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Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
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Experience:  25 years of experience in large and small animal medicine.
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I have noticed that my dog (8 yrs old) has a small growth

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I have noticed that my dog (8 yrs old) has a small growth hanging from his chest. It is about 1 inch long, is soft and appears a small amount of blood in it. I would just like to pull it off but I am afraid of causing problems.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian, and would like to assist you. I will respond quickly after reviewing your question.

Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 1 year ago.

Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

Older dogs like Pirate will have benign skin tags which is what you are describing. It is best to have your vet remove this rather than you doing it since, this may bleed and without hemostasis, can get infected. Your vet can remove this under aseptic conditions and is safer for Pirate. The fear, if it is not removed, is that Pirate could hook this tag on something making this worse. It should eb removed before it gets larger but better to have your vet do this. IT will not be expensive and safer.

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