The skin tag is often a subject of panic for every dog owner. It is a type of fibrous tissues that appears as single or multiple lumps on the skin of your dog. They can grow in multiple places and anywhere but they do not spread. Ticks on dog also look like a skin tag and confuse you, so examine carefully to see if it is tick or skin tag.

You know what is skin tags but what causes it and what are the effects of it on your dog? So in this article, I will cover up important questions with reasonable answers to it.

What Causes Skin Tags?

It is not exactly known what causes skin tags but there are multiple possible causes of skin tags.

  • Exposure to chemical properties in the environment.
  • Poor care of the skin.
  • Can be developed due to a hereditary condition.
  • Bite from some creature can cause skin tags if left untreated.
  • Insufficient nutrition in your dog’s diet.

Symptoms of Skin Tags (How to Identify?)

Skin tags are small and are hard to notice. It might take some time for you to notice it on your dog. Here is the list of the most common symptoms seen in your dog with skin tags.

  • Small, soft, rounded lumps on your dog’s skin.
  • Small growth of hair on the tags.
  • Stalk-like growth which looks like warts but is not a wart.
  • There might be an infection around the area.
  • If you try to scratch or plug it out, it will bleed.
Skin tags around the eye
Skin tags around the eye.
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Diagnosis of Skin Tags in Dogs

The best way to identify skin tags on your dog is to examine its body from time to time. Look close for any lumps on the body while grooming. If you detect some skin tags on your dog’s body, it will be hard to determine whether it is just a harmless skin tag or a tumor or other serious condition.

Take your dog to a vet for further examination where the vet will take a sample and determine the possible serious condition like skin cancer or other possible medical condition. If it is some serious issues that can affect the health of your pooch, immediately start treatment after consulting the vet.

When to Take Your Dog With Skin Tags to a Vet?

Skin tags can be a serious health problem if it appears in certain areas of your dog’s body or something abnormal is seen. If it is seen in the specific places, take your dog to a vet for further examination.

  • If there is a change in the color, shape, and size of the skin tag.
  • Bleeding and discharge from the area.
  • I fit is seen around mouth, lips or eyes.
  • If your dogs feel pain and discomfort when touched.
  • Itching or irritation around the skin tags.
Skin Tags on the dog's mouth
Skin Tags on the dog’s mouth.
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Treatments for Skin Tags

After seeing a vet, if the vet recommended starting treatment then you should start the treatment immediately before it gets worse for your dog. There is usually three methods of treatment for skin tags used by the veterinarian.

  • Surgical removal: Skin tags are usually small and soft but if it is big and stubborn, your vet will perform surgery. After surgery, they will suture the wound closed.
  • Cryosurgical removal: It is an easy method that is mostly used on a small to medium skin tags. The veterinarian will use liquid nitrogen that will freeze the tags. After someday, the tag will fall off by itself.
  • Thread ligation: It is a method where the vet will use a tread for removing the tags. They will simply tie the tag with thread blocking the flow of blood in that area. After a few days, the tag will simply drop off the skin.

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