Getting to the Bottom of Dog Health

My dog Max had two tumors removed from his haunches three years ago and we’ve been checking for returns regularly.  Over the last year my dad’s been noting the growth of a large… something near where Max’s legs meet his body.   We took him to the vet and my dad asked me to interpret the results:

Dad: Doctor said Max had “excess fat in his subcutaneous tissue”.  What do we do about it?
Me: Feed him less and have him get more exercise.
Dad: What’s that going to do about a tumor?
Me: It’s not a tumor.
Dad: Certainly sounds like it.
Me: Dad, the vet’s telling us that Max has a fat ass.
Dad: Oh.