Saturday, April 9, 2011

Split Paw Pad Disease

Our vet phoned yesterday with some more potential diseases.  One of them was "Split Paw Pad Disease". There is a dismal amount of information on this on the internet, but there is a book that has some information about it.  From the description and the pictures it looks like it could definitely be the issue!  Figure 4.32 is pretty much what her two pads look like.

It sounds like it is pretty rare and I haven't been able to find any information on treatment yet.  Anyone heard of this before?

5 comments:

Cindy said...

My 10 year old Sheltie was diagnosed with split paw pad disease. His paw are in much worse shape than you dog's paws. I dip him in a 50% solution of propylene glycol. His paw pads have improved, but he will never recover.

Paws on the Run said...

Cindy, I'd live to chat with you more about this disease. Would you please send me an email? You can reach me at home@paws-on-the-run.ca I'd like to know how long it has been bothering your sheltie for, if the pads get worse and worse, if the attacks get more frequent and if it gets more and more painful or if it just stays the same. Are there any suggest supplements? Things to avoid? I'm sorry your guy is going through this!

Anonymous said...

Gracie, soft coated wheaten terrier, has been diagnosed with the same. Canada. There seems to be no cure other than maintenance. One has to be on top of an outbreak (which apparently comes down into the paws and is very painful; therefore, the licking and self mutilation of paws) and one must cover the paws affected. She is six yrs old but has suffered from this problem for 3 to 4 yrs. No research will be, as my vet explained, as humans will not have this medical problem. Any known treatment would be appreciated.

Maria said...

Here's another one. My german shepherd wap diagnosed this week but they are many in her family with this disease. Have any of your dogs problems all year? My dog Diwa is now at à point Where i Wonder if this really is fair to her, she is in so much pain. If anyone has anything to share - I'd really appreciate it.

Rgds, Maria
mariahansson_21@hotmail.com

Vivian Lee said...

My dog has something like this and I use straight coconut oil and slather it right onto her paw pads like a lotion. After about 3 days of this, the callouses will start to peel off. Once that happens your dog will be back to normal until the callouses build up again. Then you put the coconut oil on again.