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Should I Be Concerned About a Skin Tag or Ruptured Cyst on My Dog’s Face?


Dear VetBabble,

I’ve noticed a small growth on my dog’s face that looks like it could be a skin tag or a ruptured cyst. While I don’t think it’s an emergency, I’m wondering if it’s something I should have removed, especially if it causes my dog discomfort or gets larger. Do other pet owners often face the same issue?

Friendly and Informative Response

Dear Concerned Pet Owner,

It’s not uncommon for pet owners to notice unusual growths on their dogs, so you’re not alone! In fact, lumps and bumps are a common issue that many dogs experience as they age. There are a few things to consider when deciding whether to consult your veterinarian, and we’re here to help! In this article, we’ll cover some general information about growths on dogs, when to seek professional advice, and some common skin conditions that may affect your dog.

Understanding Lumps and Bumps in Dogs

As our furry friends get older, they may develop lumps and bumps on their skin. Some of these growths are harmless and merely cosmetic, while others may be a sign of an underlying health issue. It’s essential to monitor your dog for any changes in their skin, such as an increase in growth size, inflammation, or discomfort.

A helpful resource on when these growths should be a cause for concern can be found in our article, Lumps and Bumps: When to Worry.

Common Dog Skin Conditions

There are various skin conditions that can affect dogs, and it’s essential to understand the difference between them. Skin tags, for example, are small, benign growths that generally do not cause any harm. Ruptured cysts, on the other hand, may result from an infection or trauma and may require treatment.

Mange is another condition that can cause skin irritations in dogs. If you suspect your dog may be suffering from mange, you can learn more about the symptoms and treatments in our article, Does My Dog Have Mange?.

To learn about other common skin problems your dog may be facing, explore our comprehensive guide on The Most Common Skin Conditions in Dogs.

When to See the Veterinarian

It’s always best to consult your veterinarian if you notice any change in your dog’s skin or if the growth appears to be causing discomfort. Your veterinary professional can assess the situation and provide guidance on the most appropriate course of action. In some cases, a growth might be a sign of a more severe issue, such as cancer. To better understand cancer in dogs, including its symptoms and what to expect, please refer to our article on Cancer in Dogs: Facts, Symptoms, and What to Expect.

In conclusion, while it’s true that not every pet owner may face the exact same bump issues as yours, this is a widespread concern for dog owners. Monitoring your dog’s skin for any changes and seeking veterinary advice when necessary will help keep your fur-baby healthy and happy. Remember that early detection and intervention are critical to ensuring that any possible health issues are addressed promptly, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your vet with any concerns.

Best wishes for your pet’s health,


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