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Old 08-04-2007, 11:57 PM
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I'm am getting upset. I posted a thread a while back saying that Sam has canine papilloma virus and it's getting worse. She had a cluster of five warts in her mouth on her lip and one on her snout right under her nose in the center. Tonight I found a new tiny one in the corner of her nose and the corner of her eye and a larger one (I least it appears to be one) on her gums under her top lip. The vet said it's not a problem and they should clear up as her immune system strengthens and she gets all her vaccinations. He also said there is no treatment and they only remove the warts if the get really large, bleed, or appear ro be annoying the dog or causing pain because removing them otherwise would cause uneccessary pain. None of hers are very large and she doesn't seem to know they exist but it is still stressful for me. I am afraid that the ones on her nose and eye are going to get larger. In fact know they will because the other started out tiny too. I am just upset. So far a total of 9 warts. I would post pics of them but it's kind of gross and there's really no need since I know what they are.
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Old 08-05-2007, 12:18 AM
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Aww poor pup!! Give her a big hug from me and Lucas!! And here's a hug for you too (((((((((((HUGS)))))))))) She'll be ok! Just hang in there
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:52 AM
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I don't want you to try this without a vet's advise ...but my Dad tied a tight thread around one of my dog's " tag warts" and without blood supply it dried and fell off .
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Old 08-05-2007, 12:02 PM
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I think that would be too hard for me to do because there's a cluster of 5 in her mouth. I don't think I could get her still long enough to tie a thread around them and the one on her nose is like a wide bump. I wish there was som way I could get rid of them and thanks for the suggestion but I don't think I could do it. They are supposed to go away but they are just getting bigger!! I wonder ho long it takes for them to start going away.
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:29 PM
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No , you couldn't do it inside her mouth .... neither with a broad wart .
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:17 PM
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I wonder ho long it takes for them to start going away.
It can take from 8-12 weeks for these warts to go away on their own. After 12 weeks if they are still around contact your vet again!
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:30 PM
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They look horrible, but they will go away, but it does take quite a while. It's kind of like doggie chickenpox. There's just not much you can except wait it out.
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Old 08-05-2007, 04:08 PM
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Yeah. The vet will be seeing her a lot. She has one more vaccination at the end of the month and then she will need a rabies shot and she will be getting spayed at 4 months so I will have him keep an eye on them over the next couple of months.
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:00 PM
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There has been a CPV (canine papilloma virus NOT to be confused with canine PARVO virus) outbreak in my area. My dog, Charly, has had them for a few months. It started with one on her tounge (white and cauliflower looking) and then a few more (6 or 7) appeared along her gum line 2 months later. I took her to the vet who said basically the same thing yours did. Though, she did say it could take up to 5 months to clear up. You only need to worry if it's clearly painful, blocking breathing or interfering with eating. They only affect younger dogs (under 2 years) because thier immune systems aren't fully developed. It's also very contagious (dog to dog only). It takes so long for these buggers to go away, becuase your pooch has to develop antibodies to the virus.

They ARE ugly but they are relatively harmeless. There are about 7 other dogs in the area (probably contracted at the dog park) that also have them. And some of the dogs that developed them first ARE begining to go away. We try to make light of the situation and joke about how our dogs gave each other an STD.

I did talk to someone that is using bee pollen on her dog (powder form and mixes it with the dog food) and she swears it's reducing the size of the warts. Something you might want to look into.

But more than anything else- be patient and don't freak out. It's part of having a dog.
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