SpotOnTM Case Study #X that Includes Your Dog’s Symptom(s)Case Study #X

Ask Our Vets < Back to Search Results< Back

Dog warts on head and front limb

by Kristine

Warts on my dog's head and front limb - should I be worried?

A few months ago I noticed a bump on my 9 year old chihuahua/terrier mix. At first I thought it was a bug bite (she loves to play outside in the backyard) so I didn't pay too much attention to it.

A few weeks later I noticed that the bump was still there (which is on her head) and then I noticed another one near her front limb. Of course I panicked and did a bit of research online. I read that warts can be common among older dogs. So is this what my dog has?

The demeanor of my dog hasn't changed... she is still hyper and loves to play and run around, her appetite hasn't changed (we feed her Royal Canin and BilJac dog food) and she gets plenty of water.

If it is at all possible I would like to treat whatever she may have with natural remedies. I once had a dog that had terrible reactions to medicines from the vets.

However, if you think she may have something more serious I will of course take her to the vet.

Thank You,


Comments for Dog warts on head and front limb

Click here to add your own comments

Sep 27, 2009
My Online Vet Response
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Kristine,
The photo you sent of the bump on your dog, (I am not sure from the photo if it is the one on her head or her front leg), does look like a wart. If it is growing rapidly, (like doubling in size over 2-3 weeks), bleeding, or causing itching, then it may be something more serious. Otherwise, it is not dangerous.

Warts are benign skin growths, they are common in dogs as they get older, and are commonly caused by too many vaccinations. In some cases, warts are seen soon after (sometimes a few months) a vaccine has been given.

Taking her to a holistic veterinarian, especially one that practices homeopathy, would be the best treatment to help get rid of these warts. There are several homeopathic remedies that are useful, to treat 'vaccinosis' and also 'chronic disease'. A holistic veterinarian is not just treating the warts but your whole dog. See our site under Alternative Dog Care. Our Dog Vet Care page will show you how to find a holistic vet in your area.

You should also improve her diet. Royal Canin is ok, and it should be canned. Biljac is not so good (See our top 10 dog food page for other recommendations). You should also feed some fresh meat and steamed vegetables every day, with some fruit for treats. Some safe choices would be slices of apple, cantalope, or raw carrots.

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

P.S. If you've found this service or our web site helpful, please "Like" us by clicking the like button at the top of the left margin. Thank you!

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the picture you submitted. The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

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

Jan 14, 2010
by: Anonymous

Thanks Dr. Tillman for the great advice on dog warts!

May 23, 2010
Will liquid vitamin E help?
by: Anonymous

I have a yellow lab with a similar appearing wart on the top of her head and one small one inside her ear. No habit changes. I read on another naturopathic vet site that the vitamin E would help or caster oil. Any thoughts?
Thank you

The lab is a very healthy 11 year old often mistaken for 6-7, lives in country and still catches moles and rabbits. she does take thyroid Rx since a very young age.

May 24, 2010
Re: Last Post
by: Administrator

Hi Sandy,

For new questions, please sign up for My Online Vet by clicking here.



Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask a Vet Online via My Online Vet (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED FOR NEW QUESTIONS).

This is the end of SpotOnTM Case Study #X for Your Symptom(s).End of Case Study #X

Ask Our Vets < Back to Search Results< Back

Want to ask our veterinarians a question but haven't subscribed to My Online Vet? Click here to learn how or click here to go back to the Ask a Vet Online Library of questions.

Want monthly "News You Can Use" and important Organic Pet Digest new content updates?  Click here to sign up for our FREE Dog Care Monthly newsletter.

Do you believe in holistic pet care?  If so, please tell your friends about us with a Facebook like, Google +1 or via Twitter, Pinterest, email or good old fashioned word of mouth. Thank you for supporting our efforts!

For additional research, search for your topic...

Disclaimers: The information contained in this web site is provided for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as nor should be relied upon as medical advice. Rather, it is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a pet owner/site visitor and his/her local veterinarian(s). Before you use any of the information provided in the site, you should seek the advice of a qualified professional.

In the spirit of full disclosure, we wanted to let you know that we proudly support this website through advertising and affiliate marketing. In other words, when you click on a link that takes you outside of this website, we often earn a small commission. These small commissions allow us to keep the site up and running and to continue offering it completely free of charge to you. Rest assured that all content, recommendations and advice are created before, and are independent of, any sponsorship or affiliate relationship. Click here for more info.