Growing warts isn’t uncommon for dogs, and now surgery isn’t the only option to remove them. From living with pets for my entire life, I know it is not too uncommon to see a dog with a wart on its face or another part of its body. My Chocolate Labrador, Joy, has started to develop one on her muzzle, which I’ve learned is not unusual since she is about nine years old. What causes dog warts, and are they a problem?
Warts on dogs are actually part of a virus, papillomavirus. This virus causes benign growths to develop on the surface of the dog’s skin. The growth is generally wart-like and raised, although some can be inverted. This means that the wart will have an open pore in the center, instead of just being raised. The skin surface is usually rough and has a black color in appearance.
If you notice one of these growths on your pet, have your veterinarian inspect it during your next visit. Most likely your vet will take a biopsy of the spot to be certain of what it is. If it’s caused by a virus, it is time to think about treatment options.
While surgery is an option, now there are other, more simple treatments. One home remedy includes applying vitamin E or castor oil directly on the wart. The vitamin E will reduce the size of the wart, while the castor oil will soften the growth and reduce irritation. However, some warts will disappear on their own anywhere from 6-12 weeks.
The best way to prevent your dog from contracting this virus is to be aware of the other dogs your pet is interacting with. The warts are contagious amongst animals, so it can be spread when a water bowl is shared or when an animal licks the fur of another animal.
If your pet starts developing warts, talk to your vet about how and even whether to treat them.
Did your dog ever have warts? How did you get rid of it? Tell us about it in the comment section!