Warts are multiple papillomas of the skin or mucous membranes. They are caused by a virus and are seen mostly in younger animals. A few single warts may be found in older animals.Symptoms
In goats, warts are seen most frequently on teats and udders. They can be found on the head and neck. In reality, warts are quite rare in goats.Treatment
Warts can be ignored unless they interfere with nursing or milking. However, they should not be removed until they have reached their maximum size and begun to get smaller on their own, never while they are growing. We have had good luck with tying fine sewing thread tight around the base and just waiting for them to drop off. They can also be snipped off with fine scissors. Occasionally, they will be broken off or injured; iodine can be applied if this happens. Several sources indicate that warts on the teats of goats have a fairly high risk of becoming cancerous and should, therefore, be removed.Prevention
Vaccinations versus warts are species specific and one would not benefit from using a vaccine developed for cattle.Comments
Wart-like growths around the lips and nose of goats are usually an indication of "soremouth."