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Old 09-24-2018, 07:07 PM
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Our 14 year old Jack Russell terrier has a weirdly growing nail on a back paw.
Anyone else experienced this? First noticed it 2 months ago.

He doesnít seem to be aware of it. Heís not limping or licking it. He has poor eyesight these days (cataracts) and poor hearing too. Other than that heís still quite active. Eats well and bodily functions seem fine. Iím not keen on putting him through an operation at this stage. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Online research suggests it might be a condition called onychogryphosis.
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Is the claw growing out of a normal area for a claw or dewclaw? It’s just starting to curl?

If so that means you’re not trimming them often enough, they will start to curl like that when they’re not getting clipped. I’ve seen some dogs where the nail curls under and starts growing into the dog’s paw- very painful. If they’re walking on nails that are too long it can actually affect their gait, joints, etc.

If that doesn’t sound correct then maybe you should post a picture because I’m not sure what you are trying to describe.
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Old 09-27-2018, 08:30 PM
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Hopefully this works. The nail is not a dew claw. Itís one of the regular claws on one of his back paws thatís growing abnormally. We get the vet to trim his nails. Last done beginning of July. Just noticed that the nail was abnormal then. Vet mentioned the possibility of an op to remove the nail and associated bone(s) as a treatment option.
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Old 09-29-2018, 01:26 PM
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Oh yeah that’s weird looking. I’d just trim a little bit off once a week and hopefully that will help the quick recede and the nails get shortened down
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Thanks for your feedback Revolutionroknroll. Sounds like a plan! I’ll stock up on Styptic powder. At this stage in his life I’m not keen on going the op route. Hoping for a quick quick recession!
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