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Haven't been on the site for awhile but wondering if any of you have any experience with fatty tumors...Bella has two, vet wants to remove them...wondering if anyone has experience with getting rid of them any other way than surgery...

Fatty tumors are mostly age related and can grow. If they are small and not impeding movement, then don't worry about them.  Your vet is correct that surgery is the only way to get rid of them.  

For the most part, I don't worry about them.... they are part of an old dog  :-)

 

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so true, I did have a cat that had fatty tumors and when he lost weight they did go away but alot of dogs have proper weight and still have these tumors. My cat was diagnosed by taking a needle aspiration of the tumor and doing a slide under the microscope and it literally looked like a greasy spot on the slide. Whereas my dogs tumors show a bit of other cell particles. Could be cat and dog fatty tumors react differently.

Sampson had a fatty tumor removed in June of this year and it was a long surgery and had complications later due to drains being left in too long but here is a picture of his fatty tumor, had it not been a danger to him, such as being stuck by a stick running through the yard, and if it had not caused him discomfort when he tried to lay down it most likely would have been left alone, but one this large that swings and is cumbersome should be removed:

 

hopefully your dog just has tumors that are only the size of a small super ball or less.

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She has two, one the size of a walnut on throat area and the other on her hind flank which is smaller but this is the one which he says must come out due to the fact it could involve muscle tissue if it grows more...and while she is under he will take the other.  The thing is that I read that they often come back and in the same spot...she is not old, only six...and I am a worrywart about surgery...

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I agree with the others would only have them removed if they're causing obstruction/discomfort. Your vet knows best though and obviously thinks it will press into the muscle and cause pain if left. I'm sure your girl will be fine with the surgery if she's only 6 :)

They're caused by a build up of toxins from modern life, hence why they're usually in older dogs. Once one has formed you're right the channel out to the outer skin is already there so they do tend to come back in the same place. I have been told you can reduce the likeliness of them occurring by sticking to a holistic approach to your dogs life (diet, vaccines, flea/wormers) but I can't testify to this as my pup is too young.

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Thanks everyone....guess I'll listen to my vet and let him remove them..I'll let you know how she does...I have read they are a common occurance in Dobermans...I do not do the flea prevention, use only natural things for that but I do give her the monthly hearworm prevention..also very careful with her diet, I have to be because she has IBS. 

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the only issue is to make sure your dog is ok with surgery I know some dobies have bleeding issues so if your's does not then I would trust the vet and let him remove them. And it does make sense that if she is under for one he might as well take the other one too. It took 6 years to get them to this size so another 6 years she will be 12 and you most likely won't remove then at that age so removal now means she has another 4-6 years most likely before they return to this degree, and that's alot of years to give her lots of comfort and relief from them. Be sure to keep us posted on how well she does....

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She does not seem to have the VonWildebrand bleeding issue that is common in our dobies so that should be OK...Unless I chicken out, we're due at the vets tomorrow morning at 8:45...I will stay there until she's out of surgery.  He told me that barring any complications, he should only need 30 minutes to do it...I'll let you all know how she does and thanks again for your input...

 

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yayayaya she will be fine, let us know when she gets home and all is well!!!!