We all know that people can get warts, but what about your family pet? Believe it or not, your dog can most certainly get warts. Certain viruses are most definitely able to cause the growth of small round skin tumors that are mostly referred to as warts. We can find many ways to see what a wart looks like.
You can see pictures of different warts by looking at different Internet sites, or you can go to the library and get information and pictures of different types of warts. Like people pets can develop small round-shaped skin growths that many of us assume are basically harmless on a human, so it would be harmless for your dog. That is not necessarily true. In reality, there are many types of round skin growths that can be hard to detect because they are so small.
It is very important that your pet have them examined by the vet. Such growths that are the shape of a small round skin growth may not be innocuous viral warts. Most growths that can develop on your skin must be removed from your skin and a biopsy may have to be done so that the type of wart you have can be identified. Dogs can get the wart called viral warts, but on a dog, the wart will not be from the same virus that can cause human warts.
Dogs cannot get a wart from people and of course, people cannot get a wart from the dog. When we are dealing with a dog we do not call these growths “warts”, We use the most formal term that is called “viral papilloma.
These are benign skin tumors that are caused by the canine oral papillomavirus. These papillomas are round but will often have a rough surface that is similar to a sea anemone or a cauliflower.
These will usually appear on a young dog’s lips and muzzle. This is usually in dogs that are 2 years or younger. These warts will also occur in groups rather than as a single growth. This infection is transmitted with the papillomas on an infected dog. The incubation period in your dog is 1-2 months. This virus can only be spread among dogs. It is actually not contagious to humans or other pets you may have.
For a dog to become infected, the dog will most likely have an immature immune system. This is why the infected wart will appear on a younger dog. We do not know at this time if the dog that is infected must actually show visible lesions for warts to be contagious. So since your dog cannot tell you he has something that is bothering him remember what you have studied on warts, so you can help your dog when they may occur on him.
Warts can be very bothersome to animals, so if you do suspect your animal has warts, take them to the vet and get it checked out. Warts can be treated and your pet will be much better off thanks to your loving care.