Wart on dogs tail
(San Diego, CA)
Oreo's growth 001
About two months ago Oreo, our 10 year old spaniel mix, developed a growth on her tail. Its approximately 1/2" in diameter and is located on the top side of her tail about 2 inches down from her back.
It appeared very suddenly and did not seem to bother her. In researching online it seemed to fit the description of either a wart or a mast cell tumor.
Upon a visual evaluation the vet "thought" that it was just a wart. To put my mind at ease I took our dog back to the vet and asked her to take a fine needle aspirate. The results confirmed that the growth was a wart. Whew!! She advised us that if it didn't bleed or bother Oreo then no action was needed.
For the past two weeks Oreo has occasionally been biting at the growth and has caused a small amount of bleeding. She is a healthy active 32 pound dog. People think she is 2 or 3 years old - she's very social & frisky and will chase her beloved tennis ball from now until forever!
We're looking for advice on how to best manage the growth. Should it be surgically removed? Is there medication the treat it?
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