When a dog suffers from one or more warts, it can become painful and uncomfortable for her to bear. Even if the wart is benign, you are faced with the decision of whether or not to remove it. In some cases, trying to remove the wart could make things worse for your dog.
Stress can cause an outbreak of more warts to appear, creating a vicious cycle of an unhappy pet, and continuous warts with no end in sight. Although it is advisable to talk with your veterinarian about any unusual issues you see with your dog, there are some different ways to approach the appearance of a wart on her skin.
One of the key approaches is to make sure that your dog’s immune system is in peak form. With the foundation of proper nutrition and a dog support-immune booster, such as Zenapet, you may be able to treat the appearance of warts on your dog in a natural way.
Dog Warts and Symptoms
Also known as canine viral papillomatosis, many warts are actually harmless. That said, they are still required to be properly diagnosed so that they aren’t confused with another possible more harmful condition.
According to PetMD, any type of dog can suffer from a wart, but they appear more frequently in young dogs, those who are immunosuppressed (have a suppressed immune system), and in specific breeds, such as Cocker Spaniels and Pugs.
A wart typically has the appearance of a head of cauliflower or a shriveled mushroom, but PetMD warns that other, rare types also exist. For example, an inverted papilloma (what appears as a hard lump with a dot in the middle) or even dark, scaly plaques of skin that are rough and have an uneven surface are to be guarded against.
They develop around the mouth, eyes, toes, and other parts of the exposed skin. They are not always obvious to the naked eye, so a close look from a veterinarian is your best shot at a proper diagnosis. Symptoms can include, difficulty eating or even walking, depending on where the warts are located; even more so if they become infected.
The Cause of Warts
As there are various types of the virus, the cause is often a reflection of a specific disease. It is often a result of a weakness or break in the skin, according to PetMD.com, and is caught from another dog, as warts are contagious within the species.
What is of further note, is that the virus can live in an environment for weeks, so an infected dog can leave the virus behind and another dog will pick it up at a later time. And, as further described by PetMD, the symptoms won’t even show up for a month or more.
If a dog has become infected with one particular type, she is then immune from that type but is still susceptible to catching another type. Check out the video below to learn all about the canine papillomatosis.
First, you need to get the wart accessed, WikiHow.Pet reminds pet owners that a growth may or may not actually be a wart. A simple test of drawing some of the cells out of the growth by your veterinarian is the best way to determine what the growth actually is.
Wikihow.pet suggests charting the growth of the wart, if the wart does not grow in size or change its shape, chances are you can leave the wart in place. That said, remember that even benign warts can affect how a dog swallows, eats, or even walks. If your dog continually itches at the wart, it could be a sign that it is cancerous.
When you chart a wart, you will not only want to measure it using a ruler or measuring tape but also take photos of the wart to be sure; a photo is more accurate than a memory. You will then want to record the date and keep regular track of the wart and regular communication with your vet.
Treatment of Warts
Some believe that there are holistic approaches to the treatment of a noncancerous wart, but this does not mean that there is a guarantee, but positive results mean pet owners are optimistic. Wikihow.pet demonstrates a variety of approaches you as a pet owner can try, but if you suspect your dog has developed warts due to a weakened immune system, there may be a better approach.
As many animal professionals agree, such as read in PetWave, dogs can become susceptible to the development of warts if their immune system is low. Veterinarians may suggest giving an immune-boosting supplement to your furry friend to help strengthen her immune system to fight off warts.
Dr. Jeffrey Feinman states, “In my opinion, the best way to help speed her recovery is to strengthen her immune system.” That is where the Zenapet comes into play, with its unique combination of natural ingredients, your dog’s immune response will be back to its top form.
What Makes Zenapet Unique?
Most people are familiar with the term, superfood; it is a term used to describe foods with believed health benefits. But we want to talk about four specific superfoods, which are believed to have key benefits to both humans and dogs, alike.
These ingredients are Turkey Tail Mushroom Powder, Spirulina, Beta-Glucan, and Resveratrol. While some supplements offer one of the superfoods alone, Zenapet combines these four superfoods to create the best immune-support supplement for your dog.
But I can hear you asking, what are these ingredients, and what makes them so special? Let’s take a deeper look, shall we?
Turkey Tail Mushroom Powder
Turkey Tail Mushrooms are full of antioxidants and have great antibacterial properties. Nurse Your Pet discusses the benefits of dogs receiving Turkey Tail Mushrooms specifically the extract known as PSP that comes from the mushroom.
The results of a study verify that dogs lived longer with the consumption of the mushroom compared to dogs who had undergone chemotherapy. Draxe believes that it is due to the support the mushrooms give to the immune system.
These blue-green algae are high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Peter Dobias discusses that because of Spirulina’s high levels of nutrition, it absorbs heavy metals and other toxins within the body, therefore keeping the immune system healthy and ready to fight off illnesses and viruses.
Beta-Glucan is a fiber, fiber has been acknowledged to be beneficial to both human’s and dogs’ hearts. Animal Wellness Magazine goes further to discuss how the consumption of Beta-Glucan works to balance the immune system of dogs. By keeping the immune response balanced, the risk of developing ailments such as warts may be drastically reduced.
Resveratrol is a bioflavonoid antioxidant; antioxidants are believed to slow down the aging process, draxe.com. Zenapet specifically uses Japanese knotweed, a plant that is high in Resveratrol, but that is safe for dogs to consume. These antioxidants help to fight off free radicals in your dog’s body, those which cause deterioration within.
Zenapet’s special formula combines these four powerful superfoods as an easy supplement to administer to your dog. Pet owners whose dogs specifically have been suffering from warts have shared some wonderful and positive results.
Kelly shares her incredible story of her dog who had developed “large canine papillomas on her lower lip.” She knew that if she wanted to have them removed she would have to have her dog sedated, she didn’t want to have to do that to her.
Instead, she chose Zenapet, two scoops a day that her dog would take with her food. The results?
“After 3 weeks the papillomas were gone. I couldn't believe it. Gone! I'm so happy! I think I'll keep her on this stuff forever because it's definitely helping her immune system.”
Tiffany Richards shares her story of starting Zenapet on her older Aussie lab, after being quoted a high price from her veterinarian she decided to try what she describes as “natural medicine.” Since then, she claims,
“Three days ago I started my boy on this as well and wow! The wart is now 1/4 its original size!
I am sold.”
The testimonials don’t stop there; they begin there, with other pet owners just like you. Pet owners who wanted to help their dog’s immune system, to eliminate warts and tumors, without the high cost of a veterinarian, without surgical procedures and in a natural way.
The Reality Is…
…That surgery for wart removal in dogs is often an unnecessary procedure. Rewatch the video shared above, many veterinarians will use it is a way to make money when there are other treatments available. Wart removal should only be done if the growth is deemed to be life-threatening.
- Know what a wart looks like (measure and watch its progress)
- Talk with your veterinarian to see if it is life-threatening
- Research natural methods, such as Zenapet for immune-boosting support
If you have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you. We hope you found this article informative and helpful and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.