Activities For Dogs With Lipoma

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Introduction

Has your dog been diagnosed with lipoma?  How large is the lump? Does it interfere with the dog’s movement and living activities?  If you’re not already aware, a lipoma is the most common type of mass, growth or tumor found in dogs.  They are a fatty accumulation which becomes encapsulated between the fat layer and the epidermal skin layer.  They are generally benign and enlarge very slowly, believed to be caused by lack of exercise and fitness, poor diet and toxins found everywhere inside and out. They generally aren’t excised unless they impede movement or cause pain to the canine. Improving the health, fitness level and diet of your precious pup are great ways to control or even discourage the development of lipomas.  Consider outside activities as often as possible to allow them to breathe fresh air, potentially avoiding environmental toxins.

Kite Flying

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Dog collar and leash
Kite
String
Tail material
Activity description

Do you remember flying a kite on a breezy day when you were a kid?  We remember many hours of excited and active fun, expending lots of energy and giggles while we worked to keep our kites flying high!  You can relive some of those childhood memories with your furry bestie any time weather permits. Kite flying will provide some great cardio-vascular exercise for your precious pup, working those muscles and helping your pal remain fit.  Another benefit for your pup is the availability of all of that fresh, moving air to help clean out the toxins that have built up in their systems since their last outside excursion. The exercise and fresh air can go a long way toward helping to improve the health and level of fitness for your dog, in hopes that lipoma development can be avoided or the size of an existing tumor reduced.  Since you already have some expertise in this area, and since the cost of a kite is small, the time spent in the sun with your best friend can only be a win-win situation.

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Buy kite, string and tail material
Assemble the kite using the string and tail material. The tail material can be strips of old lightweight clothing, cleaning rags, or plastic material strips. The longer the tail, the better control you’ll have over the direction your kite flies and how high it will ascend and fly. Be sure to get a reasonable length of string so you'll be able to get some proper height once your kite is in the air.
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Collar and leash your dog
This step is an important one. Whenever you have your precious pup outdoors, the dog should be collared and leashed for the protection of the dog and the safety of others. Canines can get very excited as they run, jump and chase the kite while it's in the air and can get carried away in their high spirited excitement. Additionally, you will be quite concerned with getting and keeping the kite in the air, so your attention will be divided. This division of focus can create an opportunity for your pet to wander away, unnoticed, and perhaps get hurt or lost.
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Choose your open treeless space
Choosing an appropriate space in which to fly your kite is important. Safety is of the utmost concern in this particular step. The perfect space needs to be as open as possible, having few or sparse trees, buildings and other obstacles which could cause injury to your dog or people who are involved. Selecting this type of space in which to fly your kite gives you the optimum area to run, jump and exercise that vital cardiovascular system for both you and your dog. Then, you and your darling doggie can do what comes naturally; that is, just having fun!
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Gardening

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Plants and soil
Shovel, Spade and Trowel
Activity description

Gardening is such an overall good activity for both man and canine.  It gets you out of the house and into the warm sunshine, where you can soak up those rays and breathe in that fresh air while you plant your flower or vegetable garden.  And, what a better companion for this enterprise than your best furry friend.  Your dog has natural expertise which you can utilize quite easily: digging.  How many times have you had to fill holes, chastise or discipline your pet for unauthorized digging or burying bones?  Depending upon the breed of your precious pup, this instinct can be difficult to eliminate or control.  So, why not make use of it when you're planting your garden?  The cost of this activity can vary, depending upon the source of the soil and plants you wish to put into the ground and the "tools of the trade" so to speak may already be in your shed or garage, putting the cost in the cheap to moderate range. 

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Collar and leash your dog
Collaring and leashing your dog is the first step in any action which involves going outside. This step is important for the protection and safety of your pup and others in the area. Placing the collar and leash on your darling doggie signals to them that something is coming that is both an outdoor activity as well as a fun one. Expect to see some wiggling and dancing around as you attach that leash.
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Gather your supplies
Now it is time to gather your gardening supplies. Assuming you have already decided on the items you wish to plant and have developed the plan for the garden, a trip to the garage or shed is likely next on your itinerary. Be sure to gather your shovel, trowel, spade, plants and potting soil as well as some cool drinking water for both you and your canine partner.
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Dig, dig, dig
This step is probably the easiest of all. Assuming you have already decided upon the arrangement of the flower or vegetable plants as well as the area of the garden in which you wish to place them, digging the holes comes next. Now, earlier we suggested that you utilize the digging instinct that your pup has and now is the time to do so. It may take a little guidance on your part to get your canine partner to understand that it is alright to dig but only where you want them to dig, but be patient, they will get the message and do what comes naturally!
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Walk in the Park

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
Drinking water
Activity description
Walking your dog in the park is probably the easiest and most common exercise activity known to man (or canine).  It serves several purposes, like giving you both the opportunity for fresh air and sunshine, affords all parties the chance to work many of their muscles for improved fitness and, of course, the most obvious and basic purpose is to allow your dog the opportunity to relieve themselves appropriately.   The local dog park provides an area which has interesting things and scents for your dog to investigate and does so in a safe environment.  It also allows your precious pet the opportunity to meet and greet other dogs in a community atmosphere.  Socializing is always a good thing for our furry family members.
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Gather your gear
Gather the drinking water that you feel you'll need in quantity sufficient for both you and your dog for the period of your planned walk. Find your favorite walking shoes and put them on for the most comfortable walk possible. Locate the dog's collar or harness and leash for the next step.
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Collar and leash your dog
Collaring and leashing your pet is an important step that protects your precious pup from the dangers associated with vehicular hazards along the way as well as protecting other dogs and people whom you meet on your route. It might be interesting to note that this step will keep you from getting more of a walk than you planned as your canine companion seeks to follow that interesting scent or small animal who just darted up the tree just ahead.
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Go to the park
Get into the car and drive to the park of your choice, unless that park is within walking distance of your home. When you have collared and leashed your precious pup, chances are they are already pretty sure what activity is coming next and exhibit behaviors reflective of excitement and pleasure. Once you get to the park, be prepared to step, stretch and stroll along with your canine companion, to investigate interesting scents and even the odd feline challenge which signals the chase instincts of any canine.
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More Fun Ideas...

Go for a Swim

Going for a swim will appeal more to some breeds than others.  If your furry family member likes the water, don't be afraid of taking them into the family pool or to the water facilities at the dog park or even to the dog beach.  They will benefit greatly from the fresh air and sunshine and the exercise of virtually all of the muscles in their bodies.

Toss and Fetch Outdoors

Toss and fetch done outside gives your pet the benefit of fresh air and sunshine as well as the ability to move around in greater distances and spaces.  A win-win situation for avoiding or reducing those lipomas.

Shop for Dog Bedding

Shopping for bedding for your precious pooch's bed can be a fun experience.  Take your pup to your local pet store and let them walk up and down the aisles, with you guiding them as they choose the bedding items which attract them the most.

Doggy Toy Swap

Doggy toy swap is an activity which can be done outside as well as inside.  It involves enticing your pup to fetch and return a toy, in return for an exchange of toy.

Conclusion

Lipomas are the most common tumors or non-cancerous masses found in canines and are frequently benign and grow slowly.  They are encapsulated fatty accumulations which many veterinary professionals feel is the result of environmental toxins, obesity and decreased metabolism of fats.  These tumors are not excised unless they cause problems in the host with regard to movement or pain.  Many vets have found that once a lipoma is removed, others will be found as time goes on.  These are ways to avoid the development of lipomas by adjusting your pet's diet, improving their level of health and fitness and avoiding as many toxins in their environment as possible.