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Jean Burton wrote at 2006-08-03 14:26:10
Dear Ms. Burns:

My lab is 5 years old and developed the same thing that you described.  I took her to her vet and had a sample of it sent in and it came back as hyperkeratosis.  He scraped and cleaned her nose (I don't know how)and it hasn't returned.  This was several weeks ago.  

His name is Dr. Gregory Roberts 440-998-3598

3044 State Road Ashtabula, Ohio 44004

Hope this helps.

john wrote at 2006-12-16 22:45:03
I recently lost my 10 year old mastiff to heart trouble.  He had keratosis on his nose and a specialist said it's directly related to heart or liver disease.  I treated him with l-carnitine, taurine, and co-q-10 which reversed the keratosis and strengthened his heart, teeth, and vascular system.  However, the heart disease was too advanced and he succumbed.  These are OTC supplements for humans that work wonderful on dogs.  Ask your vet for the doses and get your dog's heart dopplered or ultrasound.  Good luck.

dogman wrote at 2007-07-29 12:55:42
I have a 5 year old, 'heinz 57' mixed breed dog. He developed the hyperkeratosis along the dorsum of his nose (where the fur meets the mucous membrane). My internet research suggests this is likely due to one of only a few possible causes:   

1. genetic and harmless

2. sign of discoid lupus (autoimmune disease... not too bad)

3. sign of systemic lupus (autoimmune disease... not too good)

My doggy will be going to the vet soon to get a pro's opinion. Hope this didn't confuse things too much. My sense is that it is more commonly harmless than dangerous.

abby wrote at 2007-08-03 19:06:57
I have a 13 year old cocker spaniel with the same nose condition.  My spaniel also has cushings disease and is on Lysodren (500 mg) tabs and prednisone ( 5mg) 3 times a week.  I have tried numerous things for his nose as well, and I have discovered that a product called Skin Conditioning Oil made by Arbonne helps tremendously.  It is a blend of pure oils for all skin types and I figured because it is made of all natural ingredients for humans and NOT tested on animals it might just work.  I have only been using it for a short period but I can definitely see a difference already.  Using it on a regular basis has helped to keep his nose hydrated.

LKB wrote at 2008-09-03 01:18:36
Our dog was recently diagnosed with hyperkeratosis. We now use Fluocinonide gel and it works like magic!! We were told that the dog will need it several times a week for his life but it appears to be fairly benign.

Elice Strickland wrote at 2010-01-06 18:15:22
Here is an alternative . . . We manufacture Snout Soother, a nose balm for dogs, and here is a recent testimonial from one of our customers regarding canine hyperkeratosis.

I adopted a sweet 11 yr old cocker spaniel last week and the first thing I noticed about her was her dry, crusty nose.  I've had cockers all my life, but have never seen this on a dog before.  It made her nose appear HUGE and looked very uncomfortable.  It didn't seem to bother her, but it bothered ME.

After searching for information online, I found some photos of dogs with hyperkeratosis of the nose.  Then I found your site and ordered some Snout Soother.  Meanwhile, my vet looked at her nose and confirmed that it was hyperkeratosis, a benign overgrowth of tissue.  She said I could try applying some warm, wet compresses followed by Vaseline or Vitamin E.

My package of Snout Soother arrived that afternoon so we began the warm water compresses followed by an application of Snout Soother.  We did this twice daily, and by the second day, this layer of crud started to come off her nose!  One week later, and she has a new nose!   She seems so happy with her nice, normal, moist nose, and looks better, too.

I've attached some before and after pictures.  Thanks for a great product!  It worked like a miracle on that thick layer of dead cells.

Riley has a new nose!

Kindest regards,

Lucille & Riley

Cape Cod, MA

Chris wrote at 2010-01-19 20:38:36
I have a 14 1/2 year-old English Springer Spaniel that had the crusty nose for 7-8 years.  Trying everything that the vet recommended (anti-biotics, steroids, vitamin E oil, Bag Baum) did nothing.  Read many online recommendations.  I tried Lamisil (antifungal) cream for a couple of weeks and noticed it clearing up.  After 5 weeks or so, the nose looks very healthy and normal.

Martha Turner wrote at 2010-01-29 00:03:21
I used Snout Soother successfully for my Cocker Spaniel's hyperkeratosis.  Its natural and we preferred that approach.  Now her nose if bright and shiny!

serftosurf wrote at 2010-02-19 15:00:15
"Elice Strickland wrote at 2010-01-06 18:15:22 Here is an alternative . . . We manufacture Snout Soother, a nose balm for dogs,"

To clarify and set the record straight this statement is untrue,misleading and deceptive and will not be tolerated. I personally created the formula for this product and we manufacture the product under private label for the Natural Dog Company as we did for The Well Adjusted Dog Company. The product is available directly from the manufacturer and the supply to the Natural Dog Company will cease.

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Christine wrote at 2010-03-28 16:07:33
Honestly - check out a product called Snout Soother. Its incredible and often works when nothing else does, and it really is soothing. I own a pet supply store and am constantly amazed by the results.

AvianMan wrote at 2010-04-30 14:13:11
Although I haven't seen it work on the paws, and it does not appear to make the nose softer, the product called A&D Ointment, often used for diaper rashes in babies will have some effect. We noticed that after two days of applying it our French Bulldog's nose was back to normal appearance. We simply placed a pea-sized amount on the top of the nose and rubbed it gently so that it coated the affected area. This was done once per day, right before bed. We put it in our dog once a week now and it keeps it to a low level. The nose is still rough to the touch, but no growth is present.

Kathy wrote at 2010-05-27 14:11:41
I have two Japanese Chins and both have this problem with their noses.  I have been putting "nose butter" on their noses and it definitely helps, but you have to do it faithfully.  I just saw a product on called Dermoscent Bio Balm, and am going to try this.

Richard White wrote at 2010-07-04 18:16:11
We have this problem and have found that a twice daily application of petroleum jelly or Vaseline will keep it at bay. The initial few days will produce crusting which will fall off leaving soft near normal tissue. This is not a cure but will control the problem. Hope this helps

Phyllis wrote at 2011-02-19 21:48:32
My bulldog has this condition and we accidnetally found out theat Bag Barlm has almost cleared it up -we have been using it for 3 days--just a little dab will do it.

yankee wrote at 2011-04-22 04:06:00
My dog is 14 years old. And she has has this condition for many years. From what I've been told from my vet there is no cure however he has made a recommendation. Use Salicylic acid wipes or treatments. Use can get these washes containing up to 2% salicylic acid to wash your dog's nose with. It works very well. I used it with warm water to cleanse my dog's nose every second day.  

Cwhite wrote at 2013-07-26 03:10:57
Solva-Ker Gel is a new (pharmaceutical) product containing Salicylic Acid and urea. The product is sold by veterinarians.  The product is specifically designed for this condition.  Hope that helps anyone who owns a pet with hyperkeratosis.  I've had clients inform me that results were achieved in 10 days.  

Ellie wrote at 2013-09-19 19:27:48
I have a 4 year old Japanese Chin with hyperkeratosis on his nose. The vet gave me Pyoben cream 1oz, but it did not improve the condition after two months. He then gave me Solva-Ker Gel 1oz, which helped significantly. I have been putting it on his nose once a day for a month, and will now use it every 2-3 days. The vet says it is only a cosmetic issue and not life threatening, but it is very difficult to get rid of it.

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