Hi..our 12 year old lab, has developed a pretty sizeable fatty lump on her side that is starting to affect her walk , balance etc. So I’m finally realizing that her diet plays a big part in this. Any suggestions on best food brand to help reduce growth of this and prevent others? Thanks!
Diet? Have you seen a veterinary oncologist? They may have some treatment recommendations for her….. after a thorough physical examination, diagnostic testing, and review of her medical history.
PS: I am assuming your dog is receiving treatment by a veterinarian, what do they suggest?
She has an excellent vet, and does not have cancer. He has been watching this lump for a while, and is suggesting we consider surgical removal. I’d like to avoid that if possible.
I would get the thing removed if your vet thinks she can tolerate the surgery. You said it is affecting her ability to walk, thereby causing discomfort.
I know of no food or diet that will make it go away….
Best of luck, with whatever you decide.
Thanks for your input!!
Hi Deb B-
I’m in total agreement with Red! If your dog can tolerate it, (being that she is 12), and your vet is suggesting it, I would consider surgery as well. My furry niece had a lump that kept getting bigger and bigger, then finally interfered with one of her internal organs and became inoperable. She ended up having to be put down as she could not longer eat.
Please do not blame yourself. There is no way to know what caused the lump. Sometimes it just happens, just like in humans. Best of luck to you and whatever you and your vet decide is best for your gal.
Thanks crazy4cats! Surgery just makes me nervous because of her age, but as I mentioned, she is otherwise in really good shape. If this will help her quality of life ( and we think she has a few years left!) in terms of mobility etc., I think we will probably opt for having it removed…we really trust our vet…he has never been one to suggest costly stuff unless he felt it necessary, so I will keep you posted! Thanks again.
I posted a long post, but somehow it disappeared. 🙁
I had a past dog that had several lipomas (Vet aspiration confirmed). They did not interfere with his movement, etc and my vet does not remove them unless there is an issue in comfort or quality of life, as they tend to grow back.
My current lab has 2 very small ones on her back thighs that were noticed about 2-3 years ago. Prior to that I was only feeding a canned/kibble mixture with occaisonal raw/fresh meals a couple of times a week. Since we discovered the lipomas, we have switched to feeding our dogs 1 meal fresh/raw daily and 1 meal canned/kibble/water mixture. There is some debate on the link between processed food and lipomas. The lipomas have had very little, if any growth. While there is no specific food that I’m aware of, I believe the incorporation of fresh, less processed food has helped (my vet is a bit skeptical). I do feed all grain free and have for almost 10 years.
Unfortunately, Labs are prone to lipomas. Fortunately they are almost always benign. I don’t think you need to see an oncologist as you’re own vet can send a sample to the lab for diagnosis. I would remove the lipoma if it is causing discomfort or difficulty in moving. I’m including some links for you to read, if you’d like, including a forum on DFA discussing lipomas. Good luck with your pup! 🙂
Trust me, I know what you mean. I have two big dogs and four cats. My 16 year-old cat had surgery a few months back to have a few teeth removed and the rest of them cleaned. It was scary, but if I didn’t do it, the teeth would have caused a terrible infection and made her very sick and not be able to eat.
Anyway, the vet did all the appropriate blood tests before the surgery and said that she should be fine. She is doing great now and I expect her to live four or five more years! I think the anesthesia is so much safer these days. Of course, you have to totally trust your vet as well. Unfortunately, there are no 100% guarantees, but quality of life is important too. Again, good luck!
Thanks C4D and crazy4cats…This is all very helpful. Our girls lump is more like a mass ( size of flattened grapefruit) and has grown in the last six months…we and her vet have been monitoring closely. We know it is all benign, but lately we have seen that it is definately hampering her gait and I believe her energy level too…she is really spry..in fact aside from some grey hair…people think she’s about 6! I think we will probably go ahead with surgery, but also change her diet to a more healthy one! I will keep you updated on how things go!
“Treating Canine Lipomas”
“Another article in this issue addresses the treatment of a common benign tumor called a lipoma. These are aggregations of fat which typically occur in middle-aged and older dogs. The exact cause is not known. They are more common in certain breeds and possibly in overweight dogs. Research in humans suggests possible genetic risk factors, but the definitive cause is not known. This, of course, provides an open field for rampant speculation of how to treat and prevent these benign tumors”.
Excerpt from: A Vet Takes a Skeptical & Science-Based Look at Veterinary Medicine http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2015/04/science-through-the-looking-glass-the-integrative-veterinary-care-journal/
holy moly…..whaaaaa?? Interesting! Thanks Red!
Most lipomas happen simply through age and at 12 years old I would not put my dog through a surgery unless the lipoma is blocking something or causing discomfort. That being said there are few things you can do to help combat lipomas through nutrition. Omega 3 is very helpful and cardiovascular supplements are also very helpful. As far a actual food, a low calorie may also help. I like Fromm whitefish and potato at 360 calories a cup. You and your vet know what is best for your dog, so I would talk to your vet before making any of these changes.
Hi…thought I’d update this thread. Our girl had her surgery a few days ago…and she faired really well. The lipoma was big…over 2.5 lbs.So…I am happy with the decision to have it removed. She has a drain which will be removed on Monday, then a week later, the stitches will be removed. She came home the same night as the surgery, and the next day after the anesthetic affects wore off, she started having her appetite back. Aside by being a little uncomfortable with the drain, I am already noticing that not having that thing weighing her down on one side has helped her mobility. Thanks again for all your support with my questions. I have also switched her food to Acana Senior, and she loves it, but then again, she’s never been picky when it comes to food!!
Hi Deb B-
I’m so happy for you! Sounds like your pup will be much better off! Thanks for the update.
Hi Deb B,
Thanks for the update! That was a big lipoma! Best of luck to you and your pup!
I treated both my rednose pitbull and my pitador (pitbull/Labrador) for lipomas with the essential oil, frankincense. I applied a few drops of the oil to the tumor and massaged it in, every other day for a week and both completely disappeared. My pit had one on her side, the size of a golf ball, while my pitador’s tumor grew very fast to the size of a softball on his jaw and cheek. The oil cost about $30 for a small bottle but it only took a very small amount to treat my dogs. I now looking into changing their diet because I fear their dogfood is unhealthy and causing this fatty tumor. Any suggestions??
Jackie B what brand are you feeding ?
It’s actually called River Run, it’s made locally ( Montgomery, Alabama ) I buy from the feed store and it’s very affordable ( I have 4 dogs ). So I’m looking for something better but that will fit into my budget.
There are a few 4 star rated kibbled that are widely available and budget friendly. off top of my head are pure balance grain free and Rachel Ray zero grain (both available at Walmart ) and 4health sold at Tractor Supply. You can look up the reviews on them here.
Have no idea if they are better than what you are feeding or how effective they (or any other food ) would be for your dogs’ issues, just suggesting some affordable 4 star options that I know of.
You can add some eggs, water packed-no salt added sardines, raw chicken hearts or gullets, baked sweet potato, and cooked puréed greens like kale or spinach to whatever you are feeding to increase nutrition. Small amounts of turmeric daily is a really good antiflammatory.
ETA: I just looked up River Run it is rated 1.5 stars 🙁
So there easily are many affordable brands that would a much better choice, research options that are rated 3 star, or higher here:
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