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Would the excision of a small mass (probable lipoma) on a dog require postop antibiotics?

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Would the excision of a small mass (probable lipoma) on a dog require postop antibiotics? If so, would cephalexin be an appropriate choice?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! My name is***** am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern. Well, in theory, no. Generally, a simple mass removal or a elective surgery like a spay or neuter does not require antibiotics afterwards.
But, it depends a great deal on the condition of the skin, location of the surgery, the vets choice, etc...
I think use of a general antibiotic following a mass removal is not a bad idea at all. Cephalexin is a very routine antibiotic, and not to aggressive, to prevent a possible infection, that could be far more costly.
So, yes, I know plenty of vets that would prescribe antibiotics after that type of surgery, and cephalexin would be a common choice.
Hope that info helps.
Dr. Andy