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Greyish Puffy Wart on Dog's Gum

by Emily

Greyish puffy wart on dog gum

Greyish puffy wart on dog gum

Tonight we discovered a greyish puffy sore in our 7.5 year old male Rottweiler's mouth, inside on his bottom gum (see picture). After some sleuthing on this site, it seems to look exactly like pictures of oral warts submitted by other users. He does not seem bothered by it but it concerns us.


We did get a Chocolate Labrador puppy about seven weeks ago (the puppy is now 14 weeks old). The dogs love each other and are always playing together, including play-biting each others mouths. Our puppy just had his third round of vaccines last week. He does not seem to have any warts in his mouth.

Our Rottweiler has not had any vaccines or boosters since July (Bordatella). He has never had anything like this before.

In the attached picture, the wart is the greyish puffy sore on his bottom gum near tooth (not the best picture, sorry).

Our questions are:

-does this in fact look to be an oral wart?
-if so, warts are obviously contagious to other dogs. So could the puppy now get the virus from him? Or is it likely that our Rottweiler got the virus from our puppy initially?
-is the virus only contagious when the warts are present?
-we are assuming that he will get multiple warts over a period of time and that it will clear up on its own?
-what can we do to prevent the spread of the warts to our other dog, if anything?
-should we throw out all their toys because of the virus?
-what kind of treatment should be done for the warts?

Thank you so much in advance!

Emily

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Feb 05, 2014
My Online Vet Response for: Greyish Puffy Wart on Dog's Gum
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

February 5, 2014

Hi Emily,
Considering your Rottweiler's age, and the appearance of this 'growth', I am more concerned that this may be a tumor, rather than a wart or epulis, (benign overgrowth of gum tissue).

You wrote,
"Our Rottweiler has not had any vaccines or boosters since July (Bordatella)."

Bordatella is not a CORE vaccine, therefore NOT needed. And having the vaccination 6 months ago, would be a possible cause of what holistic veterinarians call, 'vaccinosis'. Meaning that a vaccine can trigger the development (in susceptible individuals) of tumors, cancer, warts, growths, etc.

From the photo, your dog also needs to have his teeth cleaned. I suggest that he have a sedation to clean the teeth, and using a local, remove the 'growth' to submit for biopsy.

If you wish to proceed with only homeopathic remedies for treatment, then you may start with the remedy THUYA 30C or 200C. A holistic veterinarian would have the higher potency on hand. Give one dose one time daily for three days. If there is NO change in one month, or it appears to be larger, then I suggest a full homeopathic work-up for a more 'constitutional' remedy.

Our questions are:

"-does this in fact look to be an oral wart?"
It does look like a wart, but I am suspicious that it is NOT because of your dog's age.

-if so, warts are obviously contagious to other dogs. So could the puppy now get the virus from him? Or is it likely that our Rottweiler got the virus from our puppy initially?
Oral Papilloamatosis (viral warts) are only found in dogs 6 months to 2 years of age. Therefore, this would rule out a 'contagious' type of wart. Adult dogs have a more mature immune system, and therefore are not susceptible to the contagious warts, (if your puppy had oral warts).



-is the virus only contagious when the warts are present?
Yes.


-we are assuming that he will get multiple warts over a period of time and that it will clear up on its own?
It must be determined whether or not this growth actually is a WART. Treating with the Homeopathic Treatment, Thuya,if it goes away, then he will NOT get any more. Surgical treatment to remove it, will remove the first one, and then new ones will appear.


-what can we do to prevent the spread of the warts to our other dog, if anything?
I do not believe this is contagious


-should we throw out all their toys because of the virus?
No. I do not believe this is caused by a virus.

Continued in PART TWO

Feb 05, 2014
My Online Vet Response for: Greyish Puffy Wart on Dog's Gum PART TWO
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

February 5, 2014

Hi Emily,
Here is the rest of my response.

-what kind of treatment should be done for the warts? Treatment with homeopathic remedies!

Also, a good diet. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options, http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/10-best-dog-food-options.html, and consider a RAW diet for both the Rottweiler and the puppy! Or at least a compromise with very small amount of DRY food and MORE canned and RAW combined.

NO MORE vaccinations for the Rottweiler! Seek the help of a holistic veterinarian to write an exemption form to AVOID future vaccinations.

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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