I have the opportunity to purchase a 6 week old blood hound. She has a fatty mass in her belly and it will need to be removed. I was told this can be done when she is spayed. I wonder if this is a huge deal, or something that is not that big of a deal. I don't mind investing in her, but if this is the beginning of a lifetime of health issues I would be bothered. I mass has not impaired her growth on any level. Any thoughts?
If its just a fatty tumor its really a matter of appearance. If he/she has one, its not like they re going to sprout up everywhere. Since he she IS a puppy i would have it removed just because he she is young. My dog is 7ish now and has had a fatty tumor on his neck for about 2 years and hes completley unaffected by it. Also, idk if you ve had bloodhounds before but i highly recomend once the age of 6 is passed, the dog have medical checkups twice a year instead of just year because they are very good at hiding ilnesses and i just lost my 8 yearold for that reason.
Most of the large breeds develop these fatty lipomas when they start to get older. My vet told me that a good vet should be able to look at the mass and tell right away whether it needs to be removed or not; he usually doesn't have to aspirate it (that's when they withdraw some fluid from it and analyze it). But he said that most of the time a good vet does not remove these things unless they start to interfere with the well-being of the animal--like pressing against a nerve and causing discomfort, limping, etc. They don't like to remove it because it requires anesthesia, and there is always a risk with that in any animal. Before I switched to Bloodhounds, I had an American Foxhound who developed a whole bunch of these, some quite large. They don't look so great, but most vets will not suggest risking the surgery, especially on an older dog. If you would be given an opportunity to have the dog examined by your vet, before sale is finalized, I would suggest you do that. Good luck.