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Our permanent foster has corns. This is my first dog to have corns.

 

When he had his dental the really nasty corn was lazered off.

 

It has been a month and it is back bigger than ever.

 

I have tried to use the corn acid and bag balm, but it only seems to make it grow faster, and poor guy is really limping. He is 13 1/2 YO.

 

I have heard pros and cons to dremeling. Some say yes, and some say no it makes them grow deeper into his foot.

 

For all the corn specialists out there, any suggestions on this issue of dremeling???

 

Possible the only way to give the poor old guy some relief is to amputate that toe, but he is too sick to do this.

 

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Thanks for the help!

He hates his TheraPaw boot. Will pull it off no matter how tight, or extra wraps of velcro I use. Sigh!

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I've no experience with corns, but just wanted to thank you for taking this sweet old guy in and giving him such good care.

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I only use the therapaws on walks. Lots of rugs at home.

 

I really think those are better candidates for hulling. But yes, at a minimum deemed it flat. Some folks dremel a little below the surface.

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A friend of mine has had multiple dogs with corns. She uses duct tape pressed over the corn(cut to size with a hole puncher) and when it softens up she will pick at it and dremel it down. Therapaws for walking also help. I can understand why at 13 1/2 you don't want to amputate.

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I think corns are related to pressure. And I think if you remove a toe, it just shifts the pressure to another toe, causing corns on that toe.

 

People try creams and I think they work for some. I just maintain hers by keeping it flat and I use a salve on her pads. And lots of soft surfaces in the house.

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A friend of mine has had multiple dogs with corns. She uses duct tape pressed over the corn(cut to size with a hole puncher) and when it softens up she will pick at it and dremel it down. Therapaws for walking also help. I can understand why at 13 1/2 you don't want to amputate.

This is what I did with Pal's front foot corn that he developed at age 13 (why?). I didn't get fancy with a hole puncher (that is a good idea!) but just ripped pieces of duct tape to secure to the corn. In between changes of duct tape I dremeled the corn; it seemed to keep it to a level that was comfortable for him.

 

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Lexie has had a corn for several years. She has had it hulled a few times but it always grows back. Someone mentioned to me to try to dremel it a tiny bit just so it is level. (so it doesn't feel like a stone for her when she walks). I dremel very carefully and only a very little bit just to make it flat and even if that makes sense. It seems to give her relief. I have done the duct tape thing but it takes so long and it still makes Lexie uncomfortable walking. There is a site on FB greyhounds with corns that is helpful too. I have tried the creams after the vet hulled. The cream seem to prevent it from growing back as fast but it still grew back.

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Brady is my 3rd corn dog. Lucky me. Not. Anyway, I do dremel his to keep them flat and that seems to help. I will also hull them, which I don't like to do and he doesn't like, either. He will wear a therapaw on his back foot, but not the front.

 

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Kasey has a couple that are not bothering him but I'm trying to work on. I bought this: Corn Cream and Acidic Lotion - http://murrayavenuerx.com/corn-and-callus-cream-hyaluronic-acid-and-thera-paws.html. After a month, I'm seeing very slow results, but however it appears that the corn is coming to the surface but still isn't bothering him. Because I don't seem to be getting anywhere, I plan to dremel it just to see if the meds will take a bit better/deeper if the hard surface stuff is removed.

 

I'd agree with dremeling it flat if you can, since that looks like it's protrouding. The nice thing about these meds, it has a bit of an anti inflammatory and will help an pain that's associated directly on the foot.

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Thanks for all the great advice. Dremel in hand today!

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Larry has corns and Lucy recently developed them. Larry's used to be kept in check by our old vet pretty good but, not as well with the new vet. I've been a little lax putting creams on (bag balm and kerasol) lately and the dremeling just doesn't seem to be helpful. I am going to try something new though, I picked up a pumice stone at the store and have used it the last three nights. You wet their paw and the stone and then just gently rub over the surface. It seems to have already helped Lucy as her corn is on the flat of the pad and it seems to have been taken enough down that she is walking better already. Larry's is going to take longer because it near the edge and it's harder to smooth it out.

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Remy had corns, on both front paws. I had vet hull them. I had vet surgically remove them. They came back within 6 months. After they came back, I went back to just hulling. I was paying $75/per corn for my vet to hull them, until I learned how to hull them myself last year @ Dewey. The wonderful ladies @ GEM showed me how and I hulled the once a month until his death. I have been hulling another pup' corns in my walking group. It is so simple, I can't stand it. The amount of work, time, money we spend on creams/pills/duct tape/dremel/etc and nothing helps other than hulling every 4 weeks. It is a hard callous that, to us would be the equivalent of walking with a stone in our shoe. Unless it is removed, nothing will cure it, or make it feel better. If you weren't so far away :hehe I would come over and show you how it's done... It takes less than 5 minutes... there's just no way to explain it without seeing it yourself...

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Bianca has two corns - I will be paying a visit to the always lovely and accommodating GEM ladies while we are at Dewey to learn the hulling method - right now just keeping her pads soft and dremeling - thanks -

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a friend just showed me a pretty good visual on hulling corns on you tube(of course).she is boarding a dog w/ corns long term and i mentioned hulling it. the video showed the corn being hulled with a good pair of human nail clippers and it gives very good instructions. i used to hull my first grey's corns, i had a sharp- used for iv drip and would pick it out. yes, they grow back, but if you get out as much as possible it is relief since it's like walking w/ a rock in your shoe. i also tried the duct tape- both on my grey's corn and my planter's warts(very similar to what the greys get). no luck- didn't stay on for either. be brave, watch the video and pick away starting at the outside and work down into the pad. do it slowly, it shouldn't hurt if you are only getting the corn. have a friend feed your foster some treats and pet and work in good light. it's a tad scarey the first time, but you'll get very proficient at it.

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I have no experience with corns or hulling. I looked at the picture up top and felt so bad for your old guy. But can I tell you that I totally fell in love with the hysterical little face in the background lower right? lol. So funny and cute. Brought a smile to my face!

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