A skin tag removal procedure can cost anywhere between $125 and $800. While this is a simple procedure, the final cost depends on several factors:
- The size of the skin tag
- Your dog’s size (anesthesia)
- Pre-op tests
- Pain medication
- Vet clinic/consultation fees
When should I worry about my dog’s skin tag?
Generally, skin tags are nothing to worry about, however, there are a few things you should watch for.
- Most importantly, you should look for signs of growth and/or swelling under the skin.
- You should also watch for changes in the color of the skin tag or the skin around it.
- If your dog starts to itch, lick or chew at his skin tag, you should see a vet as soon as possible.
- Lastly, watch for any bleeding from the skin tag.
Benign skin tags tend not to grow, spread or change shape or color. If you notice any changes, growth in the skin tags or your dog developing several skin tags, you must get a veterinarian’s opinion.
Skin growths on dogs
Just like us, dogs can develop skin growths such as skin tags and warts. They can be caused by a tight-fitting color, poor bathing practices, poor diet or environmental factors.
Most are benign (non-cancerous) and will not cause the dog any side effects. If you notice your dog scratching or licking at a skin growth, or you notice a growth or spread of the growth, you should seek veterinary advice.
While cancerous skin tags are rare, they do occur, so you should know the signs in case the worst does happen. Cancerous skin tags will be accompanied by other symptoms such as itchiness, growth of the skin tag, change in color or shape, growth of other skin tags.
It is best in cases like this to have the skin tags removed and have a biopsy completed to confirm if there are cancerous cells present.
Can I remove my dog’s skin tag?
While you may be able to find advice online regarding skin tag removal at home, it is best done by a qualified veterinarian or veterinary nurse. They have the training, proper equipment and a sterilized area to perform the procedure correctly.
In all likelihood, your dog’s skin tag is benign and does not need to be removed.
Attempting removal at home can cause skin damage, blood loss, infection and soft tissue injury.
If your veterinarian advises removal, then allow them to perform the procedure. Do not attempt to do it at home. You will not have access to help if anything goes wrong and you will cause your dog a lot of unnecessary pain.