This is a Skin & Connective Tissues condition.

Hereditary Footpad Hyperkeratosis

What is Hereditary Footpad Hyperkeratosis?

A disorder of skin maturation, this condition can cause especially thick, hardened footpads that are prone to cracking. In Bedlington Terriers, Kromfohrlanders, and Irish Terriers, it is caused by a point mutation in the gene FAM83G. Pain and infection risk can be managed by using softening creams, soaking footpads and promptly treating infections.

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

Painful thickening of the footpads is the first sign most owner's recognize.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

This is often first recognized in juvenile dogs.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Clinical signs, genetic testing, and biopsy can be used to diagnose this condition.

How is this condition treated?

Cracks in the foot pads make dogs more likely to contract a secondary bacterial infection, which can be managed with appropriate antibiotics; treatment of the foot pads with softening soaks can also reduce pain associated with the condition.

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