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I am sorry to hear about this toenail on your rat terrier. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
To remove the nail, you have to remove the last toe bone. That bone grows the nail. If you just remove the nail it will grow back. If you remove that bone, the nail won't grow back but his foot may then be painful from the loss of the bone.
When we declaw cats, it is easier because that last bone is used in cats to retract and extend the claws. That is not the case with dogs; they actually walk on that bone. So we can't declaw dogs like we can cats. If a vet is willing to remove part of his toe, then that nail would be gone.
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