– 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.