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WARTS ON COWS - sometimes hundreds on a calf. How do I eliminate them without eliminating the calf? Answered

A friend has some cows, and some of the calves get warts, sometimes hundreds. Does anybody have any ideas how to eliminate them? (Without eliminating the calves.)? Some local "cures", like using Easy-Off oven cleaner seem cruel. (Very acid and burns the skin.) Does anybody have a gentler solution?

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khouse2
khouse2

8 years ago

if you could keep castor oil on the warts, this will remove them; takes several weeks. this works good on people.

My cousin says to remove one of the warts and feed it to the cattle and the warts will come off.

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acidbass
acidbass

9 years ago

neosporin maybe? duct tape? or just leave them alone?

I have a farming friend and their cows have warts and they just applied SMALL AMOUNTS of easy-off oven cleaner. They sprayed a butt-load of the stuff into a towel then rubbed the towel over the cow and it worked really good (she won first place in a cow showing for her 4-H club just make sure you ruffle the fur when you do this or it will just run off

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ChrysN
ChrysN

11 years ago

I removed a wart with duct tape, it left no scar. I cut a small circle of duct tape (large enough to cover the wart) and left it on for a week (that's what most instructions say -but I can't remember if it took longer). If the tape fell off I just applied another one right away. The wart completely disappeared without a mark. This is quite humane for a calf, however, since cows have fur, it may be a bit more difficult to apply to the skin.

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Thinkenstein
Thinkenstein

Answer 11 years ago

That is certainly a new wart treatment for me, and seems friendly to the animal. I'll pass it on. I can't help but wonder why such a treatment might work, warts being virus caused. Maybe warts have needs, like for air, that the tape denies? Maybe holding in sweat has some effect? Your answer creates interesting questions.

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fangfriends
fangfriends

Answer 11 years ago

I've tried the duct tape treatment, but it didn't work too well on my palm. On sweaty areas, the tape tends to fall off. But, the method could be worth a try!

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karnuvap
karnuvap

11 years ago

Warts are caused by a virus - Anti-viral drugs should clear them up. Many of the human treatments use acid but it is a particular mild acid - sylacillic acid otherwise known as aspirin! Hence kills the wart and numbs the pain at the same time. The reason why (even untreated) they disappear from us humans (eventually) is we generate our own immunity to the virus that causes them and our body then attacks them until they go.

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Thinkenstein
Thinkenstein

Answer 11 years ago

The aspirin approach is a new one to me. Dissolving it in water and washing the area sounds gentle enough. I'll pass the idea on. Thanks.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

11 years ago

I would expect that the same cryo treatments that work on humans would work on the calves, but -- talk to the vet, not only to check this but to check whether this might be an indication that something else is going on.

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Thinkenstein
Thinkenstein

Answer 11 years ago

Cryo would be nice to try, but liquid nitrogen is not easily available out here. I already mentioned that idea to my friend. If it was me, and I only had one, not hundreds, I would probably burn it off with my precision-tip soldering iron. (I sharpened the pointy tip and have used it successfully on moles and other skin blemishes.)

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 11 years ago

You can get freeze sprays marketed for wart removal as an over-the-counter item; try a drugstore. (Basically, they're the same stuff we used to use as circuit cooler when debugging electronics.)

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Thinkenstein
Thinkenstein

Answer 11 years ago

Update on my other reply: The burning of warts might not be a good idea, unless the wind is blowing away from you. I have read a mention that doctors use cryo now because they were getting warts in their nose from burning.

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Does it matter? Warts are largely cosmetic, if it affects commercial-value consult a vet'. L

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Thinkenstein
Thinkenstein

Answer 11 years ago

It would matter to me if I had them. One can only imagine what matters to a calf.

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 11 years ago

Well I suppose so. You got plenty answers though. L

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Thinkenstein
Thinkenstein

Answer 11 years ago

Yes, it's a very cooperative community. Thank you all for your suggestions.