What are puppy warts?

December 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

My dog Sidney just taught me another one of his "veterinary lessons". About six weeks ago, I suddenly spotted a little pink "bump" for lack of a better word on his chin. It extended out for about 2mm and was just about 1mm in diameter. He did not seem to be bothered by it but I kept a careful eye on it. I figured, it must be a wart and did not think much of it. Over the following week, the "bump" grew to about 3mm in diameter and 6mm length. It also changed colour from the bright pink to a more whitish colour with a darker top. I started researching on the web and found interesting articles about warts. Nothing I read made me worry too much but when I did finally send an image to my vet to ask if I needed to see him, he recommended that my dog had a Viral Papilloma which is common in young dogs and contagious and he should better not interact with puppies. It is not that common in adult dogs (Sidney is 5!)

Image of puppy wart on adult dogWart

So I did not allow more interactions with his young friends but otherwise did nothing. 

The "wart" continued to grow further and one day I noticed that Sidney was bleeding from it. I assumed he had just bumped it when he, ravenous as usual, dug into his dinner. It did not seem to bleed for long so I was not too worried. Over the next days I noticed a change in the appearance again. The wart turned dark and seemed to shrink. 

One morning I found a little bushel of hair on the floor. I checked - the wart was gone!

The whole cycle lasted about 5 weeks, no discomfort and luckily Sidney did not have to deal with the awful spread of many of these warts that I have seen in some of the online images. 

Also, please note, that the articles refer to lumps that have similar appearance but may be a malign tumour. If in doubt - let your vet check it out!

Lucky for us, it was a harmless virus for Sidney and he is all smiley again! Do you have an experience like it? Share it here!


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