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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-10-15 18:30:31 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] strange growths on paw pads

They look in the photos like they could be keratoses. Sometimes those can even look like extra claws and keratoses are rather hard, too, like a foot corn. Are these like that?

No one is quite sure of the reasons (plural) that keratoses can form. Irritation is one (and we have a little girl in our family who must have been walking on exposed wire before joining us because she had some but is losing them) but some get them for reasons that are unclear. In humans genetics plays a factor so may do so in ferrets, and their presence increases with age.

On Oct 15, 2011, at 1:09 PM, Andrea wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have a 5 month old male with some strange yellow growths on a couple of his paw pads. They don't seem to bother him when I touch them. He's got them on a couple of his pads, and one appears that it is about to fall off. I attached photos in the photo section under "Ranger - yellow growths on paw pads".

Sukie (not a vet)

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