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GeorgesMama
6th August 2011, 03:59 AM
My little buddy has had a dry cracked nose his whole life, but now as he gets older its getting worse. Same with the pads on his paws; dry and brittle. We've tried vasaline, it just made it worse. Any ideas?

Blondiemonster
6th August 2011, 03:33 PM
My little buddy has had a dry cracked nose his whole life, but now as he gets older its getting worse. Same with the pads on his paws; dry and brittle. We've tried vasaline, it just made it worse. Any ideas?

U can try so sweet almond oil....

denali
6th August 2011, 04:00 PM
try some pawpaw ointment. I use it as lip balm and it is great. I also used it on my old dogs nose, it worked well for him.
good luck!

dozyrosy
6th August 2011, 08:39 PM
Years ago, my sister's Papillon had this problem with his little paws and the vet recommended (neat) lanolin for them. It worked well but as far as I can remember it was thick, sticky, and a rather messy!

Rosemary

GeorgesMama
8th August 2011, 06:00 AM
Thanks guys I'll give those ideas a try!

StillPooh
8th August 2011, 04:47 PM
My little buddy has had a dry cracked nose his whole life, but now as he gets older its getting worse. Same with the pads on his paws; dry and brittle. We've tried vasaline, it just made it worse. Any ideas?The fancy name for this condition is nasodigital hyperkeratosis. :yikes

It's quite common in a number of breeds, especially middle aged spaniels. Clancy has a really dry cracked nose, but thankfully his pads are unaffected. I use Nose Butter from The Blissful Dog (http://theblissfuldog.com/tag/nose-butter). If you ask when you order, she can put a cavalier label on the tin. cl*p

Erin2854
8th August 2011, 05:45 PM
I just got done reading an article about this in the latest addition of "The Whole Dog Journal". Here is some info from the article..


"Nasodigital HyperkeratosisThe term nasodigital refers to both nose and toes. A thickening of the outer layer of skin (hyperkeratosis) at the edges of the nose or paw pads can develop into painful cracks, fissures, erosions, and ulcers. The nasal planum, which is usually soft, shiny, and moist, becomes dry, hard, and rough, especially on the dorsum (top) of the nose.Digital hyperkeratosis, which involves the entire surface of all paw pads, is most pronounced along the edges, as excess keratin (the skin’s tough, fibrous outer covering) is worn away on the weight-bearing surfaces in the center of the pads. The keratin may have a feathery appearance. Excess keratin in hard, cracked paw pads can make walking so painful that it causes lameness.No one knows what causes this condition, which is associated with older dogs, particularly American Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Beagles, and Basset Hounds. Skin pigment is not affected, and the nose retains its natural cobblestone or pebbly appearance. Secondary bacterial or yeast infections in fissures can cause inflammation and increase discomfort. Other parts of the body are not affected.Nasodigital hyperkeratosis has no specific diagnosis; it is determined by the exclusion of other conditions that might cause similar symptoms, such as discoid lupus erythematosus or pemphigus complex diseases. Veterinarians usually prescribe topical corticosteroids and antibiotics to control secondary inflammation and infection. Other treatments involve shaving or cutting away excess keratin, which must be done with care, along with the application of wet dressings and topical ointments. Bag Balm, a lanolin-based antiseptic ointment, is a popular treatment, as are Tretinoin Gel (a natural form of vitamin A that treats acne as well as keratosis and is sold by prescription), and petroleum jelly. Foot pads can be soaked in a solution of 50-percent propylene glycol.Two products with numerous fans among breeders, owners, trainers, and veterinarians for the treatment of dry, cracked noses are Snout Soother, which contains unrefined shea nut butter, organic hempseed oil, kukui nut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba, candelilla wax, rosemary extract, and natural vitamin E; and Nose Butter, a blend of shea butter, vitamin E oil, and essential oils.Nasodigital hyperkeratosis is a lifelong condition. Treatment may start with soaking and topical treatments twice a day. Once improvement is seen, ongoing treatment once or twice a week or as the growths recur is required.

In Denver, Colorado, Vanessa Graziano O’Grady’s 7-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, Chisum, developed hyperkeratosis when he was a year and a half. His paw pads were treated with prednisone (a corticosteroid drug that suppresses inflammation), Accutane (a prescription form of vitamin A), and Kerasolv (an ointment containing salicylic acid that is no longer available).“No luck with any of those,” says O’Grady. “Our vet completely trimmed all the excess off and it all grew back. Then our veterinary dermatologist introduced us to Bio Balm, a French ointment that moisturizes and helps heal noses and paw pads. It’s a blend of essential oils, soy oil, and palm oil. Within two weeks of using it nightly, the excess footpad skin started crumbling in my hands and falling off! We use it every night at bedtime on the edges of each pad and it keeps his pads smooth. The dermatologist was so stunned that she asked for pictures to share with colleagues.”Chisum’s nose was affected, too, but despite two biopsies, his dermatologist couldn’t confirm a diagnosis. “We tried long courses of tetracycline and niacinamide but they didn’t do much, and neither did prednisone,” says O’Grady. “What seems to help the most is Protopic, a prescription ointment for eczema, which we apply once or twice per day. His nose is not perfect but it seems to be holding steady and hasn’t gotten worse.”