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What are Wart Virus?

Canine Warts are fairly common in young socialized dogs and in multi-dog families. Similar to warts in humans, they are caused by a viral infection. They are highly contagious to other dogs, but the virus cannot be transmitted to humans or other pets. While not normally a risk to your dogs overall health, they can lead to other complications and discomfort. All dogs showing symptoms of Canine Warts should be evaluated by a veterinarian and quarantined from other susceptible dogs until the virus has run its course.

Canine Warts are skin and mucous membrane eruptions caused by a virus, known as papillomavirus. While visually alarming, they are generally harmless to your dog’s overall health. Puppies will be affected around the "t" of the face (mouth, eyes) and older dogs will even encounter it on the tongue. There have been instances where different forms of skin cancer have developed due to the progression of the papillomatosis, although this is rare.

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Symptoms of Wart Virus in Dogs

  • Warts are most commonly seen in the mouth, nose or eyes, but skin warts can show up around the footpads, legs or groin area.
  • They start as a rough patch of pink-to-white skin, and as they develop they may become darker and lumpy, resembling cauliflower
  • Your dog may only have one wart, or they may occur as an eruption of multiple warts.
Types
  • The most common canine wart, Canine Papilloma Virus (CPV), is benign and cannot be transmitted to humans or other non-canine animals. This is the type seen most often in the mucous membranes of younger dogs.
  • Skin warts occur more often on the abdomen of older dogs. They are slower-growing than CPV and while most often benign can, in rare cases, develop into cancer.

Causes of Wart Virus in Dogs

Canine Warts are caused by a viral infection only communicable with other dogs.

The virus is transmitted via direct dog-to-dog contact or sharing common items such as food and water bowls, toys, bedding, or grooming tools.

Since the virus has an incubation period of up to 2 months, once you see physical sings of infection, other dogs in your family or social group have already been exposed for some time.

Diagnosis of Wart Virus in Dogs

You should isolate your dog and seek veterinary advice as soon as you suspect a canine wart infection. To assure a correct diagnosis, the veterinarian will do a thorough physical examination, and get a recent health and activity history. They will do an oral exam to be sure the warts are not impeding your dog’s ability to breathe or eat. If unsure of a certain benign diagnosis, your veterinarian may want to take a scraping or biopsy of the warts to examine under a microscope.

If there is clear evidence that the papillomatosis has visibly changed the underlying skin or cellular structure, the veterinarian may request the help of a specialist. Leveraging a pathologist, or the standard pathologist tests will help the doctor determine if dangerous viral antibodies are present within the lesions. In this event, the veterinarian will avoid popping warts, which they may choose to do to release the virus into the blood stream to expedite the bodies natural removal process.

Treatment of Wart Virus in Dogs

If the warts are not affecting your dogs’ ability to eat, breathe or see, the most common treatment is no treatment at all. This is referred to as “benign neglect”, or just letting the virus run its course. Over time, the dogs’ immune system will strengthen and kill the virus on its own, and the warts will simply fall off. In some cases the vet will choose to squeeze the warts themselves, releasing the virus into the blood stream in an effort to speed up the immune response. It can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months for a full recovery, and during this time, the dog will have to be quarantined from any other susceptible dogs. The good news is, once a dog has healed from a CPV infection, they will carry immunity from the disease for the rest of their life and cannot be re-infected.

If the warts are so numerous or in a position where they are causing the dog quality-of-life issues, the veterinarian may choose to remove them surgically or by freezing them off. This will be done under with either a local or general anesthetic, depending on the location of the eruption. This is rarely necessary.

In some cases, the warts can get irritated and become infected. You veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic to deal with the secondary infection, but this will not diminish the virus that causes the warts themselves.

Recovery of Wart Virus in Dogs

During the time of “benign neglect,” you’ll want to watch your dog closely for any further signs of irritation or difficulty swallowing or breathing. If you notice this happening, you’ll want to schedule a follow-up visit with your veterinarian to discuss additional treatment options. Once the warts have completely disappeared, you should wait 2 more months before allowing your dog open contact with other dogs. After the incubation period of 2 months has passed with no new warts, your dog is assumed to be free of the virus, and now has immunity from contracting canine warts for the rest of their life.

Wart Virus Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Dubai
pit bull terrier
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Dog has a bump on the inside side of his lip. Looks like a wart. Should I take him to the vet or watch it for a few day? Also it was like a small bubble a few days ago and today it looks like a wart with creases on it. Sort of like a mini brain if that makes sense.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be a wart, without examining it I cannot say for sure but if it isn’t causing any pain or discomfort you could watch it over the weekend to see if there are any changes in its appearance or size; next week you should have your Veterinarian check it to determine whether it is a wart or possibly another type of oral mass and they will decide if a fine needle aspirate, biopsy or surgical removal is necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Labradoodle
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Odor

My dog Oliver has oral papillomas in his mouth he got from daycare about 2 weeks ago. They have gotten very big in size, about 3/4 inch and a couple big ones on his lower lip. He seems to be more tired and sleeping more and am not sure if this is the result of the virus. We took him to the vet as soon as we noticed them, but we weren't told how big they would get before they shrink or disappear based on the size seen at the time. Is it taking a longer time to heal because of the location and will it heal much slower than expected because of it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Incubation of oral papillomas is around 60 days so Oliver was infected around two months before the appearance of the warts; the papillomas will take between one and six months to disappear on their own and you should keep Oliver quarantine for 60 days past the last papilloma falling off. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poppi
Labradoodle
9 mos
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Medication Used

none

Oral papilloma in 9 month old canine with no observed symptoms. Regressing lesion 2 now down from 5. Dog contracted virus from shared water bowl in daycare. How long to isolate from other dogs and when can she socialize without concern for contagion with other dogs?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can take four or five months for all papillomas to disappear, once the last papilloma is gone you should wait another eight weeks before socialising Poppi with other dogs to be on the safe side; if there are no new papillomas after eight weeks we can be confident that they are gone (there are different guidelines depending on where you read). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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wolf
German Shepherd Dog
8 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

What can be done to stop the itching in wart viruses in dogs? Eight year old male dog has developed warts suddenly over much of body after kennel stay. He now has one hot spot and a cone collar. The itch is bad for him. Looking for either a topical remedy or preferably oral.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should speak with your Veterinarian about getting a ten day course of azithromycin which has been shown in treating viral warts in dogs; I’ve added a link below to the article published in 2008 about this. I believe that crushing a few warts (by your Veterinarian) to provoke an immune response and the administration of azithromycin would be the best course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18494759

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Gizmo
French Bulldog
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Warts

What do the warts look like as they start to heal? My dog has several on his lips and mouth. What signs should I look for as they begin to heal v signs to be alerted to take him to the vet? Color changes? Texture changes?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally warts will either slough off, shrink or just disappear; there may be some bleeding or ulceration which is minor. If you notice a lot of blood or that the warts look infected or oozing then visit your Veterinarian. Any wounds should be kept clean. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Navi
Boxer
3 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Odor
Bleeding

My dog has had a wart on her upper lip since December 1st. It has gotten to be quite large. Today, she must have irritated it and its started to bleed and smell. What can i do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A damaged wart on the upper lip is only going to be exasperated by eating, keeping it clean will only do so much. Your Veterinarian may be able to remove the wart using cryotherapy and will also prescribe a course of antibiotics in case of infection. Unfortunately due to the location, it may not heal and continue to bleed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Vslloyd... this is a free forum. The recommendation would be to not yell at the Vet who is providing some information to us for free. If your dog is bleeding, is oozing puss or blood and that puss/blood smells.... take the dog to the vet.... this is a pretty common sense thing a responsible pet owner would do, that is a strong indication of an infection.

As far as when they are starting to heal, they start to shrink. Some form a small canker sore looking ulcer looking and that heals over time... some shrink and just disappear. I would expect at no time to see puss, or have a bad smell coming from it, that indicates an infection which needs to be seen by a Vet.
Thanks Dr. Callum for your information, we appreciate your time and advice.

What do they look like as they start healing?

This is NOT helpful! Didn't answer the question of what to do, or what it looks like when it's healing.

"It may not heal and continue to bleed" - does this mean forever? There must be something that can be done!

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