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Veterinary mythbusters: Will your pet’s warts succumb to the duct tape cure?

Posted Feb 08 2010 10:00pm

Ever heard that taking duct tape to your ugly bumpies will fix ‘em up better than by freezing or slicing them off? If you have and ever wondered whether it works or nothere’s the truth of it: (according to WebMDanyway):

“Tape occlusion* is an inexpensive method of wart removal that involves covering the wart with tape. It is often called the "duct tape" method.

Cut a piece of adhesive tape as close to the size of the wart as possible. Leave the tape in place for 6 days. If the tape falls offput on a new piece. After 6 daysremove the tape and soak the area in water. Then gently rub the wart surface down with an emery board or pumice stone. Leave the tape off overnight. Repeat this process until the wart is gonebut not longer than 2 months. One small study found that in 22 out of 26 peoplecommon warts went away completely within 2 months. In most peoplethey were gone in 28 days."


*Focht DR IIIet al. (2002). The efficacy of duct tape vs. cryotherapy in the treatment of verruca vulgaris (the common wart). Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

But does it work for pets? According to veterinary dermatologistsit does. While we won’t promise it’ll work with all warty-looking things on every petconsiderable success has been reported in both dogs and horses––specifically with masses of papillomatous origin.

The hard part is getting them to wear the tape long enough. Then there’s the whole clipping thing. Because unless you clip closeit won’t work. And we all know how funny people can be about their pets’ fur––especially when the upshot of duct taping means two full months of bald spot management.

So how about you? Willing to give your bumpy dog a duct tape makeover? If sojust make sure you have your veterinarian look them over before you give it a go. You wouldn’t want to take a roll of duct tape to just any old bumpnowwould you?



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