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    Default Hyperkeratosis of the Nose

    My Bully, Maximus, has Hyperkeratosis on all four paws and also his Nose. I do use 'Snout Soother' but find the effects don't last long, and large chunks of Maximus' nose actually fall off. His nose is forever cracked and dry, and brittle, very brittle.

    Has anyone else ever experienced this with their Bulldog ?

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    Default Re: Hyperkeratosis of the Nose

    My boxer had a horrible time w/it… I found a solution that worked for her. I took a warm washcloth and scrubbed her nose down really good, then patted it dry then I would put Aquaphor on her nose liberally. I did this every couple of days, until it got to the point where once a week was enough.

    She never had issues w/her paws, but I guess you could try it there. I'm sure he would lick it off though… Lol

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    Hi, I have the same issues with Dozers Nose, I've tried everything from Vaseline, Burts Bees, and Coconut Oil, he licks it off every time. I do the same thing as Tracey, and use a warm face cloth when I bathe him, but it always comes back.
    I'm going to watch this thread and see if others have had better luck with this, or if they can recommend a product that has worked for them.
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    Well, I have taken Maximus to a Vet Dermatologist because of his Allergies, and I've talked to the Vet about the Hyperkeratosis of
    Max's paws - the only thing I can do for them is I have to trim them with a scissor and a dremel because there is no cure for
    Hyperkeratosis. The Key issue with the nose is to keep it wet and moist - with Hyperkeratosis on the nose, the nose is dry and cracked all of the time, so it requires us to practically apply 'Snout Soother' or Vaseline or something to the nose on a daily basis.
    The nose does infact absorb what we are applying, and our Bullies can't possibly lick it off fast enough before it does absorb into
    the skin tissues of the nose. So the key is to apply daily, which Maximus just Hates!

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    Default Re: Hyperkeratosis of the Nose

    My oldest bulldog has hyperkeratosis of the nose but not the paws. We applied snout soother for months with not much improvement. I then started applying snout soother 2-3 times/day for a few weeks and that seemed to work! If he likes it off you could try giving him a bone or peanut butter right after to distract him. After his nose got smooth we then cut it back to just applying it at night for maintenence.

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    Could anyone post a picture of this? Preferably snout (Winslow has it on his paw, haven't had his doctor check it yet but it's definitely there). Wondering about his snout too, but don't want to consult with google

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    @Maximus i hope you find something that works!

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    It is difficult to manage, whether on the nose or on the paws - It is all labor intensive. Maximus' paws are really bad, the 'hairy feet'
    need extensive trimming with scissors, and it takes a long time to get it done. As for the nose, my Vet stated Maximus needs sections of his nose cut or trimmed, and that can only be done by his Dermatologist. For the time being I will continue with the
    'Snout Soother' but will increase the number of times I apply it each day, and see if it helps, so I thank you for the recommendation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    It is difficult to manage, whether on the nose or on the paws - It is all labor intensive. Maximus' paws are really bad, the 'hairy feet'
    need extensive trimming with scissors, and it takes a long time to get it done. As for the nose, my Vet stated Maximus needs sections of his nose cut or trimmed, and that can only be done by his Dermatologist. For the time being I will continue with the
    'Snout Soother' but will increase the number of times I apply it each day, and see if it helps, so I thank you for the recommendation.
    try the warm cloth and foot soak before the trimming and application of the ointment.... see if it helps at all
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    @Maximus
    Our vet suggested breaking open Vitamin E caps and using that rather than balms or Vaseline. Maybe you could try that? I agree with the warm washcloth wipe before you apply. Our guy hates it so much though and licks it off or tries to rub his nose full of it anywhere he can including the furniture. Luckily his is not as bad as poor Maximus'. Is he possibly dehydrated at all? I swear I have to remind our to drink and have to encourage him by putting ice in his water.

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    Well, thank you for the recommendation. Yes, Maximus has hyperkeratosis of the nose, so his nose is cracked, dry and crumbly, with large chunks of his nose falling off at any given time, so if I do not keep it moistened with 'Snout Soother' we run in to real trouble,
    although his Vet seems to think his nose looks good (Duh!).

    Max drinks a lot. He also loves to eat Ice cubes. So I know (thank goodness!) that he is well hydrated most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenzaar View Post
    Could anyone post a picture of this? Preferably snout (Winslow has it on his paw, haven't had his doctor check it yet but it's definitely there). Wondering about his snout too, but don't want to consult with google

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    Here is an article I wrote in it

    The Pet Help Forum: A Pet Owner's Help & Support Community - Dry Dog Nose or Paw Pads - About Hyperkeratosis in Dogs


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    @Maximus - I am no vet and lol your vet thinks he's fine - poor guy, has pieces of his nose coming off - but I am wondering this: Could the balm be doing this? I only ask because I think about what they say about chapped lips. Some lipbalms actually can make chapped lips worse if you keep using them. I only say this bc I was having an issue myself with chapped lips and was doing research, haha! Seemed like chapstick wasn't even helping it get better. I had to switch over to aquafor, Maybe something in that balm is not working for him as it should? I know all vets are different, but mine was anti-vaselines/balms and really stressed Vitamin E straight from the caps. I hope it gets better soon!

    PS What is this condition from? I haven't had a chance to research much. Does he have any other underlying issues that cause this? (He is an EBD, after all! LOL) *I just saw the post above me. GREAT Article!

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