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Footpad Hyperkeratosis in the Irish Terrier

Animal DNA Diagnostics Ltd now offers the test for Hereditary Footpad Hyperkeratosis in the Irish Terrier. Affected pups develop deep cracks or corns on their paw pads, which arise due to an excessive thickening of the outer layer of skin. The condition appears at 4-5 months of age and affects all four feet. This can lead to considerable pain and lameness. The basis for the condition is an inherited defect in the development of the skin layers. However, by avoiding risky mating combinations breeders can avoid affected puppies.
The test can be ordered and paid for online by visiting our website. The test costs £40 + VAT and like our other tests we will send out mouth swabs which you can submit through the post. Please see our website for further details -