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Old February 7th, 2014, 02:02 PM
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Weim with lipomas

My weim Billy has many lipomas which have all been checked out by the vet when they appear. After 4 years of monitoring these harmless lumps and bumps, the one on his neck has suddenly started to grow rapidly. He turned 11 on Wednesday 5th February and everything looked fine. Yesterday I noticed the skin looked a little pink. This morning, a lot of hair fell off it and the skin is purple. He's off to the vet @ 3:30 today and I'm worried sick with what this could be. Will try to post a pic...... If anyone is familiar with what this mightbe I would appreciate some advice. Crossing my fingers it's not cancer
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Old February 7th, 2014, 04:00 PM
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Just got back from the vet.....very good news!

It seems this lipoma became infected somehow and that is why it suddenly became so large. There was no wound on it so vet thinks it may have been an ingrown hair or tiny scratch. They froze the area, lanced it and drained all the junk out. He's all bandaged up because the wound is a bit open and bleeding but other than 7 days of antibiotics and topical cream, we are all good!

I feel stupid for thinking the worst
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Old February 7th, 2014, 05:42 PM
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Whew! That's a relief!!

Thinking the worst just means you're a good mom--everyone who loves a dog (or any pet) finds themselves doing it at one point or another. Worrying is a hard thing to control!
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Old February 8th, 2014, 08:34 PM
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My dog used to develop lipomas when given fish oil supplements or when put on a fish diet. Does your dog by chance get any of those things?

I'm told by some that curcumin might help with lipomas, but don't have experience with it being used for lipomas.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 01:50 PM
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Thanks Hazel, unfortunately my relief was short lived. Billy never stopped bleeding and was taken to emerg vet @ 9pm Friday night. He had bled through 3 large bandages by then something was def wrong.

They stitched up the wound and said to return in the am to have the stitches removed so the wound could drain. He bled through the bandaging by the time he got home @ 1am and I spent the night changing the blood soaked bandaging. He was back @ our own vet by 8 am Saturday morning and our vet Kathy came in to take care of him.

They thought his blood was not clotting so they cut the inside of his mouth and it clotted so he was then taken into surgery. The lipoma had changed from the fat it used to be and had an abnormal artery and mass inside. The artery had been nicked when she lanced the infection and that's why he continued to bleed. The mass was removed and sent for pathology and Billy is now on the mend. I will always closely monitor the other lipomas for changes now and not take it for granted they are harmless. What an ordeal this has been. Feeling very grateful right now.

Here's a picture of our scarred boy as he fights the residual anesthetic and falls asleep while sitting up. Too funny ....... Nice to be laughing again!
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Old February 9th, 2014, 01:51 PM
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Old February 9th, 2014, 06:15 PM
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Holy catz! An ordeal, indeed! So sorry that happened to your boy! Sounds like that mass definitely needed removing!

He's soooo handsome! I hope his recovery goes smoothly from here on out!
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