Most people get a wart in one shape or form, so it’s not surprising to find that dogs get them too! Most of these warts on dogs or canine warts are minor and will not involve visiting a veterinarian, however, if these warts keep growing, then it’s advisable to seek medical advice to get the right diagnosis.
Warts on dogs are very similar to the one’s that humans get, they emerge as pimples or skin eruptions and can occur on any part of the dog’s body, including the paws and face of the pet. These warts on dogs are also commonly found in/around the mouth and near the eyes of the dogs too. Usually warts that appear on dogs are non-cancerous and are usually harmless, causing slight irritation to the affected part of the body.
What Are the Causes of Warts on Dogs?
The papillomas virus causes warts, and is generally considered a viral infection. Warts are easily seen as they emerge on the skin of the body, just like in humans. And just like us humans, older dogs will be more susceptible to warts due to their weak immune system; this should not be a concern as all it means is that your older dog will have multiple warts on its face, paws or on the body. This should not stop your dog from its day-to-day activity either.
How Do You Remove Warts on Dogs
If your dog has warts, do not worry, most of these warts will disappear on their own. If your dog is young and healthy, it will not involve any medication or topical application, however many dog owners worry over how to get rid of warts on dogs, so here are some tips on treatments that are available:
Wart Medications – for dogs that have many warts on them, anti-viral medications are given to them to help remove warts.
Vitamin E Oils or Pills – Vitamin E is just not good for humans, it works wonders when treating warts on dogs as well. You can get Vitamin E oils or pills at any of your local drug stores. If you buy the pills, you will need to puncture the pill to extract the oil which will then need be massaged into the affected skin on the dog’s body. You will have to do this daily and you should see an improvement. Regularly applying Vitamin E will eventually destroy the wart.
Castor Oil – who said only medications work for wart removal? Home remedies for wart removal are just as effective. Using castor oil to remove warts on the feet of dog’s works wonders. Take a small cotton swab and apply castor oil to the wart twice a day and you should see the wart disappearing within a week. Your dog will also be much happier as castor oil also helps reduce skin irritation as well.
Evergreen Thuja Trees – is a great home remedy to treat warts. The extract from this evergreen tree is very useful in treating warts, they are very potent to warts and recommended usage is twice daily. You just massage the extract into the wart and the extract makes the wart smaller until it’s no longer present. Perfect to use on your dog’s paws.
Cryosurgery or Liquid Nitrogen Treatment – when warts become too uncomfortable for the dog, cryosurgery or liquid nitrogen treatment is an option. Cryosurgery or applying liquid nitrogen is applying extreme cold treatment to the wart or skin tissue and then treating it by removing the wart. The extreme cold temperature kills the harmful virus and the wart will eventually fall off.
Studies show that in most cases, warts stay for a short period on dogs, however, there have been known cases where some warts have turned the skins of the dogs into cancerous zones, so if you have any doubt, take your dog to your local vet so that they can check the warts on dogs and prescribe the proper treatment.