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Wart Remedies

Last Modified on Nov 09, 2015

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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Posted by Mimi (Texas) on 07/09/2015

[YEA]  My sixteen year old dog has dog warts and Apple Cider Vinegar makes them disappear. I apply ACV two to three times a day using a little spray bottle. You will see the results of the shrinkage within a few days. Her big wart went from a half dollar size to a penny size. After two or three weeks you won't notice it anymore. It is amazing and beats paying an expensive vet bill to have the warts surgically removed.

Replied by Darla
Greene, Me

I just had to put my beloved bday down because of warts one grew inside her sinus cavity. I had them removed once and unfortunately she was 14 years old when I noticed she started bleeding from her nose because of her age they recommended I not put her under sedation she lived another two years and I had no clue they were contagious, so now my 6 year old dog has a few on his body. he is bijon frese and he is growing one on his eyelid how would I treat that ? my vet didnt know these were warts because I asked him and he said he didn't know. My husband has agreed to finally go to a specialist but if I can heal these myself? I would be grateful. I don't want to rely on another vet letting Mr. Tibbs down and we tried caster oil and turmeric and it didnt work. I'm willing to ty the apple cider vinegar but how do I apply to his eyelid or can I ?
Replied by Aspasia
Melbourne, Australia

I have a 11 yr old Maltese shitzu and he has warts on his back. I was looking for a home remedy to use. Thanks to you, I'll use ACV on them and see how he goes.
Replied by Lisa
Vancouver, Wa

[YEA]   For some warts sticking up of my dog's body I tied waxy dental floss around the base of the wart and in a few days they would die off, due to lack of blood supply. Then the ACV killed them off within days. You could shut your dogs eyes and rub the ACV on the skin with a cotton ball. I use a dropper 3xs/day topically on the warts and they're going away...Hope that helps
Replied by Karolee
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

To Darla Greene, Me, I am so sorry you lost your dog. It is so difficult not to have them around all of a sudden. I hope you are able to take the time you need to grieve and if some stupid person make a comment to you like, "why would u be upset it just a dog", or this one from my cousin's pastor, "dogs don't go to heaven". You can email me and I will personally make a trip to where u live and have a private talk with them. You will be in our racers. Kare
Replied by Jannese

I wouldn't use vinegar on your dogs eyelid, you could potentially blind him.. My 15yr coton had one in the same place, his eyelid, and he already had major spinal surgery and didn't want to put him under anesthesia but it kept growing and would bleed and hurt him so I had it removed and he has been so much happier for it. We have to go and have another removed on his foot that is the size of a large grape its really bothering him to the point he doesn't sleep and doesn't let me sleep.
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Hello, Jannese (Nyc)---

You can also try Lugols Iodine 5%, just covering the offending area and do several times a day.

Namaste, Om

Posted by Ellinor (Vista, California) on 05/05/2009

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Vidal
Vista, Ca, Usa

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
Replied by Cdbair
White Oak, Wv

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.
Replied by Becky
Fairbanks, Ak

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.

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Posted by Violet (St. Pete, Usa) on 03/29/2010

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Noelle
Elkhorn, Ne, Usa

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!

Replied by Noelle
Elkhorn, Ne, USA

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   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).

Castor Oil, Turmeric
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Posted by Grace (Idaho) on 10/24/2013

[YEA]  I have an older shih tzu that had a large wart on the side of his body. He kept scratching it with his hind leg and it would bleed. Took him to the vet and the vet wanted $175 to remove it. I thought I'd try a home remedy first so I tried the castor oil and turmeric remedy for tumors. I mixed some turmeric with castor oil in a small jar so I'd have it handy. I cut the fur all around the wart and put the castor oil/turmeric paste on the wart. Since turmeric stains, I put some gauze and then 2 layers of some heavier material over the wart. Then I wrapped a wide stretchable bandage around his body a couple of times, being sure not to make it tight at all, just snug enough to hold everything in place. After that was done, I put a sweater on him to make it hard for him to scratch. I treated him 3-4 times a day. It's been a month and the wart looks like it's gone. I'm still treating him for a few more days to be sure the wart is completely gone. The bandage and sweater are stained from the tumeric but he never got any on the furniture or carpet. He also started getting a wart on his bottom eyelid so I put just castor oil on it every night and it looks like it's going away. I've been putting the castor oil on his eyelid for a month now.

Coconut Oil, Colloidal Silver
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Posted by Mardi (Australia) on 03/06/2014

[YEA]  Just have been treating my dog with coconut oil on 3 warts. Taken one and half weeks . Two of the warts one large one on the leg I saw today was a bit dark. Cleaned it with Colliodial Silver (CS) first and there was this white present on the top. Gentley squeezed and out came a white but firm substance. Gave a deep squeeze from the bottom and a lump of white matter came out. Bleed a little and cleaned with colliodial silver and rub a small amount of Coconut oil (CO). Same thing just happened to wart on head. Will continue to clean with CS and rub CO until it is healed. Both CS and CO are good for viral, bacterial, and fungi so I thought I would try and so far successful. The reason I wanted to try and get rid of them was that the warts seemed to keep growing and them part of it was breaking off as it got taller and I think it was unpleasant for my dog even though my vet said they weren't harmful but after reading about warts on this site I thought Id give it a go. Hoping it wont return. I guess time will tell. I think my boy is more comfortable on his rump as I was sure it was causing him unpleasant pressure. Hope this helps some other loved animal.

Kind regards, Mardi

Replied by Darla
Greene, Maine

My dog had these growths and my vet didn't know what they were my dog ended up having some removed because they were growing on her eyelid and she had one grow in her sinus cavity and ultimately it grew so big she past so im so bummed these vets say there ok no worries etc... its obviously contagious because my other dog now has them and I am so concerned my veterinarian cannot help me. so do u honestly get results with coconut oil and what kind? and coidial silver where do I purchase this?

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Posted by Fiona (Glasgow, Scotland) on 08/20/2015

[YEA]  My 13 month old Collie/labrador cross developed a papilloma wart on side of face and it had cauliflower appearance. Got him checked at vet just to be sure.I was told to leave it and it would go naturally in 3-6 months. As he was scratching it and making it bleed I decided to try Thuja 30. Gave 1 tablet per day for 2 weeks and squeezed a few drops from vitamin c capsule twice a day directly on to wart. The wart is totally gone apart from bald patch where it was. He was due for his annual booster at vet and she was shocked to see wart gone after saying homeopathic remedies are just sugar and waste of money which I reminded her she had said.

Thuja, Mushroom Immune Support, Castor Oil
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Posted by Cynth (South Jordan, Utah ) on 04/02/2013

[YEA]  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.