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my 8 year old dog has an extra nail growing out of the pad

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my 8 year old dog has an extra nail growing out of the pad on her front paw. Does this have to be removed and if so, will it grow back unless the offending real nail is the cause?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

1) Is this a new or chronic problem?

2) Is the nail or paw paw swollen? painful?

3) Does she bite or lick at the area?

4) Is there any limping or discomfort?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
The pet is a dog. I just noticed the nail a few days ago. The pad is not swollen or painful. She does not bite or lick at the area and has no limping or discomfort. The nail is only about 1/4 inch long but is curved upward and thats the reason I feel it should be cut back a little.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Hi there,

If there is no degree of discomfort, infection, or other abnormality in an 8 year old (older dog) - often we do not place them under anesthesia to perform a procedure. It is often left alone and monitored.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Before I accept this answer I have a couple other questions regarding this nail. How often do you see this type of anomoly? Will trimming the nail cause it grow faster? How close to the skin can it be cut? Why does something like this happen?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
How often do you see this type of anomoly?

Hard for me to put a number on it, not 1/10 if that is what you mean - but often enough where your post is not a surprise.

Will trimming the nail cause it grow faster?

No - it should not

How close to the skin can it be cut?

To the quick - to prevent bleeding

Why does something like this happen?

Likely some previous trauma to the area/nail
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