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This is a condition of an undetermined cause that affects the nose and/or paw pads of older dogs. This occurs when normally discarded dead skin cells remain connected to living tissue and become callused and horny. The skin thickens and then can become cracked, leading to irritation or infection.  Pigmentation will not be affected in this condition.  this condition cannot be cured but can be treated.  Breeds that are more disposed to this disorder are; American Cocker Spaniel, Basset Hound, Beagle, and English Springer Spaniel.  Symptom can include:

  • Dried Nose
  • Thickening of the Skin of Nose or Paw Pads
  • Callused Nose or Paw Pads
  • Horned Nose
  • Feathered Appearance to Paw Pads
  • Cracked Skin
  • Open Lesions
  • Bacterial or Yeast Infections
  • Extreme Sensitivity
  • Difficulty Walking