This is Tipper, a 12 year-old lab mix who has never been spayed. Recently, when Tipper’s dad was petting her, he could tell that a lump was growing on her body. At her age, and because she has never been spayed, he was worried that she may have cancer. Tipper’s dad opted to take her into the vet to get a lump checked.
At the vet, Tipper’s dad learned that the lump was a fatty lipoma. For those who don’t know, lipomas are masses or tumors that develop underneath the skin and can be quite common in older dogs. Lipomas are usually soft, have limited mobility under the skin, and the overlying skin is usually not affected. Over time they can grow larger and can bother the dog or prevent movement if they are located between the legs or low on the chest. Most dogs who develop one lipoma will develop several over time.
Other masses under the skin, such as mast cell tumors, can mimic the appearance of a lipoma. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that every mass on your dog is evaluated by a vet individually in case that one of the masses could be cancerous. A vet will often encourage you to monitor your dog's lipomas, noting any changes in size, number or location.
Tipper's dad receives disability and wasn't sure he could afford any surgery, especially if it was something serious, so he applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
Most dogs will not need to have their lipomas removed. However, due to the location of Tipper’s lipoma, the vet recommended that this one be removed. Tipper's dad is going to consider removal, but for now, he's happy that Tipper is healthy and cancer free.
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