Hyperkeratosis is a condition and it affects the dogs skin dreadfully, makes its body parts like nose and paws excessively hard. This is similar to callus formation in the human body. This excessive hardness is because of excessive skin growth in your pet’s body. The growth is caused by the excessive production of keratin, a type of fibre protein that forms the thick outer layer. This may lead to the formation of thick, hard and dry calloused skin which may eventually crack the brittle skin of the nose. It may also be infected extremely when it is not treated properly. To treat such type of condition in your pet, first, you need to understand it and the reasons behind it. hyperkeratosis dog nose can be a serious threat to your dog’s health and it is a condition occurs mainly in two body parts of the dog, based on that it is classified into two main types: nasal hyperkeratosis and footpad hyperkeratosis.
Nasal Hyperkeratosis mainly occurs in the dog’s nose and muzzle area that causes severe pain and incredibly uncomfortable. Dog’s snout is super powered, and it may be function low, and they also tend to lose their sense in this infection. Dogs have the sensation power greater than the humans, so it is used for investigation purpose. This greater sense in the dog is because of the wet portion in its nasal area, and the callus formation would stop it and make dry and crusty, leading to loss of sensual ability.
Reasons for the hyperkeratosis
There are few dogs like golden retrievers, Irish and Bedlington terriers, Labradors, bulldogs, French bulldogs, pugs, boxers, mastiffs, American bulldogs, Pomeranians, German shepherd, collies, poodles, Japanese chin, Pekingese and DoguesDe Bordeaux possesses genetic predisposition which may develop hyperkeratosis in their body. If your dog shows up the hyperkeratosis within the first year of its life, then the reason behind its cause may be its own genes. Idiopathic mainly affects hyperkeratosis dog nose of the older dogs, and there may be many unknown reasons behind it.
Here is the list of issues that also occurs as symptoms in hyperkeratosis
- Canine Distemper- Canine Distemper in dogs, develops the nasal hyperkeratosis as one of its symptoms. The disease may be properly prevented with proper immunization.
- Leishmaniasis- There are medications to treat this type of illness which is caused by the parasite, and it is related with sandflies.
- Pemphigus foliaceus- Pemphigus Foliaceus is the type of autoimmune skin disease. This also occurs in cats. This can be diagnosed with a biopsy.
- Zinc Responsive dermatosis- this type of hyperkeratosis is developed when the pet does not absorb the zinc properly. In such a case zinc supplements are provided to treat this.
Sometimes nasal hyperkeratosis may be a kind of expression of a depressed immune system. Few traits in dog breeds will possess dryer nose comparing other breeds; maybe they have bred with extreme traits that may also depress the immune system.
- Extremely flatter face breeds
- Extremely smaller breeds
- Extremely larger breeds
- Extremely heavy bone weighing breeds
- An extremely heavy body weighing breeds