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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

Doggy MRIs: Pampered pets receive state of the art health care

When a pet gets sick, many owners will pay almost anything to be sure he gets better.

Fluffy and Fido tug at an owner’s heart. So we buy the highest quality pet food or a special formula depending on if he’s young or old or too chubby. Or, for the more holistic-minded, an owner might opt for an organic, vitamin-enriched dog or cat food.

And when a pet gets sick, many owners will pay almost anything to be sure he gets better, including chemotherapy for cancer, a kidney transplant or hip replacement surgery.

Humans have ancient relations with their animal companions. Burial evidence of cats as pets dates back over 8,000 years and for dogs about half that long. These early pets provided their masters with both companionship and survival skills such as hunting assistance, according to experts.

Over the years, as domesticated cats and dogs became increasingly docile, the pet-human relationship evolved. And while an animal’s survival instincts may have been compromised along the way – how many of our pets could actually support themselves in the wild? – there are some perks.

Today, with pets considered more like four-footed people, owners are laying out big bucks for such pet-pampering services as styling salons, doggie day camps, and massage therapy.

And modern pets are also reaping the benefits of human technological advances with more animals receiving medical treatments such as chemotherapy, organ transplants, radiation, CAT scans, MRIs, laser surgery, root canals and even braces.

And in the case of MRIs, “your dog or cat can get an MRI faster than us as humans,” Randy Valpy of Petplan Insurance told the Toronto Star.

According to the report, these increasingly advanced health care options for animals come at no small expense. A dog or cat can receive state of the art imaging, for example, for about $1,000 and radiation therapy for as much as $5,000. And if you want an ultrasound, prepare to pay from $400 to $800.

The Ontario Veterinary College’s Teaching Hospital at Guelph offers radiation therapy for dogs and cats with cancer. Treatment of an animal ranges from $500 to $5,000.

Depending on the severity of the condition, an owner can pay tens of thousands of dollars for a pet’s veterinary care. And as a result, more people are considering pet insurance as a means of protecting their animals – and their wallets.

“We’ve seen invoices that run from $10,000 to $30,000 to treat a variety of conditions,” said Peter Weinstein, medical director for Veterinary Pet Insurance in California. The company sold more than 360,000 pet insurance policies in 2005, vs. 157,000 in 2000.

And about 1,100 U.S. companies offer VPI’s pet insurance as an employee benefit, he added.
Depending on the plan, pet insurance in Canada can cost from $9.95 to $90 a month, with the average cost somewhere around $30. Many insurance companies, including Petplan, Petcare, and PC Financial Pet Insurance, offer potential customers online quotes for a range of coverage plans.

Sophisticated medical treatments and surgical techniques have undoubtedly boasted the life span of pets. “Thirty years ago in the U.S. the average age of a dog was 4 years; the average age of a cat was 3 years,” Bonnie Beaver, past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association told CNN.

Today, the average lifespan of a dog is between eight and 12 years, says Beaver.

Pet owners report ‘unconditional love’ as the main reason for Fido and Fluffy-fretting— to the tune of billions of dollars in North America each year.

Article By: Cynthia Ross Cravit – 50Plus.com

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