|Barked: Fri Dec 3, '10 12:28am PST |
|1. Can a fatty lipoma cause pain?
2. Am I being paranoid in thinking this lump should be fine needle aspirated?
This is on a friend's dog, not Chance.
Yesterday a friend stopped by with her dog.
Her dog is:
* 5 or 6 years old
* Flat-Coat Retriever mutt
* Adopted and spayed at 4 months of age
* Has always been overweight as an adult - one vet thinks she should weigh 70 lbs. and she weighs at least 85 - 90 lbs.
The friend said her dog has recently started making "wincing sounds" when she lays down on her belly. What she means by "wincing sounds" are little whimpers and quiet whines.
Her new vet said it might be arthritis or hip dysplasia. She did a range of motion test and said everything was normal so no arthritis or hip dysplasia.
This dog doesn't have any problems with laying down, getting up, no stiffness, no problem on stairs and when she does get to go run her back legs move normally.
The new vet also said it might be a UTI and told the owner to collect some urine and examine it for blood. If there was no blood, there was no UTI.
According to our friend, her dog always has struvite crystals in her urine.
Apparently the dog has developed a lump on her belly in the past couple of weeks.
The new vet said it was a fatty lipoma, has nothing to do with the whining and to just wait and watch.
I asked if the vet did a fine needle aspiration. The friend said no, the vet said the only options were "watch and wait" and "surgical removal".
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