Q. My dog is 12years old and is getting what look like moles on several parts of her body. Should I be concerned or is this old age?
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Dogs do get more skin growths as they age, some breeds more than others. Unfortunately no one can tell you just by looking whether these growths are benign or cancerous - typically we need to do a needle or full biopsy to know for sure. Sometimes we can recognize typically benign growths, but again, you'll need to consult with your vet to get these checked out and get his opinion. I always think it's a good idea to have a "tumor map" in older dogs, to note the location and size of growths so that they can be easily monitored.