Fatty mass may or may not be a lipoma

10/18/2011 | Star-Exponent (Culpeper, Va.)

Lipomas are benign, fatty masses that mostly occur in older dogs, usually on the trunk and limbs, and generally don't cause problems unless they obstruct normal movement. Other masses may look like lipomas when they are actually more concerning tumors such as liposarcomas, invasive lipomas and others, writes veterinarian Michael Watts. The only way to distinguish between benign and cancerous tumors is with cellular identification, so Dr. Watts recommends all masses be evaluated microscopically by a veterinarian.

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