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Do Dogs Develop Moles or Warts?

My dog has moles or warts that are flesh-colored. Should I worry about these, or are they normal? "I heart Indiana" San Francisco, CA They're...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Sep 6th 2011


My dog has moles or warts that are flesh-colored. Should I worry about these, or are they normal?

“I heart Indiana”
San Francisco, CA

They’re probably nothing to worry about.

As dogs mature, they frequently develop small, wartlike growths on their skin, similar to moles in humans. These masses usually are benign. Some dogs develop only a few over their lives, while others grow many more.

The most common growth in dogs is a sebaceous adenoma. Despite the scary-sounding name, these masses are harmless.

Although I’m not worried about your dog, I do recommend that you have your vet assess and possibly test each mass to make sure that it isn’t dangerous.

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