Older Dog with Skin Warts

by Martha Dolciamore
(Soquel, CA)

She loves beds and pillows!

She loves beds and pillows!

My rescued dog, Mango, has suddenly developed warts on her body. Now they are appearing on her face. She doesn't lick or scratch them. Her front paws seem to be swollen and she does lick them.

I was told her paw problem may be arthritis. I don't really know her age and I've had her since 2007. She is also drinking a lot of water and appears to have gained a bit of weight.

She really is a very good dog, very loving and her eyes are still bright. She likes to jump from my bed into her favorite chair and always comes running when I have a bacon treat to offer.

All I have to say, in a whisper, "walkies!" and she is off like a shot to get into her harness and get out the door. I am 61 and have had dogs all my life. I have decided that Mango will be my last dog as I do not have the energy to take care of another one. I am also disabled with constant back pain, from an injury.

I love this little lady very much; she gives me much comfort and companionship. I've attached her picture so you can see what a cutie she is!

Veterinarian suggestion dog skin warts

Hi Martha,

Thank you for sending the picture of Mango. You are right, she is adorable!

From your description, it sounds like Mango might be dealing with several different health conditions. I assume that Mango is middle aged or a bit older. As dogs age, they can often develop wart-like growths on their skin. As long as they are not growing or changing appreciably and they are not bothering her, they don’t concern me to much.

Her increased thirst, weight gain, and swollen, irritated paws could be more serious issues, however. Increased thirst and weight gain can be symptoms of several potentially serious conditions (e.g., Cushing’s disease). Licking at the paws can be a sign of pain or itching, both of which are serious quality of life issues.

If Mango hasn’t been to the veterinarian recently, it sure wouldn't hurt to schedule a check-up for her. The doctor should be able to tell you whether or not the skin masses appear benign and can also assess her general condition and determine whether or not further diagnostic tests and/or treatment is in Mango’s best interest.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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