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How a Dog Can Lose 10 Pounds in One Day

Have you ever heard of a dog losing 10 pounds in one day? I saw it happen the other day. Let me tell you about Buddy.

Buddy is a wonderful, loving 12-year-old black lab that has had a long onset of growing tumors. The tumors are very soft and feel "fatty". They were "lipomas".

A lipoma is a benign fatty tumor usually composed of mature fat cells. They are usually soft, well defined, and just under the skin. Lipomas are variable in size and shape and may occur just about anywhere, although they are commonly found on the ventral (under) surfaces of the chest and abdomen.

Lipomas are very common in dogs, and less common in cats. All breeds may be affected, but they are most common in older animals, especially older female dogs.

Because Buddy was older, his owners thought they would just see how it went – hoping they grew slowly so they didn’t have to do anything with them. 

Buddy continued to thrive and unfortunately so did the tumors (they continued to grow).  The tumors became so BIG that they were making Buddy uncomfortable.

Here is a photo of Buddy before the surgery:

Buddy before

Excision (removal) of a lipoma should be considered if it is growing rapidly, causing discomfort, or if it is interfering with the mobility or lifestyle of the animal.

So… Buddy’s owners went in search of a vet to remove the tumors safely.

If surgery is required to remove a lipoma, preoperative blood work (complete blood count and profile) are generally recommended. Blood work was done and Buddy was examined and it was determined that it was safe for him to have the surgery to remove the tumors.  They were big and hurting him when he tried to lie down.

Here is a photo of Buddy after the surgery:

Buddy after
This is where the good part comes in. Within an hour, Buddy lost 9 lbs. 10 ounces!

Wow! So it isn’t the easy way – but that is how a dog loses 10 pounds in one day.

The final bill was over $1,000. Thank goodness for pet insurance. You never know when something is going to come up – either an emergency or a long-standing problem like Buddy had. When you have pet insurance, cost won’t be an obstacle to providing the medical care your pet needs.

After a lipoma has been removed, watch the incision for any swelling, redness or discharge. Make sure your pet is not licking or chewing at the incision line. Sutures are generally removed in 7 to 10 days.

There is no way to prevent the occurrence of lipomas. Once they are noted, they should be closely monitored. Lipomas should not be allowed to become so large that they are difficult to remove, and they should not interfere with function.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S. If your dog needed expensive medical care, would you be able to provide it? If not, pet insurance is a great solution. For about a dollar a day, a pet insurance policy can provide quality medical care – and a lot of peace of mind. To find out more, go to petinsurance.com. Nine of ten veterinarians recommend VPI pet insurance.

h/t to Pet Care’s Dog Crazy Newsletter and Kim Peters

August 9, 2011 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , , , , | Leave a comment