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Old 02-01-2008, 08:00 PM
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Riggs is 6 months old. I just noticed white sores growing all over the insides of his lips. They are different sizes. Does anyone know what this is?
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:11 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

Can you take a photo? Not sure if that will help. Our dogs have little spots (not truly white, more like light pink) on their lips. We had asked the vet way back with our eldest, it is just his pigmentation and no vet has commented on it since... But I might be off base on what I am picturing. If you can't post photo can you be more descriptive?
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:17 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

Yes, sorry. They are large and bulbous. They look like cauliflower heads. They weren't there yesterday. There are lots of them. Only on his lips - not on the gums.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:21 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

Could he have gotten into anything that could have burned his mouth, either temperature wise or chemical wise?
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:28 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

No, I don't think so. I just did some internet searching and found Oral papllomas, which is what it looks like. I am taking him to the vet tomorrow - I just hope it hasn't spread to my other dog.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:35 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

Just wondering if these are viral papillomas. Here is a link with pictures if that helps.
Canine Viral Papillomas
It seems that young dogs are more likely to get them.
Didn't realize you already did a search- that snuck up on me! Hope this helps though.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:38 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

Yes, this is what I think it is. They literally look like cauliflower heads.

Yes, they are white like the lower picture, but not as jagged. They are more round like the upper picture.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:42 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

Hope this helps ease your fears but it does say it can be transmitted to other dogs, unfortunately. Was your pup possibly playing with another young one that has these? Did you just notice these? If not, how long have they been there? Pup will be fine but you'll definitely feel better tomorrow when sees vet for better clarification. Let us know.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:44 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

Wow! I just learned something new. I guess the good news is that they aren't very serious the bad news is they are spread from dog to dog and have a 1-2 month incubation period. Once you get the final word from the vet you may want to mention something to the owner of dogs your dog has been in contact with just to give them a heads up... I am glad it looks to be nothing serious.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:45 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

I check his mouth at least once a week - and when I checked yesterday either they weren't there or I didn't see them. I just noticed them right now when I was cuddling with him. I talked to the vet again, and they are going to call me back once they review my file.

He could have gotten it anywhere, really. Incubation is 1-2 months, so who knows? He's always out and about playing. We go to the dog park frequently.

This sucks!!
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:46 PM
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I can't really warn other dog owners, since we see so many dogs regularly. I'll tell the obedience people though, we just started class yesterday.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:55 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

It really does sound like your dog has the papillomas virus (which is a wart virus). My older rottie had it when she was about a year old, takes quite a bit of time to clear up can be up to six months. Could have gotten it from another dog by playing with it or playing with toys that affected dog was playing with.
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Old 02-01-2008, 09:03 PM
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Re: White Sores in Mouth - HELP

Hmm, another reason no dog parks I guess! Riggersmum, you'll probably never find the origin but at least is seems like a minor problem and will self resolve which is a very good thing!
I know human and canine is a different virus but I would think there are similarities. Anyway, my son had a "lesion" on his eyelid, yep it was viral. I opted not to have surgery as we saw a top professor from Columbia Med Ctr and he agreed as the removal could've spread the virus. Lo and behold it started shrinking and after a few months just went away.
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