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Her paw pads look like they are shredding, Annie and im not…

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Her paw pads look...

Her paw pads look like they are shredding

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Annie and im not sure between 6 and 8

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Annir

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Annir?

Annie

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Can you upload a photo(s) of these pads to our conversation? You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see those icons on your particular device) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing. I suspect that you're seeing hyperkeratosis.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Our messages may have crossed. Here's what I posted above: "Can you upload a photo(s) of these pads to our conversation? You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see those icons on your particular device) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing. I suspect that you're seeing hyperkeratosis."
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Thank you. Give me a moment to take a look, please...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Yes, the photo reveals paw pad hyperkeratosis. In some dogs, the nose will look similar to the paw pads. This is an idiopathic (unknown cause) condition characterized by the excessive formation of keratin - a structural protein in the skin. Secondary erosions, ulcers and fissures may be present and represent an autoimmune skin disease (the immune system is attacking my patient’s own tissues). This is identified only by biopsy.

The intensity of therapy depends on the severity of the lesions. For mild, asymptomatic cases, affected areas should be hydrated with a warm water soak. A softening agent, then, should be applied every 24 hours until excessive keratin has been removed (~7-10 days). Treatment should be continued on an as-needed basis for control. Effective softening agents include the following: petroleum jelly, A&D ointment, ichthammol ointment, salicylic acid/sodium lactate/urea gel, and tretinoin gel. (The last three are available from Annir's vet.) For fissured lesions, combination antibiotic/glucocorticoid ointment (Panalog, e.g.) may be applied to lesions every 8-12 hours until healed. Horny growths should be trimmed away before hydration and softening therapy are begun. The prognosis is good. Although it's incurable, this is a cosmetic disease that usually can be managed symptomatically. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Is she suppose to be limping and it pain?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

That would be predicated upon the severity of the hyperkeratosis. If she's limping and in pain her vet will want to take a look at the pads. There may be fissures that will need to be treated as I mentioned above. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
take her to the vet soon ?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

This isn't a dangerous condition but if Annir is painful, I would want her attended to at your earliest convenience. Feel free to share our conversation with her vet.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Ok thank you
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
Hi,

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

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