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Why is my dog's wart bleeding?

Great Dane dog with a wart advice

It is not unusual for a dog to have multiple warts.

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Not all dog warts are a problem, but it's good to know what you should and shouldn't do about them.

By Dr. Laura Harvey BVetMed GPCert (WVA&CPM) MRCVS

Published on the 12/08/2020, 13:13

Wart-like growths are common on the skin of older dogs. A lot of the time they are benign, but they can still become ulcerated or infected if the dog rubs or chews them. Some of them will be true warts, caused by the papilloma virus, others will be benign skin tumours. It is uncommon for a wart-like growth to be malignant, but because it is possible, it is advised that any skin growths (or other lumps) are checked by a vet. And in general, of course, if you have any concerns about your dog, please contact a vet.

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What exactly is a dog wart? 

Wart-like growths can be true warts, caused by the papilloma virus, or other skin tumours, most of which are benign. These often arise from the hair follicles or other structures in the skin. A lot of these growths do not require treatment, but they should always be checked by a vet to determine if monitoring is sufficient, or whether biopsy or removal is required.

Why does my dog have a lot of warts?

It is not unusual for a dog to have multiple wart-like growths and so the number of growths present does not always correlate with the severity of them. But it is always advisable to have new growths checked by your vet incase they are something different.

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What should I do if my dog's papilloma wart is bleeding?

If your dog has a papilloma that starts bleeding, bathe it with dilute salt water and cotton wool to clean it. Mix one teaspoon of salt to one pint of water. It can then be patted dry with a paper towel. If it continues to bleed then contact a vet. In the meantime, prevent your dog from chewing or scratching at it. 

What should I do if the warts on my old dog are bleeding?

If your dog has a papilloma that starts bleeding, bathe it with dilute salt water and cotton wool to clean it. Mix one teaspoon of salt to one pint of water. It can then be patted dry. If it continues to bleed then contact a vet. In the meantime, prevent your dog from chewing or scratching at it. The vet will be able to advise if antibiotics are required or whether removal should be considered.

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What should I do if a wart on my dog's head is bleeding?

If your dog has a papilloma that starts bleeding, bathe it with dilute salt water and cotton wool to clean it – mix one teaspoon of salt to one pint of water. Be careful not to get the salty water in your dog’s eyes or ears. It can then be patted dry with a paper towel. If it continues to bleed, then contact a vet. In the meantime, prevent your dog from chewing or scratching at it. This can be done with the use of an Elizabethan collar or a T-shirt. The vet will be able to advise if antibiotics are required (if the wart is infected with bacteria) or whether removal should be considered.

How do you remove warts on dogs?

This is something that legally must only be done by a vet. In the UK, the Veterinary Surgeon’s Act of 1966 states that only veterinary surgeons may diagnose, prescribe, advise on the basis of a diagnosis and perform surgery on animals. This is to ensure animal welfare.

The common method of removal is excision under general anaesthetic. Some warts are suitable for removal under sedation with local anaesthesia. Contact a vet about this.

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How do you stop a dog wart from bleeding?

You can apply pressure to a wart for three to five minutes with a clean cloth. If this does not stop the wart bleeding, please contact a vet for further advice.

How do you treat warts on dogs?

Warts can sometimes become infected, in which case they will be treated with antibiotics. The majority of warts will only require monitoring, Yet if they are painful or irritating to the dog, then they will require removal. This is best done surgically under general anaesthetic. Some warts are suitable for removal under sedation with local anaesthesia. Ask a vet for the best treatment for your dog.

Does apple cider vinegar remove warts on dogs?

No, it doesn't. Warts and wart-like growths, whether benign or malignant, grow from your dog’s skin and while something like diluted salt water might help reduce them in size a little, if they are inflamed and infected, the only way to remove them is by surgical excision, requiring a general anaesthetic. Some warts are suitable for removal under sedation with local anaesthesia. A vet will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your dog.

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What kills a dog wart fast?      

There is no magic treatment to kill warts quickly. This is because they have grown from your dog’s skin and so need to be treated accordingly. The only way to completley remove it is surgical excision under a general anaesthetic. Some warts are suitable for removal under sedation with local anaesthesia. The vet will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your dog.

Is a dog wart dead when it turns white?

No, it's not. And if a wart changes at all, it should be examined by a vet. This is in case it is a malignant tumour, rather than a benign, wart-like growth, which would need further investigation and treatment.

Should dog warts be removed?

Not necessarily, depending partly on where they are located on the dog. If they are not bothering the dog, it's often best to leave them alone and just monitor them. If they are painful for the dog or repeatedly become infected, then it is likely a vet will advise the wart is removed. Please contact a vet to have your dog’s warts assessed and treated appropriately.

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Can I cut a wart off my dog?

No, definitely not. This is something that must only be done by a vet. In the UK, the Veterinary Surgeon’s Act of 1966 states that only veterinary surgeons may diagnose, prescribe, advise on the basis of a diagnosis and perform surgery on animals. This is to ensure animal welfare.

Why do old dogs get warts?

It is not known why one dog gets warts or wart-like growths and another doesn’t. They seem to be more common in certain breeds, including some terriers, bichon frise, poodles and cocker spaniels. If they are true warts, caused by the papilloma virus, it could be an indicator of a reduced immune system. Having said that, a lot of the growths that look like warts are not true warts, but benign skin growths, such as skin tags. It is always advisable to have new skin growths (or other lumps) checked by a vet.

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