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The Canine Oral Papilloma Virus – 5 Facts About Oral Dog Warts
Of course, everyone wants some good information about dog warts. Here are 5 facts:
1. What it is:
A papilloma is the fancy (or medical term) for a benign wart. While they are not pretty, and can grow in very inconvenient places, these Oral warts are not always something to worry about. It’s likely all dogs are exposed to the canine papilloma virus – but not all develop these rough, cauliflower-like warts, which are sometimes round, but often odd-shaped. Papilloma growths usually stop growing and disappear on their own between 1 and 5 months. They often pop up in clusters – mainly in the mouth, sometimes spreading to the nose, eyes or very occasionally to other parts of the body. They can become particularly dangerous IF they begin to collect in the throat.
2. What it isn’t:
If you notice a growth that continues growing or becomes (or starts as) an open skin lesion or wound – seek medical attention immediately.
Because papilloma warts are common in the mouth area, it’s possible for these growths to be irritated and infected – taking on the appearance of an open skin lesion. There are topical solutions and therapies to resolve this issue with an irritable papilloma.
3. Who gets it:
There is no breed or bloodline of dog that’s more susceptible to developing the canine papilloma virus. This virus does not discriminate in any way. However, all dogs who develop these growths have one very common denominator – a weakened immune system.
There are 3 groups of dogs that predominantly fall into this category: Young dogs, older dogs and dogs that are being treated for an illness or issue with immunosuppressive medications like steroids.
Young dogs (under 2 years of age) are more prone to this virus because they are still developing the immune system. Age and ailments take a toll on older dogs, making them an easy target as well… and dogs that have had their immune system suppressed are also at risk. Many common medications can knock out the immune system making it difficult – if not impossible – to avoid an outbreak.
4. It is contagious:
The canine papilloma virus is spread by direct contact – and that includes other dogs, their toys and even you (if you’ve been in contact with a dog that carries the virus). It goes (almost) without saying, that if your dog has developed this virus, it’s best not to let him frolic with other dogs at the dog park. And other dogs are all you need to worry about… the canine papilloma virus is just that: species specific. You can’t catch it. Neither can your cat… or bird… or ferret… or… anyone who isn’t a dog.
5. How to approach it:
The best way handle this issue is by building a strong, healthy immune system. Remember, papilloma is caused by a virus, just like a cold or the flu. In time, the body will find a way to recover on its own. With COPV, that can take up to 6 months if left to itself.
Did your mother ever make you chicken soup when you were ill? Well then, why not check into natural supplements that help support the body’s own ability to recover and kick this virus to the curb! Then be sure to stay with it and rebuild a bullet-proof immune system. Diet and nutrient-rich supplements are key in this process. Many popular dog foods are just not equipped with any valuable nutrition, so check the ingredients and find foods that give your dog the real nutrition he needs.
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