Papilloma Warts on Young Dog’s Tongue and Lips

Papilloma Warts on Young Dog’s Tongue and Lips

Papilloma Warts are a common thing among young(ish) dogs. It’s a little virus (Papilloma) that gets into the skin and makes soft, little whitish-colored warts. They’re usually textured like you see, and sometimes can even look bushy, like “little pink porcupines”.
They’re harmless.
And painless.
But they can become numerous. If they do become numerous, or if they get in the way of eating, we remove some or all of them. Occasionally they get in the way of the teeth, or they get crushed on toys and may bleed, but never in a life threatening way.

They are NOT contagious to humans.

They normally go away on their own, I’ve seen them stick around a couple months. They require no ‘special’ treatment, if any at all. I suppose a Vet could freeze them as they pop up, I’d save my money if I were you.
RUMOR has it, if you crush one or two of them in your fingers, (they’re nerveless, therefore painless unless tugged) it releases virus antigen into the tissues and the body kills the warts off faster. While that advice is anecdotal, it does make sense and I did deploy that when my dog Ajax had those warts.

OMG how did hell did she get those? We do have frogs around in the backyard….. could they be the culprit!?

Question: Also, can the warts be transmitted to humans? She’s still very mouthy and of course mom and auntie shower her w kisses daily!

Answer: The Papilloma Warts are not contagious to humans.

Dogs have that virus and are typically vulnerable only once in their lives as “kids”, they beat it, and are (typically) lifetime immune.

No frogs or other creepy-crawlies… They’re not carriers.
Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.