Man's best friend is not immune to developing unsightly and sometimes irritating warts, or papilloma. Dogs can develop warts anywhere on their bodies. Warts are harmless bumps that can make a dog feel itchy and annoyed. This leads to other problems when the dog begins to scratch and bite the area near the wart. Frequent chewing and scratching of the skin around the wart may cause bleeding and lead to infection. Warts on the paws and pads are especially bothersome. For this reason, canine warts should not be ignored and can be easily treated.
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Things you need
- Vitamin E capsules
- Dog treats
Approach your dog after it has been exercised and is drained of energy and calm.
Stroke your dog's legs and feet to prepare it to be treated.
Puncture a vitamin E capsule with a pin carefully.
Apply a small amount of the vitamin E liquid directly onto the wart with a Q-tip.
Use a towel to remove excess vitamin E from the paw to prevent the dog from slipping.
Praise your dog and give it a treat to help it associate your touching its paws with something positive.
Tips and warnings
- Treat the wart several times a day for a few weeks, or until the wart disappears.
- Castor oil may also be applied to the wart to help soften the affected skin.
- Always consult your vet before treating your pet with a home remedy.
- Keep a dog with a wart away from other dogs. Some dogs are more likely to develop warts, especially puppies.
- Warts are not serious and should heal after a few months. It is important to monitor the wart for a sudden increase in size and a change in colour. Make a veterinary appointment if you notice such changes.
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