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Canine Papilloma Virus – Extreme Case

December 31, 2019

– This is an interesting case. – These dogs get these – viral papilloma’s. – Which are like warty things on the mouth. Usually, it’s just one or two and they fall off on their own. – But we’re going to go see this dog because it’s pretty remarkable. – What have we got here? – Some serious papilloma’s. – Papillomatosis. – Leslie pointed this one at the top of the mouth. And then – even where the – There we go. – That is That is some intense – Put some gloves on and talk to Dr. Roberts about it. – So we have papillomatosis, which is just fun to say. – Papillomatosis. – Papillomatosis. – Is caused by a virus. – What kind of a virus? – You’ve asked me that three times and I still haven’t answered. – I’ve told you three times. – Papilloma virus. – Oh, the papilloma virus. – Yeah. – Do you think you can remember that now? – Yea, probably. – We’re going to remove some of these because – Usually, they go away on their own, but in this dog, it’s gotten so bad that – that it’s getting infected and it’s pretty nasty so we need to de-bulk it and get rid of some of these. – Hi. You look okay. – You look alright. – Hi. – Much better. – This is one of the few things that we see where we look at a dog and go, ‘oh look. That’s what that is.’ – They get these warty looking masses either in their mouth or sometimes on their feet. – And the good news is almost always these go away on their own. – Takes anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. – And they just fall off and go away on their own. – it’s not a big deal. – Unless we have what this dog had. – So for this dog, because it was getting infected and it was going back down in the throat where it was making it kind of gag. – We had to do surgery to get rid of some of these and make it more comfortable. – What can we do? – We can try – Some doctors recommend squishing them. – Like you literally take some forceps and you squish them – And what that’s supposed to do is get the immune system all revved up going after these viruses. – Does it work? We don’t know. – A lot of doctor’s do it and it might work, – but all the studies are pretty equivocal. – Because they go away on their own, it’s hard to tell. – Another thing people will try is azithromycin which is an antibiotic. – And some people think that this helps a little bit and makes them go away a little bit faster. – But again, since they go away on their own, do we know if it helps or not? – Not really. – We tried both of those things with this dog and nothing helped. – So we had to go to surgery. – Usually, when they get this is about a month before they show any sign. – So a month ago they got exposed to it. – How did they get exposed? Playing with other dogs. Making out. (kissing noises) – Or they were at the dog park and were licking out of a bowl at the same time and they get the virus in. – And then a month later or so – They show up with these little papillomas. – They are contagious then to other dogs. So they aren’t going to be able to go to dog parks, the park, or any day care. – Until those lesions are gone and then another one to two months. – Thanks for watching everyone! – I hope that didn’t gross you out too much. – Didn’t gross me out at all. That’s why I’m a doctor, because I can handle that stuff.


  • Reply Glacier Gamer July 3, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Ew poor doggo I hope the sweet baby is better now.

  • Reply Ricky Ferguson July 3, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Why did you not show the surgery? Or show more of the dogs mouth? Very disappointing !

  • Reply Megan Taylor July 3, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the in depth info on this! It helps us for those who have a vet that doesn't explain things well. Usually the older ones, good vets just not as paitent for people who want to know more. Love your videos!

  • Reply Sarah Price July 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Good to know.

  • Reply Melissa McI July 4, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Are they contagious to humans?

  • Reply Jan Weedon July 4, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Very interesting but its hard to hear you over the music – please ditch it.

  • Reply Serene Meal July 12, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Hey Mike i recently came across your channel, and I have to tell you, im HOOKED! as a kid i ALWAYS wanted to be a vet!
    I had a question.. what are your thoughts on raw food for cats?
    I hear they can put the animal at high risk for toxmoplasmosis.
    If thats the case, what do you recommend would be the best diet to feed a cat being obligate carnivores?
    Thank you ? !!
    Looking foward to your future videos ❤?

  • Reply Salvador Wolf July 12, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Hey bud!
    I'm a vet student in Australia, just wondering what you use for pain relief for abscess drainage. I've noticed in a couple of videos you're able to drain without GA. Do you use opioids + sedation and local?
    Thanks 🙂

  • Reply aussie vetnurse pro July 18, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Wow that was super cool to see, I haven't' seen a patient with papillomatosis as yet. I'd love to assist in one of those surgeries.

  • Reply Sean Dasenbrock July 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Seems unprofessional to sit and chat as a dog is under. It’s risky is it not to have a dog under anesthesia?

  • Reply Mati Aller August 11, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Why would you use antibiotics with a virus…

  • Reply Leone Dolliver August 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Well dang! I thought we would see the surgery! Not good Doc!

  • Reply Schleich. Stables_ September 6, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    My dogs mouth was exactly the same. Very rare however they cured by themselves. No surgery, meds or treatment. They will resolve on their own.

  • Reply Julie Chase September 28, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Hi there! I just rescued a puppy (approx. 6 months) with these papillomas. She also had mange, a severe flea infestation, several ticks– just a mess. It has been about three weeks. The mange is clearing. Fleas and ticks are gone. Her hair is growing back nice and shiny. She has been given antibiotics for any possible diseases passed on by the ticks.

    Despite looking better, eating great, and playing like any normal puppy, these lesions just keep getting bigger. Our vet suggests she be completely healthy otherwise before we go to surgery to take some of these things out. I worry, however, that in the meantime they will spread from her palette to her throat. (We have an appointment in a couple of days to talk about this.)

    I know that papillomavirus, even in humans, is persistent, but I hope more studies on vaccinations and drug therapies (like acyclovir) will one day make this a less traumatic medical experience for puppies and parents. Thanks for the video!

  • Reply janie lou johnson November 24, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    can vaccination against virus?

  • Reply janie lou johnson November 24, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    would like to see surgery and after video?

  • Reply Legodog890 March 13, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Thumbnail bothers me..

  • Reply Cebby May 13, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Worked with a Sheba that had a similar problem. Crazy amount all over the most. They took a while before having her treated and just threw a cone on her. The papilloma rubbed against the cone and eventually flattened out. It was a bloody mess and looked horribly painful.

  • Reply Blackkindapink BLINK May 23, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Love the doctor ?

  • Reply Rodney Settle June 12, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Show the surgery next time it’s fascinating. Is it painful having these papilloma’s in the mouth?

  • Reply Ninja Russia October 16, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Wow. Great job

  • Reply 22triggy October 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Terrible, surgery, removal?? poor vid. More interested in his 'Whacky' self and his bowties.

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