Lipomas in Dobermann

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Morning,

I am new to the forum.  My Dobermann is a black and tan, he is 9 1/2 years old and his name is Mason, he has always been very healthy.  Recently I noticed he had a small moveable lump on his chest and on each side on his ribs.  We went to the vet and she said they were Lipomas and to leave alone unless they started to get bigger.  Then last week I noticed one on the top of his right leg, how I hadn't noticed this one I don't know - I am always touching him.  Anyway took him to the vet and she took a sample and this is a Lipoma also, again she said to leave this unless it gets bigger, she said it will be uncomfortable where it is, but it isn't causing pain, also to operate it is in a very difficult place.  I have noticed a few people on here using acupuncture and other treatments, can anyone recommend anything for this.  Other than this he is perfectly healthy and active.

Thank you.

Kim
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Libby had a few, including a large one on her side. The vet's advice was unless it interfered with movement to leave it be. It wasn't attractive, but I loved her anyway, and she lived a long life.

Lib also had a lick granuloma, and the concern was if we removed anything, she would lick that as well - not a chance I wanted to take.

We did switch to a lower fat diet as the diet she was on was higher in fat, but other than that, we left it alone. She was doing just fine otherwise. So...I agree with your vet's advice.

Mason is living a nice, long life! Welcome to the forum!

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Morning,

Thank you for your reply.  I will switch him to the senior brand of has food, I kept him on the Adult as he is still very active.

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Good tips from Kim, just always supervise on its size and if it bothers him. They should be bumped or pressed hard on his daily activity to prevent swelling or add up to its size.

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Personally, I am scared to death of these things, because I knew a dog who had them for a long time, then they grew and grew and became cancerous. 

Kenya was not my dog, but if my dog got them and they were spreading, I would have them exorcised. I hope B never gets any.

Your vet is right also, many dogs have them and they don't presage anything bad...

 

Good Luck,

 Don't mean to freak you out but I think they should be watched very closely.

 

Woof from Bella, she welcomes Mason to the forum, post photos!!

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Funny thing is, the OLD (12+ years) Dobes I've seen have had them. Lib's started when she was about 9. I haven't heard of a fatty tumor turning cancerous before, so that's interesting.

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Yes my friend, the owner of Kenya, always called them Fatty Tumors. She didnt believe in alot of medications or invasive treatments. But when those tumors got so big, dear Kenya had surgery.

Its true you see these growth type things on older dogs, and some have had them a long time.

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Yikes Debby.. I can imagine how scary this must seem to you.. I can only tell you our experience with Sofia... you've got to decide for yourself what to do.

Our girl has two on her belly. When I first noticed them about two years ago, I  went quietly insane.. rushed her to our vet and when he felt them and noticed that they are very movable and 'not attached,' , he offered to remove them, but also told me they were probably not dangerous and we could, if we chose, 'just keep an eye on them.' Seeing as how Sofia is an unknown age ( we think around 8 or 9) and not being 100% confident in pet care here in Mexico, we opted to do just that. Two years later, they seem to be the same, if not a bit smaller.

A low fat grain free diet has really helped Sofia..

Good luck and stay in touch

P.S. Welcome to the Forum from Katie and Sofia

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Thank you for all your comments.  The lump I was more bothered about is by his hind right leg, but it seems okay and I  have been pressing and prodding it, he doesn't seem to mind.  I think it bothers him sometimes, but the vet did say that it is more uncomfortable than anything, but I am going to see how it goes, but I must admit he seems a bit quieter recently.  The problem is he has always been a dog that never really sits down, my sons would say, when will he grow up and not be like a puppy, so we have just put it down to generally getting a bit older.  But he probably still doesn't sit around as much as any other dog that I know.

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Ginger has two now.  She is almost nine.  She has had one on the side of her belly for over a year and is just getting one on the other side. The vet said the same thing as above and they have never seemed to bother her.  Ginger is our 4th dog.  All of them seemed to get lipomas as they got older. It is always a worry, though, whenever you feel a "lump."  Every time I do a status check of her two spots, I feel a momentary panic that I am going to feel a change this time. Here's praying that none of our fur babies ever get anything more serious than a benign lipoma. 

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I know this thread is old - sorry, I can't seem to post here on my new computer.  It's currently in the shop and I've got the old one hooked up again. 

Lipomas are very, very common in senior Dobermans (7+).  Some grow to be very large so if the dog is having any other surgery, it's a good thought to remove any lipomas at the same time.  I had to have one removed from our old girl's armpit and it was 1/2 lb when it came out.  I wish I had gotten it out sooner because it was a bigger deal when she was 10 years old, and being that it was so big there had to be drainage tubes and whatnot for a week after surgery. 

Anyway, some people swear that turmeric helps to reduce the size of lipomas.  Perosonally, I think turmeric is a good supplement for a variety of reasons so maybe some of you would like to look into that.  Personally, I go for the origin of turmeric and use curcumin as a daily supplement. 

Kim
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Glengate, I'm glad you posted even tho the thread is old. I appreciate the info on curcumin, and will sock it away in my mental files.  :-)