General information on Hard Pad
Hard pad is a condition in which the skin of the nose and foot pads dried out, thick, hornlike, and callused. The callused nose and foot pads can crack and split which can then cause irritation and become infected. Hard pad is related to the hyperkeratosis condition. Hyperkeratosis is extremely similar, but only affects the nose of the dog. Hard pad is occurs in association with canine distemper. Typically, as the dog recovers from the canine distemper the nose and foot pads will regain its normal appearance.
Symptoms of Hard Pad
Dried out nose and foot pads, Thickening of the skin of the nose and foot pads, Hornlike nose and foot pads, Callused nose and foot pads, Crack or splitting of the callused nose and foot pads, Irritation of the nose and foot pads, and Infection of the nose and foot pads.
Treatments for Hard Pad
The treatment for hard pad is aimed at trying to soften the skin of the callused nose. This can be done by using wet or moistened dressings and keeping the nose and foot pads lubricated. Mineral oil, petroleum jelly, and aloe are different moisturizers that can be used to lubricate the nose and foot pads. Should an infection develop as a result of the hard pad condition, topical antibiotics may be prescribed by a veterinarian. There is no official cure for hard pad, however, hard pad typically clears and the nose and foot pads regain their normal appearance as the canine distemper clears.
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Hard Pad experience by - Janet
Like Mary, our dog, a Whippet aged 8 has not seen any disease, is fully vaccinated and always has been but is now developing hard pads to her feet. Cannot identify this with Canine Distemper and conclude that possibly the heat fron tarmac, when walking on the pavement ( sidewalk) is causing the problem. First time it has happened though and we have had hotter summers than this one.
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