but it could be a problem- we cannot say- many different things come up as “lumps”. Best,
      DR D

  91. Kate on November 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I suddenly noticed a lump on my 2 year old yorkie right where her belly button would be. The lump was solid and about the size of a dime, but she’s only 5.5lbs so it’s a noticeable size lump on her. It was also a bit red/irritated looking. Needless to say I took her to see the Vet immediately. They fine needled aspirated the lump and the good news is that they didn’t see any cancerous cells but they saw a lot of inflammation. So, it’s a bit of a mystery what could be going on. The Vet said it could be an abscess, could be an infection or something foreign could have invaded the area. The choices given were to start my dog on antibiotics and observe the lump or to just go in and remove the lump and have it biopsied – which was what my Vet thought would be the best option. After reading some stories posted, I feel a bit more comfortable and confident that surgery and just removing the lump as soon as possible is the best thing to do.

  92. Christy D. on November 22, 2011 at 3:53 am

    My mom has a ten year old yellow lab. A couple of months ago she noticed a small lump on the dog’s chest. It was about the size of a quarter. Since then it has suddenly grown to a large mass that extends to her mid-abdomen. It feels quite hard and thick and is very warm to the touch now, My mom is diasabled and had been unabled to get her to the vet. Now that I am back in town, she is trying to find a vet that will see the dog. Do you think that this is some type of cancerous mass?

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on December 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Dear Christy
      the only way we can be sure is by collecting a specimen of the mass and having it reviewed to confirm or rule out the cancer….It seems like this should be seen as soon as possible…
      Dr D

  93. Donald on November 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    5 yr old Choc Lab, spayed female. 2 yrs ago large soft fatty growth on top of right front leg / chest wall. Grapefruit size. Vet diagnosed as fatty tumor/mass and we had it removed. Growth returned within a year and was about same size. Had removed for the 2nd time. Vet said it would likely return and could invade the muscles in the chest area, etc. Its back again and about the same size or slightly larger. Soft and lumpy. Seems to change size slightly like some internal drainage perhaps? Your thoughts / recommendations appreciated.

  94. Libby on November 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    My year old Yorkie has small lumps on her breast. They feel like stones and don’t seem painful. Any idea what they could be?

  95. Jan Brennan on November 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I have a spayed 1 1/2 year old cocker spaniel and just found a very tiny lump in her chest area. I have an appointment but while I wait for that I was wondering about the chance of this being a lipona… but also thought she seemed so very young for this?


  96. Lisa on November 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Our black labx just turned 8 and I recently found a lump on the inside of his left leg right below his hock. We immediately took him to the vet on a Wed. and they did a needle aspirate as well as a full panel of bloodwork. The needle aspirate indicated round cells so he was put on the Fri. schedule for xrays and surgery. All bloodwork came back normal. We did xrays of his chest and abdomen to make sure the leg tumor was primary and not secondary. The xrays were clean so we went ahead with surgery to remove and biopsy the tumor. The tumor was wrapped around his tendon and went into the muscle so it could not be totally removed and obviously no possibility of clean margins. The pathology has come back as liposarcoma, grade 2 (medium). We purchased The Dog Cancer Survival guide and switched his food from California Natural to Blue Buffalo, and are looking into Apocaps. We are picking up the films, pathology report, and other information and will be scheduling an appt. for an oncology consult at Tufts Veterinary Hospital or Angells. Tufts is much closer but I’ve heard excellent things about Angells. I’m fearful that a combination of amputation/radiaton will be the recommendation. We are hoping we can do more of the holistic approach and wait to see if it reoccurs before considering such a step. He is so young acting, healthy and fit otherwise. He certainly doesn’t know he’s sick and we’re trying to keep it that way!

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  98. Corey on November 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I just found a lump on my 11 month old yellow lab. It is right below her shoulder blade, but when she plays she rolls and yesterday she rolled onto that shoulder blade. I am going to call the vet tomorrow since they are closed on Sundays, but what are the chances that it is just bruised tissue or something like that?

  99. Neontha on October 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I found this website, because I was looking for info on Fatty Tumors. My 6 year old, Coconut, was diagnosed 4 months ago with a tumor growing on her hind leg. They did a biopsy and said it was a Fatty tissue, not cancer, to just watch it. They said many dogs live years with them and no problems. It grew SO FAST, and I took her back and they were shocked! They said we have to do surgery immediately. They did the surgery today and it took almost 5 hours. They took off her leg, thigh and part of her Pelvic bone. It was a long complicated surgery and the vet said the tumor had grown around everything. Her concern is that is is Liposarcoma… I wish they would have removed it when they first found it. I’m not sure why they didn’t. It was pretty good size then. My heart breaks for her, but I’m hoping she recovers well and it doesn’t come back. but chances are high that it will…They “think” they got it all….Time will tell… I love my vets and I trust them. I don’t think they expected it to grow that fast, but my recommendation to anyone who experiences this is to do surgery before it gets too big. I feel guilty that I did not pressure them to do it sooner…She’s my family and I can’t bear the thought of losing her, but I want her to have the BEST Quality of life….

  100. Tonya on October 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

    My dog has a few under the skin fatty lumps. I can actually feel that they are not attached and I can move them freely. I am taking her to the vet in the morning. She is older and I know they are common. Keeping my fingers crossed they are nothing to be worried about.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on October 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      My fingers are crossed too Tonya

  101. Helen Zarate on October 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I am so glad I found this site. I have been searching for an answer which seems like forever. I just read the comment from KJ and it sounds so much like what we are going through with our dog (a 10 year-old Jack Russel). We have taken him twice to see a vet and a biobsy was done and it turns out it is a fatty tumor and not cancerous. It is very, very large and just like they told KJ it would be a very difficult surgery and that part of his leg would have to be removed.

    Reading this has given me hope. I just hope I can find the right person to do the surgery.

  102. John J on October 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Dr. Dressler…..

    I have ordered your book and have ordered 6 bottles of Apocaps and a months supply of k9 Immunity Plus for my Border Collie that had the Infilitrative Lipoma removed on August 29th.

    I am anxiously awaiting these products to begin a preventive program to hopefully avoid the Radiation Rx that was suggested.

    I haven’t been able to find any information whether Apocaps is used for this application? Although my hope is that this is a great first step.

    If you have any other suggestions ….please send a comment my way.

    Thank You…
    John J

  103. John J on October 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Dr. Dressler…..

    My 5 y/o Female Border Collie 40 lbs …..just recently had a 1.9 lb infiltrated lipoma removed from her abdominal cavity. August 29th.

    Radiation therapy was recommended.

    Currently I am using 2 tablets a day of Super Bio-Curcumin by Life Extension. She is also eating Wysong Epigen and Canned Wysong Raw Chicken. Plus Pro-Biotics and Choline my Natures’s Farmacy.

    I looking at Apocaps …….. and wondering if this product would work as a preventive to this type of tumor returning?

    Thank You….
    John J

  104. Kellie on September 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

    CASTER OIL*******I have a 10 year old female schnazuer that was diagnosed with liposarcoma when they operated last August. They orginally thought it was a hernia near her rear, but in surgey found to be a mass. (cancerous) She did very well for about 8 months until it started coming back after one time of having a hard time to go to the bathroom, and now is rapidly growing in the past 3 months. I have heard of a lot of stories about putting caster oil on dogs with different lumps. Has anybody tried this with a liposarcoma?? There are multiple ones around her hind leg and rear side about the size of a golf ball. She is such a happy and energetic dog, IM VERY NERVOUS IT IS GOING RUPTURE BUT I HATE TO PUT HER DOWN WHEN SHES NOT SICK AT ALL!!! ANy thoughts people?? I am beside myself with her, I have had her since I was 15!!!

    • DemianDressler on September 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Dear Kellie,
      Castor oil is an old home remedy. i have heard an occasional story about it shrinking some growths, although I hesitate to say it is the cure for cancer.
      Have you read the Guide? Dog cancer diet? Apoptogens? Neoplasene? Immune stimulants? Antimetastatics? These are all strategies that have helped dogs with cancer and it might be worthwhile checking into these science-backed methods…
      You can search for these in the blog and more in the Guide.
      I hope this helps

  105. Tiffany on September 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I just wanted to ask about my 6 year old pug’s fatty tumor. Its been 3 years since he had it and this soft reddish lump didnt hurt or bother him. In fact, it got flatten just now, is that dangerous? just want to get a second opinion if this is alarming or not. Our local vet said its nothing to worry. Please help me, thanks in advance

    • DemianDressler on September 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Dear Tiffany,
      since one in 3 dogs gets cancer, I advise checking every lump to be safe with at least a fine needle aspirate…

      • Shelley on April 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

        My dog has many fatty lumps, many of which have got bigger. The vets have said they are not cancerous but now I’m not sure. My dog now drat he’s a lot and drinks lots. Can you advise me what to do .

        • Dr. Demian Dressler on April 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

          Dear Shelley,
          as usual, it is sensible wisdom to get the lumps tested with a fine needle aspirate or biopsy. Maybe a second opinion??
          Dr D

  106. SHADOWSDEN on August 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm


  107. KJ on August 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I feel compelled to share our experience. Under a thick coat, I found a grapefruit-sized lump on my 9-year old golden’s right flank. One vet did a needle aspiration (which was costly & didn’t reveal much), while a few others quickly, said upon just an exam, that it was simply inoperable. We requested a biopsy, since we previously had a 10-year old golden die suddenly of Angiosarcoma. The biopsy determined it was a benign growth of fatty and necrotic tissue. However, we did not expect the rapid growth. Within a year, it was the size of a basketball…we were told that surgery would be difficult, involve heavy bleeding, as well as requiring the cutting of muscle and a huge skin graft. One vet did recommend that we consult a vet who was experienced in surgery. I had gone as far as calling a vet for a home euthanasia. But Hunter was just too happy, although the growth was impeding his mobility. We did take him to a specialty clinic and the possible outcomes & risks were discussed. As it turns out it was NOT infiltrative, veins were clamped off, and the mass was removed with forceps. It weighed 20 lbs. Hunter was home the next day, and back to normal in about 2-3 days. The large incision required dozens of staples, but the were taken out in less than 2 weeks. His hair is growing back, and he is healing well. Although it may eventually grow back (only microscopic remnants found), we are thrilled at the outcome and are thankful for the training and skill of the vet. It was $$ but well worth giving up what I had for new den furniture! Moral of this story is to ask questions, read, be relentless to get to the right person, and if you love your pet, budget so you will be prepared & don’t have to make a hard decision based solely on finances.

    Just adding that I am so glad to find this forum and the information you share. I have an 11-year old golden as well. I wish I had found this information earlier and years ago when we lost a 10 yr old golden quite suddenly. He died within days of being diagnosed.

  108. Cindy M on August 11, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Dear Dr. D,
    We just received word that the lump removed from our 15 year old Chihuahua mix is liposarcoma. Our vet said it was removed with a “narrow margin”. He said we could follow up with a veterinary oncologist, or just wait and see if it reoccurs. Can you tell me what an oncologist might recommend as a next step? And considering little Pebbles’ age, might the “wait and see” option be preferable?

  109. Sheona Andrew on July 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm


    I’ve just come back from the vet after taking my 3 1/2yr old springer spaniel to get a lump on his chest checked out. I had convinced myself that it was lipoma before I went and wasn’t too worried. However, the vet has found a harder lump at the side of the fatty mass and has recommended that the whole lump be removed for analysis. He says that a biopsy may not give a true analysis of what the firmer lumps are. I’m sitting here not knowing what to do or maybe I do but the thought of putting my wee boy through an operation frightens me.

    • DemianDressler on August 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      Dear Sheona,
      I think maybe your vet was saying a fine needle aspirate might not get a good yield as opposed to a biopsy. If you don’t want to do the surgery, you could get a punch or wedge biopsy done under sedation with a local block, which might be less invasive.
      Dr D

  110. Josh on June 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Dear My dog’s upper hand got a lump like lipoma. it grow too fast. inner five days it become big as potato. SO, can you suggest what is it? and how seriouse?

  111. Fred on June 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hello, I have a 6 yr old Akita/Shepard.6 month’s ago i found out “Max”
    had Lyme diease. Before i knew that though when at the vet i pointed a larg lump
    by his chest/stomache area and the vet told me it was nothing to worry about. Last week i noticed him getting lethargic and he wasnt eating so i brought to a different vet to get a 2nd opinion on the lump and also to see if hes Lyme disease
    came back. When the vet put the needle in him blood came out where the lump is. Test results will come back tomorrow but im just trying everything i can to make my buddy feel better.

    • DemianDressler on June 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      Dear Fred-
      Stick to your guns and get that problem diagnosed and addressed properly. You are doing the right thing- hand in there.
      Dr D

  112. Kari on June 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Hello, I have a 1 1/2 year old Weimereiner. Tonight we just found what appears to be a “fatty growth” on the roof of his mouth, back hear his throat. It looks like a chewed piece of gum just stuck there. It feels like rubber, and does not seem to bother him. I am going to call the vet tomorrow, but am worried as I just said good-bye to my young father due to cancer. Thanks, Kari

    • DemianDressler on June 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      Dear Kari,
      please, have the vet test this growth- keep us posted!
      Dr D

  113. glorimel torrado on May 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Dear Dr. Dressler
    Im writing you for a consult as all this people did because of a cancer. Less than a year ago I lost my 2yr old dog because of a mass cell tumor level 3. Now i have my 13yrs old dog with something like a lyposarcoma. She present something like a empty mass with a hard cover. It was removed like 3 months ago. In the last month a new mass appear like the one removed but there is a new one close to the leg and the hips in the left side but it is so big that is taking all her interior body. The mass is compleatly external and radiographys present no methastasis to the organs. The biopsy results should be this week here, but im asking if there is any treatment available since because of her age she is very old and im worried if she could tolerate. The mass is so big that it dificults her to walk a little , she is now in prednisolone again for 15 days.
    Please, is my second dog with cancer, and only survival.

    …i have pictures of the mass if you want to see it i can send them to you by email.

    p.d. My dad is veterinarian but he only works with cows, we ask 5 veterinarians in Puerto Rico and no one has seen never something even close to that big mass

    • DemianDressler on May 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      I am very sorry to hear this news Glorimel.
      You need to find out what kind of cancer your dog has. The treatments are all different. You will know when the biopsy report returns. You should read the Guide, download the diet pdf on the top of this page and start the special diet while you wait and read. Once the information is in hand you can find out about statistics you need to help make your decision.
      Stay in touch,
      Dr Dressler

  114. Gloria on May 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

    My female blk lab/shepard mix has a growth the size of a large marshmallow on top of her left hind paw. It was all of a sudden “there” about the size of a nickle and now in 3 wks it is much bigger. It doesn’t seem to hurt her. The vet says he doesn’t know what it is and if it gets bigger or breaks open, it should then be removed. I don’t want her under anestesia at 11 1/2 yrs old if I can prevent it. Do you have any ideas?

  115. Beth on April 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I have a 10 year old blue dobie who has numerous fatty tumors. I had one large and fast growing one removed on the side of his leg. Now there are so many more all over his body. It seems as if they grow daily. The vet had done a biospy on the first few and said they were just fatty tumors. But he is getting so many so quickly I don’t know what to do. Any suggestions.

  116. Nosipho on April 19, 2011 at 12:50 am


    my dog was bitten by other dog he had wounds on his thigh……..the wounds healed
    in three weeks but on the forth week he developed a soft jello like lump on the side of his rib cage….he is not feeling any pain even when i touch it, it’s been two weeks now and it’s not growing any bigger it’s still the same size….what could it be? plz help.

    • DemianDressler on April 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Dear Nosipho,
      it is important for you to get your dog to see a vet! Could be a seroma (fluid effusion), abcess, hematoma, or other issue. Please get your dog proper medical care to resolve this issue, at least get it checked out!
      Dr D

    • Matt Scarrock on August 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

      Hah, curcumin was new to me! I have had dogs with multiple lipomas and also I have them. There’s probably no connection but what is supposed to work for dogs might aswell work for humans. We are currently trying to find alternative methods to treat or even cure lipomas in our community lipoma board. Some dogs have dozens of lipomas, as do people, so surgery isn’t always a real possibility.

  117. Laura on December 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Dr. D.,

    Our 5 year old male Australian Shepherd mix is undergoing treatment for a highly aggressive tumor under his pelvis on the right side with involvement of the sublumbar lymph nodes. A needle biopsy and subsequent large biopsy have so far been relatively inconclusive in determining exactly what we’re dealing with. At first look, it was diagnosed as lymphoma, but IHC and PCR ruled that out. They then suspected it to be histiocytic, but the oncologists disagreed with the pathology reports. The larger biopsy revealed a tumor of about 80% fibroblasts and collagen with pockets of histiocytes, lymphocytes and adipose tissue – it appears benign but clearly isn’t. We started chemo 10 days ago (doxorubacin) and within 3 days the tumor had decreased in size by half (after increasing 5x in the subsequent 2 weeks). The current theory from the most recent pathology is that we’re dealing with a carcinoma, but it’s still mostly guesswork.

    Then 8 days after the first round of doxy, a lump appeared on the outside of his right rear leg. It came out of nowhere, and hasn’t changed at all in size, shape or consistency since it appeared. It’s directly under a large, fatty mole that he’s had for the 3 years we’ve had him. We had an aspiration done today and the vet said it appears to be mostly adipose tissue and is probably a lipoma. He sent the sample to the pathologist just in case. It doesn’t appear to be related to the existing tumor, but the timing makes me wonder if something else could be going on. If it is a liposarcoma, do those typically respond to doxyrubacin? Any insight would be appreciated.


  118. Neal Kreisler on December 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Dear Dr. Dessler,

    My six year old female lab/corgy mix has a lipoma on her right side, near her back. I am quite sure that it has doubled in size since I first noticed it about six months ago. It has been checked by a vet, and is not cancerous. It does not seem to bother her. But – it is really large, and I am concerned that it will keep growing and growing. So – Can a lipoma continue to grow and grow? And – If it is surgically removed, what are the chances that it will just grow back?

    Neal Kreisler

  119. Kathy on December 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Dear Kim Dolan,

    I am sorry to know your dog was likely diagnosed with lymphoma. When I noticed lumps under my dog’s jaw, I took him in and the vet told me it was 99% lymphoma. Our vet found swollen lymph nodes at my dog’s back legs too. I think vets make the diagnosis based on their education and experiences.

    Biopsy will confim if it is cancer. I hope the report will come back negative.

    However, if unfortunately it is lymphoma, there are several chemo options you can choose. If all depends on your financial condition, your dog’s age & health condition, as well as your expectation from the treatment. Dr. Dressler’s Guide is a good easy read, which offers lots of information on conventional treatments, supplements, cancer diets and alternatives.

    Prednisone will help reduce the lump size and make your dog feel more comfiortable, but it does very little cancer-killing. In fact, using prednisone before chemo may reduce the effectiveness of the future chemo treatments. Dr. Dressler mentioned this point in his post: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/blog/why-rescue-chemotherapy-is-not-as-good/

    My dog started taking prednisone before chemo as well. If I had known this earlier, I would have held off until we started chemo. Please also spend some time reading all the posts Dr. Dressler wrote in his blog. You will find them very helpful.


  120. Kim Dolan on December 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    My dog Winston who is 13 years old, a Winton Terrier Old English Mix with a lot of energy has a grapefruit size hard lump under the right Jaw on his Neck. In one day it has gone from golf ball size to Grapefruit size.. the Vet sent me home with some cortizone tablets to give my dog twice a day… This is to reduce the lump… He told me this lump is most likely Cancer… and he would have to cut it out… That really scares me… The reports are not back so how can he tell me it is cancer????

  121. Laura Wilson on December 7, 2010 at 2:30 am

    very informative thanks u all so much for all ur information

    • DemianDressler on December 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      Dr D

      • tim on September 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

        My 10 year old yellow labrador’s left rear leg has become viryually solid. My vet suggests nothing be done due to her age, He has given her meloxicam but says there is no telling what the problem is without surgery which he is not overly confident she will survive. Have you ever heard of such a condition? Thank you.

        • DemianDressler on September 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

          Dear Tim,
          I am not sure I would give up so fast. Did he discuss biopsy or a fine needle aspirate to see if there are indeed cancer cells within the growth? I have operated on many 10 year old dogs with general anesthesia without problems. Would it be an idea to get a second opinion, just to be sure? If it turns out to be a tumor, I would suggest reading the Guide– it will help walk you through these kinds of decisions. I hope this helps,

    • Kathy L on September 6, 2011 at 5:34 am

      Just when I thought I had read every website, forum etc I found this. I have a 7-8 year old golden who developed a lipoma on his front limb. After several tests and ultrasounds with my local vet, I took him to the area Veterinary School and believed it to be an infiltrative lipoma. They recommended a CT scan followed by surgery (possibly an amputation). Because of distance I had the CT done locally and they felt there were clean margins and did surgery. Surgery went well and the biopsy came back as a regular fatty lipoma with no signs of it being infiltrative. All went well for about 9 months and I noticed it looked like it was back. He just had an MRI last week and now it no longer has clean margins and appears to be infiltrative. Surgery will not be able to remove all the tumor and it will likely be back and debilitating within 6 months. I think amputation is an option as is radiation. Has anyone had any experience with this type of lipoma?

  122. Laura Wilson on December 7, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Thank U!

  123. Joyce on November 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Dr. Doc,

    My 5 year old Maltese developed two squishy lumps on his stomach about a year ago. Within 2 months of noticing these lumps, they had moved lower towards his groin area (near where his lymph nodes are). The two lumps are almost identical in size and there is one on each side of his groin (lymph node area). My vet did 2 find needle aspirations (3 samples from each lump) and both times, the pathologist determined that they were lipomas.

    It has been almost a year since I first found them and there hasn’t been any changes in size or movement.

    Is there anything you would recommend in regards to supplements, vitamins or natural remedies?

    Many thanks in advance,

    • DemianDressler on November 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

      Dear Joyce,
      first, make sure everything you do is under vet supervision. Having said that, I have had some success with Apocaps combined with low calorie diet in some (although not all) of my patients.
      Hope this helps,

  124. Erin on November 11, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Dr D, my nine year old Rottweiler over the last few months was having some breathing through her nose issues..like huffing/expelling air out her nose. Very sporadic and short episodes, 10 secs or so..She then had a nose bleed so i took her in to the vet. They did some x-rays and bloodwork and all came back normal. They thought maybe she had a bacterial infection and put her on Cipro. A week later, she had another terrible nose bleed and i decided to go ahead with some further testing. They discovered an abscessed tooth with a fistula that had made it’s way into her sinus cavity. They extracted the tooth and we all assumed that was it. In the meantime, i decided to have the tooth biopsied just in case. I received the results the other day and was devastated to hear that it was cancer. They found liposarcoma cells on the tissue of the tooth. This is normally a cancer of fat cells and appears usually on the chest area. None of the doctors have ever seen this kind of cancer in this area of the body. Underneath her eye is also pretty swollen and now she is constantly dripping blood from her nose. Sometimes heavy, sometimes light, sometimes mostly clear….Have you ever heard of this?? Do you have any advice?? She is still eating and happy. I, however, am not 🙁

  125. larry on November 4, 2010 at 6:14 am

    My 4 1/2 yr old FlatCoat Retriever (Kiwi) was diagnosed with liposarcoma in his left leg back in late July. Subsequently we had his front left quarter & leg amputated. Physically he responded great, he’s running, jumping and could care-less he’s doing it all on three legs. Today we took him for a ninety day follow-up. The surgeon did his exam and was really happy with the appearance and feel of everything, right up until he felt his lymph node swollen at the point where our dogs leg had been. X-rays showed nothing had spread to his chest, however, he’s concerned and if it is the cancer returning he didn’t recommend further surgery. While our Doc is great and did a fine job on the surgery (surgical-oncologist) he is going to send us to a specialist for the next course of action. In your experience, have you had any similar situations in a dog that is young & relatively healthy like our dog? If so, what sort of treatment would you recommend?
    If you do reply, I will get back to you on what the Oncologist recommends after Kiwi is seen.


    • Erin on January 7, 2011 at 6:14 am

      Dr D, i just now found that you had responded to my comment from November 11th above…anyway, wanted to let you know that the vet put her on Prednisone and low dose Benadryl. On my own, i started to also give her Noni juice (1 shot twice a day)..about two weeks later, her symptoms (constant nose bleed and eye swelling) started to decrease and then after a few more days were completely GONE!! She proceeded to get better and then level off and since then she has been doing really well. I don’t know if you know about Noni but i am now convinced that this has helped as when i went back to refill my prescription for the Prednisone, i discovered that they had given me 5mg tablets the first time instead of 20mg. So, she was only taking 15mg a dose when it should have been 60! I am sure that the cancer is still growing because she eats a lot but she is slowly losing weight..however it hasn’t stopped her at all.. her spirits are 100% and we are happy for every day. Thanks again for your response.

  126. Kathleen on September 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    My 13 yr.old female beagle just had a lipoma removed that proved to be liposarcoma. It was 7″ in diameter and weighed 4lbs. Because tissue in the muscle was necrotic, this little sweetheart had to have quite a bit of muscle tissue removed. This fatty tumor or as they called it, “unevenly distributed fat”, grew hard and gigantic in two weeks. Did we get it in time?

    The necrotic tissue is so widespread that there isn’t enough healthy tissue to hold her stitches. We are irrigating the ports with betadine and then spraying Trypzyme to encourage the generation of new tissue.

    We love this sweet, smart stray we adopted 10 years ago. She seems to be doing a lot better than us. Will we know when it’s time to let her go? Will our Vet help us with this decision? We’ll do anything for her, but keep her in pain.

  127. Kathleen on September 27, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Our sweet 13 yr.old beagle, Lizzie, had what doctors called a fatty tumor. We were told that lipoma’s are rarely malignant. It grew to 7in. in diameter and weighed 5lb. It was causing her to stumble and it finally split open requiring emergeny surgery. She came home the very next morning. Happy, hungry and waiting to go out for her walks. However, the skin wouldn’t hold the stitches and pink serum flowed from not only the ports, but the new splits in skin. We are irrigating the ports with betadine and using an enzyme that will form new skin. We have decided that our little girl has had enough. She’s not in pain now. but when it’s time we will love her more than ourselves. We just can’t let go yet.

    • DemianDressler on September 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      Dear Kathleen,
      I am so sorry to hear this news. This is a very difficult time. Thinking of you,

      • Stacy on February 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

        I have a 12 year old lab mix that has had liposarcoma removed twice from her front leg. She now has two additional tumors on her chest/belly that I was going to have removed, however, the surgery is 3500 and I am not sure how much it will extend her life. If I don’t do the surgery, what can I expect. If I do the surgery, could another tumor develop tomorrow? I’m so nervous that I’ll regret doing it or regret not doing it. I’m very torn about this.

        • DemianDressler on March 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm

          Dear Stacy,
          sorry to hear about this.
          Do we know what kind of tumors are on your dog’s chest? This would answer the question of whether they are dangerous or not, and also how quickly they could be expected to come back. You should look into Apocaps and the other steps in the Guide too, with your vet’s supervision.
          I hope this helps,
          Dr D

  128. Jenifer McClellan on September 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Dear Dr. Dressler,

    I have a 10 year old very large (120lbs) Wiemeraner who has numerous Fatty tumors (they started when he was 5) I had one large one removed on his rib cage at the age of 6 years. This was a very long and difficult recovery for him. He now has more than we can count, he has a HUGE tumor on the other side of the rib cage which we/the vet has been watching for the last year as he felt the dog is to old for surgery and taking into consideration his difficulty with the prior surger we decided against it, the tumor just went though another growing spirt and is so large now he can no longer walk normally, he does not limp the tumro has spread under his armpit and obviously is involved with other tissue and muscle. This tumor has been confirmed as non cancerous twice. Is there anything that can be done about the growth? I have changed his diet etc over the past couple of years thinking maybe his diet had something to do with these growths, again he has hundreds of these all over, some big some small but everywhere? I know he is now uncomfortable with the HUGE one and I am considering that he may need to be put to sleep since his function of that leg is so bad.

    Any help would be appreciated.


    • DemianDressler on September 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

      Dear Jenifer,
      have you had a chance to read the Guide? If this were my patient, I would change to the Dog Cancer Diet, and give Apocaps a for a couple of months. Please be sure to have your vet involved in all the medical decisions for your dog.

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    • Matt on March 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      hey, my Dalmatian is 13 years old. about 6 months ago she started sounding really congested when she breathes, only through the left nostril though. she has always done the reverse sneezing since she was a pup but now she is filled with mucus and her left nostril constantly drains. it doesnt bleed and it hasnt gotten worse, however she does have her good days and bad days, she looks very healthy, eats, drinks, loves walks and has normal functions. any suggestions. I realize that she is quite old for a dal. and the vets say that the x rays, and nasal flush will run 1000 to 1500 dollars and may still leave us scratching our heads.

      thanks , Matt

      • DemianDressler on March 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

        Dear Matt,
        It sounds like there is a choice that needs to be made. If we are going to try to make her better, then the best things are to get the culture and nasal flush with pathologist exam and imaging of the nasal sinuses are logical. I suppose one could take a less ideal medical approach and try some antibiotics to see if that helps. Digestive enzymes like Wobenzyme can sometimes help with nasal inflammation after a few weeks of use as a supplement to the antibiotics, under veterinary supervision.
        If it is a money issue, then try to find a vet that will take Care Credit applications or will barter services. The Guide has a lot of other financial resources you can check in to as well.
        If the choice is that you are opting to not treat her as because of her age, then that is a choice that can be made after appropriate life quality analysis.
        So here it comes down to what is your choice, as a guardian?

  129. Nancy on August 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Dear Dr. Dressler,
    We have a 4 y/o Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. He began growing a bump on his armpit/chest area with weird hair follicles. In June 09 we had it surgically removed because it was growing quite large. The biopsy came back benign. Two days ago we had him operated again because it was again large and hindering his walking. This time around the doctor had less luck and only removed 1/3 of the growth. He stated it had infiltrated too many muscles and was afraid to cause permanent damage. I know we will not have our dog operated on again, but don’t want to give up. I am desperately searching for an alternative to surgery. In what I have read they have mentioned radiation therapy. My vet stated that would not be an alternative. I can’t just give up. I need to know that I have looked into all possible alternatives. Can you please make any suggestions where I can find some answers?

    • Allison on September 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

      I have a 10 yr old female daschund who has a fairly large lump where her front left leg connects. The vet said it was a fatty tumor. A little while has passed and i now notice she has several smaller lumps on her stomach. I’m not sure what they are, I’m worried. Can you help me?

  130. DemianDressler on August 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Dear Sara,
    In the same way that if you awoke one morning and found a lump on your body you would likely get it checked out, the best thing to do is bring your dog to the vet. Could be nothing, could be something. No, doxy would not be a typical reason for a single lump. A local vaccine reaction could be though. Regardless, get it checked.
    Dr D

  131. Sara on August 15, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Dear Dr.,

    My story is kind of different, but the same. My 1yr old yellow lab has been taking doxycycline for a week & I just noticed a little lump the size of a quarter is protruding from her upper back leg. There is no tick or bug present. Could this lump possibly be from the medication? She was also recently at the vet & got a series of shots. Could this be a cause of the lump? It is soft & does not bother her. I am so worried! Please help!

    • Rhea on April 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Hi DR D. I just wanted to thank you for the information you provide, I’m from South Africa. We have a 14 year old fox terrierpom mix. She really is the life and soul of our family. She first had a lump on her tummy, the vet said it was non cancerous. Its grown to the size of an orange now. she then got a lump on her back, its grown to the size of an apple now.
      Considering her age, surgery to remove those might not be an opinion. She is still fully alert etc just gets tired often. Is there any advice you could give us. She really is the most special “person” in our family, the glue that holds us together.

      • DemianDressler on April 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        Dear Rhea,
        the difficulty with this is that I am not sure what you are dealing with. Were the lumps tested and confirmed to be non cancerous? You need the data to make decisions. That is step one. After you know what you are dealing with you can make decisions more clearly. Get the aspirates done if they are not done yet…

  132. lydia on August 10, 2010 at 11:19 am

    My 12 1/2 yr old beagle has been diagnosed with a tumor on his spleen. This was done by our vet without an x-ray per my request. Blood work, exam and review of symptoms lead to the diagnosis. He began taking a steroid yesterday. In “researching” canine spleen tumors on-line, I’m finding that bloating and spleen tumor have many of the same symptoms – bloated abdomen, rapid breathing, not wanting to lay down, rapid weight loss. All of which my dog has. Are there any notable difference between the symptoms for each? My dog has had difficultly pooping and has peed in the house twice in 24hrs(not typical of him at all!), within the last month his pinna have thicken and curled(not a hematoma) on both ears. He began taking thyroid medication about 2 months ago for low thyroid. The vet said his heart and lungs sounded good, but blood tests showed anemia, very high white blood count and low red blood count. The clotting ability of his blood also measured low.

    A spleen tumor seems logical, but my findings are causing me to second this. I would need to take my dog back to the vet to discuss this with the vet. Any information that you could provide would be most appreciated! Thank you!

  133. kathy mckinley on April 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    my 11 year old rottie is in great condition blood work kidneys liver she had a big mass came up the vet took it off and came back it was a hemanglopericytoma markly affacing the adipose tissure are whoris and streams of dense spindle cells the neoplasm extends to the margins of sections examined samantha everyone says acts looks younger than her age she is a great dog she does take throid after all this she is full of energy playing jumping running do i need to worry at her age shes old for a rott but can it return quickly can she have meds or supplement to help you would think by seeing she is in excelent shape please explain the above terms

  134. kathy mckinley on April 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    my 11 year old rottie had a hemanglopericytomas removed i just found the big mass after she started limping it was on her hip the report says marked affacing the adipose tissue are whoris and streams of dense spindle cells the neoplasm extends to the margins of secton examined but samantha is 11 her liver kidney and blood test the vet said were excellent everyone says she looks like a young dog after mass removed she is running jumpimg and full of energy she is on throid meds at her age will this tumor return or is a chanceshe will live her life out shes a great dog rotties are sweet

  135. Sally on April 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Sharon –
    Sounds exactly like my 12 year old dobie. Many lumps in various spots, especially the very large one on ribs. Recently I found on attached the skin at her throat. The vet had told us it would be to dangerous to remove them at her age. The throat one though has yet to be checked out.
    Sadly, we are trying to make the decision for her. She seems to be suffering from cognitive dysfunction and does not even respond to her name. Its so hard to make a decision when you cannot tell if they are in pain…. 🙁

  136. sharon hagerty on March 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

    i have a dobie with 8 tumors, one very hard on stomach, and fatty hard on rib cage causing it to expand out. vet said it was COPD. i knew something else. found a fatty tumor in lymph node under neck. several all over body. growns at night, sounds like fluid in lungs. could this be heart also? age 13. has some curvature of spine. one cloudy eye.
    then, my 5 year old pitbull, am staff has one hard tumor in middle of chest. what kind could this be. frequent thirst in middle of night.
    please reply if you have some suggestions. or know of a very good oncologist in washington state.

  137. Dar on March 25, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I think i have left a comment before on this.. I can’t seem to find it. so i will reply again. On March 6th i had to put my baby girl, Cookie down 10yrs old. I did not know she had liver cancer.. with in minutes my vet came back and gave me the test results on Lucky (7yrs) who had a bio-opsy done the week before and found out she has Lymphosaroma (high grade). I was told she has about a month to live. Heart broken. still makes me cry. So, What should i do?? is she too far gone for treatement?? I didn’t know either of my babies had problems. no signs until it was too late. Lucky is still going. The following monday i had 17 stones removed from Lucky. lg stones. She is feeling better or at least acts happy. Cookie had started to not want to get up. I was thinking she was have pain in her knee she had surgery done about five years ago. so that’s why I thought that. Then she stopped eating… I had just had both of them to the vet the week before all this started. They were fine and happy. I guess i am at a lose for words. Just wanting to know if i could prolong lucky life. ??


    • Dr. Dressler on March 28, 2010 at 2:04 am

      Dear Dar,
      I am so sorry to hear about all of this. You should really think about “putting on your oxygen mask”, which I talk about in the Guide. It means taking some time to deal with the trauma you are experiencing before making decisions. A day or two is all it takes. You probably need to decompress and release some of the feelings you must be having.
      Then you may want to ask yourself the same question. You need to decide if you want chemo and get an oncologist involved. You should think about supplements, diet, and life quality issues. You might want to get a copy of the Guide, I think it would help answer this very complex question. In the end, it comes down to you becoming comfortable being in the driver’s seat. This takes some getting used to.
      All my best,
      Dr D

  138. Terri on March 1, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Hi John,

    no lumps in throat, rear of stomach, or back upper legs. She does have a few other fatty growths, but those are NOT growing.

    The vet saw it 3 weeks ago and said it was fat, no problem, but it’s grown since then – not doubled, but grown.

    Vets have told me before to not bother removing fatty tumors, as they may well just grow back anyways, and don’t cause the dog pain – this one just seems to be growing fast, though it still doesn’t feel like the cancer my old dog had.

  139. John on March 1, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Hi Terri,

    I’m going through the same thing with my 7 year old pit. Can you feel any lumps in her throat, rear of her stomach or the very back upper part of her legs. Usually lymphoma cancer will attack the immune system which will case the lymph nodes to swell, usually in the throat first. That is where we found our dogs first. Then the rest swelled. If it is just the one it could be she is fighting an infection for the lymph nodes swell because of that as well. The best thing is to take her immediately to the vet and they will check it by drawing a bit of the liquid from it. I hope it is not lymphoma, for it is extremely expensive for the chemo and no guarantees. Good luck!

  140. Terri on February 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Dear Dr. Dressler,

    I got a 5 year old female Dalmatian from Dalmatian Rescue (they got her from the pound) on January 1st. When she had her spay surgery (upon release from the pound), the vet also took out what he said was just a fatty tumor – but he said he removed it because it was in a potentially uncomfortable spot, and not to worry. Rescue gave me the rather large tumor in a baggie and told me it was a lipoma, though I saw on the surgery papers they gave me that they had denied a biopsy of the tissue – so I guess we don’t know for sure.

    In the 2 months that I’ve had the dog, the lump has grown back, and then some. It’s like there’s a pouch in her chest that’s filling up with this stuff – and 2 months seems very very fast to me for it to come back entirely. It still feels fatty (though getting harder, because that pouch is filling up as it grows – that’s the way it seems to me), and I can move it from side to side a bit. It doesn’t seem to be bothering the dog, but I really can’t say, as she’s extremely quiet all of the time. I’d say it’s about golf ball size, and is tucked neatly between (and just ahead of) her armpits, exactly on the middle of her chest.

    I know you can’t diagnose through an email, but I welcome any comments. I just had to treat my dear recently departed Dal 2.5 years ago for cancer on her arm, and I sure don’t want to go through that again anytime soon. But I remember when her lump showed up on her upper arm (a pretty big one, like 2/3 golfball size), it showed up pretty much overnight, and was very very hard.


  141. maxwell on February 28, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Dear Dr. Dressler,
    My maltese has something in between his ribs. Right in the lower center part of his ribs is a… not a lump but more like a small flat bone ) ) ) , <—- i tried to give an example i don't know if you will be able
    = to make it out but if that was his rib cage (looking at it
    ) ) ) ' from the bottom up) the "equal sign" is what i was concerned about is it part of his bones or is it something i should get checked out? i've felt it and it does not seem to bother him and it does not seem like its growing… also its does not feel hard like a bone its feels more like a cartilage please let me know thank you!

  142. Vivien on February 24, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Dear Dr. My 12 year old cocker spaniel has a growth on her upper eye lid. It doesn’t seem to be bothering her. Could you advise what this could be? Thank you for your help.


  143. Jennifer on February 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Doc,
    I have a 6yr old yellow lab i just took her to the vet because she has about 7 bumps on her front legs and 1 on her back by her neck and 1 down by her hip the vet gave her antibiotics hoping it’s just an infection somewhere, but he also said it might be hook worm, or it can be CUTANEOUS LYMPHOSARCOMA. Out of all those what do you think? She is acting normal and eating and drinking fine but these bumps started a few months back and more keep appearing do you have any suggestions.

    • Dr. Dressler on February 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      Dear Jennifer,
      I would like to answer your question and give you a diagnosis. I wish I was that good! Sadly, nobody is able to tell you what a lump is, looking at the computer monitor. My suggestion is to get an fine needle aspirate done on the lumps, or on the lumps that seem most suspicious.
      Here is more info in this subject:


      I hope these turn out to be easy to deal with,
      Dr D

  144. Kevin on January 23, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I have a 11 1/2 year old German Shepard who has developed one of those jello type fatty pockets at the rear side of his rib cage. It is right in the area where he can scratch at it with his hind leg. No one here is mentioning itching, and I am wondering if it is a normal symptom. He does not seem to be in pain or unfomfortable except the occasional itching. Just forward of this one 2″x2″, is another much smaller on which can be felt between his ribs. Would appreciate any advice.
    Thank you!

  145. Tammy on December 4, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Hi Doctor, My 2 yr old Golden Retriever has infiltrative lipoma in her back hund leg. The option in July given was take her leg but they may have to take so much into the hind area that she would need a cart to get around. We couldn’t do it, she shows no pain and runs and plays only thing is her right back leg shows the mass is growing. Is there anything I can try to shrink the tumor? It’s through the muscle they said but again, her quality of life is still here so I am praying I can find something to keep the tumor under control and she can live longer. The vet specialst here was very cold, said take the leg and if she can’t deal with using a cart put her down or give her to a home. I was very upset and have her on NUVET Plus tabs for months now and no change. Just looking for any options I might have to help her.

    • Dr. Dressler on December 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm

      I have had some successes with slowing the growth of these with curcumin and luteolin. Both have blog posts here. For more details, check out the Dog Cancer Survival Guide.
      Dr D

  146. debbie on November 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    my 12yr old rottie has a lump on his front right leg the size of a grapefruit soft than hard not limping yet. took 6 months to get this far but he is not friendly.should i leave it or get help/does not seem to be in pain

  147. Penny on October 22, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I have a similar question to Kim. We have a nine year old English Setter mix. His fatty tumor is also under the muscle and the vet *really* didn’t want to operate as he said it would be pretty major, and seemed to feel uncertainty about the outcome. The tumor goes under the dog’s “arm”, and covers his whole ribcage. It isn’t really spreading around so much as getting larger and larger so that it is interfering with his movement. Really I know I need to take him back to the vet, but what kind of outcome do you usually see with this?

  148. Shawnny on October 15, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Hello Doctor, I have a four year chihuahua, and I was told by my vet that my dog has a fatty tumor. Should I do surgery to remove the tumor and can the tumor come back? I do not want my dog to suffer any type of surgery since she getting old.

  149. Lena on September 6, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I have a 10 month old Lab mix, and just noticed a soft, fatty spot on his side. Not quite a “lump” yet, but it feels different. It doesn’t feel attached to any muscles and moves around with his skin. He was bitten by a Pit Bull a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve noticed scabs in some places under his fur where he is still healing. Is it possible that this is just some type of abscess…or is it possible to have a tumor at such a young age?

    Thank you

  150. kim on August 21, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Hi Dr. Dressler,

    I’m really intersted in purchasing your book. Looks like it has a wealth of information!

    Here is my question. One of our labs has had many fatty tumors which we have had removed surgically. He is nine now and some we are leaving as they seem fatty and we don’t want to put him under for tumors that are non-threatening.

    He has one that has developed under the muscle on his back left hip. It just looks like he’s a little lopsided now. Our vet said it would be very difficult to remove since it’s under the muscle. I just don’t like it there as it can continue to grow and hinder his exercise and well being.


    Thanks in advance!

  151. Nikki on August 12, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Hi, I just found out that my Golden Retriever has Liposarcoma. I noticed when his stomach seamed to be bloated, and he was sluggish. The vets had never seen anything so rare, and still don’t know much about this. They say they completely removed it thru surgery. He is only 3 yrs old. What are his chances for a full recovery? No one can ever answer this question for me…. oh and what dog food would you rec for now on…? Thank you so much for your time =)

  152. Brooke on August 11, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Dear Dr. Dressler,
    My almost two year old Golden Retriever had a small lump removed from the back of his head (about the size of an m&m) The vet said that the cells did not look those of a typical benign tumor and sent the lump to pathology. Does this automatically mean that my boy has cancer? Are there other tumors that may have atypical cells that are not cancer? I am about to lose my mind with worry! Thanks!!!

    • Lyn Benoist on April 11, 2011 at 2:02 am

      Our 7 year old rat terrier has some type of squishy tumor up in the what I’ll call arm pit of his front leg. We are anticipating a trip to the vet but are very financial strapped at present. It seems to be growing. Any idea what it could be?

      Also our rat got her foot stuck in a small square of wire cage mesh this weekend and she yanked it out herself. Her foot on the bottom looks swollen and bruised. Will this heal on hit own.

      Thank you!

      • DemianDressler on April 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

        Dear Lyn
        discuss Care Credit with your vet as a payment plan option. You vet may be able to do an in-house fine needle aspirate to test the lump which may be affordable for you.
        Dr D

        • Mike Scullion on August 25, 2011 at 7:39 am

          Hey Dave, Mike Scullion here. We did a V show in 2008 with you in Kona. Just browsing the web and saw you here. Hope all is well with you and family. My Golden has this issue you are blogging about and I was just getting some background on the problem before going to a vet. Small world that I should stumble upon you.

          Look me up on facebook and friend request.



          • DemianDressler on September 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm

            Dear Mike,
            good to hear from you! Let me know if I can help!

  153. Denise on July 29, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I have a small dog she has to lumps on her chest. They have never bothered her until she fell off the steps and ruptured one of them. This has been on going now for five weeks and I cant afford a vet right now cuz im not working. Is there anything I can do to help this. I keep it clean cuz it leaks puss out if it slowly. She is still eating ok and going to the bathroom ok. But sleeps all day and all night and that is not her. Her heartrate and breathing seem to be normal but keeps running a temp off and on. Can you help me out at all on this? Thank you

  154. Laurie on July 23, 2009 at 9:42 am

    My 15 1/2 year Weimaraner has a large fatty tumor under her belly. Because of her age, would you recommend surgery?

    • Dr. Dressler on July 26, 2009 at 8:12 am

      good question. There are a lot of factors to consider, too many to list here. I am answering this one on the webinar this week which will be recorded:
      Hope you can tune in!
      Dr D

  155. Lisa on July 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Our 12 yr. old dog has had a fatty tumor on her upper back for years. Tonight it had a huge dried blood scab hanging off to the side and when I trimmed back the hang around that area the tumor was an open sore. It has never happened before. What could have made it happen? It isn’t oozing or anything but I am worried.

    • Dr. Dressler on July 26, 2009 at 8:13 am

      it could be the pressure of the growth between the body weight and the floor has caused the blood supply of the skin to be cut off and the skin to die overlying the tumor.
      I will address more on lipomas in this weeks recorded webinar:
      Dr D

  156. Durga's Mom on March 5, 2009 at 10:23 am

    My 5-1/2 month Doberman female had a “lump” come up on the back of her neck/shoulder area. It got golf ball size in about a day. The vet did a needle aspiration, but said she thought she should remove it since it grew so fast. During the surgery she had to remove more tissue than she expected because it was nacrotic and had fingers running out of it everywhere. She said she had never seen anything like it before. We are still waiting on the biopsy results.
    Over the New Years holidays, Durga had a bad case of hives. Our Vet was closed so I took her elsewhere and that Vet gave her a steroid shot, but initially missed and went out the other side of the skin. She developed a bad swelling at that sight and our Vet after lancing it said she had a bad staph infection. It went down quickly with antibiotics. But at that time our Vet still wasn’t sure about the cause.

    Could the 2 incidences be connected? Has anyone else had this experience? Being a cancer survivor myself, I am not sure that I could put her through the treatment that I had, it would be cruel.

    • Dr. Dressler on March 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Druga’s mom,
      sounds pretty odd. Something fishy going on here. Suspicious for some systemic immune derangement, perhaps, or a defect in the skin itself leading to this stuff. Also try to have a biopsy done to rule out mast cell tumor. Do you have a blue dobie? Make sure your vet does complete blood work, urinalysis, and a culture 10-14 days after the antibiotics are done.

  157. Christine on March 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    To all pet owners of Lipoma plagued animals – if you can, find yourself a holistic vet who practices homeopathy. My brother (who lives in Europe) rescues dogs from Rumania and is friends with a couple of vets. They’ve seen their share of Lipomas and treat these successfully with Homeopathy. Some of the ingredients he mentioned were the following (I don’t know where to get these here and advise NOT to play doctor yourself but let a vet who specializes in this work out a plan):

    Barium carbonicum D6 (shrinks tumor)
    Arnica D6 (eases pain and anti-inflammatory)
    Arsenicum album D30
    Thuja D30

    I have a 9 year old lab who has an infiltrated Lipoma, shoulder/chest. She had surgery and it could not be removed, they took a biopsy and it was benign, I’m so glad. I’ve been trying to find a remedy myself. In the meantime, I did find a holistic vet treats Lipomas with Acupuncture and Chinese herbs, no luck finding anyone in this area with Holistic and Homeopathy. Back to the current vet, the Acupuncture did no go over well with our dog so I won’t subject her to another one even though I am a firm believer in the power of Acupuncture. Our dog freaks out going to the vet and gets all worked up, I think her mental condition is to tense to get anything out of the Acupuncture.

    Check out the book “The Nature of Animal Healing” by Martin Goldstein – to summarize his treatment of Lipoma – change the dog food to some HIGH quality dog food – he believes that dogs that get lipomas has a metabolic imbalance. The goal is to establish proper metabolic function to avoid additional lipomas and to successfully treat the ones the dog has. He recommends to add L-Carnitine, Chromium Picolinate and a homeopathic preparation called Weight Off Drops. If the pet does not respond to this, he adds Vitamin B6. He also recommends Chih-ko & Curcuma (Seven Forest).

    I will try to give the Chinese Herbs some more time before I try something else, the lipoma does appear to have gotten a little bit smaller (will measure the height and width once a week to monitor progress).

    Good luck to all!


  158. Linda on February 22, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Dr. Dressler,
    My 12yr. old kuvasz Nik recently has been diagnosed with Liposarcoma. The vet didn’t aspirate explained that it might not be conclusive since the offending cells could be missed but based on visual she’s sure this is the case. He has had tons of these fatty lumps EVERYWHERE this particular one has been slowly growing for approx. 4-5yrs. been aspirated 2x’s past & I was advised past couple yrs. 2 different vets to leave it unless it affected mobility or bothered him due to the opinion at that time it was just a lipoma soft etc..

    It seemed to take a big change over what seemed to be days now is hard & looks like he has a football under his skin to left of spine behind left front shoulder. I knew immediately when it got hard it was not a good thing hence took him in right away.

    The aggressive treatment suggested was excision which possibly could involve muscle etc.. painful anyways & could need radiation after. His blood work was good 2 values were a little changed but she wasn’t concerned: Alkaline Phosphatase 178 / Granulocytes 12.5 she commented couldn’t believe she was looking @ a 12yr. olds bloodwork. His teeth are beautiful, his eyes just have normal age changes no cataracts he’s a very strong dog. He’s had a history of allergies during late august/sept. (pollens) would get skin spots & he is getting weak in hindquarters & especially over past month but still a very strong dog in spite of this & his age BUT…..

    I at this point will not do evasive surgical procedures on him I’ve experienced this path before & know that it would be one thing after another hacking him up, there is another of these soft lumps that has changed over past month on his right side just behind rib cage so I feel we’d be chasing one after another & he would suffer the last months of his life instead of enjoying the time left & us helping him gently go with the vets help when the time comes I’d like to know if there are any NON evasive ways to help this condition such as meds etc… that may slow this liposarcoma.

    I did order k9immunity/transfer cancer pack & will start that when it comes, my dogs both have eaten solid gold holistique blenz & wolf king for yrs. I was also looking into switching to tast of wild grain free? Will this support help at all? are there other things that could?

    My other Kuvasz is 10yrs. old & acts like hes 3. He has one small fatty lump in groin area has also been aspirated no issue but I’ll likely get it removed if it changes AT ALL soft or not!

    I am a prof. groomer & trainer attended tons of seminars on every topic to do with dogs including a mini-vet class @ the U of Mn so I do watch over my dogs carefully & have past experience with cancer (lost my first kuvasz @ 7 to hemangiosarcoma 6wks. after surgery) hence my decision not to start hacking on him @ 12yrs. old we’re lucky to have had his company this long. Just looking for advice if there are other treatments etc.. that your aware of since you specifically have researched this area.


  159. megan on February 19, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Can you tell me anything about liposarcomas induced by foreign bodies? I know there have been a few articles here and there over the years about these tumors occurring where a body had lodged (microchip, piece of glass), etc.

    My 8.5 year old Akita cross has a few lipomas. We have been good at eyeballing them and aspirating them regularly. However, in recent weeks, one has not only grown, but it has gotten very firm and immobile–it has almost become a part of the ribcage (it is near the ribcage front limb junction). All of the previous aspirates have only been examined at the vet–no path/cytology.

    We will be opening him up (dog, not vet ;-)) next week to see what we can see–and hopfeully excise whatever’s there (I told him that if he has to, take as wide of margins as possible), but I am concerned about the possibility of a well-defined liposarcoma. I know they are rare–but they are also the most mistaken for a regular lipoma. I should also note, I’m also concerned about an infiltrative lipoma…which would almost be worse.

    Either way, long story short, this spot, coincidentally is also where the dog had an embedded foxtail that had burrowed its way into the muscle. We had to surgically remove it and a bunch of infected tissue last year at about this time. The current lipoma appeared later…and has been growing/changing for the last 6-8 months. could there be a connection? Not that it matters, I guess…but is it possible? Or is it most likely that this will just be an atypical, but normal, lipoma.

  160. akchick on February 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    hi my 10 year old pit/dal mix has had several small lumps all in different areas of her body/the vet did a biopsy and said to just keep an eye on them….well over the last 12 months they have slowly been growing,
    but worst/ from the middle of her back to mid tail, right under the skin is hard,stiff and rippled (when i asked the vet about it last year,it was less noticeable and the vet said it was prob. from weight gain) it has spread and looks larger than the surrounding area.i am taking her back to the vet next week/do you have any tips on what to ask the vet,or what kind of tests i should expect to have done?
    thank you

  161. Kathleen on February 12, 2009 at 1:00 am

    I have an 8 year old male dalmatian who had 2 tumors diagnosed as “fatty tumors.” One was on his chest/ribcage area and very small, the other is on his hip area and at the time was about the size of a half dollar. It has since grown in size. The problem is my husband is in the Air Force and we are stationed in Germany. The local vet speaks almost no English which makes it difficult to inform them of what we want or need. So we took Maveric to the base vet who did a needle aspirate and informed us of the “fatty tumor” status. The local vet didn’t even do that, just felt it and called them fat tumors. Anyway, I asked about aspirating them down in size and was told that they are nothing to worry about and they won’t remove them right now because it’s “cosmetic.” They would only remove the one on his chest if it starts to impede his mobility.

    My question is this. I had a friend, who was once a vet, say they can aspirate the tumor and from the way she talked, I thought she meant they would pull all the cells out of the tumor with a needle. Is this done? And is it an alternative to surgery? I plan on going to the base vet and having him checked out again to be sure nothing has changed. However, we leave here in a year and I would prefer to not have any surgeries done here because of the language barrier. So is there a way we can try to “manage” the growth of the tumor until we can get back to the US and have it removed properly?


  162. sandra on February 10, 2009 at 10:43 am

    My 11 year old labrador has got three tumours one in the colon and two in the rectum. My vet says that they are inoperable and he is find it increasingly difficult to empty his bowels. Albert my dog undersent his first course of chemo today. I have been given advice from my vet on diet and what to do in the next few days but if you have any advice on diet and how to treat this I would be grateful

  163. Anonymous on February 10, 2009 at 10:40 am

    My 11 year old labrador has got three tumours one in the colon and two in the rectum. My vet says that they are inoperable and he is find it increasingly difficult to empty his bowels. Albert my dog undersent his first course of chemo today. I have been given advice from my vet on diet and what to do in the next few days but if you have any advice on diet and how to treat this I would be grateful

  164. A.H. on February 2, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    My 6-year old Lab Retriever was diagnosed with infiltrated lipoma in the armpit of her left leg. It was removed, but the vet said it could grow back and that infiltrated lipoma is half way between benign and cancer. What diet and supplements might help the dog? Is there any diet or supplements to help it not to grow back as I can’t afford any more surgery? Is there anything I can do that’s preventive? Should I take away all grains? Should the dog (male, neutered) be fed only meat and eggs or raw vegetables in a blender mixed with ground turkey? Anyway to prevent a recurrance of the infiltrated lipoma?

    • Dr. Dressler on February 8, 2009 at 11:27 pm

      A.H., this is an open ended question that needs many pages to answer. Consider the upcoming e-book.
      You can also have your vet contact me and I may be able to help. I have a program where I am developing certain supplements that have shown promise.

  165. nancy on January 31, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I had a great dane that got Liposarcoma. I was told 10 years ago it was a rare type of cancer. I am sure alot of it has to do with the food that they are eating. ALl my danes died of cancer, osteosarcoma, stomach, testicular. i now feed all my dogs Innova. hopefully this will help.

  166. Pamela Samson on January 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I am sorry about your furbaby…I read recently ( and had used it before ) that CHICO And CURCUMA ( made by Seven Forests ) is excellent for reducing lipomas. I have my 14 year old Borzoi on it right now. Also have you tried artemesinin??? I think it is a wonderful additive to their diet.My OS greyhound boy Jaxen had amp and chemo and lived 46 1/2 months VERY healthy…he was on arte ( as well as a natural diet and supplements )

  167. chris on January 29, 2009 at 4:14 am

    I too would be very interested in what supplements were used to help shrink fatty tumors as I have an English Setter with a few.

    • Dr. Dressler on January 30, 2009 at 7:16 pm

      Chris, the answer is a bit detailed, with body weight and sources of the agents to be discussed (which I do in the 300 page e-book that should be out very shortly).
      But to answer briefly:

      • Dr. Dressler on January 30, 2009 at 7:17 pm

        Chris, one more thing, you must be sure to discuss everything you are doing with your vet as every dog is different.

  168. Patricia on January 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm


    I am at a total loss of what to do. After two months of treatment on my 10 1/2 Golden Retriever for what was diagnosed by two vets as a very arthritic elbow, a third vet has diagnosed cancer in the shoulder area. Upon x-ray he was surprised to find what appeared to be cancer. He thought it was an osteosarcoma and took cells with a needle biopsy while she was sedated. It came back as a histiolytic cancer?? It must be in the muscle and in the bone. By ultrasound, she has a tumor on her spleen and bumps under her skin which were also aspirated and showed abnormal cells. I don’t know what I am dealing with. She is on pain meds because she is clearly in pain and limps severely. The muscle has atrophied quite a bit. What next? I can’t find good information on this type of cancer. Amputation is out of the question. Chemo? Radiation for treatment or palliation? supplements? lots of pain meds? Help me. This little girl is so precious to us but she looks like I am losing her fast. Thank you

    • Dr. Dressler on January 30, 2009 at 7:08 pm

      I don’t want to say the wrong thing but this does not sound good in all honesty.
      Talk to your vet about pain meds.
      Some suggestions for you and your vet to consider together:
      Piroxicam with EGCG (Teavigo)
      Tramadol/sustained release morphine (I like Tramadol better)
      These are covered in the upcoming e-book.
      I wish you the very best.

  169. Michelle on January 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Can you tell me what the supplements you mention above that are shrinking lipomas? I have an 8 yr old Golden/Lab mix that has a few.

    • Dr. Dressler on January 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm

      Michelle, I go into this is in a lot of detail in the book coming up, the dosing and sources and so on. Too much for this box, I am sorry. For now though:

  170. Karen on January 23, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    My 3 year old rhodesian ridgeback had two mast cell tumors grade 2 removed in September08. One of the MCTs was located on his flank. Since the surgery, a lump has developed in the area. This has since been diagnosed as benign fat — or more accurately, stitched fat during surgery.

    I am hoping to hear your thoughts: Is this a common occurrence? Is there concern this may develop into sarcoma (cancer), given my boy’s MCT history? As I keep my eye on the lump, what should I watch out for and will it decrease in size?

    Thank you so very much in advance!!

    • Dr. Dressler on January 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm

      yes, fat can be grouped up under the incision and produce a bump. I cannot give advice on individual dogs, sorry- but you should make sure a wide excision was done on the site which is the treatment for grade 2 MCT’s. Also find out the mitotic index, which gives you info on expected behavior, from the vet.
      If fat, it should go down over time slowly,

  171. Dave on January 19, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I’ve had a question for a while to which you might be able to offer an answer or at least some insights.

    We recently (July 08) lost our 9 year old Siberian Husky to hemangiosarcoma. Don’t need to go into the details of that. However, during the 7 years after we rescued him, we found many “lumps and bumps” of various sorts on his body (Many means >10). We tried to always do the needle biopsy, and our vet never found anything suspicious, although we removed a few because they were in places like his eyelid or on on the top of his head and were therefore vulnerable for various reasons.

    These growths were mostly the little solid, wartlike growths, but there were a few lipomas as well, including one that ultimately got very large (4″ x 3″ x1″) on his upper torso. The vet was always reluctant to remove it because of potential muscle involvement, thinking that it might have been very difficult to remove, and would leave a cavity, etc.

    All this is in contrast to our other husky, who has had only a minimal number of such things, both of which were of different character–one was one of those perianal things (removed) and the other was a benigh growth on her leg (also removed) that we were worried might have been HSA.

    Anyway, my question is whether or not you’ve ever seen any evidence that dogs that are more “lumpy” are perhaps more predisposed to ultimately developing malignant tumors that those who are less lumpy. As it turned out, our HSA dog also had a tumor on his adrenal gland was was removed at the same time as the splenectomy. There was also something going on with his prostate (never actually resolved) in addition to the metastasis of the HSA to his liver. In the end, therefore, he really had numerous tumors, benign and malignant, and I’ve just been wondering if there has ever been any evidence of a relationship between these. We’ve always been pretty diligent about watching for and checking out the various growths on our dogs, but if a large number of “benign” growth might be indicative, we might be even more diligent, looking for early evidence of other things…

    • Dr. Dressler on January 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm

      Hey Dave,
      interesting question, and sorry to hear about the hemangiosarcoma. I don’t have any “scientific” evidence supporting that idea. However, there is no doubt that if you have a certain number of growth that are benign, and a certain percentage of all growths that are malignant, odds would dictate that ultimately you stack the deck in a lumpy dog. Some would argue this is the “gambler’s fallacy”, but I disagree. My opinion is a more lumpy dog is more prone, statistically, to having a lump that is malignant. But I certainly cannot say this is backed by any reference to present, just opinion. My upcoming e-book addresses the reasons why cancers occur in a lot of detail if you are interested….
      I always say be safe, get them checked!

  172. Dina on January 12, 2009 at 3:19 am

    My vet just did a punch biopsy on my 6 yr old female dal, Abbie. She has a lump just to the left of her spine. Doc said it is not dorsal facet, cyst or bone fragment. I have 5-10 days to go out of my mind before “naming”it. He said there is “definitely” something there. It doesn’t seem to bother her, even after the biopsy. Glomangiosarcoma is still scary. He ruled out hemangiosarcoma, blood is excellent and he has ruled out ALL “normal cancers”, which scares me even more….What is my best case scenario?

    • Dr. Dressler on January 14, 2009 at 11:51 pm

      I am sorry, I need a bit more data. There are a variety of benign growths the would be “good” scenarios, depending on what is going on in the dog. Epidermal inclusion cyst is one example of many.

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