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I've adopted 8 greyhounds over the last 15 years and just got my latest edition, a 4 yr old female. Seems perfectly healthy, but has developed what looks to be irritation, hair loss and some rawness on the knuckles of her rear paws - just wondering if anyone has seen that before?

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Some sort of allergy? Licking them too much? Something along those lines comes to mind.

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She's not knuckling under her rear paws, is she? Some sort of injury in the backyard?


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Check her toenails on that foot. If they looked scraped on the tops of the nails, then it sounds as if she's knuckling when she walks. If the nails look okay, then it sounds as if she's licking or chewing. What springs to mind then is allergies, or perhaps even a developing corn on that foot? Also, possibly a damaged toenail that's irritating her (cracked or broken), or something caught in a pad?


At any rate, figuring out how the toes are getting irritated might help with why...


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One way to check for knuckling is to stand the dog upright, then turn one foot so that the knuckles are on the floor. The dog should immediately right the foot so that it is standing on its paw pads. If the dog remains standing on the top of the foot, it indicates that there is decrease sensation in that foot. Do the same on the other side.


Given the age of your new dog, I would guess allergies and associated licking/chewing too.

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