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My dog is 10 years old and has a lump on its back leg. I was advised to leave as she is old. The lump is huge. The vet said that there is a 90% chance the operation will not succeed as she may not be able to stop the bleeding. This is a catch 22. If I decide to operate she might die and if not she will die anyways. I am not sure what caused the lipoma. Are there any suggestions please ie diets, food, alternative medicine etc. to maybe make it smaller. I feel so terribly sad as I should have known better.
 

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My dog is 10 years old and has a lump on its back leg. I was advised to leave as she is old. The lump is huge. The vet said that there is a 90% chance the operation will not succeed as she may not be able to stop the bleeding. This is a catch 22. If I decide to operate she might die and if not she will die anyways. I am not sure what caused the lipoma. Are there any suggestions please ie diets, food, alternative medicine etc. to maybe make it smaller. I feel so terribly sad as I should have known better.
I'm sorry that you're going through this.

Can you give some more information? My understanding is that lipomas are fatty tumors and are generally harmless (some may infiltrate other areas of the body). I had a lipoma removed from my own body recently. They are just a collection of fat cells and it's quite commons for older dogs to get them.

My guess is that the lipoma is rather large, and possibly in a precarious place?
 

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It is a huge lump at the back leg. She can move and run around. She eats well and does not seem ill. But the vet said eventually this lump will influence her movement and as I understand it this lump is full of blood vessels. The possibility is that if she operates she would not be able to stop the bleeding and if she does stop the bleeding the possibility is there that she might not be able to attach the skin (because of her age and the lump that is so big). Will it help if she is on a diet? Will it make the lump smaller? Not sure what to do.
 

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My friend had a small pup who had one of those on his neck, every 4 months or so it would grow back. They would inject him with something to shrink it Im not sure what they used since they could not do surgery in that area and he was a very old dog maybe get another opinion and see what they say
 

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I second the second opinion. I doubt there is nothing that can be done, but you probably need to find the right Vet to deal with it.
 

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Ditto... most lipomas shell out pretty easily with minimal bleeding, so removal is rarely a big deal (unless you have no experience doing that sort of surgery). But sometimes huge 'fatty-like' lumps on legs are NOT lipomas and can be more aggressive tumors that just look like lipomas (been fooled multiple times... that's where cytology can be useful). THEN the surgery can be impossible, at least in terms of getting the entire tumor. On the other hand, lipomas do rarely cause major problems, even when enormous. They may hinder normal movement somewhat if humongous, but most dogs will adapt. Never seen a lipoma cripple a dog, no matter how large. So if truly a lipoma, its removal is likely not essential for life.
 
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