Q. My 10 yr old Lab has a fatty lump the size of a small football on the inside of his rear leg. What can we do?

A. Lumps and bumps are very common in older dogs, and Lipomas (or fatty tumors) tend to be the most common in older dogs. However, if you are unsure of the exact type of lump that is present on your Lab, your first step is to have it examined by your vet. Your vet can take a sample of the lump to send to a laboratory for analysis to make sure it is not something more serious such as cancer.

If the lump is just a lipoma, treatment really depends on if it is affecting your dog (or you) at all. Lipomas tend to be benign and do not need removal unless they are bothersome to your pet or yourself. However, if they are, the usual treatment is to have the lump surgically removed. This usually removes the tumor completely, but in some cases, the lipoma may regrow in the same spot.

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