Tammy my dog who is a Tibeten terrier cross and is about 13 years old has lots of warts/growths things on her body, it quite horrible : ( we have took her to the vet, they said that nothing was wrong with her and old dogs sometimes get them. that was a while ago. some of the warts/ growths burt sometimes and that is really horrible. she has got this huge one on her head : ( well it about a cm big. im quite glad she has long hair as you cant see them as much. : )
i can remember one day i was taking her a walk, and these girls younger than me, they go to my school, went up to her and from a little bit away and said "awwwwww what a cute dog" but then they saw the growth on her head and went "ewwwwwww" and then they just walked quickly away" i thought that was quite meen, Tammy didn't no what was wrong, she ushualy doesn't like strange people coming up to clap her but she was quite happy for them to clap her.
i was just wondering why they get them when they are old? and why doi they burst????
They are lipomas... basicly benine cancerious tumors.
As we age, our genetic code begans to copy itself incorrectly. It is one aspect of ageing. This creates lumps, bumps, warts, and cancers. Miscoded cells basicly.
They burst because they have blood vessels as plasma as any other cell does, but because they do not grow correctly, the bloodflow and general health of the tumor is compromised, pressures are misgaged, things are no longer correctly balanced for life.
You can have these removed, but they will continue to come back. If they are not uncomfrotable for her, leave them.
And as for the mean comments, thats part of life. People are repulsed by the abnomral. Growths on ones head is not correct or attractive, so people tend to react and feel that your animal is 'diseased'. Sadly, many are not educated enough to understand that even if it was, there is little chance of crossspecies jump, but its just a basic instinctual reaction.