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Papil…Papil…Papilloma

What is a Papilloma? We know it sound like a small village in Spain, but actually it is a virus that causes warts in dogs.

Murphy is an 18month old Golden Retriever who has had a funny warty growth on his ear for a few months. It is 15-20mm wide, hard and warty.

It has been discussed that Murphy probably has a papilloma. Sadly the only way to know 100% what it is, would be to remove the lump surgically under general anaesthetic and send it away for analysis.

This week another lump has appeared on his neck. It is a warty growth about 15-20mm diameter, but much flatter. Rather than thinking this is a concerning sign we expect it to be a papilloma due to it’s presentation and the fact Murphy already has a similar lump. Young dogs will go through times when they often get multiple papillomas.

What to do?

Murphy’s owner is happy to avoid surgery and just observe these lumps over the next few months. The most likely cause of these lumps is the papilloma virus or the wart virus. (This virus is canine only and can not be spread to humans.) Papillomatosis is a contagious infection which causes warty growths on the skin or mucous membranes often around the mouth and eyes.

The virus usually (but not always) affects dogs under 2 years. It is spread on surfaces to broken skin. The growths can take 1-2 months to develop after exposure. Most lesions will regress and disappear within 3-6 months.

Luckily Murphy’s luscious, long locks mean that he hides this strange condition very well. Hopefully one day the lumps will disappear without a trace.   Explore all our interesting posts

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