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This is a skin & connective tissue condition.

Congenital Cornification Disorder

What is Congenital Cornification Disorder?

Congenital Cornification Disorder is a rare, inherited skin disease causing lesions that are often in a linear pattern. Affected skin is hairless, thickened, and darkly pigmented. The lesions are very painful and can cause limping if they are on a dog's leg.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Affected dogs have hairless patches of skin, often in a linear pattern. These areas have clearly defined borders. The skin lesions can be thickened, darkly pigmented, and very painful. If these lesions are present on a dog's leg, they can cause limping.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Skin lesions develop in dogs less than one year of age.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

This condition can be diagnosed using a combination of a skin biopsy and genetic testing.

How is this condition treated?

Your veterinarian may try several treatment options before finding the most effective one. Treatment usually entails prescription shampoo with an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory cream.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Discuss treatment options with your veterinarian and follow their instructions consistently.
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