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Wart Virus in Cats

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Treatment

 

Oral lesions will generally disappear of their own accord. Surgery may be performed to remove any oral tumors; however, your cat will not be able to eat comfortably for a period of time after the surgery. Your veterinarian will advise you on what foods will be most appropriate for your pet during the recovery process. Use of medication may also aid in the removal of warts, but this treatment will be discontinued if the condition recurs.

 

If the papillomavirus is persistent, vaccination against it may be beneficial to your pet. Your cat should also be examined for any signs of immune disorders.

 

Living and Management

 

To ensure that malignant changes do not occur in the tumor, your veterinarian will schedule follow-up visits to further monitor the lesions for alterations.

 

Prevention

 

Due to the contagious nature of this disease, it is important to separate infected animals from those that are not infected with the papillomavirus. Oral vaccination can be administered as a preventative measure against this disease, and is routinely used in commercial kennels when outbreaks do occur.

Image: Valeri Potapova in Shutterstock

 

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