Q. My dog has white paw pads with sharp edges that he chews. What is it?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. There are many reasons for hard skin on feet and pads, from walking on abrasive or irritant surfaces to poor/dry skin and some nutrient deficiencies, especially in certain breeds. Fungal and bacterial infections can also affect the skin on a dogs feet. Hard skin on the pads would likely cause significant irritation to the delicate skin between his toes and cause itching and biting at them. I recommend a high quality, skin specific diet and a full check up to investigate underlying factors. A skin biopsy may be required to diagnose accurately what is going on