No matter where they appear--or on whom--warts are a problem. These growths are caused by the papillomavirus, which can come in both human and canine strains. That means that your dog is just as likely to get them as you are. If you own a dog and are planning on keeping it into its old age, it's important that you know how to recognise and treat skin growths such as warts.
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Things you need
- Over-the-counter wart treatment
Identify the growths you see as warts, and not something else. Warts look like chewing gum stuck on a dog's skin and should be roughly pink in colour. Although they don't itch or hurt, they do annoy dogs, so your dog may be licking it all the time. This could cause bleeding and infection. Warts are more likely to occur in older dogs.
Treat warts on dogs the same way you would treat warts on humans. Buy an over-the-counter wart treatment. Although canine papillomavirus is different than the human strain, OTC wart treatments freeze or burn the growth rather than treating the specific strain. Follow the manufacturer directions in regard to treatment.
Stimulate your dog's immune system to prevent future warts from forming. Feed the dog healthy food, make sure it gets plenty of exercise, and use immune-boosting supplements. Ask your veterinarian for her recommendation on these supplements.
Tips and warnings
- If your dog has multiple warts, have them checked by a vet. Multiple growths could be a sign of something more serious, such as skin cancer.
- Most warts will shrink and disappear on their own, especially once you start stimulating your dog's immune system.
- Be careful that medication doesn't get into your dog's eyes.
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