Have you notices any lumps of skin growth on your dog? These lumps could be skin tags. These skin tags are often benign and cause no harm or change in their bodies. It might be a matter to be considered if your dog seems to be irritated of it. These skin tags are otherwise a very common phenomenon to may humans as well as dogs.
Studies have shown that these tags do not have any specific reason to appear, although they tend to occur more in areas that have creases. These creases create a lot of friction on their skin, this, in turn, causes skin tags. This friction also takes place while bathing the dog, hence you need to be careful to gently bathe your dog.
Many times, skin tags could also grow as a result of the internal functioning of the organs. Some tissues are responsible to hold the organs and systems together. The tissues seem to overwork and grow, to form skin tags.
The pet’s collar could also be a reason for skin tags. The collar may be tight or uncomfortable. This could cause a lot of friction on his neck, therefore causing skin tags. If the tag is rusting or molding, you could replace it. Clean the collar regularly and also make sure it fits the dog properly.
Parasites like mites, fleas, ticks, and lice that hold on to the pet’s fur could bite. Due to excessive scratching, the dog could form inflammations and infections. This could in rare cases induce skin conditions such as skin tags.
What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags a prone to occur anywhere and at any time. The tags are small lumps of skin containing collagen fibers and blood vessels. They do not contain fats cells, nerve cells or any other components. Many people confuse skin tags with warts. While warts are caused due to the HPV virus, skin tags are only a harmless, skin phenomenon. Skin tags are also non- contagious, and do not grow back, once removed.
Skin tags are often shaped like a drop, hanging from the skin with the help of a peduncle. Their size can range from two millimeters up to a few. Even though they are mostly known to be benign, they can sometimes be a cancerous tumor, that looks like a skin tag.
Skin tags are also known as acrochordons, fibromas, fibromas polyps, etc in scientific terms. Sometimes, there are also cases where the skin tag is formed under the dog’s skin.
If you are suspicious of any skin tags that could become a problem later in time, you should consult with the veteran as soon as possible. Look for the following signs, if the skin tags on the dog show them, consult his doctor. If these signs do not appear, then only the skin tags are safe.
Different texture: common skin tags often are soft, and a little movable. If the growth is more rough or dry, then it may not be a normal skin tag.
Thickening growth on the base of the skin: the skin tags are soft throughout the surface. And there is no inflammation or swelling around them. If this is not the case, and the skin tag is surrounded by such growths, then the tags are not normal.
If the skin tag swells: skin tags, swelling is not common, this may sign towards infections or abscess. This could also turn out to be painful and uncomfortable for the dog.
Sudden growth: if the tag seems to grow rapidly, or starts to grow suddenly after a certain growth then the skin tags could be a clinical condition. A few autoimmune diseases in dogs cause this type of sudden growth. Therefore, you must show it to the vet.
Ulcerations: if the skin growth has pus forming around it, the tag could be prone to bacterial infection or inflammation.
Bleeding tags: skin tags could bleed due to excessive scratching. This could mean that the skin tag is very uncomfortable for the dog.
Painful when touched: this could be due to infection on the tag, or there is fluid built up under the skin. This could be harmful to the dog’s health and should be taken to the doctor immediately.
Visit A Veterinarian:
If the skin tag seems to be a problem for the dog, it would be the safest option to take him to a veterinarian. If the veterinarian evaluates the skin tags to be normal then it is best that they are left alone. This is because they are usually harmless and cause no problem.
If you are not sure that you can remove the skin tags your self, there are surgeries conducted by the vets. They have a lot of knowledge and training to assess the dog’s conditions.
There are different types of surgeries performed to remove skin tags. These are a safe procedure, that takes place in controlled environments, and will also not cause much pain to the dog.
Cauterization: this method uses extreme temperatures to burn or freeze the skin tag. It is then removed.
Cryosurgery: this method uses excess cold to freezes the skin tags by destroying the collagen tissues.
Surgical Removal: the skin tag area is first anesthetized. Then the skin tag is cut with sterilized scissors. And then the cut is covered with dressings until it stops bleeding.
Types Of Skin Tags:
There are mainly two types of skin tags. These tags are known as hamartomas. Hamartoma is a word for nodules of excess tissue.
The types are:
Follicular hamartomas: these types of skin tags occur in multiple numbers. The skin tags are a flattened mass of tissue that is covered by hair. This is a rarer type compared to other the other type.
Fibroadnexal hamartomas: it is also known as collagenous hamartomas. It is a very common type, almost every skin tag is of this type. These growths are often found along the beginnings of the limbs, and/ or pressure points.
You could also use home remedies to remove the skin tags. These ingredients will either destroy the collagen tissues or dry it. The skin tag will then automatically fall off. You should apply one of these ingredients on the tag and leave it overnight and then wash it off in the morning. By doing this regularly the skin tag will be gone in a week or two.