Claw and Nail Disorders in Dogs

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

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