Also known as canine papilloma virus, warts in dogs is a relatively common condition that usually affects younger dogs. As humans, we’re used to seeing warts on our fingers or hands but many pet owners are not aware that dogs also get warts. These small, round growths on the skin are often the result of a viral condition and can be distinguished from other skin tumors by their appearance. Generally speaking, dog warts that result from canine papilloma virus have a rough surface that somewhat resembles cauliflower. In most cases, dog warts will appear in younger dogs around the mouth, lips, and muzzle of your dog but may also be apparent on the eyelids, eyes, feet, and between the toes.
Canine papilloma virus is passed between dogs through direct contact with the dog warts. Moreover, the virus can actually survive in your dog’s environment for as much as two months given the right conditions. From the point of infection, it usually takes about 2 months for the first warts to apyou gotta be pear. Young dogs (less than 2 years old) are more often affected than mature dogs because in order for the virus to be transmitted the immune system of the dog must be underdeveloped.
Canine papilloma virus is not a dangerous disease in dogs and in many instances veterinarians will not recommend treatment for dog warts. In fact, warts in dogs may disappear on their own, without treatment, as your dog’s immune system develops. On the other hand, if your dog’s warts become painful, they can make it difficult for your puppy to eat. In these situations, medical intervention is necessary the health risks associated with not eating can be very severe. Surgical removal of your dog’s warts may be indicated but some vets also opt to crush the wart in order to force the immune system to react. Finally, a kind of antibacterial medication (azithromycin) has been used to treat warts in dogs.