Identifying and Treating Skin Conditions that can Affect Your Dog
Numerous conditions, some quite painful, that can affect your dogs feet and face.
Yikes! What happened to Fidos nose? And whats wrong with Fluffys paw pads? The possibilities are many, and a surprising number of nose and paw pad problems are related. Because illnesses in this category often have similar or identical symptoms, a veterinarians diagnosis can be important. The following overview will help you identify, prevent, or treat these disorders. The most frequently asked questions about dogs noses concern color. Dogs have black or dark noses and paw pads because of melanin, a pigment that darkens skin. When melanin production slows or stops, the skin lightens uniformly or in patches. The 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.