What is an actinic keratosis?
An actinic keratosis (AK) is a pre-cancerous lesion on your dog’s skin.
What will an actinic keratosis look like in my dog?
An actinic keratosis will appear as a small, thick, scaly, rough lesion on yourdogs skin. There may be one lesion, or the lesions may appear in a group. Theselesions are mostly found on the abdomen or thighs of white-colored dogs with shortcoats.
How does my dog get an actinic keratosis?
Although the exact mechanism is unknown, exposure to sunlight may be a predisposingfactor in developing an actinic keratosis.
How is an actinic keratosis diagnosed?
Your vet will perform a physical examination of your dog and a biopsyof the lesion or lesions.
How is an actinic keratosis treated?
In some cases, an actinic keratosis lesion will not be treated, but only monitoredfor change and growth. In other cases, the actinic keratosis may be removed either bysurgery, cryosurgery (freezing) or laser surgery.
How is an actinic keratosis prevented?
Limiting at risk dogs’ those with short, white coats exposure to sunlight mayprevent actinic keratosis. You can apply dog-safe sunscreens which are available at manypet supply stores.
Can I get an actinic keratosis from my dog?
No, you cannot contract an actinic keratosis from your dog.
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Commonly question about Actinic Keratosis
Big red dot/bump on my dog’s nose. help!!!!!!!!!!?
This morning when I woke up I noticed a rather large and slightly raised red dot on my dogs nose. Do you have any idea what it could be or how to treat it?
There are a couple of possibilities now you ruled out a plastic dish dermatitis!
Dalmations have a white background and the white furred dogs can be a bit more likely to have a skin problem from over exposure to the sun. Solar dermatitis is seen in dalmatians. It is also called Actinic keratosis.
It can be a precursor to a nasal tumor or carcinoma. You can read about these here
One more possibility is a histiocytoma which looks rather like a wart in bright red or strawberry color. You can see them here
Even if it looks like a histiocytoma an unusual lump like this should be checked out by your vet. It could be just a keratitis which can be peeled back, or a wart that will go away on its own, or it might be something that needs removal.
If it has to come off taking it while its small is your best bet.
Hope this helps you!