WHAT ARE THEY?
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These are hard, painful areas found on the digital pads of Greyhounds.
A Greyhound may have 1 or more corns, and they may vary in size and exact location on the pads.
They all share the generally circular appearance, the hard core, and they are consistently painful at least to some extent.
As these pictures show, corns extend deep into the pad. It's easy to see why walking becomes so very painful for the "corn dogs". Affected Greyhounds seek soft surfaces for walking - grass and carpet - rather than hard pavement or flooring.
Any lameness examination on a Greyhound MUST include
an examination of each pad for the presence of a corn.
WHAT CAUSES THEM?
The exact cause remains uncertain and that discussion will be left to others. It does seem to be an almost exclusive Greyhound affliction. One non-Greyhound (perhaps a lurcher?) did present to our hospital with a true corn:
HOW CAN THEY BE TREATED?
CAN THEY BE CURED?
Corns can resolve permanently, although in some cases, they seem to disappear only to return later. In other cases, they never regress but require regular maintenance to keep your Greyhound walking as painlessly as possible.
This page last updated 10/02/2011