What Are the Causes of Skin Tags on Dogs?

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Skin tags on dogs are a skin disorder requiring a visit to the vet for proper diagnosis and recommendation for treatment. Skin disorders in animals can be difficult to recognize, diagnosis and treat.


There is no precise or single cause for a dog to develop skin tags. Skin tags are a skin disorder and may be secondary to several conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, or ringworm.


Internal and external parasites can lead to skin problems; developing into tags in some animals. Ticks, lice, mites, and fleas all contribute to itching and scratching, leading to irritation and possible tags.

Skin Care

Inappropriate skin care, such as excessive washing or improper types or brands of shampoo, can lead to skin dryness, altering the pH level of the skin, possibly resulting in skin tags.


Detergents or pesticides have been considered to possibly lead to skin tags in dogs.


Skin tags are hereditary in dogs and can be passed to their young.

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