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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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