My Great Dane has some warts developing on her paws. How do I treat these and how do I prevent further spreading?
Age: 3; Female; Breed: great dane
I was recently to our local vet. I showed him the 2 or 3 warts on her paws. He said it was an immunity issue and that most likely it would disappear in a couple months on its own. He did mention that there have been a few instances where they have spread all over a dogs body. Having had an issue with mange and beating that with exstensive treatment , I dont want to just let this go. Since at his office the one wart has multiplied into 3. I treated it myself with compound W , freeze off human wart removal and stepped up her vitamins.i have no problem spending the money and time to alleviate this problem. She is a sweet, beautiful dog and seems uncomfortable with these warts that break open and bleed when scraped during normal playfulness.please help.
I think you really need to see your vet to confirm that you are dealing with warts. Skin conditions and lumps mimic each other in appearance and so it is always better to confirm what you are dealing with before considering treatment.
Warty skin growths are usually benign. They often start to appear as dogs get older and usually only start to cause problems if they become traumatised and infected, or if the dog is licking at them excessively. If your dog has these on her paws it may be an idea to get them removed as they are in an area where they can easily be traumatised. This is usually a simple procedure and vets often use cryosurgery or electrocautery to remove them with the dog just under sedation.
Your vet may suggest that the growths be removed surgically and sent to the laboratory for analysis if he is concerned that they may not be benign warts.
I would not apply any products at home until you have confirmation as to what the lumps are. No medical treatment is used for warts in dogs unless they start bleeding or become infected and your vet will be able to prescribe an ointment to use is this occurs.
I hope that this has been of some assistance to you.
15+ years in small animal practice with experience in canine medicine, surgery and critical care
My apologies, but for some reason the 'Already tried' part of your question did not show up on my screen initially. It certainly seems as though the problem is causing you a lot of frustration.
Unfortunately, once the animal starts to suffer from warts there really is nothing you can do to stop them appearing. You can try the wart removing remedies at a local level and treat secondary infections as they develop. Making sure she is on a good diet and giving vitamin supplementation is important to maintain a good immune system which can help her body fight against this condition.
The only consolation is that this can sometimes be a self-limiting condition and you may find that eventually the warts should stop appearing.
I am sorry that I cannot be of more assistance to you, but it sounds as though you are doing all the right things already.