Hyperkeratosis in dogs is not a life-threatening disease. The health condition can be easily identified. However, it doesn’t mean you can ignore it. In this situation, your dog’s nose and the skin around the paw gradually become too hard like a shell. It becomes so thick and hard that it cracks and breaks into pieces.
It is indeed painful for your dog. In this condition, the area becomes infected, inflamed, and even lameness can occur. Therefore hinders the quality of life of the dog. Unfortunately, there is no cure available, so proper treatment is mandatory. Hyperkeratosis requires a continuous process to treat the health condition.
A safe and natural therapy is the solution to this disease, and you should add this process to your daily plan as a dog’s grooming process. Do not expect this process to work in one day, but it will help to achieve a positive result in the future. Two types of hyperkeratosis have been observed in dogs. One is nasal and the other is in paws.
Nasal hyperkeratosis affects the nose and muzzle while the other affects the paw area. In the case of nasal hyperkeratosis, a dog’s precious sense organ is impaired. Scent is the dog’s most important means of communication with its environment.
For their sense of smell, the dog’s nose must be wet, but this situation makes the nose dry and brittle. In the case of paws, their ability to walk is reduced and sometimes they begin to limp.
The Reason Behind Hyperkeratosis in Dogs
Some dogs are genetically mutated or prone to this disease, for example, golden retriever, Labrador retriever, etc. It will be observed in the first year of life. There are some other causes to develop such a situation. One of the causes is distemper.
Sometimes, due to sand flies, hyperkeratosis develops and treatment is available. An autoimmune deficiency can cause this problem. Zinc deposition or inability to digest can lead to this condition. You can follow the underlying process, which can help you in the long run.
Hyperkeratosis occurs due to the presence of excess keratin in the body. Although keratin is essential for the development of the skin layer, an excess can cause these kinds of problems. Steam is the way to soften this area. A DIY sauna bath will help your dog get relief.
Steam will avoid the dog’s hardened skin and make it relatively soft. For a DIY sauna, you can close your bathroom window and doors. Stop the exhaust fan and give your pet a warm water shower. Do it until the chamber is filled with the vapor of hot steam. Then put your dog in the room for a sauna bath.
Socks for Dog
Hyperkeratosis in the foot can be very painful for your dog. They even limp from the pain. A rough or rocky surface can be the worst condition they can face. Even the temperature difference can make it worse.
Walking on a hot summer day on the street or on ice in winter becomes a nightmare for them. Using a dog’s socks or boots can prevent the dog from getting into such a situation, although it will not reduce the hyperkeratosis. For socks, a rubber grip helps the dog to slip.
Shea butter works as a good moisturizer for this area. But there remains a chance for the dog to lick the infected area. There are other consumer moisturizing creams. But it’s best to avoid consumer products. It will not be beneficial to the health of dogs. So shea butter is a safe and effective choice for them.
Naturally made balm is another effective ingredient for this.