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Dog Wart on Ear Appeared 2 Weeks Ago

by Yosef M.
(Gilbert, Arizona (Phoenix area))

top of the ear with the wart-beagle ear long and floppy on the edge

top of the ear with the wart-beagle ear long and floppy on the edge

top of the ear with the wart-beagle ear long and floppy on the edge
underneath side-no visible signs of wart coming through
Ritka
UPDATE: 3.5 Weeks Later

This wart appeared on our dog Ritka's ear about 2 weeks ago. We took her to the vet 10 days ago to find out what it could be.


The vet thought that possibly our beagle mix had been bitten and that this bump on her ear was a nip that was healing. (We had adopted another dog -a rat terrier from the humane society, a female about 3 years old - who has a "personality" and likes to lick and then nip).

The vet picked off what appeared to be a scab and although it did not bleed said we can send this for a culture reading. She gave us an ointment that cost $30.00 (Resortin) and told us to use this twice a day on her ear.

She also said that we could send in a sample to the lab and make sure that it was not ring worm or some other parasite. That would cost approximately $450. I decided to do the ointment for now.

Ritka is a Beagle mix. We got her a year ago from the Arizona Humane Society and she appeared to be well taken care of. The humane society had her listed as an Austrailian Cattle Dog, but the vet said no, she is most definitely a mix of beagle and something else.

She has had all her vaccinations and is due for her rabies booster in 2 months which will be the 3 year. She has a moderately sedentary lifestyle, rarely getting excited, although we have 3 other dogs.

She is our first female. All dogs are altered. Our first dog was a Japanese Spitz. He is the youngest at 3 years old. Then we have a Cairn Terrier, he is 4, we got him 2 years ago from the Arizona Humane Society, he is very active, but only outdoors in the backyard when we let them out and it is a very small backyard. Our rat terrier is 3 years old and she is the smallest in size, and the newest.

They are all on Earthborn holistic diet, natural food for dogs, meadow feast, grain free with lean read meat protein from lamb meat antioxidant nutrient rich natural fruits and vegetables and fruits balanced omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and they love this stuff. They have been on this for at least the past 8 months.

When we got each dog from the humane society, they were on Science Diet, but quickly adjusted to the Earthborn.

When we noticed that this bump had pushed through her short black hair and had become more "wart" looking, we began to look on the internet and saw your web page and thought we would send in a query and see if you could give us some insight as to whether we should leave it as is, try vitamin E or have it looked at again by the vet.

Obviously we don't want to cause her any more pain or discomfort but we don't want to have any other serious complication by letting it go either, and whether the rabies vaccination could also be over vaccinating her further.

Thank you for taking your time to review our case and getting back to us asap.

Sincerely,
Yosef

Comments for Dog Wart on Ear Appeared 2 Weeks Ago

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Apr 20, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Dog Wart on Ear Appeared 2 Weeks ago
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Yosef,

From the photo you submitted, I am suspicious that this small growth may be a histiocytoma. From the information you submitted you did not give Ritka's age. Since she was adopted one year ago and I assume received all of her vaccinations from the shelter at that time. Now she is due in two months for her 3 year Rabies vaccination, I am guessing that she is between 1-2 years of age.

Histiocytomas are benign growths that appear in dogs between the ages of 6 months to 2 years. VACCINATIONS can exacerbate these growths and make it difficult to treat holistically and also make the patient more susceptible to growing more.

If you can find a holistic veterinarian nearby to do an exam and write an exemption form for Ritka, to delay her vaccination as long as possible, (like 1-2 years!) that would be ideal.

As for diet, the Earthborn Holistic Diet is very good, but it would be healthier for Ritka (and your other dogs) to be on the 'moist' Earthborn. I see that they offer the Lily's Gourmet Buffet Grain free lamb, which may be similar to the Meadow Feast that they are eating now. MOIST or canned is better than dry. And a Raw diet would be BEST! Or, consider adding some raw meat in with the canned/moist Earthborn food. NO RAW PORK and NO RAW FISH. Otherwise, chicken, turkey, lamb, or beef would be ok.

For now, see if you can locate , (THUJA 1X) ointment. Apply this to Ritka's ear two times daily for the next 3-6 weeks. It is indicated for warts, but is very good for small growths, tumors or cancers on the skin.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman


DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.




Apr 21, 2013
Rifka is 5 years old in human years
by: yosef malone

does that change anything in her prognosis or in her treatment?

Apr 21, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Dog Wart on Ear appeared 2 Weeks ago
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

April 21, 2013
Hi Yosef,

You wrote,
"Rifka is 5 years old in human years. Does that change anything in her prognosis or in her treatment?"

Since she is older, then I am concerned it may be a mast cell tumor. This is a growth that occurs in dogs over 3 years of age and tends to reoccur, or spread, especially if surgically removed. It is a bit more serious than a histiocytoma, but still treatable with homeopathic remedies.

I would continue with the plan that I suggested previously, with improvement in diet, NO VACCINATIONS, and use the topical Thuya ointment.

Report back to this site after 3-6 weeks, or seek the help of a holistic veterinarian for more, 'hands on' treatment.

To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

May 15, 2013
30 day update
by: Yosef Malone

Dr Tillman
It has been 30 days now since this wart started. It has now grown considerably from the first pictures that I provided but it seems to have stopped growing and has "blossomed" as they say and is turning a reddish black and has crusted over. Does this mean that it is coming to the end of this life cycle? Does it mean it has gotten worse? Better? Cancerous? Benign? I have not had a chance to acquite the Thune that you mentioned as I have just had total hp replacement and am unable to get out for another month or so.
Please give me your best opinion as to what is going on at this stage.
Thank you
Sincerely
Yosef Malone

May 17, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Dog Wart on Ear Appeared 2 Weeks Ago
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

May 16, 2013

Hi Yosef,

From the more recent photo and the development that has occurred, it appears to look more like a *wart* now, than a mast cell tumor. (Which is a good thing.)

You wrote,

"Does this mean that it is coming to the end of this life cycle? Does it mean it has gotten worse? Better? Cancerous? Benign? I have not had a chance to acquire the Thuya that you mentioned as I have just had total hip replacement and am unable to get out for another month or so."

It means that it is benign. Warts usually occur in just one location but it is not unusual to have more than one appear.
Warts can grow and become quite LARGE. So it can become rather uncomfortable especially located on the tip end of the ear flap. (A very easy location to scratch and cause to bleed.)

Please see if you can order some Thuya ointment online and have it shipped to you ASAP to get started on treatment.

To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Related Pages:
- Dog Warts
- Dog Skin Conditions
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Warts, Cysts and Strange Growths Section

DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.






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