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Old 11-17-2011, 08:36 PM
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Skin growths in dogs

My Rottie Kaiser has had a skin growth on his chest ever since we had him 2 years ago. he is about 6 years old now and may have had it a long time. He is a rescue dog.

About 5 Vets have seen this growth and all say it is not a problem but to keep an eye on it. It has not changed while we have had him. It is obviously inert but looks awful. It does not seem to worry him.

My Vet will not touch it, he says it is cosmetic and unless something develops to just put up with it. It is rather like a plum hanging down on his chest.

Has anybody had experience with this kind of thing ? If so, I would be grateful to hear your comments.

Not a good picture, but it can just be seen between his shoulders.



This next picture is not of my dog, but the growth is about the same but larger than on Kaiser.

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Looks like a "skin tag" and yes, they are just cosmetic. Have it lopped off if he's anesthetized for anything else but it's not worth the anesthetic risks.
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Looks like a "skin tag" and yes, they are just cosmetic. Have it lopped off if he's anesthetized for anything else but it's not worth the anesthetic risks.
My dear Holly, Your comment is exactly what the Vets have said. If Kaiser has to be anesthetized for anything else, they will cut it off, otherwise just leave it alone.

Holly, I am fearful of having my animals anaesthetised for reasons of dying under the anesthetic. I had a cat die under anesthetic once. She was only having her teeth cleaned and I will never forget it. I also have had two friends die under anesthetic.
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Anesthesia is always a risk, but good practices take a lot of precautions. Bloodwork prior to surgery to rule out major systemic issues, ECG in older animals to rule out obvious heart abnormalities, intravenous catheters so drugs can be given in case of an emergency, IV Fluids given during the procedure to keep BP up.... you see my point.


Cats unfortunately are the ones who die under anesthesia more because they can have heart conditions that produce no murmur and only an echocardiogram can pick up. Its not very common but it does happen.

There's also reactions to the anesthetic itself, which no one can predict.
There is also added risk to those animals who are more of an "outside" animal due to the increased chance of picking up a parasite called "lungworms" which scars the lung tissue and can cause issues.


Every anesthetic procedure itself is a risk but anesthetic deaths aren't all that common and many precautions should be taken to ensure the best chances. This will end up costing you more $$, but it's worth it.
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Anesthesia is always a risk, but good practices take a lot of precautions. Bloodwork prior to surgery to rule out major systemic issues, ECG in older animals to rule out obvious heart abnormalities, intravenous catheters so drugs can be given in case of an emergency, IV Fluids given during the procedure to keep BP up.... you see my point.


Cats unfortunately are the ones who die under anesthesia more because they can have heart conditions that produce no murmur and only an echocardiogram can pick up. Its not very common but it does happen.

There's also reactions to the anesthetic itself, which no one can predict.
There is also added risk to those animals who are more of an "outside" animal due to the increased chance of picking up a parasite called "lungworms" which scars the lung tissue and can cause issues.


Every anesthetic procedure itself is a risk but anesthetic deaths aren't all that common and many precautions should be taken to ensure the best chances. This will end up costing you more $$, but it's worth it.
Holly, you are an Aladdin's Cave of really good advice and information.

You have really frightened the crap out of me with all this anesthetic stuff. I`ll definitely have to give up glue sniffing now.
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