Treatment for a Bleeding Dog Skin Tag
(La habra, CA)
my pit bull is about 8 and has a skin tag that’s bleeding. what can i do to get it to heal up? it’s on his stomach area.
Editor Suggestion for Treating a Dog's Bleeding Skin Tag
Hi, Kim. I'm sorry to hear about your pit bull's bleeding skin tag. Here's some suggested steps you can take:
Clean the Area: Gently clean the bleeding skin tag using a mild antiseptic solution or saline to prevent any infections.
Apply Pressure: If the skin tag is currently bleeding, use a clean cloth or gauze pad and apply gentle pressure until the bleeding stops.
Prevent Licking: Dogs tend to lick wounds or irritated areas, which can delay healing or introduce bacteria. Consider using an Elizabethan collar (E-collar or "cone") to prevent this.
Once you clean the area and stop the bleeding we suggest you:
Monitor the Skin Tag: Keep an eye on the skin tag and surrounding skin. If it continues to bleed, enlarge, change color, or if there's discharge, these are reasons for concern.
Consult a Veterinarian: Given the bleeding nature of the skin tag, it's a good idea to get it evaluated by a veterinarian. They can determine if it's a simple skin tag, a benign tumor, or something more concerning.
Removal: Depending on its size, location, and the veterinarian's assessment, they might recommend removing the skin tag. This can often be a simple and quick procedure.
While skin tags are usually harmless, any that are bleeding, changing in appearance, or causing discomfort should be evaluated by a veterinarian.
Please keep us up to date on your dog's condition.
Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide
Please note: This information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your pet's veterinarian. Always consult a vet for professional medical advice about your pet's health.