From Dogs to Cows: Understanding and Treating Warts on Different Animals

What are warts?

Warts are a common skin condition in many animals, including dogs, cats, horses, and cattle. These small, fleshy growths can appear anywhere on the animal’s body and are usually benign. However, they can cause discomfort, especially if they grow in areas that come into contact with objects or clothing.

What causes warts on animals?

Warts on animals are caused by a virus called papillomavirus. This virus can be spread from animal to animal through direct contact or contact with contaminated surfaces, such as bedding, grooming tools, or food bowls. Young animals and animals with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to papillomavirus infections than healthy adult animals.

Why you might want to get rid of warts on animals

While warts on animals can be harmless, they can often cause discomfort and irritation, especially if they grow in areas that come into contact with objects or clothing. For example, warts on the paws of a dog can cause discomfort when walking, and warts around the mouth of a horse can interfere with eating and drinking.

Additionally, some warts can become infected, leading to a secondary bacterial infection. This can cause redness, swelling, and discharge from the affected area. In rare cases, warts can also turn cancerous, although this is more common in older animals.

How to get rid of warts

Wartsoff Wart Ointment is an over-the-counter product that can be used to remove warts on animals. Wartsoff can remove warts from dogs, horses, cattle, and goats. The ointment contains salicylic acid, which works by softening the skin cells of the wart and allowing them to be easily removed.

To use Wartsoff Wart Ointment, follow these steps:

  1. Clean the affected area with soap and water and dry it thoroughly.
  2. Apply Wartsoff directly on the wart twice daily. Rub in well leaving wart completely covered with Wartsoff.
  3. Apply to teats and udder of dairy cows after milking.
  4. You can cover the wart with a bandage or adhesive tape to keep the ointment in place and to prevent licking of the ointment.
  5. If no benefit is apparent after two weeks of treatment or for warts that grow rapidly, consult a veterinarian.