Q. Can a dog's fat deposit or tumor be drained?
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM
A. No. Only diet and exercise can get rid of fat deposits. Fat tumors (lipomas) can only be surgically removed, however since they usually are benign and bleed a lot in surgery, we tend to leave them alone and only remove them if they get so big that they impede the quality of life.
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. No fat deposits or tumors cannot be drained. They are made up of cells and no fluid, so they can only be removed by excision, which is a surgical procedure done with either sedation or general anesthesia.