Liposuction For Dogs Becomes Increasingly Popular

Liposuction offer unique health benefits for dogs with lipomas.

By | Posted: August 5, 2014, 5 p.m. PST

Senior dog Pug While liposuction may conjure up thoughts of a society obsessed with appearance, it's easy to read the headline about liposuction and dogs and think - wow, humans have really gone too far. But, like everything else, you have to read the fine print.

While human liposuction focuses on weight loss often for cosmetic reasons, when the procedure is performed on pet liposuction is not cosmetic (even if for the pet owner is hoping for a svelte figure). It’s actually used to improve the health of the pet. The non-invasive procedure removes the fat from lipomas in overweight and senior dogs.

Lipomas are benign tumors of fat cells that can be large and numerous on some dogs. If gone untreated, they can grow quite large and impede the dog’s movement.

Although these tumors are not malignant or painful, they can interfere with a dog’s normal movement if they are in a bad place,

"They can be really big,” Rebecca Pentecost, DVM, told Fox 8 Cleveland. "I had one that we took almost three and a half liters of fat out of it.”

Dr. Pentecost, a veterinarian at Animal Clinic Northview in North Ridgeville, Ohio, has performed the procedure on patients from several states and countries.

The procedure is a safer alternative to major surgery, which could leave senior dogs with a long recovery time and up to 30 stitches. Liposuction requires only a small incision and up to two days of recovery. The procedure can be done with less anesthesia as well – another benefit for older dogs.

The downside? Since the entire lipoma is not removed, there is a 23 percent likelihood that the fat will come back.

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