Introduction to the Research on Corns – Michael Watts , Secretary SGV

From Greyhound Star

Are corns in greyhounds hereditary, at least in part? That is not the sort of question I hear every day, which probably goes some way to explain why I am a struggling track vet, who happily leaves it to others to scale the dizzying heights of academia. Like I say it is not every day that you hear of a new project researching aspects of greyhound genetics and it is even less often that you hear of research into greyhound health being carried out in Norway Thus it was that you could have knocked me over with a feather when I got an e-mail from a colleague in Scandinavia checking to see if I was still involved in greyhound work…………..To read full article click on image below

Corns in Dogs: Mike Guillard

Mike Guilliard MA VetMB CertSAO FRCVS

Nantwich

guilliard@talk21.com

Introduction

A corn is a circular area of hard tissue found only in the digital paw pads of sight hounds, the large pads are never affected. It is an overgrowth of keratin, the structural protein found in skin, horns and nails. Approximately 85% of corns occur in the pads of the central toes in the front limbs. It is a common cause of severe debilitating lameness in these breeds exacerbated when exercising on hard ground. The incidence is reported as being 2.5 to 5.9%.

Diagnosis is by observation and palpation of a thickened painful area of pad. There may be a dark centre to the corn mimicking a foreign body penetration but there is no fluid discharge; an X-ray detects most foreign bodies. Misdiagnosis is common through inexperience of the condition………………………Click on image below to read full article