Duke is an older (about 12 y/o) Cocker Spaniel. I usually have him shaved short since it is hot here in Fla and he likes to go out to the yard. A few years back he developed a couple of warts (I think warts). The vet always told me not to worry. My big concenr is that when they pass the clipper sometimes they cut the wart and he bleeds a bit.
In this last year the problem has spread. He now has them in several places through his body. Recently he developed a hot spot under his collar, so I removed it to let the spot heal and around the hot spot 4 new warts developed. Is almost like any small skin cut developes to a wart.
Could this be some kind of viral issue on his skin? Or is it just a skin condition that gets worst with age? Any info or comments welcome.
As a groomer, I see this all the time. Yes warts are a virus, and there really isn't anything you can do. If you have them removed, they just grow back. Some clients who have them bad, we do a blade or two longer so the blade passes over the wart. Hitting them is pretty much unavoidable, but your groomer should be very careful. They shouldn't be hit all the time. I used to do a dog who was covered in warts, and we couldn't even brush it. I would hit one once in a while, but not constantly.
Keep a watch on their size and growth pattern as a wart could be a start of a cancer tumor. Most of the time they are just age warts.
Duke is pretty old, past 12. While he is very healthy and has lots of energy, I figured this would get worst with age. WIth this last trim I can see them all over his sides, mostly small, a couple a little bit bigger.
My dog get these warts on her back, one I keep her covered from the sun. I started treating her warts with Compound W. I started with one and it is gone. It takes awhile, and a few applications. Trim hair away as much as possible paint Compound W. It is like nail polish. Once a day for a week. I then bather in a baking soda bath. I do carefully trim hair growth/nail polish away. Clean with hydrogen peroxide, if bleeding I will treat with Neosporin and peroxide till it heals. The ones not bleeding I put compound W on them, keep repeating till wart is gone. She had 16 warts on her back we are down to 6. I did not treat them all at the same time. I keep her in shirts so she will not chew at them.