Mel
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WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

All loving dog owners take pride in their dog's heath and happiness. (I know I do.) When my pup began limping the other evening on our normal walk after work, my heart sunk! I was extremely confused to find what looked like a small blister on the bottom of her paw. Growing up with dogs my whole life, I had never seen anything like it before, and, although I assumed she had stepped on something during a recent walk around the neighborhood, I still made an appointment to visit our local vet.

Well, I'm glad I did:

My veternarian advised that it was a HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS dog virus called Dog Papilloma. 

Within 48 hours of my noticing her pain, the blister / wart on her paw had grown so large from infection that we might need to amputate a toe. *We will find out in 6 days whether or not Honey will need surgery on her foot.* I've done a ton of online research on the dog virius since the diagnosis, and I am optimistic. The silver lining here is that we found it early on, but now I'm concerned as to which dog in the neighborhood she contracted it from !

I had never heard of the dog papilloma virus until a few days ago. *Don't feel ashamed if you haven't heard of it before either!

PLEASE MAKE YOURSELF AWARE OF THIS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DOG VIRUS ! LET EVERYONE KNOW - TELL EVERYONE AND ANYONE WITH A DOG WHO WILL LISTEN:

DO NOT LET YOUR PUPPY KISS (LICK) STRANGE DOGS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU SEE ANYTHING ABNORMAL ON THE OTHER DOG'S FACE, JOWLS, GUMS, LIPS, TONGUE, EYES, PAWS, OR PRIVATE AREA.

Dog papilloma is a nasty ninj-like virus that sneaks up on the animal during an outbreak / weak immune system, takes a long time to go away, and is turning out to be very expensive in my case (between the antibiotics, vet visits, and a potential foot surgery). And poor Honey can't even have fun playing with other dogs because the papilloma dog virus is so contagious! *Luckily, we hadn't been to doggy-daycare in months, so we are hoping that they will not experience an outbreak. You better believe it was the first phone call I made while walking out of the vet's office!

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Community Representative

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Thanks for sharing this with us, Mel. I hope Honey will soon be okay.
Petco Ambassador

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Oh, wow, I hadn't heard of this before. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope Honey has a speedy recovery.
Angela
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Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

I am praying form Honey! I love animal lovers that actively,(as you are doing here and other places as well), share this information to all...so we are all educated, know that something that seems minor can turn out to be major such as your poor honey is going through. Thank you so much for sharing as I will share your information with all I know!
Mel
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Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Thank you, everyone!

I found it quite scary that my dog daycare had never heard of the virus before. I even had to start a GoFundMe account for Honey because of how expensive it is all turning out to be. It's just very poor timing for us because I need major dental work and Honey still might need that surgery (as her limp is still present).

PLEASE keep us in your prayers!
-Melissa

www.gofundme.com/survivewithasmile

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Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Thank you so much for this life saving, etc serious information.
Occasional Visitor

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Good information. My dog developed a small round growth on her lip. That's what I thought it was. I was in a tail spin as there are 3 other animals in the house. It turned out to be benign. How is Honey doing now?
Mel
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Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Honey is much better now. Thankfully, the growth went away without us needing surgery. I'm amazed at how quickly she bounced back after over a month of misery!
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Community Representative

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Thanks for sharing this with us, Mel. I hope Honey will soon be okay.
Petco Ambassador

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Oh, wow, I hadn't heard of this before. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope Honey has a speedy recovery.
Angela
About a Mom
New Contributor

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

I am praying form Honey! I love animal lovers that actively,(as you are doing here and other places as well), share this information to all...so we are all educated, know that something that seems minor can turn out to be major such as your poor honey is going through. Thank you so much for sharing as I will share your information with all I know!
Mel
New Contributor

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Thank you, everyone!

I found it quite scary that my dog daycare had never heard of the virus before. I even had to start a GoFundMe account for Honey because of how expensive it is all turning out to be. It's just very poor timing for us because I need major dental work and Honey still might need that surgery (as her limp is still present).

PLEASE keep us in your prayers!
-Melissa

www.gofundme.com/survivewithasmile

New Contributor

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Thank you so much for this life saving, etc serious information.
Occasional Visitor

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Good information. My dog developed a small round growth on her lip. That's what I thought it was. I was in a tail spin as there are 3 other animals in the house. It turned out to be benign. How is Honey doing now?
Mel
New Contributor

Re: WATCH OUT - Dog Papilloma Virus - HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS

Honey is much better now. Thankfully, the growth went away without us needing surgery. I'm amazed at how quickly she bounced back after over a month of misery!
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