Senior Dogs Often Develop Lumps and Bumps, But What Are Skin Tags?
As the owner of an older dog, you most likely are concerned about your beloved pet developing cancer. You may check your dog regularly for lumps or bumps that could signal a cancerous growth. While it is vital to examine your pet for tumors, it is also important to understand that senior dogs suffer from skin tags, a growth that is usually harmless.
Skin tags often look like warts. While they may appear dangerous, they are often benign and cause your dog no pain. Skin tags may be flat or rounded, and the tag may even hang from the dog’s body. Generally, skin tags are the same color as a dog’s skin. If your dog has one skin tag, it is likely the dog will have or develop additional tags.
Skin tags tend to grow on older dogs, but usually they do not need to be removed. If the tag becomes damaged, your veterinarian may recommend removal. Skin tag removal is a quick process that is general performed on an outpatient basis. It typically does not even hurt your dog.
Groom you dog regularly to examine the dog for skin tags and other lumps. Examine your pet’s body carefully and visit your veterinarian if you find a skin tag or another type of bump.
The Old Dog House is Northeast Florida’s first nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to giving older and senior dogs a second chance at a new life. We rely solely on the generosity of the individuals in our community for assistance in furthering our mission to give older and senior dogs a second, sometimes third, chance at living out their lives in dignity.