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Mom In Laws Yorkie has weird black thing on shoulder?

August 30th, 2005, 04:35 AM
Hi there,
Tonight I was out at the mom-in-laws house for coffee
and while petting her 8 month old Yorkie,
I noticed that on her left shoulder she has a strange black
lesion. It looks like a very large mole, it is black and raised
and very rough to the touch. It is VERY itchy for the dog, and
all the hair in that area has fallen out.
Mom-in-Law has been ill lately and didnt notice, she thought
the dog was itching from fleas. I shaved this pups hair short
only about 1 month ago and did NOT notice this at all. This
seems very quick for something this large to develop, it is about
the size of a quarter, pretty big on a 3 lb dog.
She does plan to take her to the vet once she is feeling better
but this may be a month or more down the road.
I am concerned of several things: skin cancer- can dogs get it,
does it look like this symptoms?
Is it something Maggie the Yorkie should see the Vet about
sooner rather than later?
Any ideas/information would be appreciated thank you.

August 30th, 2005, 06:23 AM
I would take the dog to the vet's for your MIL. It may not be anything major at all but if by chance it is... catching it quickly can mean a huge difference.