Hereditary nasal parakeratosis (HNPK)

Nasal parakeratosis causes the dogs nose to dry out. Bloody fissures might occur in this... more
Disease
In nasal parakeratosis a genetic disorder causes the dogs nose to dry out. Especially, the dorsal surface of the planum forms keratinous scales, which adhere to the nose. Bloody fissures might occur in this structures, leading to chronic irritation and inflammation of the noses skin. The colour of the skin might change from dark to lighter colour. Affected dogs develop first symptoms at the age of six month to one year. The nose can be treated with Vaseline, propylene glycol or salicylic acid containing products to ease the symptoms. The causative gene defect was discovered by scientists of the institute for genetics, Vetsuisse-faculty of the university Bern (Group of Prof. Tosso Leeb).
Breed
Labrador Retriever
Heredity
autosomal recessive
Test duration
3-5 days after arrival of the sample in the lab
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