June 4, 2010

Warts in Dogs

Filed under: Dog Diseases,dog lumps — Dr. Amber Reed @ 5:38 pm

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.

skin disease in dogsCanine 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.

February 10, 2010

There is a Lump on My Dog’s Neck

Filed under: dog lumps,lump on dogs,neck lumps — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:12 am

If you’ve found a lump on your dog’s neck, you’re likely concerned and justifiably so. Lumps can appear for a wide variety of reasons, not the least scary of which is cancer. However, the frequency with which lumps turn out to be cancer is statistically very low, much lower than you would expect. So, chances are that a lump on your dog’s neck is not cancer but there could be some reason for concern.

Unfortunately, there’s no possible way to diagnose a lump on your dog’s neck without visiting your veterinarian. Indeed, different kinds of lumps will be associated with different symptoms. Some lumps, when associated with infection, for example, will cause a substantial amount of pain for your dog and may continue to grow larger if left untreated. And while infection is probably the most common cause for a lump in your dog’s neck, it is not the only cause.

Lymphoma, a type of cancer, can also lead to lumps. Surprisingly, in the early stages there may be few other symptoms that your dog is suffering from a serious health problem. Some lymphomas will cause pain but many will not which is why it is important to visit a veterinarian. Lymphomas left untreated will certainly result in your dog’s death.

Sometimes lumps may even be a benign mass. These lumps may appear and disappear for no obvious reason and will probably cause little or no discomfort for your dog. Still, you cannot accurately diagnose a lump on your dog’s neck just by looking at it. You should take your dog to the vet to have the problem properly diagnosed and treated to ensure the long term health and happiness of your pet. If it turns out to be a harmless condition, you’ll still feel better knowing for sure.

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