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Growth on outside of skin on dog looks like brains or weird wart. Want to know if we can

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Growth on outside of skin on dog looks like brains or weird wart. Want to know if we can remove it? Or other options. She has short hair so we can't hide under her fur.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.

Drew :

Hello, welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian, and I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Drew :

An elderly dog with a lumpy warty looking growth, could have a Sebaceous Adenoma, or Sebaceous cyst.

Drew :

these are growths of the skin glands, and are usually benign,

Drew :

but can rupture and become infected.

Drew :

This cannot be removed by any at-home methods.

Drew :

it must be removed surgically, or left alone if you do not wish to pursue surgery.

Customer: If we have it removed by Vet will it come back?
Drew :

usually not, but new ones are likely to appear in other locations as time goes on.

Customer: Is there anyway to prevent these from coming back?
Drew :

unfortunately, no way that we know of.

Drew :

these are common as dogs age, not much we can do but remove them when they appear.

Customer: Ok thanks!
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