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Hi. My name is***** Thank you for your question. You did very good on the detail for her situation. Any chance you can take a picture of the paw pad and post it for me to view what you're seeing?
It should. The paper clip icon will allow that.
Very good job on the photo!!!! That paw is the paw that was injured again correct? Is she walking / bearing weight on it very much? Did all this start in the time frame after that injury? How long ago was the injury?
Ok. More than likely that hyperkeratosis is due to her just not walking as regularly / bearing as much weight on that carpal pad. If she's not walking on it / having friction / abrasion on it, the keratin that is naturally building up isn't being worn down as well. If this is just on that one paw that had the injury, I wouldn't feel overly concerned with this. The hope would be there that as the injury continues to heal that she'll walk more and more on that paw and get back to the normal wear on it. Which leg is this again?
Ok. That means that this can't be a cruciate injury. How old is she?
That back paw looks like it should. The hyperkeratosis should be due to decreased use and wear on that particular pad. I wouldn't feel that this situation is one that is causing any health issues for her. More than likely the best thing for her is to let her rest and hopefully have that leg continue to mend itself. Could she have arthritis in that leg? If she's still limping on it quite a bit, a vet exam to evaluate her and to start her on some arthritis medication would be a good idea.
That is great that she's responded well to that supplement. Adding into that an NSAID like Rimadyl or Metacam through your vet could help to provide further comfort relief in this type of a situation. I wouldn't feel that the hyperkeratosis on that pad is causing her to have mobility issues. More than likely it is secondary to the underlying issue that is causing the discomfort. I would hope that the addition of that NSAID through your vet would really help her.
I'm hoping for the best for this girl! That medication through them and most likely time will hopefully have some very positive results.
Give her a good ear scratching for me since I can't be there to do it. Take care!
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