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I Found a Corn On My Greyhound's Paws. It Makes My Greyhound Limp. What Should I Do?

I Found a Corn On My Greyhound's Paws. It Makes My Greyhound Limp. What Should I Do?

Corns are very common in greyhounds. 80% of corns occur in your dog’s front legs, typically in the 3 or 4th toe digit, although they can occur anywhere. 

Corns can be very painful, cause great discomfort for your greyhound and make them limp. 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. 

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. For this reason, we recommend you insist on their feet being very carefully checked. Also, it is a good idea to read up on corns beforehand and take relevant material with you, for the vet to consider. Read more about the medical condition here: https://zoomadog.co.uk/collections/greyhounds-with-corns 

If your greyhound has a corn, there are a number of options.

  1. Most greyhound owners buy special greyhound boots rather than opt for surgery. Boots can both prevent and reduce a corn. The best greyhound boots on the market are Hunnyboots, their shape is slim and long like a greyhound paw so they don’t fall off like regular dog boots found online: Find Hunnyboots here: https://zoomadog.co.uk/products/hunnyboots 
  2. Get a deep and soft dog bed for your greyhound. Their paws are often very painful, so it is important they have a soft bed.
  3. 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
  4. Surgery is a last resort with negatable outcomes, so don’t be pressed into this treatment option until you have tried all others. The first, and most preferred, treatment method is to have the corn “hulled”. Although some do this themselves at home, it is really important you first speak to your vet. To hull a corn your vet will use a dental root elevator. This instrument is like a cross between an ice-pick and a spatula. The vet will use it to gently elevate the corn out of its bed, eventually freeing it from the pad. Although there will be a hole left in the pad, this method is not painful and does not require sedation or anaesthesia and, best of all, provides almost instant relief. For best results soften the corn first by using a balm or cream for a few days or weeks prior.

Read more about corns: Causes, Prevention and How to Help at Home here: https://zoomadog.co.uk/collections/greyhounds-with-corns 

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