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Does this look like a skin tag?

I found a small skin tag on Bailey about a month ago, I checked it a few times and it seemed fine. Yesterday, I checked it again and it had grown about four times the size. It has me a little concerned. Any thoughts?





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What is a skin tag?

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How old is Bailey? It looks like a histiocytoma, which is harmless and typically goes away on its own after a month or two. They're more common in younger dogs. The other histiocytomas I've seen have had the whole bottom edge flush with the skin, though.
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Another possibility is a papilloma (a wart, essentially). They often need to be removed surgically, though they sometimes go away on their own.
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If you take him to a vet to find out would you let us know? I would love to know what it is and I hope it is harmless. thank you, K

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What is a skin tag?

I'm really not sure how to describe it. My old guys used to have them.


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How old is Bailey? It looks like a histiocytoma, which is harmless and typically goes away on its own after a month or two. They're more common in younger dogs. The other histiocytomas I've seen have had the whole bottom edge flush with the skin, though.
Bailey is 3 years old.


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Bailey is 3 years old.
It does look a bit like a histiocytoma. I'd probably get it checked out at the vet to be sure.
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Thanks for the replies, I'll see if I can get him in to get it checked out. I'll let you know what they say.


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My one dog has had a skin tag on her tummy for a couple of years now and it hasn't changed.

I'd definitely get that checked out!
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