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my dog is losing all his toenails

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my dog is losing all his toenails
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Deb Jankura replied 8 years ago.

Not a good thing,

 

Are the toes swollen or red or have hair loss?

Are any other parts of body irritated- around nose, eyes, ears?

Has your dog been drinking more water lately?

Any chance of exposure to an imitating material- paint thinner, fertilizer anything else?

 

How old and what sex and breed is your dog?

Is this a sudden thing or have there been nail problems awhile?

 

thanks, I'll try to help with more info

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.

 

Are the toes swollen or red or have hair loss? No not at all.

Are any other parts of body irritated- around nose, eyes, ears? No

Has your dog been drinking more water lately? Normal amount

Any chance of exposure to an imitating material- paint thinner, fertilizer anything else?

This is on going for about a year, they get better and then worse, now only has 5 nails left. He is licking on them, but not chewing them off. They are very sore and won't let you touch them. Went to our vet and they said they had to remove a toe and have it sent in to the lab.

How old and what sex and breed is your dog? He is 6 and a Chow/Lab

Is this a sudden thing or have there been nail problems awhile? Just went through a divorice and it was upsetting to him but the nails started falling off before the divorice started and my husband moved out. Thank You Dorothy Please HELP

Expert:  Deb Jankura replied 8 years ago.
I have seen similar problems myself. The best way to try to get to the bottom of this is to amputate a toe and send the entire toe to the lab. I must agree with your vet on this, Other possible tests could be a deep skin scraping of the nail beds to look for a mite called Demodex. Also tests forLupus or other autoimmune diseases are warranted. An ANA test, an LE prep-although that is not very reliable can be done. The best test would be the test of a toe. It would be very worth it to do if it resulted in an effective treatment,