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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.
If they are bleeding with any pressure then I would consider removing them
Hopefully being skin tags your veterinarian will be comfortable doing this with a local anesthetic to numb and not require full anesthesia
But if he were to traumatize them and they bled, likely he will begin licking and possibly an infection
Best to not take the chance now that there are three and remove them now. Especially since they bleed so readily
I will await your response and any additional questions you might have...
I understand, in a mild mannered dog this is a possibility but if Archie is very anxious then it might not be an option
I always recommend photographing them with a ruler weekly at first and monthly after the first few months to monitor for any increased size/ shape or any ulcerations/ irritations
If they are not bothering him, not growing, and no blood is actually seen then you should be fine monitoring them
But definitely make sure your vet evaluates the new ones next examination to ensure they are not to be worried about
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Oh and don't tug on them anymore :)
I do understand that they might not appear differently and likely the one is not changing but taking a photo regularly will confirm that. When we look at it every day we don't notice the subtleties of change versus a photo. I have people come into the clinic and tell me my dogs have lost weight and I don't believe them until I weigh them!
Just like us, dogs can get various growths and often it is genetic
Nothing anyone is doing wrong
For example, Poodles are notorious for getting papillomas or warts
German Shepherds get Sebaceous tumors (benign)
And Labradors get fatty tumors
Often we don't know why they occur in certain dogs and not in other ones
Hopefully he will not get anymore but there are no promises! I have a few Poodles that I take 15-25 little warts off a year because they get snagged when groomed and bleed
As long as he is leaving them alone and not bothering them along with no changes in size/ shape/ consistency then it is fine to monitor
And use the cream if he chews but if that is not enough and he continues to bother them it is time to consider removing them
I completely understand :)
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