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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

Trinca
Labrador Retriever
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lameness. Swollen paw pad

Trinca was diagnosed following a biopsy with papailloma virus in her paw in September - she had been limping for a couple of days. After the vet took the tissue sample her paw healed up, he said that he thought her own immune response had kicked in as a result of the incursion. A week ago she started limping again. Her new vet, after contacting the old vet (house move) thinks that the cause of her new limp (same foot) is probably the same. I have read on this site and others that the virus does not return once an immune response has been generated. We have to make a decision about surgical removal under anesthetic and am looking for any advice or questions I should ask our vet before committing her for yet another full anesthetic. The paw is very swollen so no visible wart and she is very sensitive to it being examined.
Many thanks for any advice.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dogs typically don't get papilloma virus again once it has resolved. If there isn't a visible wart, I'm not sure what is being removed under anesthesia? I don't know if she is on any medications, but she may benefit from medical treatment if there isn't actually a wart to remove. It would be best to ask your veterinarian what the plan is, and what the expected outcome is, and see if there is a medical therapy that might work before surgery?

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Lola
Husky/Terrier
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Single wart on lip

What Are the typical stages of the healing process? It has been about 2 months and her single wart is still going strong. Sometimes it looks as if it is getting ready to fall off, but then the next day it will be back to the same size. Will the wart change color? Change size? Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If Lola has been diagnosed with papilloma virus, those typically resolve within about three months - if they don't resolve, or cause problems with bleeding or multiply, sometimes they benefit from surgical removal. Without seeing her, I'm not sure that she has papilloma virus or another type of lump, so if she hasn't seen a veterinarian, it might be a good idea to do so, since the lump has been there for 2 months. They'll be able to tell you if it appears to be a papilloma, or if it is another type of lump that needs different therapy. I hope that all goes well with her.

Thank you, we indeed verified she has papilloma from the vet. We took her in at first sign on her wart. It’s still just a single wart, but has more of a bulb shape now. We initially thought it was about to fall off but it hasn’t. Sounds like the virus is still running it’s normal course and I am just being impatient. Thank you.

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Marshmellow
English Bulldog
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none
Extremely bad breath
WART IN MOUTH

Hello!
I have an 7 month old English Bulldog and last night while we were trying to brush his mouth we discovered what looked like a nasty wart in his mouth on the inside of his mouth, in between his cheek and side jaw. Ever since he's been a puppy he's had HORRIBLY bad breath. We never even were able to experience true "puppy breath" with him! Another problem is, we have a 3 month old English Bulldog puppy at home and I keep reading it contagious. Do they have to be separated with zero play time? (They are wrestlers). Does this wart cause such horrible breath? He is constantly licking the air also. Almost as if maybe he can feel it? Not sure what to do and worried that he's going to infect our new little guy.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Marshmellow, I"m not sure if this is a contagious lesion, an infection, or a reactive lesion. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, as they will be able to identify what type of mass this might be, whether it is contagious, and whether it needs treatment or if it will resolve spontaneously. I hope that everything goes well for both dogs!

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Poofy
Shih Tzu
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Scab
Biting
Itching
Licking

My shih-tzu started out months ago with a pinkish bump on his head that grew into a larger,cauliflower-resembling growth. Within the last few months, he has had these kinds of growths all over his body, some look like cauliflower, some look like tiny pink skin tags but he also has scabby patches of dry skin on his belly. I notice him itching that area very often and he started licking/ biting his paws. Additionally, I've felt around and there are a couple areas where I don't see the pinkish or cauliflower growths, but do feel hard, round bumps under the skin. I'm concerned about all the above especially when the growths get larger they ooze or bleed. Our vet removed the growth that was largest and gave us antibiotics, but I'm not sure if we need to see a specialist as his symptoms haven't improved since the removal. Removal was a few months ago, but the smaller growths have since developed. Where the growth was removed there has been no sign of returning growth.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing the growths or examining Poofy, I am not sure if the growths are something that you need to pursue further care for or if they are benign growths, or sebaceous cysts. The smaller growths may be unrelated to the larger removed growth, or they may be related. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian, as they can examine Poofy, look at the growths, and let you know the best course of action for them. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Birdie
Australian Shepherd or Mini or Toy Australian Shepherd
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Shrunken warts

My dog had two warts who have been seen by our vet twice. This week they both shrunk and finally disappeared after about two months of growth. Should I throw away her soft toys that aren't easily cleaned now, or can the virus still spread from her saliva even without the presence of warts?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Birdie won't get the virus again from her own saliva, but they may be contagious to other dogs. If you have other dogs chewing on the toys, it would be best to throw them out or wash them thoroughly. If they are just Birdie's toys, you should be fine to keep the toys.

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Libby
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

warts are slowly increasing

My dog has a few warts on the top of her head, along the side of her neck and on her back. these suddenly started a few months ago. What might have caused this and should I take her to the vet? They do not seem to bother her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It is always best to have any lumps or bumps checked by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side; viral warts (papillomas - more common within the mouth) are contagious and you should keep Libby away from other dogs for over sixty days since the last wart disappeared. Other possibles causes are sebaceous adenomas, mast cell tumours among other causes; again, it is important to check in with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hurley
Golden Retriever
6 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lesions and odor

My 6 yr old Golden Retriever developed one little wart on his lower lip a couple weeks ago and I swear to you that one little wart got 3 times the size in 2 days and now 2.5 weeks later the whole left side inside his mouth gums and cheeks are covered in them. He is drooling a little now and has a strange odor coming from his mouth. I have him scheduled for his yearly checkup in a week but do you think I should see if I can get him in sooner? He has been very tired lately and I haven’t read anything that gives symptoms of virus other than the lesions. He is my baby boy and I am concerned. And for the record I did call his vet and they did not seemed concerned at all and said that it is very common and he should be fine to wait until his appt. Would love your opinion as a second! Please and Thank You!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Hurley has spent any time with other dogs, in a dog park, boarding, or grooming, he may have come into contact with a papilloma virus. Typically they are benign and resolve on their own, but sometimes they do need surgical intervention to remove them if they are interfering with eating/drinking, or painful. The odor that you describe is concerning, and if the lumps are getting infected, it would be better for him to be seen sooner than next week. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, decide if that might be what is going on or if something else is happening, and suggest a plan to resolve the problem. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
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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Samus
Flat Coated Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wart

We're watching my grandparent's dog Abby for a few days while they're out of town. Abby has a wart on her cheek that has been there for over two months. Samus and Abby have socialized before. I noticed a wart on Samus' foot a few nights ago and after a long walk today the top of the wart had begun to peel off. I soaked it in salt water and bandaged it. Samus and Abby have been sharing a water bowl and sleeping near eachother. Samus constantly tries to bite the bandage off and lick the wart but I'm scared he'll get more in his mouth, what do I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for contacting us. 'Warts' in dogs are not contagious. If you are concerned that it is something other than a wart, it would be best to have it examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to tell you if you have any reason to be concerned.

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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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
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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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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

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

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!

What do they look like as they start healing?

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.

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