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Lipomas

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Condition Overview

A lipoma is a benign growth made up of mature fat cells interlaces with fibrous connective tissue. Lipomas are common in overweight dogs, especially females.

Symptoms

A lipoma can be recognized by its oblong or round appearance and smooth, soft, fat-like consistency. lipomas grow slowly and may get to be several inches in diameter. They are not painful. Rarely, what appears to be a lipoma is a malignant variant called a liposarcoma.

Causes

Information needed.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by veterinary examination. The tumor should be biopsied if there is any question about the diagnosis.

Treatment

Surgical removal is necessary if the lipoma is interfering with the dogs mobility, is growing rapidly, or is cosmetically bothersome.

Prevention

Information needed.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding this condition.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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