|Doggy drinking fountain.|
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What about your dog? When you go to the dog park, does your dog drink from the community dog bowl or water fountain? This is something a lot of dog parents probably never even think about. Canine Papilloma Virus is something your dog could potentially catch from other dogs simply by sharing a water bowl.
What is Canine Papilloma Virus?
Canine Papilloma Virus is also known as dog warts. Easy enough to remember. These warts are small growths with a cauliflower-like appearance. Usually, viral doggy warts are seen in young dogs and puppies. A dog with a compromised immune system could also potentially get Canine Papilloma Virus.
|A wart inside the lips of a dog's mouth.|
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Technically, the warts could show up anywhere on a dog's body. However, the most common places for these dog warts to appear are on the lips, muzzle, and around the eyes. Which makes sense because the virus is spread from dog to dog by sharing things like water bowls or toys. Don't worry - humans can't catch this from their dog. It's strictly dog to dog transmission.
Mostly young dogs and puppies are the ones catching Canine Papilloma Virus. If an adult dog or older dog is immune compromised, they may be more susceptible to coming down with a case of viral dog warts.
I Don't Want My Dog to Get Warts! | Dog Wart Prevention
The easiest way to protect your dog from catching viral dog warts from other dogs is to not let them share. Don't let your dog drink from the community bowl or fountain at the dog park. There are many portable dog water bowls available for purchase. They are perfect for outdoor adventures.
|Don't let your dog share his toys with strangers!|
Photo via Emil
Don't let your dog share toys with other dogs. If you don't want to have to worry about another dog playing with your fur baby's toy at the park, just don't bring it along. This is one example of a fomite in action. If you missed our post about fomites, check it out here.
Dog Wart Treatment
Most of the time, nothing needs to be done for viral dog warts. The warts will go away on their own after about one to six months. Sometimes, a veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics or even anti-viral medications. If the warts are extremely severe and causing pain and/or discomfort for the dog, surgical removal could be an option.
As with almost anything these days, there are a few home remedy products for Canine Papilloma Virus. I wouldn't recommend using any of these treatments without first consulting a veterinarian.
- Native Remedies Naturasil for Warts - This is made from 100% pure plant extracts and causes the warts to dry up and flake away. I'm not sure that this product is meant for warts in the mouth, however.
- Thuja for Dogs - I've heard that Thuja is pretty effective against dog warts.
- Vitamin E - Vitamin E, both orally and topically is another home remedy. I wouldn't expect to see any results until at least 2 to 6 weeks.
- Castor Oil - When applied topically, castor oil is said to help get rid of doggy warts.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - Seems like this stuff can be used for everything!
So now that you've learned about Canine Papilloma Virus, will you be letting your dog drink after strangers?