Help! My Greyhound has corns on her toes! Important updates…

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING CORN REMOVAL SINCE THE PUBLISHING OF THIS POST…(I am so pleased with the results that I am now a distributor of this homeopathic remedy)

June 16, 2011

Click on the following link to see our latest post on the subject of Greyhound corns as it is our most updated information with the “before and after” pictures.

http://dognotesinc.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-greyhound-corns-before-and-after-homeopathic-treatment/?preview=true&preview_id=3026&preview_nonce=541752b9df

6/8/11    Let’s take a look at some of the “before” pictures…

6/8/11   Within the next couple of days I will post the amazing “after” pictures.  It has been 6 weeks and I am still dabbing just a drop onto each area in the evening but I am sure you will agree the results to date are astounding.

For more information and to purchase the homeopathic remedy using your PayPal account, please email me at:  info@MyDogNeverDidThatBefore.com

Tell me about your dog and how long have those nasty corns been around and how many of them you are dealing with.

Fran from Melbourne writes…

Thanks Jackie.  It is all coming along well and it was a week since we commenced the treatment.  The ‘swelling’ which was causing a bulge out to the side of her paw has gone down the corn itself is taking on more of a definition.  It is as though it is separating from the rest of the tissue.  Her demeanour has really improved.  When you take her for a walk she is back to her beautiful greyhound prancing walk, with her head held up looking all around her.  When he took the two dogs down to the usual park where he lets them have a run free, for the first time in a long time she was prancing and wanting to join in with Hugo who runs and plays with a lab they meet up there – she has been disinterested for some time.  Last week she was off and joining in the fun.

So we are grateful for finding out about the wonderful treatments.  I will be passing the info on to my reflexologist as she is a firm believer in natural treatments for pets also.

***5/17/11    One corn has just about disappeared!!    The larger one will need the 2 full extra weeks.   She is not in pain any longer.   Soon, I will have more information for you to obtain the homeopathic remedy.

Effective 4-17-11, I have been working closely with a homeopathic practitioner in the removal of my hound’s corns.  We are looking at an approximate 4-6 week painless process.   However, calling it a “process” does not do it justice as it involves a total of 2 minutes (or less) per day.  I am very excited about this and will keep everyone posted as to the results.    I am also very pleased to announce that I will be distributing her remedy in the very near future.

Now, on to the original post…

I’ve heard this is common in Greyhounds and might have something to do with their lack of body fat.  The Princess Hound I refer to in many of these posts has two corns-one on the second toe of both front feet.  Try to imagine a good-sized piece of gravel embedded in each of your big toes.  You’ll probably feel them with every step.   Ouch!

I remove them about every 3-4 weeks.    While this can be uncomfortable for her, she’s extremely tolerant of the procedure.  (But, no, she does not get couch and popcorn privileges, regardless of her cooperation during the process…)

When she is laying down (which is 99.5% of the time) I sit next to her, grab a foot and tell her to go to her “happy place” :)   I loosen the corn by going back and forth (like a top-loader washing machine) using thumb and forefinger nails. Eventually, I can continually twist it in one direction until it breaks off.

This is not my Greyhound’s toe but looks very close to it.   After removal,  Neosporin with Pain Relief is applied for a few days.   Our vet recommended she wear TheraPaws when we walk as they really cushion the feet.

June 16, 2011

Please click on the below link for the latest update on the remedy for Greyhound corns.  We have also posted the “before and after” photos!

http://dognotesinc.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-greyhound-corns-before-and-after-homeopathic-treatment/

Below, is the story of another Greyhound’s corn removal process.  Very informative article.   After reading, I sent an email to my dog’s chiropractor to get her opinion since she uses laser in her practice.

(Since publishing this original post, my dog’s chiropractor explained to me that her laser is strictly “heat” vs. the “cutting” type which would have been used in the below process.)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 by greytblackdog blog

Don’t Call Me Corn Dog Seka

By greytblackdog blog:  For those of you with a greyhound with corns you know how painful they can be for your pup. If you don’t own a corn dog, thank your lucky stars and knock on wood. These nasty little hard spots often cause lameness in greyhounds and only greyhounds for some unknown reason. Seka has two corns, one on each of her back feet. Most of the time she manages okay on carpeted floors. It’s on any hard surface that she has problems, which includes asphalt, tile, hardwood – pretty much any floor that doesn’t have a rug on it she will limp or totally refuse to use one of her back feet, depending on which one is hurting the most that day. I equate it to walking around with a rock in your shoe that you can’t get rid of.We’ve tried a lot of home remedies to soften the corns including using wart remover and covering her pads with duct tape. Some people have used Abreva (an over-the-counter cold sore medication) with some success. We put a nightly application of Bag Balm on her pads to keep them as soft as possible, but nothing gets through that hard, calcified tissue. Many vets turn to coring out the corn with a special dental instrument, which basically pops out the hard part of the corn from the pad, but everyone who has ever had this done to one of their corn dogs will tell you that they come back nine times out of ten. So, there’s not a lot treatment options available to our corn dogs.In October, the corn on Seka’s “lucky foot” (the one with three toes) fell off while coursing. I figured it would come back, but (knock on wood) it hasn’t reared its ugly head yet. I attribute the switch to feeding raw to keeping this corn at bay. The way I look at it – no binders and fillers in her food, mean nothing for the virus to bind to in her body.But the corn on her good foot kept getting bigger and bigger, and last week it mostly fell off. Usually when the corn gets so big that it falls off it offers her a few weeks of comfort, but not this time. In fact, she steadily got worse and even stopped using her foot all together on the carpet on Tuesday. So I called Dr. Hottie’s office and worked ourselves into their schedule at 10a that morning to get Seka some pain meds to help her through the holidays.Now, Dr. Westmoreland and I had discussed using his laser to remove the corns on Seka’s feet, but I kept putting the procedure off due to our coursing schedule and the potential price tag (anything with the term laser in it has to be expensive, right?). Using a laser allows the vet to take off more of the infected tissue than an old fashioned surgical tool would and hopefully get low enough to completely get rid of the virus so the corn doesn’t grow back.As we hopped into the vet’s office on three legs at 10a I kicked myself that I hadn’t done something about this stupid corn earlier. But after the vet took a good look at her and made sure it wasn’t any other kind of soft tissue injury, Dr. Westmoreland had Seka’s toe numbed up, and his trusty laser aimed at the offending corn, blasting away like he was playing Space Invaders. Seka is pictured above, happy and relieved after he was all done. Her corn-less toe below, post-procedure.As we walked out of the vet’s office at 10:45a to pay our bill of a mere $110 (the procedure was only $35, the rest was meds, numbing and exam fee), I almost cried looking at my dog who was standing firmly on all four legs for the first time in at least two years. We go back in two weeks for a recheck to be sure the spot is not growing back as a corn. Fingers crossed that Seka will no longer be a corn dog, at least for a few months.
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4 Responses to Help! My Greyhound has corns on her toes! Important updates…

  1. Dianne Wright says:

    Daniel Doherty of My Vet 24/7 in Uxbridge has come up with a cure for corns, I believe you have 4 treatments and then they are gone

    • dognotesinc says:

      Thanks, Diane for the valuable information. I have already looked up his website and I am going to email his office to see if he has worked with any vets in the States that are practicing his procedures. I just had to remove her corns again today and it seems like they are getting larger. It would be so great to get rid of them permanently.

      • Petra says:

        Hello, my adopted greyhound also big problems with corns :( he has already 3 on his front legs and its almost imposible for him to walk without boots…
        I am removing his corns almost each 3 weeks because it is still growing and growing :(
        Vets in Czech Republic doesn´t have any experience with this problem and it was even hard to explain them that it is really corn and my Tiger doesn´t have Arthritis
        Now my vet wants to try to remove the corn and “burn” the root.

        What do you think about this?
        I am afraid not to make it even worst :(
        thanks

      • dognotesinc says:

        Hi Petra. By “burning” the root of the corn-are they going to use laser treatment? Per my dog’s chiropractor, she says that a “cutting” laser is probably what they are referring to in the article about the dog, Seka. If so, it sounds like that might be something worth trying as it is my understanding that with basic surgery simply cutting out the corn, it will probably grow back so many vets do not recommend this. If you talk to your vet about cutting it out with laser treatment, I would be very interested in hearing what they have to say. Good luck with this and keep us posted!

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