Warts on your Labrador retriever are generally caused by the canine pappillomavirus. The warts will typically not cause your dog any real pain, although they can create some discomfort. If your dog is bothered by warts, there are a few techniques to treat them at home.
Vitamin E is a safe, effective way to treat your dog’s warts. It can be purchased in capsule form at your local pharmacy or health food store. Poke a hole into one of these liquid-holding capsules with a clean safety pin and place the contents directly onto the dog’s wart once a day until it is gone.
Vitamins A and C
Vitamins A and C can be used topically or ingested by your dog to treat a single wart or a wart cluster. These supplements will help boost your dog’s immune system to fight the virus that initially caused the warts' formation. Both products, which are available at health food stores, should be administered daily until the warts disappear.
Play the waiting game. Many times if the viral infection is not severe, the warts will simply disappear on their own. You can apply castor oil directly to the warts to soothe any discomfort felt by your dog in the meantime. It may take several weeks, and the warts should be regularly monitored to make sure they are not spreading into your dog’s mouth and impeding its ability to eat or drink.
When to See a Veterinarian
Talk to your veterinarian if the warts have not vanished through these treatments or if your dog begins to bite or scratch at them, as this may lead to an infection. He or she may want to biopsy a wart to rule out any other conditions. Warts can be removed through surgery, freezing or electrocautery.