08-26-2017, 10:37 PM
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I have seen several dozen cases of oral viral warts in dogs and though there is little doubt of some degree of contagion, I have yet to witness a case of this spreading from dog to any other dog I know that has been in contact with that dog.
Often showing up seeming out of nowhere, this affects dogs of about any age and often in dogs with 2-10 other dogs in the same household. In not a single case I have seen has any other dog in the household gotten the infection from that one dog.
Also I have not seen a case yet that resulted in anything worse than an annoying case of warty growths in the mouth (anywhere from 1 to many many hundreds, some times some being rather huge). All dogs were in decent health with a few exceptionally old dogs. In all cases the warts resolved all at once (seemingly overnight). Worst case was a whippet with far too many warts to count in its mouth all along its lips and several large ones on the center of its tongue, one over an inch in diameter. That was my second case I saw as a vet and I thought it was going to require surgery... however, while planning on what to do, and having contacted several infectious disease specialists at the lab and university (all who told me not to be concerned- same thing the books stated on this disease), it simply vanished literally overnight- every single wart just 'fell off' (though no evidence as to where... swallowed perhaps?) leaving no scars or any hint they had ever been there. Truly weird infections.
Since than, I have been much more reluctant to even consider surgery, and so far, have never had to remove a single one... all disappeared just as mysteriously. I have seen many cases sent to me by boarding facilities who have refused to board these dogs due to the contagion concern. Just to be cautious we always tend to back up the boarding facility agreeing they are to some degree contagious, but that certainly has not been my personal experience. Veterinary texts that cover the subject are very iffy on how this disease is spread, so I really can't comment much more on the subject.