What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags on dogs are small, benign growths that hang from their skin. They may look like a tiny flap of skin or a very small, raised bump. Some tags have short, skinny stalks and some have stalks that are longer and fatter. They may appear smooth and shiny or they might be scaly.
The medical term for a skin tag is acrochordon. Skin tags are also commonly known as soft fibromas or pedunculated warts.
What Causes Skin Tags on Dogs?
Excess amounts of collagen can cause skin tags in people, and it is thought to be the same for dogs as well. Collagen is the protein that makes up your dog’s connective tissues, such as their joints, tendons, ligaments, and even their bones. Collagen also helps to make up your dog’s skin and hair follicles.
Skin tags are typically harmless, and they do not cause pain or discomfort to the dog. However, they can sometimes become irritated and cause your dog to scratch at them frequently. Consequently, this can result in infection, causing the surrounding skin to become inflamed, red and swollen.
Skin tags on dogs can be removed by a veterinarian. If skin tags on dogs are causing discomfort, they should be removed.
Skin tags on dogs, especially older dogs and those that are overweight can be a nuisance. They are usually removed for cosmetic reasons, but should be done so by a vet to avoid infection.
Removing skin tags from dogs is quite easy and there are several options. One of the best ways is to use a vet if the dog has many skin tags. If you only have one or two small ones, you can use natural methods such as using vitamin E oil. There are also products that can be purchased over the counter to remove skin tags from dogs at home.
The risks associated with removing skin tags from dogs are minimal and it is normally a very safe procedure. However, any time your dog needs surgery there is always a risk of infection or other complications due to anesthesia. It’s important to discuss these risks with your vet before removing skin tags from your dog.
If your dog has a new skin tag and it is bothering her, having it removed by your veterinarian is an option. If multiple skin tags have developed over time, you can monitor them closely for irritation. If any of them begin to bother your pet, she may be a good candidate for surgery.