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I have an 11yo Shih Tzu who has very dry skin and has a few

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I have an 11yo Shih Tzu who has very dry skin and has a few lipomas --- at least two as large as a cherry. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

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If these have been diagnosed as lipomas from a fine needle aspirate then monitoring them should be absolutely fine. If they are not affecting his range of motion, he is not licking nor agitating them I would simply take photos with a ruler once monthly when you do your heartworm prevention to ensure they are not growing, becoming more attached or firm and if they do change then it is time to have your veterinarian evaluate them.

If they have not been aspirated I would strongly advise this. I do have some lumps that do palpate as lipomas and once aspirated are found to be malignant slow growing tumors such as mast cell tumors that should be removed. So I aspirate any new lump on my patient to ensure there are no worries of what we are dealing with.

The dry skin can be an issue for the breed so ensuring you are feeding a high quality organic diet with no by products and supplementing with fish oil 500-750 mg EPA & DHA daily can help with the dry skin but may take 2-4 weeks to see positive results. As for the shampoo, it is great you are using a sensitive and moisturizing shampoo just make sure you leave it on 10 minutes before rinsing to ensure it is having full effects with the baths.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The review is helpful. I haven't had them aspirated. He's do for an annual this week and I'll inquire about them. I dodo give him an omega treat and use premium food that contains fish like Fromms.
Thanks for your suggestions !
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

I would definitely make sure the treats are concentrated in omega fatty acids because often it is not a daily dose within the treats. Please let me know how else I can assist you both today

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