Detecting Warts On Your Pet

detect warts on your dog
detect warts on your dog

Veterinarian examining dog in office

Do you know your pet friends can get warts just like us? Believe it or not your dog can get warts. Certain viruses are able to cause the growth of small round skin tumors that are referred to as warts. We can find different ways to see what a wart looks like.

You can see pictures of different warts by looking at different Internet sites, or you can go to the library and get information and pictures of different types of warts. Like people pets can develop small round shaped skin growths that many of us assume are basically harmless on a human so it would be harmless for your dog. That is not necessarily true. In reality there are many types of round skin growths that can be hard to detect because they are so small.

It is very important to have your pet examined by the vet. Such growths that are the shape of a small round skin growth may not be innocuous viral warts. Most growths can develop on your skin must be removed from your skin and a biopsy may have to be done so that the type of wart you have can be identified. Dogs can get the wart called viral warts, but on a dog the wart will not be from the same virus that can cause human warts.

Warts are not contagious. You may rest assure that dogs cannot get a wart from people and vice versa. When we are dealing with a dog we do not call these growths “warts”, We use the most formal term that is called “viral papilloma.”
These are benign skin tumors that are caused by the canine oral papillomavirus. These papillomas are round but will often have a rough surface that is similar to a sea anemone or a cauliflower.

These will usually appear on a young dogs lips and muzzle. This is usually in dogs that are 2 years or younger.These warts will also occur in groups rather than as a single growth.This infection is transmitted with the papillomas on an infected dog. The incubation period in your dog is 1-2 months.This virus can only be spread among dogs. It is actually not contagious to humans or other pets you may have.

For a dog to become infected, the dog will most likely have an immature immune system. This is why the infected wart will appear on a younger dog.We do not know at this time if the dog that is infected must actually show visible lesions for the warts to be contagious. So since your dog cannot tell you he has something that is bothering him remember what you have studied on warts so you can help your dog when they may occur on him.

Warts can be very bothersome to animals, so if you do suspect your animal has warts at early stage, you may try this safe alternative: mix equal part of apple cider, 3% hydrogen peroxide and water. Apply the solution on small wash towel and gently wipe on the warts twice a day.

When budget isn’t an issue, take them to the vet and get it checked out. The warts can be treated and your pet will be much better off thanks to your loving care.

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