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The pads on the bottom of our great Dane's paws is coming off in small circles.

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The pads on the bottom of our great Dane's paws is coming off in small circles.
They are red where the skin has come off, and it obviously bothers him, as he is licking those spots constantly. Also, he doesn't have much energy outside, which is unusual.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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There are quite a few possible etiologies for the keratin covering of his paw pads coming off. We consider two infections - canine distemper and leishmaniasis but a well vaccinated dog shouldn't be suffering from distemper and leishmaniasis is rarely seen in the United States. More commonly we see autoimmune skin disease such as the pemphigus complex, systemic lupus erythematosus, vesicular cutaneous lupus erythematosus, and vasculitis. Finally, simple injury is considered if he frequents abrasive surfaces.
His vet should take a look at those pads. Biopsy is necessary to confirm autoimmune skin diseases. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin