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My 17 year old poodle has warts pretty much on her neck and

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My 17 year old poodle has warts pretty much on her neck and up and down her neck. There are a few as well on her head ear and legs. I'm wondering if I could try azythromycin or the antibiotic cream to help her. I've tried home remedies but nothing has worked. I also realize that her immune system is low or this wouldn't be happening. She has been on a raw diet for the last few months. Overall, she is a very healthy 17 year old, but the warts bother her daily which causes her to scratch, lick Etc. Any input would be appreciated.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

Hello,

At this age, it is not unreasonable to imagine she would have several skin tags, moles, nodules, warts, etc..

However, the question is if they are bothering her or getting secondarily infected, you'll need either to get them removed or talk to your vet about trying some topical therapy. A oral product like azythromycin will be pointless and not effective. you'll be better off with a antibiotic/steroid ointment for the skin. Sorry to hear about all the lumps and bumps. Start with a vet exam to get them all evaluated and then base your decision on the options presented. A oral medicaton will not help remedy any of them.

Good Luck!

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Would you suggest imiquimod?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
As far as removal, I would be concerned about anesthesia at her age.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

Hello,

Anesthesia? Well, maybe could be done with sedation only. Vet needs to examine.

But, if heart and lungs sound good and a basic blood test says liver and kidneys hanging in there, than anesthesia can be quite safe.

Imiquimod: nope. Why? Because this drug is focused mostly on growths of a viral origin. The likelihood these are viral papillomas at 17 years of age is quite low. At 17, they are likely other types of moles and skin growths. In addition, we don't typically use that drug in veterinary medicine, and I would certainly not start it without a basic blood profile done first.

Hope that extra information helps

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

Sorry. If you were referring to topical imiquimoid, I would not use it intil a vet examines these growths. If one gets infected or inflamed because of it, you'll be upset with yourself. You could inadvertently upset a cancerous growth. Just wanted to clarify.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
My last vet visit, I was told they were benign papillomas. Sorry if I'm misspelling. These appeared & have been present for about two years.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

Understood.

But, we can't assume that's correct. I would suggest at least a second opinion first. At this age I see so many growths developing! Otherwise, I would only use a hydrocortisone cream if there is inflammation or a triple antibiotic if there is any bleeding or discharge to suggest infection or risk of infection.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Cauliflower looking. Forgot to mention that. There is bleeding on a few that she scratches and easily removable brown crust that forms on them. Different sizes, but all pretty much the same. Understood on the cream. Thanks.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

You are very welcome.

Yes cauliflower sounds like a papilloma. Wish I could do more. Just be careful with topicals. Sometimes, it makes them worse or they get more irritated.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Oh my. Yes, steroidal creams don't do much for immune system where. Wish there was an antibiotic Bengal bath I could give her to smooth her. She's an old girl for sure, but still runs around like a youngin', just not as often! ūüėÉ
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Antibiotic soothing bath I mean
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

It's not the immune system you are trying to address with the wart. Once its there, its there. So, you simply focus on treating any irritation or infection that can sometimes result from them. Many times, although not it this case, they can spontaneously regress after a few months.

Bath not needed. Just some neosporin would be fine

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

One more thing. Absolutely no freezing or other wart removers!

I hope my responses have been satisfactory.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Ok, I'll leave you be (-;. Last question if I may. After two years, they just increase in number. Will she be totally covered?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
She probably has 50
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

I have never seen that in over 12 years. However, sometimes, there can be at least a few dozen of various growths, moles, etc..

50 is quite a few, but that would be another vote for some basic blood testing for an overall health assessment.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
You've been great. Thanks for your patience.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

You are welcome. Good Luck!

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Ok. Thanks much Dr Andy.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.

Yep!

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Blondie. How is everything going?
Dr. Andy