Is That a Tick or a Wart on My Dog?

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When you're petting your dog and you feel a bump, it's natural to take a peek, but looking won't always tell you what it is right away. At a glance you may not see any difference between a tick and a wart, but a closer inspection can tell you a lot. You may need a magnifying glass to see all the details, and sometimes a flashlight can help as well.


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If your dog has a wart it's likely going to be the same color as your pet's skin or a very pale yellow-white color. It will probably be sticking up and may have a cauliflower appearance to it, especially on top. If it's a tick you'll spot its legs tucked up against its body. You can also see where its head disappears into your dog's skin. A tick that has been there awhile will grow as it feeds on your dog's blood, swelling noticeably over the course of a few days, making identification even easier.


By Cindy Quarters

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About the Author
A recipient of a business and technology degree from the master's program at West Coast University, Cindy Quarters has been writing professionally since 1984. Past experience as a veterinary technician and plenty of time gardening round out her interests. Quarters has had work featured in Radiance Magazine and the AKC Gazette.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.