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    Have to start with a consultation at $105 and go from there. Makes me wonder about pet health insurance before we go down this road?


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    Quote Originally Posted by YHSublime View Post
    Ah, I did a little research, and I've well documented this with pictures along the way, from inception to now!

    Limping?
    What is this?!

    Here is the link that led me to believe it is a Keratoma. It reads:


    Keratoma, corn or callus growth is a column of compacted keratin in the shape of a nail. The main cause of this condition is chronic pressure or friction. Paw pad keratomas typically occur in racing or retired greyhounds. Inorganic foreign items, such as sand or glass, are a possible cause as well as a papillomavirus infection.
    I think you are on the right track- this does not look like hyperkeritosis to me.

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    Have to start with a consultation at $105 and go from there. Makes me wonder about pet health insurance before we go down this road?


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    Most insurance will not cover pre-exisiting conditions and with most, if you do not get the insurance as a puppy,like the day you bring them home, it may not be worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullmama View Post
    I think you are on the right track- this does not look like hyperkeritosis to me.
    I think so as well. I appreciate the agreement. I talked to a vet that had a problem with her dog that was similar: dog cut it's paw pad, turned infected, then turned into a cancerous tumor which had to be removed.

    Could be Taco stepped on a rock, got this, and it might have turned into something bigger. Or maybe just encouraged whatever was in his body already?

    This means after a consulatation, they will probably want to get a sample for the dermatologist, and then talk about removal. I have also talked to people who have spent thousands of dollars on just testing their dogs, and the conditions still appear, even after being removed. I think the policy across the board is going to be CYA and nobody will guarantee it won't come back.

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    Most insurance will not cover pre-exisiting conditions and with most, if you do not get the insurance as a puppy,like the day you bring them home, it may not be worth it.
    We had talked about it the day we adopted him, as he was 35lbs (a year in December with us.) He's 72lbs now, and aside from his bum paw, healthy as a horse:




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    Quote Originally Posted by YHSublime View Post
    I think so as well. I appreciate the agreement. I talked to a vet that had a problem with her dog that was similar: dog cut it's paw pad, turned infected, then turned into a cancerous tumor which had to be removed.

    Could be Taco stepped on a rock, got this, and it might have turned into something bigger. Or maybe just encouraged whatever was in his body already?

    This means after a consulatation, they will probably want to get a sample for the dermatologist, and then talk about removal. I have also talked to people who have spent thousands of dollars on just testing their dogs, and the conditions still appear, even after being removed. I think the policy across the board is going to be CYA and nobody will guarantee it won't come back.



    We had talked about it the day we adopted him, as he was 35lbs (a year in December with us.) He's 72lbs now, and aside from his bum paw, healthy as a horse:




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    He looks great! Keep us posted after the consult.... and I agree, you will most likely get a lot of CYA comments and no guarantee of it not returning (sad, but true)
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    Praying for Taco that his paw can be operated on and will clear up completely.

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    Mabel has similar pads, but not that severe. The vet trimmed them and told me I can do it myself. I really don't like doing it--so afraid I'll hurt her. I actually thought she had a deep cut on her pad. I hope you can get to the root of it and give him some relief.




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    Quote Originally Posted by My Otis View Post
    Praying for Taco that his paw can be operated on and will clear up completely.
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    Mabel has similar pads, but not that severe. The vet trimmed them and told me I can do it myself. I really don't like doing it--so afraid I'll hurt her. I actually thought she had a deep cut on her pad. I hope you can get to the root of it and give him some relief.
    Thanks to you both. I trimmed it down with a pair of super sharp scissors. Didn't seem to hurt him, but I was scared to go to far. It fell apart in my fingers, like if you chewed up a bunch of sunflower seeds and spit them into a cup, and let them dry, just like that. He limps only when we walk on gravel, otherwise, you wouldn't notice.


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    Whatever it is, it has started rapidly growing. Taco is limping, and putting little to no weight on that paw any more. It has started pressing into the paw pad, and seems to have a "quick" similar to a nail, like there are blood vessels in there.

    All of the vets I talked to quoted quite a bit of money to operate. My vet has been scheduled to do it this Monday (the 1st of December.) Taco can't eat for 12 hours, and I will drop him off in the morning. I have asked that they remove the growth, and look for a foriegn object underneath. I'm betting they will find something. They are going to X-ray it also to make sure they get everything out. My vet kept calling it a "horned paw," which doesn't seem very scientific to me, but he was willing to remove it.

    The healing process is going to be the biggest burden. Being it's on his paw pad, the vet said any amount of weight or pressure will cause it to split the sutures open, so he'll have to be in a sock and a cone for TWO MONTHS. This is going to be a tremendous toll, but I'm hoping that it will all be done with and Taco can be back to his usual romping self.

    That being said, I'm hoping to find a sock that can go all the way up his leg, so I don't have to worry about him licking it or getting it off.

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    OUCH.... is it getting better?
    No, it's getting worse. I'm anxious about his surgery a week today, as he will be getting put under. I've been scouring Amazon for long socks that I can put on to help him heal afterwards. I let him lick to his hearts content, because I'm sure it's soothing, but it will be two months of a cover and having to clean and lotion, from what my vet says.

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