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2 year old Lab has 3 ingrown hairs or pimples on her lower

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2 year old Lab has 3 ingrown hairs or pimples on her lower lip. How do I treat them?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Kristen, an you upload a photo(s) of Gracie's lower lip to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see that icon) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing. I believe that you're referring to chin pyoderma - a bacterial infection.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Good idea on the photos! I've attached 3. Let me know if you need anything else!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Thank you! Give me a moment to look at them, please...

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Kristen, those don't appear to be pimples or furuncles (which can arise from ingrown hairs) which would indicate a chin pyoderma (falsely called canine acne); instead, those skin lesions appear to be fibropapillomas (skin tags) commonly found in that area. These shouldn't respond to conservative therapy although simple trauma could "knock" them off or, at least, shorten them. Is there a chance you could get me a close up photo of these? You'll need a macro lens.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I don't have a macro lens, but I sent higher quality photos. Hopefully that helps!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Wonderful pics. Thank you! Yes, these appear to be a type of papilloma. They're benign neoplasms ("new growths") and of cosmetic importance only. They can be surgically removed but I suspect that more are going to appear on Gracie's chin. We don't know how to prevent more from appearing, unfortunately. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I don't mind the cosmetic side and they definitely don't seem to bother her. Just a couple more questions -
There's nothing I can do on my side to help prevent more or from them getting larger? And is 2 years a normal time for something like this to appear?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

No, nothing to be done and these can arise at any age. Oral/lip viral papillomatosis is a disease of very young dogs. These papillomas don't look like the usual oral/lip viral papillomas but I certainly can't rule out that they're viral induced.

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