American Cocker Spaniel: Skin Problems, Warts
Posted December 28, 2012on:
The American Cocker Spaniel is an adorable dog breed; unfortunately they are prone to the not-so-adorable skin “warts.”
Anyone interested in purchasing or adopting a cocker spaniel, should attempt to find out if their dog is prone to these skin problems, by looking at the dog’s family line.
These “warts” (as our vet cals them) are quite different from human warts, as they cannot be frozen off or burned off.
They are attached to the dog from the inside and the only way to remove them is surgery. Besides being rather costly, surgery means that the dog has to go through anesthesia and then deal with multiple stitches.
Additionally, the surgery does not remove these warts forever. Not only can warts grow again in the same places, but can grow anywhere else on the dog’s body, making additional surgeries a possibility.
Luckily, some cocker spaniels will get only one or two warts during their entire life (some none). In these cases, the warts usually do not grow or irritate the dog at all.
However, many dogs suffer through ten, twenty, or even thirty or more “warts” that can grow to the size of a golf ball and release pus. When the warts become large, the dog becomes annoyed with them and may try to bite them off. This causes bleeding and discomfort and creates quite a messy situation!
The cause of warts is somewhat sketchy, but vets have confirmed that it seems oily skin is a factor. Being a purebred also implies health issues. Heredity, of course, is the biggest factor in determining whether a dog will suffer with these warts.
There are virtually no home remedies for these warts, unfortunately, but some rubbing alcohol can sometimes dry them a little. But only put this alcohol on a wart that the dog cannot reach to bite, or else they will ingest the rubbing alcohol.
When our family purchased our cocker spaniel, we had no idea that “skin problems” included these warts; many times skin problems simply refer to dry, itchy skin.
Only a family who is very loving and willing to deal with the possibility of warts should welcome a cocker spaniel into their home. Our family would not exchange our American Cocker Spaniel for anything-but we would have liked to be prepared to pay for five surgeries and a lot of mess from the warts.
Regardless of skin problems, they are sweet, loving dogs, with very docile personalities.