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Old 11-19-2009, 09:59 PM
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Hollow nails?

My 6 year old rottie appears to have hollow nails. He's licking constantly and I'm concerned he has a fungus or disease. At first vet thought his nails had just gotten too long and were hanging up on things. Removed one cracked nail. Only to find same nail a week later had another nail under it that also cracked. 2 weeks later now and Bobo is licking 3 paws constantly. I think I can see the nerves under his nails. It almost looks like the nail doesn't fully surround the nerve on most of his nails. Help! I'm beside myself. Will be taking him back to vet tomorrow but wanted to seek additional info/help. His appetite is fine, he's not very active but was walking fine, jumping off bed fine. But tonight he's lifting a hind leg as though he doesn't want to put full pressure on it.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:24 PM
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Re: Hollow nails?

It sounds as tho there're a couple of issues--nails, constant licking, and being reluctant to put weight on a hind leg.

First, the nails.

How often do you trim your Rottie's nails? Nails are done every two weeks in our house. When we fostered, they were done weekly.

Second, the licking.

What are you feeding?

I ask because excessive licking can be an indication the dog is allergic to something in his or her food.

Finally, the hind leg.

Are you sure your dog didn't blow his ACL?
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:48 PM
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Re: Hollow nails?

when I used to groom I saw a lot of dogs with hollow nails. It was because the nails were WAY too long. If you cut enough off you will find the quick.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:23 AM
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Re: Hollow nails?

Thank you for your replies. He's walking on all 4 paws but it looks like he's got another loose nail and his pads appear to be swollen on the leg he's being tentative on. I'm pretty sure the ACL is ok. It all seems to be related to nails. He came to us with a show cut on his nails when he was about 2 years old. We let them grow out and then just trimmed every few months. Sounds like we contributed to his problem by not trimming more often. I thought the show cut looked way too painful. Maybe we should revert back to a show cut once he's healed? A few weeks ago when we took him to vet for the licking problem, they trimmed the nails back a bit while he was under anesthesia. I feed him IAMS Proactive from grocery store. Read other posts yesterday and figure I should look for Eukanuba instead from Petstore or other meat based food?
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:51 AM
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This sounds like more then just allowing the nails to be too long. There could be a fungal infection, or there could be an immune system problem...lupus being one of them. Your vet must find the solution to this problem.

As far as need to get your dog on a better food. Eukanuba is made by the same company as Iams and is no better. These are grain based foods, you need to get the dog eating a meat based food.

Do some research on the Nutrition & Grooming forum on a better quality food.


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Old 11-20-2009, 08:19 AM
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Re: Hollow nails?

I agree with Brunie'smom. If I were you, I'd look into Symmetrical Lupoid Onochodystrophy (SLO or lupus)

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Old 11-20-2009, 12:13 PM
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Re: Hollow nails?

I do hope that this is something simple like too long of nails and bad diet. But all the symptoms you have listed also scream something much more serious like auto immune disease or cancer. If it is cancer, the type of cancer is extremely fast growing and aggressive, ie deadly. I really hope it isn't cancer.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:24 PM
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Re: Hollow nails?

hmmm....a loose nail? Let us know what the vet says! Good luck!

'Show cut' or short nails IS NOT painful btw. Your dogs nails shouldn't touch the ground. It can mess up the way they place their feet on the ground, and in time...lead to arthritis.
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