Skin Tags: Dogs Get Them Too!

by Paul on September 13, 2013

skin-tags-dogs01Our blog is committed to bringing you all the information you need to know about skin tags, a pesky skin condition that affects a large part of the U.S. population. In today’s post we focus on something you might not have been aware about skin tags: dogs can get them, too. In fact, they are as common an occurrence in man’s best friend as they are for the owner. Now, if you have a four-legged friend and are accustomed to checking their skin on a regular basis, the apparition of skin tags might make you fly into a panic. So, in order to avoid unnecessary anxiety, read on to find out all you need to know about skin tags, dogs, causes, and treatment.

What causes skin tags on dogs?

As is the case with humans, when it comes to the apparition of skin tags, dogs are subjected to numerous factors. Here are some of the most common:

  • Heredity. Some dogs simply have it skin tags in their genetic baggage. Theoretically, if your dog is a pure breed, you should be able to check with the parents’ owners, to learn whether or not your dog might develop them, too. It’s important to be aware of such skin-tags-dogs02details, in order to eliminate genetics as a possible cause behind skin tags.
  • Obesity. Just like overweight people are more prone to develop skin tags, so are dogs. That’s why avoiding this skin condition is yet another reason to make sure you’re feeding your canine friend right. Do not overfeed them, make sure they’re getting plenty of exercise, and don’t cheap out on the food quality either. Poor quality dog food may determine excessive hunger in dogs.
  • Poor hygiene. You need to take good care of your dog’s coat and skin, in order to steer clear of skin tags. Make sure you wash them with special dog shampoo every time they look (or smell) like they need a bath. Don’t over-wash, as dogs’ skin is meant to produce natural oils, which help keep it moisturized. And never use human shampoo on dogs, as it will cause their skin to become dry, sore, and irritated. Also, it’s important to rinse any kind of shampoo thoroughly out of their coats.
  • Parasites. In theory, everyone knows that dogs need to be checked for parasites on a regular basis, both internally and externally. Both types of parasites (lice, fleas and ticks on the outside, as well as worms on the inside) can cause the apparition of skin tags. When a dog becomes infested, they scratch in excess, which, with time, can cause skin tags to develop.

To remove skin tags, dogs need the vet

Never attempt to manually remove a skin tag yourself, at home, by hand. Not only can pulling at a skin tag be painful for the animal, but it can also become dangerous. If it is not properly removed, the skin tag may bleed or become irritated and develop into a wound. Open wounds subsequently lead to infections, which aggravate the situation even further. If you really want to remove a skin tag off your dog’s body, make sure to visit a vet. They will apply the proper kind of treatment, be it surgical removal, or a topical formula. As is the case with humans, homeopathic formulas are indicated, as they pose no additional risks.skin-tags-dogs03

How dangerous are skin tags?

When it comes to the dangers of skin tags, dogs are a lot like humans. Some inevitably develop them, but can live with them safely, save for the nuisance they cause. Yet some skin tags can be indicative of the onset of cancer. If your dog has skin tags around the mouth, then see your vet immediately and make sure to get your dog tested.

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