Natasha's Mom was beside herself with worry!
Yesterday i noticed that my 9 year old Cocker Spaniel Natasha was limping and when i checked her back right leg i felt a grape size lump on her leg. As you all can imagine i was terrified and very worried and what the lump could be. The first thought that came to my mind was CANCER!!
Natasha since she is 9 year’s old has quite a few lumps in her body especially in her abdomen area and around a few of her breasts.
I have taken her to the vet and he tells me that these are Fatty Tumors and not to worry.
The lump i noticed yesterday did not feel like her other fatty tumors and that is why i was so terrified.
I have done quite alot of research on Fatty Tumors and i have asked Natasha’s doctor alot of questions.
Here are some of the information i have found on Fatty Tumors.
A tumor is a lump of cells that does not obey the normal rules of cell growth. Normally, cells grow until chemical messengers in the body tell them to stop growing. Tumor cells do not listen to these messengers and continue to grow and grow and grow.
Tumors in general may be divided into two types: The first type of tumor is called a benign tumor. Benign tumors usually grow slowly and push other types of cells out of their way. These tumors do not spread to other parts of the body nor do they push their way through nearby organs. The other type of tumor is a malignant tumor. Malignant tumors eat right through nearby organs. Little pieces of these tumors break off and spread to other parts of the body where they grow into new tumors. As you can imagine, a malignant tumor is extremely serious. A malignant tumor is what we refer to as cancer.
The fatty tumor which we have discovered on your pet appears benign. Since it is a benign tumor we are not worried about it spreading to other parts of the body and causing cancer. Most of the time we can leave fatty tumors like this alone. However there are certain circumstances when we must surgically removed them. If any of the following criteria apply, we will need to remove your pet’s tumor.
- If the tumor is growing rapidly.
- If the tumor, after a long period of no growth has suddenly started to grow again.
- If the tumor begins to change its appearance, for instance was formerly soft and now is hard or was formerly smooth and circular and now is beginning to grow nodular and lumpy.
- If the tumor is beginning to interfere with function. For instance if your pet’s tumor is near the elbow joint and is beginning to, or will soon be preventing your pet from moving his elbow.
- If the tumor is in a location where any growth will cause it to either be difficult or impossible to remove. For instance, a small tumor on the paw might be able to be removed now. However if it grows larger there might not be enough skin to cover the wound.
- If the tumor looks unsightly or upsets you, this is also a reason to have it removed.
- If your pet is biting at the tumor and causing it to become infected or bleed.
I have learned that everytime i notice a new lump on Natasha i always take her to her vet to have him check them.You never know which is benign and which might be cancer.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions i drive Natasha’s vet crazy asking him questions but it is my baby’s life that is in his hands and i have the right to ask as many questions as possible to understand what is happening to my baby.
I was so scared and worried and i know that i need to keep a close eye on her Fatty Tumors to make sure they do not grow in size or no drainage come’s out of it.
Overweight female dogs are especially prone to developing Lipomas. Certain dog breeds may be at risk, including, but not limited to: Doberman Pinschers, Schnauzers (miniatures), Labrador Retrievers, and mixed breeds.
Please i learned the hard way everyday check your pets for any lumps in their body i have been very lucky that Natasha’s lumps have not been cancerous.Learn your pet’s body as you know your own.I check Natasha everyday for Lumps as i check myself monthly for any lumps in my body( Self Breast Exam).Make a habit out of it and check your pet’s it could be a Fatty Tumor( Lipoma) or it could be something worst and you can catch it on time.
Remember our pet’s are our babies our companions and our best friends we own them to check them to make sure everything is well with them.
Thank you so much to Karen Ramos for sharing this great informative article with us all.