Lipomas, or fatty lumps, are very common in dogs. In fact every year nearly 2% of the doggy population are diagnosed with one!
While they are tumours, lipomas are just made up of fat cells and so are mostly completely benign.
Lipomas feel like soft slightly movable lumps under the skin. They can range from being very small to being football sized, although most are very slow growing and never reach dramatic sizes.
Many dogs will get one or more of these fatty lumps in their lifetime, and these will be monitored by your vet for any problems. Issues from lipomas are generally just cosmetic – which won’t bother your dog at all!
In some cases, however, lipomas can grow to large sizes, or be in uncomfortable positions. In these cases your vet may recommend a surgery to remove the lump.