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Infiltrative lipoma
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14 July 2021 - 11:56 pm
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3 years ago Oscar had his rear leg amputated due to an infiltrative lipoma. Fortunately it was not malignant but I chose amputation because the vet said it would most likely grow back and even quicker and I didn’t want him to go through multiple surgeries with the same end result. He has been doing well but now his other rear leg seems to be presenting with the same problem. Just wondering if anyone has had the same problem. He’s on carprofen right now but I can tell walking around is a little hard for him. Headed to the surgeon in 2 weeks for his opinion.


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Ahhhh yes, sweet Oacar!  Such a handsome fella'.  And to be doing so well on three for three years now is great.

Try not to jump ahead to worse case scenario.  A big dog being a tripawd for three years and now limping is not too much of a surprise. Arthritis  could definitely  be the culprit, as well as a pulled muscle or maybe  even a torn ligament.

What does your regular Vet say?  Is he just limping or does he have swell or knots or anything  particular  visible?   For now see how the Carprofen  does with restricted  activity. Might try a low dose pain med too like Gabapentin  (with Vet approval of course).

Massage  up and down his spine, his neck and shoulder  area.  Any sognsmof tension  in any areas?  He'll enjoy the massaging, that's  for sure.

Anyway, just in the FWIW column.


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Awww sweet boy! I'm glad things have otherwise gone so well with him, that's great.

Sally is spot-on: don't think the worst yet, this could be anything. I'm also curious what your regular vet said? If there is a growth, did they aspirate the lump? Or is he only showing limping as a symptom? Two weeks feels like furever to wait for the surgeon, I'm so sorry! 

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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