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Skin Condition in my older Golden Retriever
GoldyLover posted:
I have a golden retriever who is 14 years old. He has had, for quite some time, a growth on his shoulder that our vet recently identified during a physical as a skin tag. Over the past day I noticed that the fur around the area is gone (he's obviously been chewing and licking at it) and now the "skin tag" seems to have grown to roughly five times what it was before. It's red and inflamed from his chewing and licking, I guess, and the growth itself is raised and has a very rough and bumpy appearance. The growth area doesn't seem to be painful when I touch it, but it must itch or something or he wouldn't be suddenly chewing on it. Any ideas what this is? His vet is closed tomorrow and so we won't be able to go until at least Tuesday, so I'd just like to have some ideas about what this thing could be.

Ernie Ward, DVM responded:
Great to hear you'll have it checked out ASAP! If it's small enough to remove under local anesthesia ("numbing the area around it"), do it and have the tissue submitted for histopathology. If it's too big for that, I suggest some sort of preliminary diagnostic test such as a fine-needle aspiration (FNA).

Take digital pictures NOW to mark any changes.

Good luck, Dr. Ernie


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