Dog Warts

canine-papillomas-mouthPapillomas (warts) are benign skin tumours caused by viruses. They are less common in cats and are usually found in dogs. In dogs, they usually appear as inflamed polyps on the feet or in the mouth. They may also appear as flat, scaly, raised areas, or as hard inverted masses. Papillomas can be very painful, particularly if they are on the feet.

There are many different types of papilloma virus. Each species of animal, including humans, can be infected by different types. Due to each species having its own virus, there is limited danger of your pet transmitting the virus to you or your family. The papilloma virus can be carried by healthy animals without any signs of a problem, but can cause warts. These warts often disappear on their own, but be warned they can progress into skin cancer. If they become inflamed or infected, or if they bleed, they should be surgically removed by your vet.

If you observe a wart on your dog, particularly on his feet or around his mouth, it’s probably best to see your vet. Papillomas are normally harmless but if they become infected, it’s best they are removed.

It’s extremely common for dogs to start growing warts. Call us on 020 8977 3977 / 01932 229 900 or pop in to one of our clinics for more information. We’re always happy to check over the health of your dog.

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Ian Stroud

Ian Stroud

Veterinary Surgeon at Vet4life
Ian Stroud is a highly experienced small animal veterinary surgeon with over 15 years working in practice. He has particular interests in several areas including minimally-invasive surgery, orthopaedics and oncology (cancer treatment). He currently practices in Teddington and Shepperton where he is the director of Vet4life.
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2 Responses to “Dog Warts”

  1. Carol

    Max our 11 year old Cocker Spaniel had two operations to remove a large fatty lump and numerous warts, the vet removed the majority of warts but not all. Sadly Max was diagnosed in January 2015 with High Blood Pressure and Chronic Kidney Disease (only 25-30% function). Max has warts on his front feet, head, ears, a few on his body, legs, and face including a new wart. Is there anything we can use to help with irritation? A further operation is not an option due to Max’s ill health. Thank you.

    • Ian Stroud

      I am sorry to hear that Max is irritated by the warts and he is unable to have an operation. Sadly as he gets older and his immune system weakens he is more likely to develop warts. You could clean the areas that are irritated with an antiseptic solution such as chlorhexidine and apply a barrier cream such as sudocream. Alternatively you might need to use an ointment containing antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, which I am sure your vet can help you with.

      Best of luck with him. Ian


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