What You Should Know About Canine Papilloma Virus
First let me say that if you google this, the images you find, just like most all things, will be extreme. Can oral papillomas become this bad? Of course, but it is rare. First lets understand a few things; this virus generally occurs in dogs less than 2 years of age. Also let us take into consideration this virus is spread by direct contact with the papillomas, and has an incubation period of 1-2 months, which just means that if your dog has oral papillomas, he or she got the infection quite some time ago. Lastly, this virus is NOT contagious to people or other animals, except other dogs.
This virus can cause the growth of small round skin tumors commonly referred to as warts. These are benign skin tumors, and though you shouldkeep an eye on them, unless they are causing problems for your dog, it’s recommended not to treat them. The papillomas will regress on their own over 1 to 5 months. Dogs that contract oral papillomas will not contract it again in their lifetime
There are some treatments out there, however they should only be reserved for severe cases, as they can be expensive.
So here are the most common places you will find a papilloma: lips, tongue, roof of mouth, inside cheeks, on chin or near nose.
You may also find them on eyelids, between toes or on paws, however this is rare.
These warts are often rough and tend to look like cauliflower.
When can my dog come back to daycare or socialize with other dogs?
2 months after the papilloma disappears. The reason is the incubation period is 2 months, thus it could take 2 months for the last papilloma to appear. Usually it takes 1-5 months for a papilloma to regress, and although there are some treatments to decrease the recovery period, it’s not typically recommended.