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Dog Health 101 - DOG WARTS

A dog wart is considered the singular form of papillomas, occurring as a lone bump in an isolated area of the body. Papillomas are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that commonly occur in clumps and resemble the scales of a fish.Papillomas can often be found on young puppies and tend to take on a unique appearance mirroring tufts of cauliflower. This may look a bit scarier than it actually is, but should be closely observed.

Symptoms
  • Viral papillomas can often be found on young puppies and tend to take on a unique appearance mirroring tufts of cauliflower.
  • Usually occurs on the lips and muzzle.
  • Can occur on the eyelids and even the surface of the eye or between the toes.
  • Usually they occur in groups rather than as solitary growths.
Transmitted
  • This virus can only be spread among dogs.
  • The infection is transmitted via contact with the papillomas on an infected dog.
  • The incubation period is 1-2 months.
  • It is not contagious to other pets or humans.
  • Puppies are vulnerable to the virus because their immune system is still young.
Once Infected
  • Most are not dangerous and go away once the immune system matures.
  • Warts are not painful, but they may be irritating to your pet. Your dog may lick or bite at a wart. In this case, the wart may bleed or become infected.
  • Affected dogs should be kept separate from susceptible dogs. Those with oral tumors (particularly) should not share drinking bowls.
  • Oral papillomas can also develop a secondary infection because of bacteria in the mouth. They can be treated with an antibiotic.
  • In some instances, some papillomas will stay permanently.
Treatment
  • Usually requires no treatment as they simply go away on their own.
  • Can also be treated with L-Lysine if you want a holistic approach.
  • Treatment options include burning, freezing, cutting or antiviral doses of interferon.
  • Always have a veterinarian perform all treatments.


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Dog Health 101 - DOG WARTS

A dog wart is considered the singular form of papillomas, occurring as a lone bump in an isolated area of the body. Papillomas are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that commonly occur in clumps and resemble the scales of a fish.Papillomas can often be found on young puppies and tend to take on a unique appearance mirroring tufts of cauliflower. This may look a bit scarier than it actually is, but should be closely observed.


Symptoms Transmitted Once Infected Treatment