Does Casey the greyhound have a corn?
The foot was originally smashed in a racing accident, and the bones have healed but calcified. This doesn't appear to affect him very much as long as we don't over exercise him. Although he usually stands with the leg slightly wider than the others and has missing a toenail.
He seems to keep picking up tiny stones in a small hole in the pad. We have been using Walkers boots outside on and off during this time but the hole will not heal fully.
Our vet has suggested that it could be a corn and that it may be best for Casey to have it cut out. If this doesn't work then the toe may be amputated.
It is only one location in one pad and only seems to bother him when he gets something in it. However it can be extremely difficult to see the foreign object and remove it.
Having done a little research on the Internet, we are not totally convinced that it is a corn and even if it is the advice on the Internet seems opposed to surgery.
Casey regularly wears a special Trixie Walker Care Protective Boots to help protect his poorly paw.
They are made of neoprene, with an artificial leather back and sole and fastened with velcro. They are usually sold as pairs but alway check.
We haven't tried the new Walker Active Protective Boots yet but may well do when I put in another order. They are more expensive but look harder wearing - and we do get through a lot of boots!
Pictures of Casey's paws
Here are just a few of the links that we are compiling to gather more information:
- Seed warts/Corns in Greyhounds Jill Hopfenbeck, DVM - These recommendations represent my personal experiences treating “seed warts”(more properly called corns) in greyhounds. I have treated 15-20 dogs over the past 8 years, including one of my own, who got me thinking about the problem.
- An Overview Corns - greyhound Welfare Inc - An Overview What are corns and where do they come from?
- Thera-Paw - acts as a reusable bandage with a protective base. I'm trying to order some of these for him
- Grassmere Animal Hospital - corns