My cousin (by greyhound pedigree) Sue, in Norfolk England, has a lovely grey named Polly.http://gracefulgreyhounds.blogspot.com/ . Polly has corns or a corn , and Sue is using a homeopathic remedy for Polly's corns right now. Sue tells me that she has tried many different "remedies" but no cure has been found. One resource that she has found is a Facebook group called Greyhounds with corns.
I got interested in the subject, and decided to really check my hounds' feet to be sure of their corn or no corn status. I did not find any corns but did find some cracked edges on the pads, so decided to give them extra care on their feet.
|Power licking his foot after amputation|
I have been very careful of his right hind foot due to the amputation. He doesn't act as if the foot gives him lots of trouble, but I want to be cautious of it's condition anyway. The long toe next to the amputation site, is rather crooked and I keep an eye on it as well. The toenail on that toe is very crooked as well. I try to keep the nail trimmed and the pads in good condition.
One article I read about corns http://greytarticles.wordpress.com/medical-first-aid/corns-2/thoughts-on-corns-an-analysis/ stated that the two inside toes of a greyhounds foot are almost always the ones which get corns.
My theory about Power is that since he is missing his second toe on that foot, the first inside toe is doing extra duty. I think it would be bad if he developed a corn on the first toe, so I am taking measures to prevent it.
At the present time, I am cleaning the feet daily and rubbing a strong lubricant on the pads to help them stay soft and not cracked and dry. It is an emu oi land beeswax paste that I got at Walmart in the foot section.
I read on the Facebook site (greyhounds with corns) that a fellow named Jack has developed a Gel (called Jack's Gel) and a lubricant, called Jack's Pad polish. I would like to know if any of you have used either item.
Do any of you have any recommendations?