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?
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.
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. The pet food manufacturers are not happy about this and are pushing back. On August 3rd or 4th of 2012 the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) will vote on a policy against feeding dogs and cats any uncooked or undercooked foods.
Terribly upsetting since few veterinarians are schooled in nutrition, if passed, they will not be allowed to recommend raw dog food, but instead continue to sell the same kinds of toxic foods that kill and make pets sick.
To voice your opinion to the American Veterinary Medical Association, PLEASE do so here. Last I looked there were nearly 900 comments and many were from those who feed raw and have seen dramatic improvement in dog health. Please help and send a message that you disagree.
I want to help stop canine lipoma, not feed it.
I recommend this book
So now we know a dog lipoma is a call for help because:
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
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, but I can't help folks who won't listen.
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. First, dogs are over vaccinated. 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.
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. (A truly healthy dog has immunity against disease.)
Two: Feed a clean raw diet low in carbohydrates. (This builds the immune system.)
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:
You can order these things at Natures Sunshine Products
and contact me for dosage depending on the size and breed of your dog.
The reason I don't post it here is I want to be able to communicate with
you and cheer you on. It probably won't happen overnight.
I suggest Natures Sunshine because the products are monitored for high standards and consistency so they have a good track record. It is because of that, I use them and promote their products.
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.
In Dog Food Comparison, I compare raw, cooked and store bought, including a link where you can get an unbiased comparison of commercial dog foods if you are a die hard kibble feeder and can opener.
The bottom line here is, if you are struggling with a canine lipoma (or several), you can contact me for more information, meal suggestions and exact dosage of products for your individual dog.