4.21.2009

Canine Papilloma Virus




I just wanted to let you know that there is an outbreak in this area of the Canine Papilloma Virus. Usually, young puppies are susceptible, as well as adult dogs with a compromised immune system. The signs to look for are a wart like lump on the eye or lip of your puppy. I have heard of several dogs at Nunziatio that have contracted this, as well as from two local day cares.

"Ewww! Warts!" (photo courtesy of MarvistaVet
Here is a great website on the matter that I have been sending to my clients: Courtesy of Marvista Vet. I enjoy this site because it does provide photos and gives great detail on what to expect with the course of this virus, and what to do if your dog contracts Papilloma.

If you notice anything about your dog that looks a little funny, or if you see your dog playing with another dog with this condition, it's best to call your vet, let your dog walker/trainers know, so they can arrange to work with your dog without spreading the virus, get the antibiotic (Azithromycin), and keep your dog quarantined until vet clearance.


As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.