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How to Remove Warts on Dogs The majority of dog warts are benign and do not necessarily require removal. Unnecessary removal could actually put undue stress on your dog, and could even trigger another outbreak of warts in the near future. If you do decide to remove your dog¡¯s warts, however, there are a few holistic remedies you can try on your own before going to the veterinarian and paying for professional procedures. <Steps Analyze the Wart 1Determine the cause of your dog's warts.<"True" warts are caused by the papilloma virus and are usually found in puppies or older dogs with an imbalance in their immune system. These warts look like cauliflower stalks and typically appear along the lips or gums. The warts usually disappear after a few months as the immune system develops, but they can be contagious and make it difficult for your dog to swallow or breathe. "Dog warts" are actually a type of benign skin mass that appears in dogs as they age, similar to the way that moles appear in humans. Many disappear on their own, but even those that persist generally remain harmless. A dog wart can get infected, though, and some can also be cancerous. 2Examine the appearance of the wart.Common, benign warts are flesh- colored and small. They tend to look like tiny mushrooms. The warts may irritate your dog's skin, but otherwise, they are relatively harmless. If a benign wart grows or looks inflamed, you may need to remove it. Cancerous warts are black, quick-growing, and inflamed. They generally form around the eyelids or lips and should be removed as soon as possible. 3Chart the growth of the wart. As long as a wart does not increase in size, you probably do not need to remove it. You should, however, make your vet aware of any warts your dog develops so that he or she can keep track of them, as well. 4Consider whether or not the wart poses a problem. You can remove a wart merely for cosmetic purposes, but it is generally not recommended to perform surgery for that reason alone. If, however, a benign wart keeps getting snagged, causes your dog to itch and scratch, or otherwise makes your dog uncomfortable, you may opt to have it removed. Holistic Removal Methods 1Apply vitamin E to the wart. Use a sterilized needle or knife to puncture a standard vitamin E capsule. Apply the vitamin directly to the wart using clean fingers or a cotton swab. Repeat this procedure three to four times a day for two to three weeks until you see improvement. 2Rub castor oil over the wart. Standard castor oil, found in most drug stores, can soften dog warts and greatly reduce irritation, which will help prevent your dog from scratching the wart open. Use a clean finger or cotton swab to apply to oil directly to the wart. Apply this treatment once every day or two, or as necessary to reduce irritation until the wart vanishes. 3Try Thuja. Thuja is a homeopathic treatment made from a type of tree, and it is considered safe for most dogs. It is available in both pellet and liquid forms, and should be given to your dog orally. You only need to give your dog a single dose. If you do not see any improvement after the first two weeks, however, you may give your dog a second dose.Note that Thuja is a homeopathic treatment also given to dogs suffering from over-vaccination, or vaccinosis. There is some speculation that some warts are caused by vaccinosis, and if you suspect that this may be the case for your dog, Thuja might be an even more effective remedy. 4Boost your dog's immune system with vitamin C. If your dog has warts that are triggered by a virus, a boost the immune system may give your dog what it needs to fight the warts off. Since vitamin C is a water- soluble vitamin, it poses little risk to your canine companion, but you should consult with your veterinarian to determining the most effective dosage. Medical Removal Methods 1Consider a subcutaneous interferon treatment for warts caused by viral infections. Your veterinarian will inject the treatment into your dog multiple times a week, or he may demonstrate how to inject the drug and instruct you to do so at home. These treatments can continue up to eight weeks. While you can avoid surgery and the associated risks, this treatment can cause a number of side effects, including fever and loss of appetite. 2Ask your vet to perform electrocautery. When performing electrocautery, also called electrosurgery, the veterinarian uses a small tool that allows him or her to apply a small, concentrated amount of electricity to the wart. This electricity burns away the contaminated tissue, thereby removing the wart. The surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia, making it a good option if you worry about the risks involved in knocking your dog out with general anesthesia. 3Discuss the possibility of cryosurgery. Like electrosurgery, cryosurgery is performed under local anesthesia, so your dog will not need to be completely knocked out. During cryosurgery, the vet will use a specialized tool to freeze the wart. Freezing destroys the diseased tissue, shrinking the wart significantly and, in many cases, causing it to disappear entirely. 4Opt for excision. An excision is the most traditional treatment for warts, but your veterinarian may need to put your dog under general anesthesia to perform it. During a traditional excision, the vet simply cuts the wart and contaminated tissue away using a medical scalpel. 5Try laser ablation if your dog has persistent warts that do not respond to other treatments. Your dog will need to go under general anesthesia, but laser ablation attacks warts at the root, and often proves itself to be the most powerful treatment against resistant or recurrent warts.< Tips Veterinarians can actually use dog warts cause by the papilloma virus to determine the current state of your dog's immune system. This can prove especially helpful in older dogs whose immune systems are more likely to develop imbalances. As a result, you may want to seriously consider leaving benign growths alone, as long as they do not cause your dog any problems. <Warnings If your dog has warts caused by a virus, you should keep him away from other dogs. This is especially true if the warts develop in the mouth. Make sure that your dog has his own water bowl and does not share it with other dogs, and keep him out of dog parks or other dog-heavy locations until the wart clears up. Things You'll Need Vitamin E tablets Castor oil Thuja Vitamin C supplements Sources and Citations Dogster: How Can Dog Warts Be Removed? PetWave: Treatment Options for Warts in Dogs Organic Pet Digest: Dog Warts Healthy Pets with Dr. Karen Becker: What's That Strange, Scary Lump?
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