Fatty Tumors (Lipomas) in Dogs - Benign (Fatty) or Malignant (Mast Cell) – Cause, DIY Holistic Treatments, Remedies

fatty tumors, fatty lipomas in dogs, natural holistic treatments and remedies

In this Article:
  1. What, How, When and Why Fatty Tumors (Fatty Lipomas) Occur
    1. What is a fatty lipoma, how and why they occur
    2. Characteristics of a fatty lipoma
    3. Fatty lipomas are a warning sign
    4. How to assess your dog's toxic exposure
  2. Why Conventional Treatments Don't Work
  3. The Truth About Fatty Lipomas
  4. Natural Treatment and Remedy
  5. Signs of a Malignant Cell Growth

What, How, When and Why Fatty Tumors (Fatty Lipomas) Occur

What is a Fatty Lipoma, How and Why They Occur

A fatty tumor is a soft mass under the skin.

Your dog's body eliminates toxins via their intestines, kidney and liver, this is the body's natural process. However, when the natural system becomes overloaded, the body is not able to perform as it would normally. When a dog is constantly ingesting toxins the kidney and liver are forced to work overtime to clear out unwanted substances from the body. If the toxic load becomes too much for the kidneys and liver to process, toxins cannot be eliminated. The constant presence of contaminates in the body also creates stress on the endocrine (glands which secret various hormones to regulate metabolism, sleep, mood, etc.) and immune system.   
The body ‘captures’ the toxins and shifts them as far as possible from vital organs. The furthest place from vital organs is the skin.  Your dog's skin is the largest excretory organ in their body. The lymph system carries the toxins to the skin where they are stored in fat deposits just under the surface of the skin. This creates the fatty lipoma (fatty tumor).

Characteristics of a Fatty Lipoma

A soft mass under the skin that:
  1. Does not cause *hair loss.
  2. Does not cause *pain.
  3. Does not cause *redness or *irritation of the skin on its own.
  4. Is freely movable under the skin;
*The only time hair loss, pain or irritation occurs with these masses is, for example:  
  1. When the mass is located on the body of your dog, and;
  2. The mass has increased in size, and;
  3. As a result, is rubbing against your dog’s leg;
  4. The mass may then cause hair loss or irritation as it rubs against your dog’s leg.
Fatty Lipomas Are a Warning Sign

Fatty deposits are a warning sign, a red flag that tells you your dog's:
  1. Body is under siege from constant exposure to toxins.
  2. Internal system is out of balance and is not able to eliminate enough toxic waste.
  3. Immune system is weak and requires care to improve it's strength.
Diet, stress and exercise have a significant impact on the health of your dog's immune system. 
A species appropriate diet, a natural personal care routine, and exercise are foundational to your companion animal's good health.
A weak immune system leaves the body vulnerable to illness, infection and health issues.
How to Assess Your Dog's Toxic Exposure

There are multiple ways your dog can end up exposed to toxins. For example toxins can enter the body through the oral cavity, nasal passage and skin. Examples of how these exposure occur are provided just below.
    Ingested Toxins
    Ingredients in dry food (kibble, biscuits), wet (canned) food, highly processed treats, freeze dried food, dehydrated and air dried food products, and poor quality raw food products. For example:
    1.  Refined cereal grains
    2. Food flavoring 
    3. Synthetic chemical preservatives e.g. ethoxyquin and TBHQ
    4. Synthetic minerals and other food additives. 
    5. Sugar
    6. Pesticide, herbicide and fungicide residue in corn, soy, canola, safflower, cottonseed oil, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, sugar beets, etc.
    Food Products and Components
    Food products that contain poor quality protein (dairy, eggs, meat, etc.) sourced from:
    1.  Intensively farmed animals, learn more in this article.
    2. Concentrated animal feeding operations, learn more here
    3. Condemned, denatured meat, bone, fat and other animal derivatives, learn more in this article. 
    4. Other hidden and 'incidental' substances in food.
    Conventional Personal Care Products
    Conventional personal care products are a major source of toxins, for example, conventional flea, tick, intestinal parasite and heartworm products.
    To reduce your dog's exposure, choose natural alternatives for worming, and for dealing with ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. Examples of natural alternatives are provided further below.

    Other Daily Toxic Exposures
    Health care supplies and household items, for example:
    1. Dental chews.
    2. Toothpaste.
    3. Shampoo.
    4. Household cleaners.
    5. Fluoridated water, water high in hard metal content.
    6. Pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, from grass, road salt, etc. absorbed through the skin of the paws, ingested by licking fur and paws.
    How many of the toxins listed above is your dog regularly exposed to? 
    Do a quick analysis and then read on.
    Why Conventional Treatments Don't Work
    Incorrect Approach, Lack of Knowledge
    Conventional practitioners of medicine (human and veterinary care) are oriented towards treating an acquired condition rather than treating the body as a whole entity. As such they do not understand the root cause, nor the significance of the condition. 
    Leads to Bad Advice
    As a result, when a conventional veterinarian sees a fatty tumor the typical advice provided is:
    'As long as the tumor is benign and not impeding physical function, just leave the tumor as is. No treatment is required, it's just a typical result of aging.'
    And Ineffective Conventional Treatment Options
    If the fatty tumor is in the way of proper function the following options may be offered;
    1. Surgical removal.
    2. Liposuction.
    3. Conventional topical salve.
    4. Steroid injections.
    The fundamental problem with conventional interventions is that they don't address the root cause of the condition. If the root cause is not addressed, fatty lipomas (fatty tumors):
    1. Persist, grow and in many cases, additional lipomas occur. 
    2. In many cases when the fatty lipoma is removed, it regrows.
    3. Eventually malignant mast cell growth may occur.
    Many practitioners of conventional veterinary medicine will tell you that there is nothing that you can do to:
    1. Reduce the size of the existing fatty tumor;
    2. Eliminate the existing fatty tumor. 
    3. And should you opt for one of those conventional interventions you may be told 'there is nothing you can do to prevent the fatty lipomas from returning

    The Truth About Fatty Lipomas

    The root cause of fatty lipomas is not aging. 
    Fatty lipomas are not inevitable.
    Fatty lipomas are treatable.
    A comprehensive natural treatment properly designed to suit your individual dog's circumstances, can make a real difference. 
    Depending on the individual animal's overall circumstances one or more of the outcomes can be achieved:
    1. Slow growth of fatty lipomas.
    2. Reduced size of existing fatty lipomas.
    3. Eliminate existing fatty lipomas permanently.
    4. Prevent new fatty lipomas from occurring.
    Failure to take appropriate action can result in further erosion of your dog's health and quality of life.

    To stop and eliminate the growth of fatty tumors the root cause must be properly addressed.

    Natural Treatment and Remedy of Fatty Lipomas

    Diet Matters, Assess Your Dog's Current Diet

    Statistics recorded by veterinary organizations from the 1950's up to present day are very telling:
    • The life-span of a companion dog in North America is now half of what it was in the 1950's.
    • In the 1950's the average life-span of a golden retriever was 15 to 16 years, today the average is in the range of 8 to12 years.
    • In 2005, 50% of older dogs died from cancer. The percentage continues to rise. 
    Do a thorough review of your dog's current diet.  Eliminate all species inappropriate components and obvious toxins.

    If You're Currently Feeding your Dog a Dry or Canned Food Diet
    You'll need to change the diet to a species appropriate raw or gently cooked and fresh food diet. 
    The diet must be properly designed to suit your dog's individual circumstances.
    • Species appropriate diet is discussed in this article.
    • An example of a homemade raw or gently cooked and fresh food diet, in this article.
    Supplement Your Dog’s Diet

    To properly treat and remedy the situation, I recommend working with a knowledgeable holistic diet and wellness practitioner to have your dog's personal situation comprehensively addressed.
    Below are a few examples of many supplemental items that can be helpful:
    Whole fresh foods high in first quality antioxidants and nutrients.

    Reduce Toxic Exposure, Use Natural Personal Care Products
    For example, stop using conventional wormers, flea, tick and mosquito products. Implement a natural protection plan. For example:
    Intestinal parasite, natural prevention and treatment:
    1. Natural wormers
    2. Natural supplements and foods
    Natural flea, tick, mosquito repelling aids:
    1. Spot-on and collar drops 
    2. Sprays, rubs and rinses 
    3. Supplements and foods
    Topical Treatment for Fatty Lipomas

    Sage has a natural affinity to attract fat. 
    Apply sage extract directly to the lipoma on a daily basis.
    If you use sage essential oil (rather than sage extract),  dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil such as organic cold pressed coconut oil. Do not apply essential oil neat.

    Turmeric can be used topically to treat fatty lipomas.

    • 1 tsp of turmeric, with;
    • 1 tsp of coconut oil or olive oil, or grape seed oil or almond oil.
    • Mix well until the ingredients form a soft, well blended paste.
    1. Apply the resulting paste directly to the skin surface of the fatty tumor.
    2. If the location of the fatty lipoma allows, cover the area with self-adhering flexible wrap. 
    3. The wrap helps the turmeric paste stay in-place and helps prevent the natural colour of turmeric from staining clothing, carpet etc.    
    4. If you cannot cover the area with wrap, consider restricting your dog to an area where the stain from turmeric will not adhere to items that you value.
    5. This treatment can be used 1x to 2x per day.
    6. Learn more about turmeric in this article. 

    Signs of Malignant Cell Growth

    If your dog has a fatty lipoma it is important to monitor that fatty lump for changes:
    Sudden change in appearance, for example:
    1. The tumor suddenly hardens
    2. Begins to grow lumpy and/or nodular
    3. Begins to bleed.
    Take your dog into a veterinarian clinic ASAP to have the tumor examined.
    Holistic Diet, Nutrition, Wellness Services Tailored to Your Individual Dog and Cat

    For information about my holistic diet, nutrition and wellness services, visit my holistic wellness services page.

    Maintain good health | Address acute and chronic health issues | Pre and post surgery support and recovery

    My holistic wellness services are available worldwide via video consultation.

    🌎 USA | Canada | UK | Europe | Australia | New Zealand | Asia | South and Central America | Africa | UAE

    πŸ“±FaceTime | Facebook | Skype | WhatsApp

    To set-up your holistic wellness consultation get in-touch via email, go to my contact me page.
    Holistic Behavioral Services for Your Dog

    For information about my holistic behavioral services, visit my holistic behavioral services page.

    For dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds.

    My behavioral services are available worldwide via video consultation.

    🌎 USA | Canada | UK | Europe | Australia | New Zealand | Asia | South and Central America | Africa | UAE

    πŸ“±FaceTime | Facebook | Skype | WhatsApp

    To set-up your holistic behavioral session get in-touch via email, go to my contact me page. 
    Affiliations to Companies  
    ✓ None. 
    ✓ I don't sell food, supplements, or other products.
    I'm not aligned with any companies. 
    Article and graphics by Karen Rosenfeld.
    Photo Credit: photo at the top of article by Justin Veenema

    Popular Posts