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Published on: January 23, 2022 • By: kenziemeike · In Forum: Dogs
January 23, 2022 at 09:49pm
Hello! My dog has this on one of her back paws. I believe it is a wart, it doesn’t seem to bother her but I want to know if it’s something we need to be concerned about. She has had another wart on the top of her head since I got her when she was 3 months. I had a vet look at that one & he said that it would be more harmful to her to remove it than to leave it be.. but this looks significantly different than her other one. It hasn’t grown since I noticed it but still concerns me some.2AA73757-6062-48C5-B42C-7FB95ECDEEF558DADE54-97D2-4079-9839-3762DC9ED080
Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
January 25, 2022 at 10:02am
Hello!  Interestingly, like human warts, dog warts are often viral.  They are caused by Papilloma virus and can be associated with low immunity - for instance in young, old or ill animals.  Warts can look distinctly different from one another but your vet should have a good idea:  all new lumps should obviously be presented to them.  If your vet agrees that this is a wart, then they may opt to wait for a while before attempting any kind of treatment as many warts do self resolve within a few months.  They may also suggest precautions regarding transmission (to other dogs - not to humans). If a wart is continually getting scratched or scraped or made to bleed, then early removal can be indicated.  This does involve a general anaesthetic.  It is also worth asking whether, on any particular timescale, they might want to resee you if the lump is still there. You don't say how old your dog is now, but other clinical signs that might have caused a dip in immunity might also be picked up on clinical exam. Please do let us know what happens!
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