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17 Tips to Get Rid of Dog Warts

Canine viral papillomas or canine virus papillomatosis are other names for warts in dogs; they are primarily found in puppies. As the puppy gets older, its immune system will become vital to clear up any remaining warts, but this does not happen for all dogs. Some dog warts can stay around longer than necessary, while others are more serious.

Someone can remove warts in various situations, and removal is necessary if the warts are present for more than two months or become infected.

The dog must be able to walk, play, eat, drink, sleep, and go potty freely with no discomfort. If a dog has many warts, it is necessary to remove them as they can have warts in their mouths, feet, or any other place that could interfere with their daily activities.

Different Methods to Remove a Wart from a Dog

  • Using At-Home Treatments

Dog with warts on their chin

1. CAS Options

CA is an immune support and antioxidant supplement for dogs made from medicinal mushrooms. They contain beta-glucans, which are anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. This supplement can also help improve a dog’s immune system by increasing its ability to fight the virus that causes their diseases.

2. L-Lysine

You can use a 500mg pill to treat this condition. It will help if you give it to your dog with warts at least twice daily until warts disappear.

3. Immune System Boost

A weak or compromised immune system can cause dog warts. If you improve your dog’s immune system, you can eliminate the wart by administering vitamins and other immune-boosting supplements to dogs.

You can give your dog Immuno support, which is a supplement for immunity-boosting purposes made with arabinogalactans and lutein. These are all immune-boosting ingredients.

4. Thuja

Most dogs are safe to receive homeopathic remedies from trees. The dog is to be given it orally once daily for a week. Thuja comes in both liquid and pellet forms. You must feed your dog six to ten pellets in pellet form.

Two bottles of Thuja oilTo be absorbed through mucus membranes, they must be placed in the dog’s mouth 20 minutes before eating.

Dog owners should only give the treatment for one week to their dogs. Then wait two weeks to check if the dog is responding well. You may give the second dose if the first one fails. This treatment can cause a loss of pregnancy in pregnant dogs.

5. Cell Advance

You can give this antioxidant supplement to your dog to boost its immune system; it will allow it to fight the papillomavirus, which is causing wart.

6. Psorinoheel

This supplement combines platinum, sulfur, and Thuja (which are discussed in more detail below). The use of this combination will help dogs fight off viruses.

7. Castor Oil

You can apply this vegetable oil topically to the warts of your dog.  You can use sterilized fingers or cotton swabs to apply the vegetable oil topically to a dog’s warts one to two times per day until they disappear.

This is a treatment that can be applied directly to warts on dogs, which will reduce irritation, itching, and also prevents the dog’s tendency to scratch and dig at warts, breaking them. Though it is vital the dog’s healing process will be slower, you should stop them from getting worse.

8. Vitamin E

To perform this procedure, you will need a sterilized knife or needle to puncture a small hole in any regular Vitamin E capsule. Apply the contents of the vitamin E capsule to the dog’s warts with sterilized fingers or cotton gauze. For two to three weeks, you should repeat this treatment three to four times per day.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

This treatment option includes several steps. The initial pain will not be severe, but it may become more painful as the ACV damages Wart. The acid that works to eradicate the growth may cause mild tingling or stinging sensations in the dog over time.

Experts warn against the use of Apple Cider Vinegar on dog warts near the eyes or genitals of the dogs.

Here’s how to use this method:

  • In a clean cup, pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar
  •  To protect the unaffected areas of the dog’s skin, apply petroleum jelly to the entire area surrounding warts
  • Place the dog in a sitting or lying position so that warts face upwards. Use a sterilized needle to apply two to three drops of ACV to each wart. Allow the ACV to absorb onto the Wart. Use paper towel or tissue to remove excess ACV.
  • For 10 minutes, keep the dog entertained with a toy, treat, or petting; it allows the ACV in warts to absorb fully, and the dog can then go back to its normal activities
  • It is essential to repeat the same method of ACV to the dog’s warts up to four times per day
  • The ACV can cause the top of the wart to fall first, causing the ACV to sting the dog, but you must repeat this method until you reach the root of warts. The entire affected tissue will dry up and fall off the dog’s skin, heart, and all.
  • First, the root of the wart will dry out, and a red or blister will develop on the skin. Clean the spot with a washcloth and use warm water to clean the area. After that, apply coconut oil to each red or blister. Repeat this process once per day until the blisters or red spots heal. Coconut oil contains natural anti-fungal substances that help to heal and regenerate the skin.
  • Dog wart treatments are supervised by a Vet

10. Cimetidine

You can give this medication orally to dogs. Experts found it to positively affect a dog’s immune system and encourage it to fight the papillomavirus better.

11. Electrocautery

This method of removing warts, also known as electro-surgery, is performed by a licensed veterinarian using a tool that emits a concentrated amount of electricity. The device can be applied to warts and will burn away any contaminated tissue. You don’t need to worry about your dog going under the needle.

12. Crushing the Warts

This method is also called autogenously vaccination. You can remove the papillomavirus strain from the dog’s body by releasing the virus particles into the dog’s body. It activates the dog’s immune system to fight off the virus.

13. Laser Ablation

Laser Ablation is another employed method when a dog has warts and does not respond to other treatments.

You can use it to remove warts altogether from their root, it is the best way to prevent them from returning and it removes every bit of wart from its root. This treatment is more expensive and risky because the dogs receive injections with general anesthesia.

14. Antibiotics

Azithromycin, an antibiotic, was known for its effectiveness against canine warts. In a scientific research study, veterinarians found it to be effective in treating canine warts. It was administered to the dogs once daily for between 10 and 15 consecutive days.

15. Excision

This method is the most common and longest-lasting treatment for dog warts. The veterinarian uses a medical scalpel and completes the surgery to remove any infected tissue altogether. The surgical excision of warts is riskier and more expensive.

16. Interferon

Dogs can receive this medication either orally or as an injection to boost their immune system.

The medication is from a chemical compound obtained from white blood cells to treat more severe or persistent warts.

The veterinarian may inject the drug multiple times per week into a dog for up to eight weeks. They might also teach the dog’s owner how they can administer the injection at home.

17. Reduce Immunosuppression

Stop or reduce the use of immune-suppressing medication for dogs with warts, as it will allow your dog’s immune system a better chance of fighting off the infection.

Common Questions about Dog Warts

A. What is a dog wart?

Dog warts are also known as papillomas and can develop in various areas of a dog’s body. They can take on many forms, including different sizes and numbers caused by the dog’s infection with one of the many canine virus papillomatosis, also known as canine papillomavirus.

B. What causes dog warts?

Dogs can get papillomavirus infections from other dogs. They can contract the papillomavirus by infecting other dogs with it through an opening, break, or weakness in their skin.

The papillomavirus can survive in any environment, even those that are not ideal. It can also stay for several weeks (up to multiple days). Dogs can pick up the virus in many places other dogs frequently visit. Even weeks later, infected dogs can still transmit the virus to dogs.

C. Is there a variety of dog warts available?

Yes. Many types of canine-papillomaviruses can cause warts in dogs. Every papillomavirus is unique, forcing different forms of the disease and canine warts in different ways.

Different areas of the dog’s body can develop warts depending on the specific canine papillomavirus that the dog has received. Dog warts that affect the mouth are the most common.

Different strains of the virus will affect a dog’s feet, also known as Digital Papillomas, based on the type of virus that the dog has.

In general, dog warts look similar to cauliflower heads. Inverted warts are a less common form of dog warts. These are composed of a lumpy mass with an inverted dot at the center (called Cutaneous Inverted Papalomas and Endophytic Warts).

Other rare dog warts include dark, scaly skin patches with irregular surfaces (Papillomavirus Pigmented Plaques).

D. How can you tell if your dog has papillomavirus?

Until a few months after dogs have contracted papillomavirus, dog owners can’t detect as it takes a few times for warts to develop.

Some dogs will only have some warts, while others will have whole bodies covered with dense warts. Every dog will be affected differently, probably based on its immune system.

Canine papillomavirus can infect any dog. It is most common in puppies, especially those with developing immune systems. It’s also more common in older dogs that have a compromised immune system. Dogs with a suppressed immune system are also at risk, making them more likely to contract the papillomavirus.

E. Is it possible to spread dog warts to other dogs?

Yes. Dog warts between dogs are extremely contagious and can easily spread to other dogs.

Dog warts can’t be passed to other animals. Dogs are only able to spread the disease to other dogs. A dog can be infected with a particular strain of canine papillomavirus once it has been diagnosed. It is not immune to other strains of canine papillomavirus.

F. How can I get rid of my dog’s warts?

You can have your vet go over all the options for removing dog warts. Your vet may recommend surgery to remove any warts that are not present.

G. How can I treat my dog’s warts at home?

Castor oil and apple cider vinegar oil are all home remedies that you can use to treat a dog wart. Keep an eye out for warts and other potential hazards.

You should immediately take your dog to the vet if you see a bleeding pup. The vet can confirm that there is nothing wrong with her and will ensure to remove the dog wart without causing more bleeding.

H. What is the cost to remove a wart from a dog?

Dog wart removal costs vary widely. The cost of surgical removal is typically between $300 and $1,000. It usually costs between $400 and $600. It can go up to $2,500 if your dog has multiple warts or is in a more complex situation.

I. How can you stop dog warts from spreading?

Do not allow your dog to play with a dog that has warts on its body. You should not allow her to use any toys, equipment, or bowls the dog with warts has already used.

You should keep your dog out of areas where other dogs may visit. This includes dog parks, groomers, boarders, pet shops, pet stores, and doggy daycares. This prevents the spread of papillomavirus through dogs’ weak skin.

Keep your dog from other dogs if it has any warts on its body. Keep them out of play areas with other dogs until they have completely cleared up their warts or been treated by you or the veterinarian.

Your dog should be fed a healthy, balanced, high-quality, natural diet. To ensure your dog’s optimal health, you can add immune boosters and supplements if necessary. This will increase their immunity to most viruses, including canine-papillomavirus.

Never over-vaccinate your dog. Over-vaccinating her with too many vaccines can compromise the dog’s ability to fight off infections. To learn more about the topic and to find out what you can do, talk to a holistic veterinarian.


Visible warts due to canine papillomavirus often take up to a month for visible signs to appear after the dog is infected. A dog with papillomavirus has the potential to spread it to other dogs. This happens long before the owners realize that their dog has papillomavirus.

It is important to ensure your dog is in good health so that she does not contract this disorder. This should be combined with watching out for signs and symptoms in other dogs.

You should also practice good hygiene and healthy habits while you are with your dog in your yard, home, or anywhere else your dog might be.

If you have any more questions regarding warts on your dogs leave your questions below in the comments box and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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As always here at Our Dogs World 101 we leave you with this, “May Your Home Be Filled With Love And Dog Hair”


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11 thoughts on “17 Tips to Get Rid of Dog Warts”

  1. Great article, man. Very informative! It’s very important to take good care of the health of our dogs. Our pets are really our best friends. We should take care of them because they will never leave us so we should do the same with them. This article is very helpful to me because we also have a number of dogs in here, and as you said this virus has the potential to spread to other dogs. This should be noted. Thank you!

  2. Wow, I didn’t know that dogs could get HPV.  I have two dogs and one dog got one on his head.  The last time I took him to the vet, they just removed it.  I didn’t ask them to, but it is definitely gone.  I watch dogs.  I watch a dog name Luigi who gets all kinds of warts.  The owner gets them removed often.  My question is, can they be passed from Luigi to my dogs?

    • Hi Leahrae,

      While dog warts cant be passed between humans or other animals they are very contagious to other dogs.

      Thanks for you comment and dropping by our website.


  3. Great article! I’m sure this definitely would be lifesaving for those doggy parents! 

    I currently don’t own a dog but definitely would want to purchase one! They are super adorable! Warts can be painful so it’s great that guides like this are available. I can practice and prepare for being a dog parent by going through this! So that when I get one I definitely know what to do to keep my fur ball happy!

  4. Hi Mark. Thank you for another great article. Every time Im looking for some advices regarding my pupil your blog is here to give me ready answers. I was using few different methods to cure my dogs warts but to be fair I wasn’t always happy with results. But some of your advices are really great. I had no idea that its so important to boost immune system, also using apple cider looks as natural and safe method.

  5. Hi Mark, this is a very helpful article on dog warts. Thankfully I have never had any of my dogs that had dog warts, but over the years I have looked after other dogs who have had warts. As far as I know the owners just took them to the vet to remove them. 

    I would certainly go down the route of natural and homeopathic medicines to start with, if I ever had to get rid of dog warts. So it is great to find there are several non-surgical alternatives to start with. Thanks for sharing. 


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