Dog Lipoma

by David
(Redmond, WA US)

My black lab'hound mix, 12 year old male has a bubble like growth on his forehead, started at least 5-6 months ago and has gotten larger to the size of a pea.

It is soft but organized like a fatty tumor. He has another much smaller growth at the top of one of his forelegs which hasn't changed size in last 3-4 months.

These are not disabling in any way and he does not lick or pay any attention to the one on his leg. Our vet saw it and wasn't impressed with its appearance and recommended no treatment or surgery to remove.

Before reading the forgoing information I did apply sufficient squeeze to have popped a pimple with no burst and no pain signal from him. Will never squeeze at all in future. The skin underlying his coat is black and not changed in color. He is not pain sensitive to touch at all. Curious but doesn't seem to be a sebaceous cyst. Doesn't seem to be getting larger.

I suppose this is needless concern about a trivial skin matter but would appreciate a diagnostic guess.

Editor Comment Dog Skin Lumps

Hi David,

There are several types of growths that can occur on a dog's skin, some of which are benign and others that may require attention. From your description, it sounds like the growth on your dog's forehead could be a lipoma, which is a benign fatty tumor commonly found in older dogs. The smaller growth on your dog's leg might also be a lipoma or a different type of benign skin growth.

However, it is important to remember that only a qualified veterinarian can accurately diagnose your dog's condition. If you are concerned about the growths, it's a good idea to consult with your vet again, especially if there are any changes in size, shape, or color, or if you notice any other symptoms. They may recommend additional testing, monitoring, or treatment options based on their assessment of your dog's overall health and the specific characteristics of the growths.

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