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Benign Growths on Dogs

MDVSS Benign Growths on Dogs

Benign growths on dogs can be a little scary when you first notice them, but most are harmless and don’t require medical intervention.

Our furry companions bring immeasurable joy into our lives, but just like humans, they can develop various health issues—including benign growths. While these growths can be concerning, it’s good to remember that many of them are harmless. However, not all growths will be benign, and any new growth should be checked by your veterinarian for the continued health and safety of your dog.


Lipomas are benign tumors composed of fat cells and are one of the most common types of growths found in dogs. They typically appear as soft, round masses under the skin and can grow slowly over time. Lipomas are usually painless and do not pose a significant health risk unless they interfere with movement or cause discomfort. In such cases, surgical removal may be recommended.

Sebaceous Cysts

Sebaceous cysts are non-cancerous lumps filled with a cheesy or oily substance called sebum. These cysts develop from blocked hair follicles or oil glands and are most commonly found on the skin’s surface. While they can vary in size, sebaceous cysts are generally smooth, round, and movable under the skin. In most cases, they are harmless and require no treatment unless they become infected or bothersome to the dog.


Abscesses are pockets of pus caused by bacterial infection, often resulting from wounds or bites. They typically appear as swollen, painful lumps filled with fluid. Dogs with abscesses may show signs of discomfort, such as limping or licking the affected area. Treatment usually involves draining the abscess and administering antibiotics to clear the infection. Proper wound care is crucial to prevent recurrence.


Warts, also known as papillomas, are small, rough growths caused by viral infections, most commonly the papillomavirus. They often occur on the skin, mucous membranes, or around the mouth of dogs. Warts can vary in size and may appear singly or in clusters. While they are generally harmless and may resolve on their own, some warts can persist or multiply, requiring veterinary intervention. Treatment options include cryotherapy, laser therapy, or surgical removal.

Skin Tags

Skin tags, also called acrochordons, are small, benign growths that hang off the skin’s surface. They are composed of collagen fibers and blood vessels and are often found in areas where the skin rubs against itself, such as the neck, armpits, or groin. While skin tags are typically harmless, they can become irritated or inflamed, causing discomfort to the dog. In such cases, removal may be recommended through surgical excision or cauterization.

Button Tumors

Button tumors, also known as histiocytomas, are benign skin tumors commonly found in young dogs, particularly those under three years old. These tumors typically appear as small, raised lumps on the skin’s surface and often resolve spontaneously within a few months without treatment. While button tumors are generally harmless, they can occasionally ulcerate or become infected, necessitating veterinary evaluation. In some cases, surgical removal may be recommended for diagnostic or cosmetic purposes.


Benign growths on dogs, while concerning, are often harmless and do not require immediate intervention. However, it’s essential to monitor any changes in size, shape, or appearance of these growths and seek veterinary advice if necessary. With proper care and attention, most benign growths can be managed effectively, ensuring our canine companions live happy and healthy lives.

Remember, if you ever notice any unusual growths or changes in your dog’s health, it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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