Although we all know that men have bumps, it can be surprising to discover small bumps in your male dog’s stomach or groin.
We don’t usually look at our dogs’ genitals, so, understandably, some owners are unaware that male dogs have nipples.
Are Male Dogs able to have nipples?
Both male and female dogs both have nipples. These tiny bumps run from the dog’s groin to their stomachs. The number of nipples may vary. Dogs have between 8-10 nipples. However, some dogs have more nipples than others.
What do the male dogs’ nipples look like?
Dogs with shorter coats can easily see their nipples. On the other hand, owners of long- or heavy-coated dogs may not see their dogs’ nipples as often and may only be able to identify them if they touch their dog’s belly.
The nipples of male and female dogs are similar. Nursing mothers will have more prominent nipples than females with a little, but generally, nipples appear as small, round bumps along the dog’s stomach.
Pigmented nipples and your dog’s skin color can be considered normal.
Contact your veterinarian if one of your dog’s nipples is larger than the other, leaking, or feeling or looking abnormal.
Why do male dogs have nipples?
You probably wonder why male dogs have nipples now that you know this. You don’t need them, so why are they there?
However, the better question is not “Why”, but “Why not?”
Many male mammals, including humans, have nipples. Scientists believe this is due to natural genetic selection, or lack thereof.
In utero, male and female animals begin their lives almost identically. The default model for mammals is the nipples. They are not only useful in men, but they can also cause very little harm.
The nipples were not eliminated by natural selection. The nipples were less harmful than the nipples, and a male dog without them had no advantage. Similar to the pelvic bones left behind in whales, this is also true. Although whales no longer have legs, the remaining structures didn’t cause any problems, so they kept them, even though they were no longer in use.
Is it a tick or a nipple?
It is very distressing to find a lump in your dog’s stomach when you scratch it. You might be tempted to say, “Ew, a tick!” if you live in an area prone to tick infestations. Grab your tweezers!
Sometimes what you thought was a tick may be a nipple or skin tag. These can cause pain in your dog and even cause bleeding. You should ensure that you don’t have a bloodsucker but a bloodsucker.
There are many ways to tell the difference between tick and nipple.
It is easiest to identify a tick by looking at its legs. An engorged tick may look like a nipple, but it will never have legs.
The base of the lump can also be examined. It is likely to be a growth or a nipple if it connects seamlessly with the skin. It is likely a tick if one end appears buried or stuck. You should also check the other nipples of your dog. It is likely a nipple if it appears like one.
Ask your veterinarian for help in identifying a tick from its nipple. Make sure your dog has flea and tick prevention.