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Canine papilloma virus (bumps on lip)

Not off to a good 2013. Noticed a bump on my pup's lip the other day...today I"m seeing a few tiny ones. She has a vet appt in a few days but I'm worried there's not much they can do about this (according to the internet).

I'm giving her vitamin e and ester c to try to help boost her system. She is under 2 with a weak immune system so was able to pick this up likely at the dog park.

Be careful out there to all the pup owners!

If anyone has experience with this, any help on stopping more from growing or growing bigger would be soo appreciated!
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It went around our off-leash play area when my puppy was 4 months old. We also have her mother who was 3 and and old golden who was 16. The puppy got it, as well as all the dogs at off-leash play that were under 2 at the time. It was recommended, that you give L-lysine, twice a day to help fight it off. I gave it to my puppy, and she only got one wart, and I gave it to the old girl, because of her age, to hopefully prevent her from getting it, she did not get it. I did not give it to the 3 year old, as she was young and healthy and should have had a good immune system, she did not get them either. It seemed to lessen the number and how long they lasted. The good thing about "puppy warts" is that like chicken pox in children, the dog can only get them once. They didn't seem to bother the puppy.
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I gave Maddie Lysine also, at the recommendation of someone on this site. The vet had said it would go away in 2 - 3 months. He did 'squish' it, which may also help as it might boost the immune system to recognize the virus. The vet did not think l-Lysine would help.

Bottom line it disappeared in five days. No more appeared.

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The vet did not think l-Lysine would help.
My breeder didn't think it would help either, but the vet said it wouldn't hurt, so go ahead. My vet wouldn't prescribe the antibiotic Iowa Gold mentioned for only 1 wart.
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It went around our off-leash play area when my puppy was 4 months old. We also have her mother who was 3 and and old golden who was 16. The puppy got it, as well as all the dogs at off-leash play that were under 2 at the time. It was recommended, that you give L-lysine, twice a day to help fight it off. I gave it to my puppy, and she only got one wart, and I gave it to the old girl, because of her age, to hopefully prevent her from getting it, she did not get it. I did not give it to the 3 year old, as she was young and healthy and should have had a good immune system, she did not get them either. It seemed to lessen the number and how long they lasted. The good thing about "puppy warts" is that like chicken pox in children, the dog can only get them once. They didn't seem to bother the puppy.
Thanks so much...glad your pups are ok! I found L-Lysine in the house, 500 mg per. So is it safe to give 1000mg to a 65lb dog?
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Thanks so much...glad your pups are ok! I found L-Lysine in the house, 500 mg per. So is it safe to give 1000mg to a 65lb dog?
My puppy would have been less than 25 lbs at the time and I gave her 1000mg. My old golden would have been 60 lbs at the time, so I would say it is safe.

If the vet visit is only for the warts, I would save my money, especially if she only has a few and they are not bothering her (meaning she is drinking and eating as usual).

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Just updating the thread on progress.
Daily dose of vitamin e capsule (lately I put some on the actual wart)
500 mg L-Lysine twice a day
500 mg EsterC twice a day

Still only the 2 which have gotten a bit bigger and darker.

Any clues as to when it'll fall off? Will it change color or something? Any other new tips out there is much appreciated.
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I believe it took about 3 weeks to fall off, and I didn't notice it fall off. One day it just wasn't there anymore, only a small red slightly raw area that was gone the next morning.
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The other recommendation, which the vet did, was to squish it. The theory is that the body's immune system will then kick in.

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