Canine Warts | Warts on Dogs Information

Dog Warts (Fibropapillomas)

Definition of Warts

Warts, also called papillomas or fibropapillomas, are species-specific, benign, painless skin growths caused by papilloma viruses. Warts in dogs often develop on or around the eyes, eyelids, gums, feet, footpads and external genitalia. Papilloma viruses are extremely contagious between dogs. Fortunately, they aren’t contagious between dogs and people. Why some dogs develop warts while others don’t is probably affected by the strength, weakness, maturity or immaturity of a dog’s immune system. Warts that grow in a dog’s mouth can cause discomfort, drooling, bad breath and interfere with a dog’s ability to grab, chew and swallow normally. Warts on the skin often show up on the lower legs and feet, especially on the footpads and between the toes. These can be annoying to the dog and cause it to lick and chew at the affected area, which can lead to bleeding, pain and lameness and set the stage for skin infections.

Causes and Prevention of Warts in Dogs

Warts, also called papillomas or fibropapillomas, are species-specific, usually benign external growths that are caused by a number of different double-stranded DNA viruses in the family Papillomaviridae. In domestic dogs, warts commonly show up on the skin (cutaneous papillomas) and in the mouth (oral cavity papillomas). They also develop on the eyelids, face, feet and footpads and on the external genitalia. Why some dogs develop warts while others do not is probably affected by the

Symptoms and Signs of Warts in Dogs

Canine warts, also known as fibropapillomas or papillomas, are usually painless and benign. They tend to develop in the mouth (oral cavity papillomas) and on the superficial skin layers (cutaneous papillomas). Warts in the oral cavity can cause discomfort, drooling and bad breath. Depending on where they are located, warts in the mouth can interfere with a dog’s ability to grab, chew and swallow normally. Warts on the skin often show up on the lower

Diagnosing Warts in Dogs

Warts, also known as papillomas or fibropapillomas, are not difficult to diagnose in domestic dogs. Usually, they are easy to see on a dog’s face, feet or footpads. While warts in the mouth can be a bit more difficult to detect, most owners and all veterinarians can take a quick peek inside a dog’s mouth to look for any evidence of warts. Many times, the dog’s owner will point out skin lumps and bumps to

Treatment and Prognosis for Canine Warts

Canine warts are usually harmless benign growths caused by one or more species-specific and site-specific canine papilloma viruses. Dogs that develop warts may not need any treatment at all, depending on where their warts show up. In some cases, however, the growths become ulcerated, infected and painful, particularly when they involve the mouth, toes, eyes and/or foot pads and if they are scratched or chewed. When this happens, the warts probably should be removed. Some

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