Friday, October 18, 2013

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital, Dr. Ehud Sela: Lipomas in dogs.

Lipomas are relatively common tumors in dogs. Lipomas usually involve the subcutaneous tissue.

Lipomas are considered benign tumors. Rarely a lipoma can convert or begin as a Liposarcoma which is a very aggressive tumor.

It is advisable that all lesions should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

In my office I advise doing a fine needle biopsy of all suspicious lesions.

It is done as an outpatient procedure and most pets tolerate it very well with no discomfort at all.

The patient does not need to be hospitalized and the procedure is done in the exam room with the owner present.

If the biopsy confirms a lipoma then often there is no need to intervene surgically unless the tumor is located in a place that disturbs the patient--such as limbs, for instance, or the tumor is fast growing.

Of course, monitoring the lesion at regular intervals is always advisable.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions regarding your pets' health.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital,

954-972-5900.

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