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Lipomas in Dogs and Cats / Canine Lipomas / Feline Lipomas / Pet Lipomas

Lipomas in Dogs and Cats / Canine Lipomas / Feline Lipomas / Pet Lipomas

Herbal remedies to help address symptoms of lipomas, cysts and other irregular growths in dogs and cats. 

Nutrition plays a major role in the health of bone, teeth, skin and coat, tissues and organs as well as impacts your pet's immune system. Natural herbs and supplements can help support a balanced process of free radical scavenging, which is the skin’s ability to fight against and repair exposure to toxins, antigens, allergens, microorganisms, viruses, bacteria and wounds. 

Plant botanicals may also help nutritionally maintain proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; help protect the skin, connective tissues, muscles and help provide support to the joints and bones; may help reduce symptoms related to inflammation in the joints and may help cool inflammation pathways throughout the body; may help improve immune function and help build resistance to allergies.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found throughout your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign cells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and designed to support normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. Only in the presence of dysfunction is a nutritional correction required for balanced immune health. But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Lipomas and cysts are an indication that your pet's immune system is out of balance. The most important health aspect you can support for your pet long-term is balanced immunity. 

A lipoma is a fatty benign lump or bump, sometimes referred to as a soft tissue tumor. Lipomas and cysts occur when your pet's cells do not divide correctly. Cell division is a strictly controlled process in the body, with new cells being created to replace old and damaged cells. When this process is disrupted, a lipoma can develop. 

In comparison, a cyst is located closer to the surface of the skin. Cysts are firm to the touch and the surrounding skin is usally red, swollen and can feel hot to the touch. A cyst appears due to obstruction of the ducts of the glands that ar tasked with fat formation, and instead of releasing cells required by the body, retains and a visible lump or bulky area appears. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CYSTS, CLICK HERE:

Lipomas occur lower beneath the skin (referred to as subcutaneous lipomas or tumors) and are usually soft and increase in size over time. Typically lipomas and cysts do not cause pain to your dog or cat unless they are located in an area that restricts mobility, such as between the legs or on the chest, or if your pet has a number in an area that it licks or scratches. Lipomas can occur anywhere on your pet's body and once a lipoma forms, more formations will likely follow. A lipoma is a visible indication that your pet's body is not functioning properly internally.

The presence of a lipoma does not necessarily indicate malignant cancer.  Neoplasia is a term used to describe tumors that occur in different parts of the animal body. Neoplasia is more commonly seen in canines than in felines, however, cats have a higher risk of developing malignant tumors than dogs. There are many factors that contribute to the development of tumors in dogs and cats.

Common reasons for lipomas:

Depressed immune system

Genetics

Obesity

Poor diet (processed, low nutrient commercial foods that contain inferior proteins, corn, wheat, soy, colorants, chemical additives and preservatives)

Environmental toxicity (inside and outside of the home: i.e.: dryer sheets, tap water, room deodorizers, cigarette smoke, lawn fertilizers)

Reaction to vaccines and other synthetic medications, including preventatives

Types of lipomas:

Infiltrative lipomas (usually benign in nature) can invade into muscle tissue and cartilage matrix and may need to be removed. 

Liposarcomas are malignant and can spread to the lungs, bone and other organs. These tumors are rare, but are an indication of the need to have all types of subcutaneous masses examined. 

Mammary lipomas mostly affect female dogs and cats. Mammary lipoma occurrence can be reduced by having your dog or cat spayed at an early age. Neutering your male pet also reduces the chances of developing testicular tumors.

Helpful suggestions:

Ensure that your pet is eating a premium, holistic diet, centered on either balanced home cooked, raw or premium, holistic commercial high-quality diet that is free of corn, wheat, soy, meat meal byproducts, inferior or questionable protein source, preservatives, colorants, chemical additives and artificial ingredients. 

Give your pet fresh, filtered water daily. Our tap water contains flouride and other chemical additives that are toxic for our pet's bodies and water also helps support the lymphatic and excretory systems in eliminating waste and toxins from the body. 

Avoid using harsh chemical sprays and inorganic products in your house, like carpet and plug in room deodorizers, scented candles, dryer sheets, perfumes, and do no smoke in your home. 

Exercise! Obesity is a leading cause of many health complications including tumors. Exercise stimulates the lymphatic and excretory systems which encourages natural detoxification.

Introduce a detoxiyfing herbal regimen annually such as Shake Ur Groove Thing to help cleanse inorganic compounds from your pet's body which may help keep your pet healthy from the inside out and may help counteract lipomas in dogs and cats. 

Herbal Nutrition: - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal treatments are used to help boost immunity and help address inflammation of skin tissues and structures in the body; to adjunctively help address lipomas and other growths; to help cleanse the system and to nutritionally help support healthy cells in the body; to help support the body’s defense mechanism and may help support natural restorative functions while having a tonic effect on the skin, bones, muscles and connective tissue; to help promote healthy cellular response; to help promote the healing of wounds; to help treat pain and injuries as well as chronic skin conditions. Attention should also be given to supporting the liver to encourage toxin elimination and blood cleansing.

Get Well Soon  (learn more) is used holistically as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic therapy for cancer cells and as a complementary therapy in anti-cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its studied anti-tumorous natural plant chemicals (slows growth), and potential anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells); antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; as a broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, as an adjunctive for cysts and tumors related to fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used adjunctively and holistically for the following types of tumors: hind quarter, deep tissue, lesions, polyps, warts, basal and mast cell, bone, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bladder, mammary, skin, stomach, eye, ear, nose, mouth and leg tumors.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; for its adaptogen content which may help identify metabolic, oxidative, physiological and physical dysfunction; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support; may help counteract Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) may help support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, ma help rehabilitate the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, may help rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps

Turmeric the Magnificent – (learn more) antioxidant properties may help inhibit free radical damage and limit multiple inflammation pathways by helping cool inflammatory response in all body systems; help boost or balance immunity as needed; help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response; decongestant and anti-histamine properties may help limit allergen triggers by reducing mast cell histamine response; may help improve digestion by suppressing inflammation in the gut; may help cleanse and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gall bladder; may help address cognitive disease (i.e. Alzheimer') by limiting micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular link; curcuminoid content may help halt mutations in DNA related to cancer formation, and may help block the production of enzymes that cancer needs to spread; may help prevent heart disease and strokes by inhibiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, including the arteries that provide the brain with essential oxygen and nutrients; may help address boils. 

Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian will conduct a complete physical examination of all lipomas.  Your vet may recommend fine needle aspiration to determine if the mass is benign. Your vet may also suggest a micooscopic evaluation of cells and biopsy tissue. If the aspirate is inconclusive, surgical removal and histopathology may be necessary.

Infiltrative lipomas may require a computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to understand the mass and tissue location. 

Most pets will probably not have to have their lipomas removed. If diagnostics indicate the mass is a form of a more aggressive tumor, surgery may be required.    

Infiltrative lipoma is a type of mass that requires a more complex procedure because it invades muscle tissue and fascia and can make a complete surgical excision difficult. Radiation therapy has been used for infiltrative lipomas and may be used alone, or in conjunction with surgical excision.

Other subcutaneous masses, such as mast cell tumors, can mimic the appearance of a lipoma, so each mass should be evaluated individually as well as vigilant monitoring for any change in mass size or location.

 

 

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