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Just trying to figure out what to do with my dogs skin tag.

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Just trying to figure out what to do with my dogs skin tag. It has been increasing in size for 2 years or more.
It is 1 inch + in length and ¹/²" wide màybe more than 1/8" thick.
At the end of it...its open with crumbly dried stuff and seems blood starting at nthe skin. It is on his head about 2” abnove his right eye.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question today. Just like an in person consult, I have some questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible....

Does that tag seem to bother him?

Does it look bruised at the surface of the skin, or is it actually bleeding?

Is it smooth, or does it feel sort of like a wart?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not bleeding. But hasna tiny but at times. The tag is multicolors and hollow at one end with wierd crusty debris...cud be necrotic material
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

With skin tags, as a general rule, as long as it doesn't cause the dog discomfort, and doesn't actively bleed regularly, we tend to just keep an eye on things.

However, since you said it has been growing, then it's not a bad idea to have your vet take a peek and determine if he thinks that it's something that needs to be removed, or if it's something that you can continue to monitor.

There are some organizations that might be able to help. If you'll follow these links: http://www.speakingforspot.com/helppayingforveterinarycare.html , http://www.theamericandogmag.com/non-profit/resources-veterinary-bills-financial-assistance, you'll find dozens and dozens of organizations that may be able to help pay for you to take your dog to the vet. Also, there are some clinics who offer free exams and other treatments and require that you only pay for medications. If you'll follow this link: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer , you can see if there is one in your area.

Odds are this is nothing to be concerned about, but having the vet take a peek will give you the best peace of mind.

I hope this helps.