My 9 year old beagle has had a small black growth about 2/10 cm in length. My dad cut it off after a while since he figured it was a mole (Ew) but there was a bit left. A while later, another grew beside it, this time, bigger. About 1/2 cm long. My dog's been acting like it wasn't there at all, he continues with his walks, eats normally, and maybe doesn't even know it's there. It doesn't seem serious, but I'm still worried. The vet doesn't seem to see it as a serious problem, he doesn't really talk about it or seem to notice it. Does anyone here have the same experience, I don't want him to go to the vet (He hates that place) unless he needs to.Thanks! From MorningStorm and Pirate the beagle!
The only way to determine if a growth is a problem is to have it *PROPERLY* removed and biopsied. Many breeds, including the beagle, get different lumps and growths as they get older. Some are nothing to worry about, some are. 9 years old is borderline on whether I would put my dog under anesthesia to have it removed. If it doesn't seem to get any bigger then I would opt to just watch it. If it starts to grow bigger, change shape or color, or starts to ooze then I would remove and biopsy it. At his age I would run bloodwork and have a chest x-ray done prior to anesthesia to determine if he is at risk to have complications from the anesthesia.
I agree with Scout that a vet should look at it. We have 3 beagles and they have had similar growths(similar to a wart) and most are benign, but one of our dogs did have a growth that was diagnosed as skin cancer and our vet surgically removed it. He is doing great. Our vet was able to determine if they needed a biopsy by looking at it and the location. The vet has removed a couple of the bening ones while they were put under for a dental cleaning.
OK people If you don't get a satisfactory answer from the vet, ask specifically about it. It's probably some type of mole and the only way to stop the growth is to cut it off and cauterize it, and that should be done by a vet, with anesthesia.