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Doggy mole? Tick? Or something else?

cockermother
April 7th, 2008, 11:16 PM
Hi guys,

I wanted to seek some advice about a strange little black (let's call it) mole that my dog has. It's right on his rear end, between his little nubby tail and his anal opening. I think he had it when I rescued him two years ago, but I never got a good look because he was sensitive about his rear in the beginning. Now that he has mellowed out, he'll let me roll him over and examine him. I did this today because he suddenly jumped up and pushed his nose into his rear (now, this can be anything from "a flea just bit me", but he doesn't have fleas, I checked, to "I just tooted and want a sniff", gross but common). I don't think it's a tick because it doesn't seem to have legs, or move, or have any patterning. But it's not a mole either, as a human would have, because it's more like a little round button stuck onto his skin, not a black area growing upwards. Is this normal? He has other little nipple-like buttons on his belly, but none of them are black. Do dogs have moles just like humans? Or does this sound like something else?

growler~GateKeeper
April 8th, 2008, 12:11 AM
Has he been licking @ it or scooting his bum on the carpeting?

As for the nipple like buttons on his belly - those are nipples, just as with human males, male dogs & cats have nipples too.

bendyfoot
April 9th, 2008, 03:12 PM
Tick legs are tiny and right close to the dog's skin and can be hard to see if the critter is engorged. They also don't move (they're attached and feeding) and many don't have any pattern. The ones we commonly encounter are pure grey.

Hazmat
April 10th, 2008, 05:02 PM
If it has been there for 2 years it is not a tick.

If it has been there for 2 years you are probably correct in that is is a mole or something.

If it has been there for 2 years then you probably can wait untill your next Vet visit unless it is growing or changing color or shape.

Just my 2 cents.

Any chance that it is not the thing you saw 2 years ago? ?? This may be insulting but is is possible that it is just poop. Have you tried just whiping the bum with a soapy rag?