A. Oftentimes pets get lipomas (fatty tumors) as they get older. These are natural progression as the skin and body age the normal proliferation (growing) of cells can be altered, just like and old car that doesn't run so well or runs slower with age. Even thought the tissue is benign (non-cancerous), it is still abnormal tissue due to a breakdown in the normal turn-over rate of skin cells.
No need to worry about lipomas, however lipomas have been shown to be able to turn into cancerous cells in some cases, so it is always advised to have any new or growing masses checked by a vet to ensure they are nothing to worry about.
DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.
Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.
User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.
petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.
Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.
Your account has been reactivated.