Be Careful What You Believe on the Internet!
Today, a VirtuaVet reader searched the term “dog lipoma cause.” Doc Truli googled the term and found a ton of misinformation online. Here’s Doc Truli’s dirt on Lipomas:
The Western medicine answer is : genetic predisposition. If your dad, for example, has hundreds of tiny lipomas that feel like pill capsules injected under the skin, and then you grow a sparrow-egg sized lump next to your spine over your lower right ribs when you are 28 years old – that’s genetic predisposition!
The Chinese medicine answer is “stagnant chi.” Acupuncture treatments have been reported to result in the shrinking or disappearance of lipomas.
If your vet aspirated a lipoma and then the lipoma looked smaller to you, this is not because they took out material. The aspirate takes out less than a teardrop! Lipomas can grow and shrink anyway, so the change you noticed was coincidental.
How Easy Is It for a MisUnderstanding to Propagate?
Are Carrots Fattening?
Pet parent asked Doc Truli, “Are carrots fattening?”
“No! A small baby carrot provides about 5 calories. Why do you ask?” said Doc Truli.
“My husband read on the internet that carrots turn to sugar in a rabbit’s system and that’s bad. My dog is getting fatter. Is it the carrots?”
After an explanation of herbivores hind gut fermentation versus omnivore stomach and intestinal digestion, we clarified: Rabbit carrots no. Dog carrots yes.