Q: Fatty Tumor between his back legs had removed once vet will not remove agian ,should i be scared?
Had removed 1year ago,has retured in same area. Vet does not want to remove again. He is a Choc Lab and is 12 yrs old. The size of tumor is the size of a soft ball.He moves around pretty well just scared.
Feb 17, 2013
Lipomas (fatty tumors) are typically benign. Lots of vets don't see the need to remove them unless they get really big or are in an area that impedes function. Softball-size is a pretty big tumor. Your vet at least should do a needle aspiration too confirm that it is a lipoma if (s)he hasn't already. Just because the first one was a lipoma is no guarantee that the second one is. If your vet refuses to do anything, I would definitely get a 2nd opinion. Anesthesia is always a risk but not as much of a danger as a malignant tumor would be. Also, if it isn't already uncomfortable for your dog, it will become so if it continues to grow. Even a lipoma can be painful when it gets too big or starts pressing on nerves and surrounding tissue. I don't think there's any need to panic, but I would get a 2nd opinion and insist on a biopsy if you're not 100% sure it is a lipoma.
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Feb 16, 2013
Well if the tumor is cancerous I would be worried also your dog is 12 an elderly lab they might be affraid that it is too risky to put a lab that old under anastia if I were you I would get second opinion from another vet because if he is healthy enough to make it through surgery even if it isn't cancerous he should still have it removed just to make him feel a bit better, one other thing is he neutered because if not and the tumor is cancerous it could be testicular cancer at the same time if he isn't neutered while your at it I would have that taken care of too because in the long run it may help it might even help him have a few extra years of life! Good luck
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