Canine Lipoma
Fatty Tumors in Dogs

What is a fatty tumor? While a canine lipoma is not life threatening, it is still a sign that all is NOT well. Why do they tend to regrow after removal? Let’s look at cause, prevention and natural healing methods.


One of the most common reasons people visit their veterinarian is to examine a mass just below the skin of their dog. If you think something is wrong, you’re right! It’s just common sense; after all they weren’t born lumpy were they?


What is a Fatty Tumor?

Canine Lipoma on Pit Bull

When you feel them, they are usually not swollen or painful. They often come up very slowly and continue to grow steadily. They may be the size of a pea or the size of a lemon. While ugly to look at, they are not terminal.

However they are a sign the body is in distress.

As the name suggests, it's a tumor made of stored fat that couldn’t be used or passed out of the body.

The question is, why isn't the body breaking down the fat?

Whether it's a toxic fat or even a good fat, the organs like the liver are not in tip top shape to put fat where it needs to go.

Can We Stop Feeding Fat to Cure
Fatty Tumors in Dogs?

No! Dogs need fat for energy and brain function. However what type of fat your dog gets makes a huge difference and omega 3 fatty acid like in sardines is great fat to add to his food.

This is where I bash those huge dog food manufacturers with big name commercial dog foods again. The most common source of fat in them is from rejected animal parts. Are they rejected for human consumption because they are past their prime or cancerous? Probably both. To top it off, they are cooked into oblivion.

Either way I think of rejected as TOXIC, so obviously this is extremely low quality and coupled with chemical preservatives (also toxins), make a dog's body work overtime until it simply wears out.

With all the dog deaths and pet food recalls, a huge number of folks have switched to feeding a raw dog food diet. The pet food manufacturers are not happy about this and pushed back. On August 3rd or 4th of 2012 the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) voted on a policy against feeding dogs and cats any uncooked or undercooked foods.

Now you know why your vet is not allowed to recommend raw dog food.

Personally I want to help stop canine lipoma, not feed it.


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So now we know a dog lipoma is a call for help because:

  • Fat is not being metabolized by the body but being stored in pockets under the skin instead.
  • This means there is a problem starting with digestion and assimilation of food. Anything the body can't convert to energy or get rid of, it must store somewhere.

    And if the digestive system isn't working properly, it is a warning that more health problems are on the way.


Cause of Fatty Tumors in Dogs

So now we know crappy food is one cause so the first thing to do is change your dog's diet. There is great advice about it in the eBook I have listed above.

And please don't tell me your dog has been healthy on his food until now. I had a friend come up to me one night at a dinner party with just the same words. (He feeds a medium cost kibble.)

I had to explain it's a cumulative process. You can't see it starting. What he really wanted was to give his dog a pill and forget about it.

It's just not that easy. Will he change his ways? Probably not and his dog will continue to have problems and they will get worse and he will probably die before his time.

I understand because I've done the same thing. We are taught cause and effect like it's as immediate as knocking your shin against the coffee table and getting a bruise.

When it comes to health and disease, that couldn't be farther from the truth.

We have to get away from the thinking of treating a symptom (canine lipoma is a symptom) with a pill or a scalpel to get rid of the symptom. Instead we need to give the body the tools to heal itself.

Another cause of fatty tumors in dogs is vaccinations. I know we all want to think we are doing the right thing and protecting our dogs from disease but I now know they do far more harm than good.  This is great income for those who make vaccines, but detrimental to dog health.

Just one very toxic component in vaccines is aluminum which is the replacement for toxic mercury in vaccines.

Aluminum accumulates in the body and settles in bones, lungs and brain. The more aluminum (by repeated vaccinations), the less likely the kidneys can eliminate this toxin. While many people don’t see aluminum as particularly dangerous it has almost identical effects on the body as ethyl-mercury which is now banned for many applications.

Dog fatty tumor on thigh that we can heal with herbs

How to Prevent and Heal
Canine Lipoma

To support your dogs health, here are three steps. The first two should prevent canine lipoma and adding the third step can cure those fatty tumors in dogs.

One: Stop over vaccinating. The facts are in. Revacinating yearly is detrimental to dog health. We should adopt to motto, "One and Done". Look at the vaccine side effects from noted veterinary immunologist Dr. Ronald Schultz. (You'll have to scroll down the page because I tell my personal story about vaccine side effects first.)

Two: Improve your dog's diet.

Three: Add the recommended supplements below. (To cleanse the system and get it working correctly.)

Switching to raw dog food (best), human grade homemade dog food (better than dog food) or a very high grade commercial dog food (I hate to even say it, but some folks just won't budge from this habit) can keep a canine lipoma from returning after surgical removal, should you decide to go that route.

If you don't want to do the homework yourself on better commercial foods, get a subscription to Petsumer Reports. Petsumers is a watchdog (good pun if I do say so myself) which constantly critiques foods and recalls keeping you up to date.

Next, there are ways to help clean up the system and naturally cure canine lipoma in dogs. I suggest all three of the following:

  • All Cell Detox - # 1072-4
    It has 17 herbs that cleanse the colon, liver, kidneys and promote the absorption of nutrients.
  • N-acetyl-cysteine - #509-7
    To defend against free radical damage and to eliminate harmful toxins. Protects cells from oxidative stress and supports liver, cardio function, skin and eyes.
  • L-Carnitine # 1632-6
    The body requires l-carnitine for the transport of long-chain fatty acids into the cells. (It breaks down fat.)

You can order these things at Natures Sunshine Products by clicking on any of their links.

I'm updating this page because so many people are contacting me for dosages. Keep in mind that I choose these specific products for a reason. See Why NSP so you know and to see how to get a discount.

Dosage: 1 capsule of each for every 25 pounds of your dog's weight.

Note: If your dog has a history of digestive problems such as IBS, IBD, pancreatitis etc, the remedies will be a bit different so contact me. Also if your dog has a history of eruptive skin disorders the remedies may vary. Why? We want to support the weakest organs the most.

Understand that they didn't grow overnight so probably won't disappear overnight. While some of my contacts have had incredible results in a very short time, what to expect is more like one month for every year the canine lipoma has been there, plus two months.

Please do not use these with other supplements. We want to cleanse the organs without interference so the problem doesn't come back!


Closeup of fatty tumor in dog

In the meantime, look around this website some more to understand how the body works. You might start with the dog digestive system, where it explains the difference between dogs and humans. This is a must-read in my opinion.

Making Your Own Dog Food gives you an example of what changes in your dog you may see, and leads to more information on the subject. Plus you should get a laugh at my Helen.

In Dog Food Comparison, I compare raw, cooked and store bought choices on a scale as I was taught by Dr. Marty Goldstein.

Interesting Notes

Often these fatty tumors in dogs return after surgery because the cause has not been addressed. Do you know where the first place a body stores toxins? In its fat! (Puts a whole new meaning in eating leaner meats doesn’t it?)

Every body wants to survive and does its best. Interestingly canine lipomas grow away from the organs to keep the organs safe. Note the tumors in these pictures. One on the rump of the dog and the other on the thigh.


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