Megan Joy is a beauty blogger at meganjoy.ca , wife and dog mother. When her French Bulldog named Buffy came down with a rare form of eye warts, she had no idea what to do. Read about how Megan and Buffy got through it together!
I never imagined something like this would happen to my French Bulldog puppy. She was up to date on her vaccinations and hadn’t had any serious health issues. But when she was nine months old, I noticed a small grey bump on the inner corner of her eye. The vet said it was probably a benign growth that would fall off in a few weeks.
The next day, we left for a three week vacation and by the time we returned home there were two new bumps and they were growing rapidly. Our vet didn’t have answers so she referred us to an ophthalmologist in the area. After taking a tissue sample from one of the growths and waiting two weeks for the results, she diagnosed Buffy with viral papillomas (aka warts).
This is common in puppies but often happens on the skin or in the mouth.
The specialist had only ever seen two other cases of it appearing in the eye. I was told there was no treatment.
She assured me that the growths were soft and would not irritate her eye, so I had two options. First, I could wait for the virus to leave her system, which could take two to five months. Second, I could remove them but they would continue to grow back until her immune system kicked the virus.
After two months, I decided to have them removed as they were starting to impair her vision and causing serious irritation to her eye. It was heartbreaking to see her constantly blinking and rubbing her eye.
Her poor little eye would be fused shut every morning from weeping so much and I’d have to use a warm compress to clean it out. She loves playing with other dogs and I had to isolate her from other animals during this time as it is contagious.
To my disappointment, a week after the removal, they started growing back again and even faster this time! We had been giving her everything we could think of to boost her immune system but nothing seemed to work. There were now five growths and they were rubbing away the cornea of her eye. Another removal was booked and I hoped this would be the end of the virus. No such luck. Finally, after the lumps grew back a third time, I begged the specialist to at least try something to help her body fight off this virus.
It had now been five months and her body just wasn’t able to fight it off. The specialist recommended an antibiotic that wasn’t guaranteed to help but might be worth a try. Success! After one week on the antibiotics, she was back to normal with no new growths!
As a first time dog mom, I learned a lot through this experience, especially that you can ask for what you want, even if the vet isn’t offering it as an option. I’m so happy that Buffy is back to her normal, healthy, rambunctious self!
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