Is that a skin tag, a tick, a tumor or a toenail? Let’s check!
That growth on your pet may make for a perfect Halloween costume, but it could also be something that has potential to cause harm. Lumps, bumps, differently colored skin, hair-loss, odd toenails--are these things normal and benign or a cause for concern?
It's tough for even the best of pet owners to distinguish between a growth or spot that is normal from one that needs further evaluation. A little spot of missing fur could be a sign of an underlying disease or an infection. A bump could simply be a benign fatty tumor, or it could be something much more serious--you can't definitively tell by just looking at or feeling a mass whether or not it's cancerous.
The skin is the largest organ of your pet's body, and there's a lot that can go wrong. We can help pick up on potentially harmful skin conditions at each exam. If you notice a growth or odd-looking spot on your pet, please do not hesitate to point it out to us or to make an appointment for us to take a look--it's always better to be safe than sorry!