What Causes Dog warts (Cutaneous Papillomas)?
Technically known as viral papillomas, warts most often appear on dogs under the age of 2. That's because these young animals have a relatively immature immune system susceptible to the virus. It's usually warts plural, not singular, as they tend to form in clusters. Canines catch the virus from other canines, but warts in some breeds have a genetic basis. Older dogs develop a different sort of wart, not caused by this virus. Rarely, an old dog wart is actually a mast cell tumor. Take your old guy to the vet for a checkup and an examination of any warts. If these warts continue growing or change color, notify your vet.
- Dogs who are taking immunosuppressive medications or have other, serious health conditions may be unable to get rid of their warts without help.
Any ideas why he would get this? We don't go to the dog park (because there isn't one), he hasn't been in the pet store in weeks and weeks, and he only plays with 2 other dogs who I'm pretty sure don't have any warts (yuck), although I will ask the owners.It is not an uncommon incident to find warts and skin tags on dogs, especially in the puppies and older dogs. The warts may appear on the skin, around the eyes, mouth and nose. These little growths have a cauliflower-like appearance which is usually benign and most often disappear on their own. A more stubborn, serious wart may need specific medical attention which may be due to a related health condition. Working with your veterinarian, you can help to get rid of the warts on your dog. A widespread type of wart on dogs and cats is called the viral papilloma. The remedy for warts on your pets begins with boosting your dog’s immune system. There are steps you can follow in order to do so.Wart-like growths around your dog's eyes or mouth are rarely a cause for concern. Although these warts are unattractive and may bother your pet, they most often are benign growths that cause no harm. Warts are either caused by infection with canine papillomavirus or the growths are benign tumors called sebaceous epitheliomas. The type of wart and the age of the dog determine the course of treatment.Many dogs have warts and are completely unaware of them. You may noteven notice that your dog has a wart until you discover it whilegrooming, petting or bathing him. These warts are generally not removedwith surgery, as they cause your pet no discomfort whatsoever.See your vet to determine the cause of the wart-like growth. In puppies and young dogs, warts are often caused by infection with canine papillomavirus. These rough-surfaced, round warts typically appear around the mouth or eyes.In some cases, however, warts may irritate your dog. It is notuncommon to see dogs licking or chewing at their warts, particularly ifthey exist on a place that is readily accessible to your dog's mouthand teeth. Sometimes, these warts can begin to bleed or to becomeinfected. In addition to causing your pet pain and discomfort, theseinfections can spread to other parts of your dog's body and become amore serious health concern. Finally, warts that become bloody andinfected can leave a mess around the house.