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Skin Papillomas

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Condition Overview

Skin papillomas are benign wartlike growths that occur on the skin of the body, on the foot pads, and beneath the nails.

Symptoms

The growth will be visible externally.

Causes

They are caused by the canine oral papilloma virus and tend to occur in older dogs, especially older poodles.

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment

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.

Prevention

There is no prevention for this condition.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding this condition.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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