My Greyhound Limps on Hard Surfaces. What Should I Do?
If your greyhound is limping or becomes lame, first of all it is always good to have a thorough look at their feet.
The most common reason for lameness in greyhounds is a medical condition called corns. Corns appear on the pad of the paw and can feel like a hard spot. Corns are generally round in appearance and may have raised edges or a pale ring around them. Corns may be very small or very large, so look very carefully at each toe. Even the tiniest corn can cause a seemingly disproportionate amount of pain.
Something particularly indicative of corns, is that your dog seems to be fine when walking on softer surfaces (grass, carpet etc.) but is lame on harder surfaces (concrete, asphalt and gravel). You may notice that your greyhound is choosing to walk on grass as opposed to pavement when you are out on walks.
Take your greyhound to your vet for a confirmed diagnosis, it is also important to know that some vets have little or no experience of corns and incorrect diagnosis is relatively common.
Read more about corns: Causes, Prevention and How to Help at Home here: https://zoomadog.co.uk/collections/greyhounds-with-corns
Most greyhound owners put their greyhounds in special greyhound boots. See Hunnyboots here: https://zoomadog.co.uk/products/hunnyboots
But before you self-diagnose your greyhound with a corn, you must have a thorough look at the paw for any sign it is something else. Clean out the paw with warm water, look out for any blood or perhaps a thorn which might indicate a reason for the limping. Push lightly on the paw pads and look in between the individual toes to see if there is anything unusual. Also, check the toenails for any reason for lameness, such as being too short or a stone underneath the nail.
There is an excellent Facebook group especially designated to greyhounds with corns. They share ideas, treatments and frustrations with corns. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Greyhoundswithcorns/?locale=en_GB
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