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Over the past few years Cappy has developed an increasing number of Lipomas (benign fatty tumors). They've varied in size, shape, feel and "mobility". Two years ago was the last time he had surgery to have a couple removed. They were benign but in the front upper chest near where it meets the lower neck. I had a Setter that had mast cell cancer in that spot that the bulk of which had attached to the base of his windpipe, so I'm especially nervous about any tumors.

We've had each of Cappy's newer or larger ones aspirated at least semi-annually as he goes in for his shots, a dental cleaning or other checkup. They have always been benign fatty tumors.

He has one on his left side that is the size of a large orange, cut in half. It hasn't changed in shape or size for the past 18 months. It's been aspirated as recently as last May and declared benign. It does not impede his movement or cause him any pain when it's handled or if he lays on that side.



He's scheduled for a dental cleaning on Feb 8th. The Vet has now decided that "as long as he'll be under", we should remove it. When I asked why not the other half dozen or so smaller ones ... he seemed a little taken back by my question but replied ... "because they aren't this large". Frankly, I don't think size should be a primary factor ... and I certainly don't want the vet's financial motives to be one either.

I wouldn't do anything to endanger Cappy's health or well being. I check him thoroughly several times each week. Keep in mind that my dawgs are hand washed and dried after every training session or hunt so I examine them for cuts, nicks, or other injuries thoroughly. I guess I just don't want him to have to go through and "unnecessary" surgery, recovery period and return for suture removal later.

Cappy will be Eleven on Friday. If he was your's, would you subject him to the surgery or continue to monitor it as I've been doing?
 

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I would not. I was under the impression that they came back when excised anyway. If it's not bothering him now, I would skip it.
 

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Magnum has many of these now as well. I watch them. If they get too big, I will remove them. I have my vet check them when we go in for checkups. She has one on the inside of her thigh that has gotten a bit larger (about ping-pong ball size). I probably will have that removed soon and any other the vet feels need to come off.

I suspect she has one in her foot as her right food is badly misshappen and she is lame on it, but it could very well be arthritis too. I haven't really had that checked out.
 

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No, generally they don't come back once removed (lipomas).

I asked my vet why some dogs seem more prone to getting them. She says she honestly believes it is genetic. Ruger has one very small one on his ribcage. Magnum literally has dozens of them now.
 

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Wanna know something? I'm sure it's coincidence but Cappy never got one until age 5 and that's just about the time he started getting peanut butter. When I asked the vet about that being a possible link to fatty tumors he said he didn't know but generally doesn't like PB given to dogs anyhow. (Not the answer I wanted to hear)
 

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Well, I'm generally a 'leave it alone' person, but Cappy's 'lump' is exactly where Rhys' primary malignant tumor is. His too was aspirated, twice.

Is it attached to the structures around it, or free floating?
 

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Well, I'm generally a 'leave it alone' person, but Cappy's 'lump' is exactly where Rhys' primary malignant tumor is. His too was aspirated, twice.

Is it attached to the structures around it, or free floating?
Free floating. I can literally cup it in my hand and slide it almost an inch or more in all directions.
 

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Jim, I'd get that one removed since he's already going to be under.

My dogs eat quite a bit of PB. So I don't think it's the real culprit ;)
 

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Free floating. I can literally cup it in my hand and slide it almost an inch or more in all directions.
Then I wouldn't worry about it much. If it bugs you, then remove it. At 11, I'd have a once over of everything...then not much more as they age from there.
 

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Jo had the same thing on his side. It really stands out in my siggy pic. The vet assured me it was nothing to worry about but keep an eye on it. He was never bothered by it so I figured as long as he wasn't showing any evidence of being in pain or biting it, he should be ok.

If the day ever came that it was causing him any distress, that would have been another matter. Fortunately it never did.
 

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Garth .... Jo's was almost identical to Cappy's ... size, location and all. Did he have other smaller onles elsewhere? Flanks or chest area?
 

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Garth .... Jo's was almost identical to Cappy's ... size, location and all. Did he have other smaller onles elsewhere? Flanks or chest area?
He did have a couple about the size of a nipple. One under his front armpit & another on his chest. The vet said they were just "fat lumps" & were normal for a dog his age. He was about 11 or 12 when I first noticed them. He live to 14. :(
 

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Mmmm hard one. I am usually in favour of leaving. But..here is what I would ask myself. How long has it taken to get to that size, and if in say 2 years or so when it doubles ( if it get that big) could he handle the surgery as well as he could today. Go with your gut.

Ernie has a couple and not really had peanut butter. I was told leave them until they become a comfort problem.
Sam also had some and he never had peanut butter.
 

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Maverick who will be 8 in Feb also has those fatty lumps which are checked every year. I was wondering as well what to do and was thinking I would probably have them removed this spring. Now I am not so sure. I am surprised that so may dogs have them.
 

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if it has been aspirated, i'd probably leave it; but i probably also wouldn't be doing the teeth cleaning at 11. i just hate anesthesia at that age unless absolutely necessary. sending good thoughts for dear cappy.
 

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Buddy now has a couple, too. He's had one removed because the vet didn't like where it was located. Turned out to be just a fatty cyst. I would have it removed since he's going to be under anyway. A friend had a Blood Hound with one so large and heavy, it hung off his body. That had to be uncomfortable.
 

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Jim, not to alarm you, but my old dog had one right under is elbow. It stayed about the size of a quarter for years. Then it suddenly just grew. It was about the size of a baseball when I had it removed (Shadow was 10 years old then). It had become cancerous (level 2). Vet was certain he got it and the surrounding tissue was clean. He told me even if it returned, that wouldn't be what killed him because that type of cancer was very slow to spread. And it didn't return, and wasn't what eventually killed him, but I was glad I did have it removed.
 

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Vets are always keen to operate !

Jasper suffers from chronic ear problems which reoccur about twice a year.

They are easily cured with ear drops and cleaning solution - usually within 24 hours although he would suffer more frequently without me cleaning them regularly.

Vet wants to widen his ear channels ! No thank you.
 

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Mmmm hard one. I am usually in favour of leaving. But..here is what I would ask myself. How long has it taken to get to that size, and if in say 2 years or so when it doubles ( if it get that big) could he handle the surgery as well as he could today. Go with your gut.
This is kind of what I was thinking, too. I would think about getting the half-an-orange-sized one removed and not worry about the rest.. just in case it does end up getting a lot bigger down the road and he's not in as good of health later and it ends up needing to be removed..
 

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Wow that is a tough one. I was inclined to say leave it since it has already been aspirated and is not a problem. But, thinking if it has to be removed when he's older scares me more. Willy has one on his side exactly like that but not as big. He is 6. Now you have me wondering if I shouldn't wait.
 
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