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When my vet (she's an orthopedic surgeon) discovered Tracker's corn, she suggested surgery. After I got home, I immediately started looking for advice from fellow Grey owners, and the general agreement seems to be that hulling is the way to go and surgery should only be a last resort. So I suggested this to my vet. She said she's never done hulling (and clearly has no interest in learning about it) and never had a problem with recurrence in the Greys she's done surgery on. I was pretty taken aback. She's in the Bay Area where she sees a lot of Greys--I can't believe a vet would use surgery as the only way to deal with corns!! I won't do surgery, so I guess I need to figure this out on my own. Am I off here in thinking this vet is a disappointment?

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Here's a thread that mentions a few different vets who have performed surgery for corns -- specifically, with laser use, which may or may not increase benefits: http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/294413-laser-therapy-for-corns/

I recently (finally) took Aston to a greyhound-savvy vet, who was quick to inject local anesthetic and hull his corn in front of me, whereas previous vets would shrug off the corn, saying it looked like it was probably painful (UGH). I found that in my home hulling, I was only getting a small portion of the corn (just a few surface layers -- I would work until I was barely lower than flush with the rest of the toepad, at which point my prodding would really start to bug Aston, so I'd stop). Well, the corn actually went down as deep as the flexor tendon, leaving a decent hole in its wake -- and there was blood upon pulling the deepest part out, so perhaps this was more like surgery? My impression was that hulling was bloodless, but this one ran deep.
After a week, Aston is juuuust starting to put weight on that (bandaged) foot. Here's hoping he gets some corn-free time once he's able to use his foot again..
I don't know that I would say the vet's a disappointment, but there's no harm in calling around to see if other vets are familiar with non-surgical options for corns. Perhaps you could check with your adoption group (if applicable) to see if they have a list of other GH-savvy vets?

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Did you show your vet the grassmere article? We have one vet here who we showed the article,she said that sure she could do that, and she seemed to have done what o-rooly's vet did. Mork was in a lot of pain for many days after. We found a new vet in the practice who has become our regular vet. She reviewed the grassmere instructions and did exactly as described without issue.

 

I'm not sure why your vet wouldn't consider this!

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Did you show your vet the grassmere article? We have one vet here who we showed the article,she said that sure she could do that, and she seemed to have done what o-rooly's vet did. Mork was in a lot of pain for many days after. We found a new vet in the practice who has become our regular vet. She reviewed the grassmere instructions and did exactly as described without issue.

 

I'm not sure why your vet wouldn't consider this!

:nod Do not do surgery.
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MnMdogs, it wasn't that my vet didn't know and wanted to learn; I got the clear feeling she wasn't interested. I was offered surgery, and if I didn't want to go that route, she'd understand. But I'm not interested in surgery. This particular vet was a specialist orthopedic surgeon (Tracker had his toe amputated there 3 years ago after his race track injury, that's why I figured they might help me explain his recently increased limping); the surgeon then consulted with my local vet, and told her to do surgery as well! So my local vet is latched on to that surgery idea as well--it's bizarre. I'm going to try a totally different vet now who was recommended on the FB corn group as being a "huller", a ways away, but not too bad.

 

He does great with the Therapaw (also not something the surgeon brought up as an option--that's why I love this Forum!!).

 

I'm thinking of getting Jack's Gel next. And right now he's got a DuckTape piece on his paw--do I leave it there until the corn comes up or should I replace it daily? Does it matter if it's square, rather than round?

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I've tried the duck tape, the corn creams, hulling, and surgery. Stupid corn came back after 6 months of the surgery. It was a waste of money. I learned how to hull the corn, and I do it myself.

 

here's a greyt video showing you how to do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdVWFUAT_4w

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