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Does this look like Canine HPV? 23 Mar 2012 10:53 #1

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Darcy was groomed last week-end, then a couple of days later I noticed he had a smooth round wart on the inside of his gum under his upper lip. It doesn't seem to be bothering him, his attitude and eating habits are normal. And I have a regular check up scheduled soon, so will have the vet check it out then. But in the meantime any ideas on what this is? It is round and firm not soft. He doesn't react when I press on it, so it doesn't seem to be painful. The one thing I wondered if it was is Canine HPV, which seems similar, although he only has one and not a cluster. Any ideas?

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This is the side of his face with the wart, you can't see the lump as it falls under his lip

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Re: Does this look like Canine HPV? 23 Mar 2012 11:03 #2

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Huh. I had never heard of this before, but I think you are right. It looks like canine papilloma virus.

From the Merck Vet Manual...

In dogs, 3 clinical presentations of canine papilloma virus infection have been described. The first is canine mucous membrane papillomatosis, which primarily affects young dogs. It is characterized by the presence of multiple warts on oral mucous membranes from lips to (occasionally) the esophagus and on the conjunctival mucous membranes and adjacent haired skin. When the oral cavity is severely affected, there is interference with mastication and swallowing. A viral etiology has been clearly established for these lesions. The second presentation is cutaneous papillomas, which are indistinguishable from the warts that develop on or around mucous membranes. However, they are more frequently solitary and develop on older dogs. Cocker Spaniels and Kerry Blue Terriers may be predisposed. A definitive viral etiology has not been established, and lesions may be confused with cutaneous tags.
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Re: Does this look like Canine HPV? 23 Mar 2012 11:14 #3

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From my experience papilloma warts have a "cauliflower" appearance, not smooth, although honestly Jäger had a papilloma wart that was totally atypical in appearance and presented like a growth or perhaps foreign body like a foxtail (it was bleeding and had an opening on the skin).

But the mouth is a typical place for papilloma. I would probably just have the vet take a look.

Never mind, I just did a search and looks like it's less typical, but they can be smooth. I would not be surprised if that's what it is. Does Darcy go to day care?
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Re: Does this look like Canine HPV? 23 Mar 2012 11:57 #4

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PaddleAddict wrote:
From my experience papilloma warts have a "cauliflower" appearance, not smooth, although honestly Jäger had a papilloma wart that was totally atypical in appearance and presented like a growth or perhaps foreign body like a foxtail (it was bleeding and had an opening on the skin).

But the mouth is a typical place for papilloma. I would probably just have the vet take a look.

Never mind, I just did a search and looks like it's less typical, but they can be smooth. I would not be surprised if that's what it is. Does Darcy go to day care?

He doesn't go to daycare, but as I live right downtown, he is around other dogs every day in the dog areas. It seems he keeps catching things that pass around those areas, first kennel cough last year and now this (if that's what it is!) Guess we have to avoid those areas until this thing goes. I will definitely have the vet check it out of course, and will keep an eye on it.

I'm just thankful it can't pass onto me!
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Re: Does this look like Canine HPV? 23 Mar 2012 18:38 #5

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It looks like it. Nickel had it. It looked really gross and it took REALLY long for it to go away.

Just make sure Darcy is not sharing toys and bowls with your parents' dogs.
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