Pets, just like their pet owners, can get warts that can be painful or just unsightly and which can spread across their skin if left untreated. Home remedies like apple cider vinegar and castor oil can help get rid of warts on your pet painlessly and at little expense.
A wart is a viral infection, so any dietary aids or natural topical agents that have antiviral properties can help. After that, sometimes time is enough. Most warts aren't dangerous and may not spread at all (though if you have any concern, your vet should take a look at your dog or cat's wart--you may be misidentifying a skin cancer on your pet).
Natural Cures: To get rid of a pet's wart at home, you can apply apple cider vinegar, castor oil, or vitamin E to the wart a few times during the day for a week or more until the wart fades away or falls off.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 05/05/2009: Ellinor from Vista, California: "My 12 year old dog started developing a large wart on the top of his head which kept getting larger and larger. The vet said older dogs develop them and that there was not much he could do about it. I started dipping a cotton swab into ACV and applying right on top of the wart twice a day; once in the morning and once at night. It totally disappeared within a couple of weeks!"Replies
10/25/2009: Vidal from Vista, Ca, Usa replies: "Thanks for the tip Ellinor, I will try this on my cat starting today! He's been developing warts recently and I happened to buy ACV to try for his skin itchies per this website. BTW - looks like we're neighbors. :D"
09/26/2011: Cdbair from White Oak, Wv replies: "I just got on the internet trying to find a cure for my 11 year old cocker. He has multiple "old dog warts, "at least that is what the vet said, he also said they were harmless but he has developed numerous ones and they make me hurt if they don't hurt him! I will try Apple Cider Vinegar immediately starting now, I also will post my results so anyone looking for a cure will know what works or doesn't. I know apple cider vinegar (acv) with the mother in it is known for lots of cures, Thanks for the advice."
12/15/2011: Becky from Fairbanks, Ak replies: "To reader from White Oak WV.... Did the ACV work on your cocker? We have a 17 YO with probably 20 on his body. He is in good health otherwise and has 3 areas with clear gel that looks uncomfortable but don't bother him too. I have been putting [a nutritional mineral oil] on them to keep them from bleeding as it has Almond Oil with Vit A, C & E. Am anxious to give the ACV a try as they must itch especially when they are growing. Thank you folks for this website."
[YEA] 03/29/2010: Violet from St. Pete, Usa: "Castor oil for canine warts
My dog had 3 warts right on the edge of her eyelid. They didn't seem to be irritating her eye any but they were not attractive to look at. I was afraid to use ACV because if it got in her eye it would be painful. So I tried castor oil, which I knew would not harm her eye. I have been using it twice a day for a week and a half now and the two tiny warts are gone. The large wart has reduced in size considerably.
I am very happy with the results I got from the castor oil."Replies
09/25/2012: Noelle from Elkhorn, Ne, Usa replies: "Telly is a 'blue' bald dachshund. (Alopecia runs rampant with this color in the dacshund world. ) He's also 12. 5 years old (and paralyzed! ) Once a year, I have to have warts removed on him. They start out whitish. Turn pink and grow. Darker pink and grow more. Time for lopping!
So, since Telly has approx 20 warts in various stages of growth, I am doing an experiment on him! Castor oil on the back half, ACV on the front half, and iodine on a couple of the bigger ones.
It has been about ten days and all the moles seem more whitish and less prominent. One big one that is being treated with iodine (actually, Edgar Cayce's Atomidine) has turned even pinker, but I did read that this can happen as the wart releases toxins.
I will give updates in a couple of weeks. Let's hope we have a clear winner!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 10/07/2012: Noelle from Elkhorn, Ne, USA replies: "Telly Update - All of his small to medium warts are almost flush with his skin. I hadnt thought anything was working because when the vet lops off the wart, it's just gone. The methods I'm using are 'deflating' them and hopefully they will disappear altogether.
The two larger warts (kind of a cauliflower appearance) still seem to be prominent and non-responsive. I am going to try some colloidal silver on them.
And a HUGE surprise!!! My bald dog is growing hair on 100% of his little blue body!!!!!!!! I attribute this to the Atomidine (iodine). A friend had a bald dog and gave it Seameal (enzyme supplements)... Main ingredient was kelp. The dog went from completely bald to 100% hair growth. Common denominator here is iodine! (I will post in the hair loss and alopecia page, too)."
Thuja, Mushroom Immune Support, Castor Oil
[YEA] 04/02/2013: Cynth from South Jordan, Utah : "4 year old female Airedale mix had warts on her feet that she was licking constantly. I was worried she would get them in her mouth. Dr. Pitcairn recommended a single homeopathic dose of thuja. I used 30c which is what I had. 1 dose of four pills. Then I started giving her a mushroom supplement to build her immune system. I rubbed her paws each night with castor oil which she just seemed to lick off. 1 month later no warts. I am still giving her the mushroom immune support supplement."