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Oral Papillomas




Condition Overview

Oral papillomas are painless warts that grow on the lips and in the mouths of dogs younger than 2 years old.


Initially, papillomas are small and pink. Over 4 - 6 weeks, they increase in size and take on a rough, grayish-white, cauliflower-like appearance. As many as 50 - 100 papillomas may be present.


Oral papillomas are caused by the canine oral papilloma virus. Skin papillomas caused by the same virus are common and occur on the surface of the eyelids and the skin of the body.


Diagnosis is made by physical examination.


Oral papillomas usually dissapear spontaneously in 6 - 12 weeks. if they fail to do so, they can be removed by surgery, freezing, or electrocautery. Chemotherapy is effective in dogs with numerous lesions.


The dog's immune system makes antibodies that prevent reinfection.


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

Show Sources & Contributors +


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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