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My dog is 8 1/2 and is white with pink skin, and is now getting a lot of sun spots, what should I look for for skin cancer?
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Will you please attach pictures or video of what you’re seeing? There is an attachment function on the page that should allow you to post pictures and video. If your files won’t load they may be too large for the site. You can also use FREE websites like http://www.imgur.com and youtube.com to upload pictures and video respectively. Once this is done, a set of links will appear. You can then post the link back and I can access them. If, by chance, you are located in the USA and texting pictures/video would be preferable, please let me know. There is an additional charge for this service but it can take the guesswork out of trying to get information back to me and facilitate a faster response.

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The spots that you're seeing are rather normal in older dogs with light colored pigment. I would recommend taking pictures every 4-6 months of the areas you're seeing and comparing the size of each of the spots. If you see the area become raised, growing rapidly, oozing, itchy, etc. your vet will want to examine the area(s). Quite often these are of no major concern for the pet's health, however, an area becoming raised or exhibiting rapid changes may need to be evaluated as potential skin cancer. For those spots, if they occur, your vet will want to anesthetize your pet, remove them and send them off for histopathology. Due to the increased risk factor of senior animals we often have an owner observe until removal is required. If you are greatly concerned your vet can perform biopsies of the pigmented areas and have a pathologist review them for good measure.

For now, I'd watch and record information on them. If you become concerned about your finding alert your vet. They will discuss the right protocol for Beauregard based on what they find during the examination.

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I'm just following up on our conversation about Beauregard. How is everything going?

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