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What is the best treatment for equine warts?

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What is the best treatment for equine warts?

July 09, 2013

Q: What is the best treatment for equine warts? My 2-year-old thoroughbred first showed signs of warts at the end of last year, and I was told to leave them alone and they would disappear in 3-6 months. However, they are multiplying. Is there anything I could treat them with to speed up the process?

A: First you should confirm they are warts and not sarcoidosis, as the implications and treatments are very different.

Warts can be caused by a virus and often disappear, but this can take years if it happens at all.

Treatments include cryosurgery, where liquid nitrogen is used to freeze them off. This is easy and most equine vets are able to offer it; a few treatments may be needed. It's a bit like freezing a verruca off.

Surgery can be used under sedation and local anesthetic. I would try cryosurgery first, as it?s the easiest and possibly most likely to be effective.

-- Answer from Dan Makin, a veterinarian on JustAnswer.

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