Papillomas (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.