Lipomas are a slow-growing collection of fat cells usually found just under the skin. They are usually soft, with limited mobility and located directly under the skin. They can grow larger and sometimes impede the dogs movement depending on the location. Most dogs that develop a lipoma will develop multiple tumors. Since other masses or tumors may appear similar to lipomas we recommend to have Dr. Neumeister check any tumor you find. If Dr. Neumeister recognizes it to be a lipoma we will document the size and location and will keep an eye on it at future visits. Usually they do not need to be removed. We would only become concerned if it grows rapidly or would become too large and create a problem with the dog’s mobility.
The radiograph at the left shows the lipoma.
The lipoma after removal.