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Nodular Panniculitis




Condition Overview

This is an uncommon inflammatory condition of subcutaneous fat in which lumps appear over the back and along the sides of the body, much like marbles beneath the skin. These lumps are more apparent on the short haired breeds.


As the disease progresses, the lumps ulcerate and drain, then heal by scarring. The dog usually runs a fever and appears lethargic.


The cause of this disease is unknown.


Biopsy of a nodule confirms the diagnosis.


Surgical excision is the treatment of choice for a solitary nodule. With multiple nodules, treatment involves corticosteroids and/or vitamin E. The outlook for long-term recovery is good.


There is currently no known prevention for this condition.


Please contact your veterinarian if you think your pet may have this condition.

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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

2 Comments For "Nodular Panniculitis"

Trish Bunnell

Trish Bunnell

My dog was recently diagnosed with this. She is a 1yr mini aussie and the nodules never drained fluid or anything and they never seemed to bother or hurt her. She is currently on antibiotics and is supposed to begin taking niacinamide 100mg afterwards to help her skin. Is there anybody out there that has had this similar condition and/or suggestions.

March 17, 2012 at 10:59PM  Sign In or Join to Comment



My dog just got diagnosed too...I need more info! How is your dog now? What meds worked for her? I feel like the doctor is just throwing meds at my dog!

May 7, 2012 at 2:26PM  Sign In or Join to Comment