Skin papillomas are benign wartlike growths that occur on the skin of the body, on the foot pads, and beneath the nails.
The growth will be visible externally.
They are caused by the canine oral papilloma virus and tend to occur in older dogs, especially older poodles.
It is often impossible to determine whether a skin tumor is benign or malignant by appearance alone. The only conclusive way to make a diagnosis is by biopsy, a procedure in which tissue or cells are removed by your veterinarian and examined under a microscope by a veterinary pathologist.
These growths do not need to be removed unless they are causing a problem due to their location on the body. Parely, these will become injured and bleed or get infected. In these cases, removal is recommended.
There is no prevention for this condition.
Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding this condition.
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