An abnormality or disease affecting the claw or surrounding area is referred to as Nail and nail bed disorders. Paronychia is is a type of nail infection causing inflammation around the nail or claw. Fungal infections like onychomycosis, can also occur in or around the nail bed. Extremely brittle nails or onychorrhexis or nails that slough, peel or chip away excessively (oychomadesis) is another type of disorder of the nails. Most nail or nail bed disorders have an excellent prognosis.
Common signs of nail or nail bed disorders include
Licking at the paws
Lameness, difficulty walking
Pain in the feet
Swelling or redness of the tissues surrounding the nails
Nail plate deformity
Abnormal nail color