Integument

This is a Skin & Connective Tissues condition.

Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis

What is HNPK?

This condition causes the skin of the nose to be overly thick and shingle-like, which can be uncomfortable for your dog. HNPK isn't usually as upsetting to the dog as it is to the owner, but can be quite painful if the thickened flakes of skin are abruptly removed--so no picking. However, it can can be managed with softening soaks and gentle exfoliation.

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

HNPK isn't usually as upsetting to the dog as it is to the owner, but can be quite painful if the thickened flakes of skin are abruptly removed--so no picking.

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?

This condition can be managed with softening soaks and gentle exfoliation.

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