How to Tell the Difference Between a Tick & a Wart on My Dog

by Cindy Quarters
    Get down close to your dog and take a good look at the bump you’ve found.

    Get down close to your dog and take a good look at the bump you’ve found.

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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.


    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.

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    About the Author

    Cindy Quarters has been writing professionally since 1984. She writes travel, pet, gardening and technical articles, with work published in Radiance Magazine and the AKC Gazette, as well as online. Quarters earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington State University and a master's degree in management information systems from West Coast University.

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