Warts
Warts

Has the doctor diagnosed warts on your pet?  These warts, although unsightly, are not dangerous to your pet's health.  Most of the time these small skin growths can be ignored. They are often only found when they occur on the visible parts of the pet's body (face, paws, etc.), are detected by a groomer (after a haircut), or are located by the doctor during a physical examination.

A wart is a non-cancerous skin growth that occurs as a result of a virus infection (like a "cold sore"). Warts can develop as single growths or "pop-up" all over the pet's body.

Warts should be removed if:

  1. They bother your pet.  Some pets chew at a wart, especially those on the feet, and make them bleed and/or become infected.
     
  2. They bother you. Looking at an ugly wart or touching it during petting can be uncomfortable.
     
  3. They are enlarging.  A small wart can often be removed with just a local anesthetic.  Larger ones may require surgery and stitches.

Warts can be controlled (with removal) but they cannot be cured. New warts can form in other areas of the body but after removal usually do not recur in the same spot.

 

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