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Old 08-16-2017, 08:48 PM
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Oral warts/Papilloma

Does anyone have much experience with this?

It's a new thing to me and one of the dogs I work with has apparently had an outbreak of this. Normally the dog goes on group walks and plays with several other dogs, including sharing a water dish. She has since been temporarily quarantined from group walks and playgroups, but I'm rather concerned about re-integrating her, or rather...if we can.

I've heard it horrendously contagious while they have an outbreak. However I have heard conflicting information about what it's like when they don't have an outbreak. I've read in a few places/heard from friends that it's not contagious when the dog doesn't have an outbreak, and they're safe to be around other dogs in the same capacity. I've also heard it's important to wait 2 months after their outbreak before re-integrating them with other dogs.

I just feel really bad because this dog is very social and sweet and high energy, and she benefits a lot from being with her friends. And even in the few weeks she's been out she's been rather lonely. I would feel terrible if she couldn't ever play with her friends again. But at the same time we can't expose all the other dogs to a contagious condition.

So far the general consensus I've gotten so far is that we just need to wait until the outbreak is over and she'll be fine. But I'm just a bit paranoid. And I'm definitely going to talk to her vet too.
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Does anyone have much experience with this?

I've heard it horrendously contagious while they have an outbreak. However I have heard conflicting information about what it's like when they don't have an outbreak. I've read in a few places/heard from friends that it's not contagious when the dog doesn't have an outbreak, and they're safe to be around other dogs in the same capacity. I've also heard it's important to wait 2 months after their outbreak before re-integrating them with other dogs.

Those telling you oral papilloma warts are not contagious have been seriously misinformed. It's a problem I personally take very seriously because I have reason to believe they may be a precursor to cancer in susceptible dogs, though the warts themselves are generally not malignant growths. They can be very problematic in older dogs and will sprout up like weeds, especially in the mouth - dozens, if not hundreds of warts that will require surgical removal can occur in dogs with an even slightly depressed immune system So take precautions such as cleaning food/water bowls in boiling water, cleaning the affected area with bleach or kennel cleaner, and above all, yes, do keep healthy dogs away from affected ones like you would with any other contagious virus.




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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.
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Thank you both for the advice I really appreciate it.
@TrackInDirt I want to specify I was asking about the risk of contagion when a dog who previously had oral warts, does not have them any longer. I understand there is definite risk of contagion when they are actively infected.

Luckily this issue has been shelved for now as this client has temporarily suspended services for unrelated reasons. So I'm hoping when they come back she'll be safe to play with her friends again.
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