What are Natural Wart Remedies?
There are a number of natural remedies that can be used to treat papillomas (warts) in dogs. Papillomas are benign groups of abnormal cells, caused by the papillomavirus. They cause cauliflower-like skin and lesions around the mouth. The goal of natural remedies in response to dog warts is to shrink the growth until it is fully healed. They are usually used as a primary measure up until the case becomes severe, at which point medical intervention may be necessary. These remedies can be administered by the dog’s owner.
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Natural Wart Remedies Procedure in Dogs
There are two popular natural remedies to use as a response to papillomas. The first is the application of Vitamin E. The second is the use of a homeopathic remedy called Thuja. The only preparatory step required is to have the papilloma diagnosed by a vet to ensure it is not a tumour.
To use Vitamin E:
- Puncture a Vitamin E capsule
- Apply the capsule contents directly to the papilloma
- Apply twice a day, for two to three weeks until the papilloma has healed
To use Thuja pellets:
- Give six to ten pellets daily, orally, and 20 minutes before meal time
- Must be put directly in the mouth and not the throat (so it can be absorbed my mucus membranes)
- Repeat process every day for 1 week.
Efficacy of Natural Wart Remedies in Dogs
Due to the natural and holistic nature of these treatments, there is not enough conclusive evidence to determine precisely how effective they are. But, many owners report both methods to be very effective in reducing the size of the wart until elimination, in just a few weeks. The effects are not permanent, as old dogs for example, will develop new papillomas as they age. Remedies are effective in tackling existing papillomas, but will not permanently cure the dog of future papillomas.
There is an alternative method to treat papillomas, and that is surgery. Many vets will recommend getting all skin tags and warts surgically removed to negate the risk of tumours. This is a very effective method in combatting papillomas. However, it is both extremely costly, and comes with the risks associated with surgery.
Natural Wart Remedies Recovery in Dogs
Due to the non-invasive nature of these natural remedies, the dog will not need any time to recover from the treatments. An owner should see signs of improvement within a week or so, seen as a reduction of the papilloma. Dependant on the size of the wart, an owner could typically expect the papilloma to be completely healed after one month. There should be no need for a visit to the vet unless the papilloma has grown or changed. The only ongoing maintenance required of the owners is to check for new papillomas and get them diagnosed to ensure they are not tumors.
Cost of Natural Wart Remedies in Dogs
Both natural remedies come with minimal costs. A box of 60 vitamin E capsules can be purchased for just a few dollars. A pack of 60 Thuja pellets can be bought for $10. Price could vary if you had a number of papillomas to treat, but both natural treatment options are extremely cost effective.
Having the papilloma removed surgically will cost far more. The price can vary between $100-$800. The precise figure will depend on the experience of the vet, the number of initial visits, the complexity of the case, and the location of the papilloma. Whilst this alternative does have an extremely high success rate, it is an expensive solution to a harmless problem.
Dog Natural Wart Remedies Considerations
Both natural remedies provide more benefits than they pose risks. While a dog may get more papillomas in the future, this can often not be prevented, even with surgical removal. Natural remedies are completely natural and generally safe for the dog. They can both be effective in reducing the size of the papilloma until it is completely gone, plus, they come with zero risk of long term implications. It is worth considering that papillomas, unless extremely severe, are painless and harmless to your dog. So these remedies offer a natural solution to a naturally occurring problem.
Natural Wart Remedies Prevention in Dogs
Due to the naturally occurring nature of papillomas, there are limited ways to prevent them. Dog papillomas can be contagious, so keeping them away from susceptible dogs is one measure to take, especially if your dog’s immune system is weak. Avoid taking them to densely populated canine areas, such as kennels and dog shows. This will have some preventative effect, but will not wholly prevent them.
Use of corticosteroids should be kept to a minimum, as long term steroid use can weaken the immune system, reducing the dog’s ability to fight off any infection, such as the papillomavirus. One proactive measure owners can take is to feed them a healthy balanced diet to ensure the dog’s immune system is as strong as possible and has the best chances of fighting off any infection. Yet even this will only prevent papillomas to a limited extent.
Ensuring a strong immune system, avoiding overuse of steroids, and keeping your dog away from other dogs when he is weak or ill, are currently the most effective measures an owner can take to prevent papilloma warts. There is progress on a papilloma virus vaccine-- that may be the most effective preventative measure to keep an eye out for.