Ideopathic hyperkeratosis is a manageable condition characterized by excessive keratin growth and build-up at the stratum corneum, or the outermost layer of the skin. This condition can be unsightly and is almost always painful. Your veterinarian should rule-out distemper, discoid lupus, leishmaniasis, zinc-responsive dermatosis and pemphigus foliaceus through further diagnostics. Once these underlying diseases have been ruled-out, many breeds will have a genetic predisposition to this condition and will be diagnosed as ideopathic hyperkeratosis. Salicylic acid has been shown to produce desquamation of the stratum corneum while not affecting the qualitative or quantitative structure of the viable epidermis.
With VetriSpheres™ technology, Solva-Ker™ Gel contains microencapsulated salicylic acid (6.6%) with urea in a grease-less topical gel. Use as directed.