Pictured below is the paw of a dog who came in for veterinary care. During my examination, I found this structure on the inner side of the dog’s leg. Look at it closely then answer the following questions: What is the structure? How is it treated?
Diagnosis:Overgrown Dewclaw(360 degrees)
I have never seen a nail grown in a perfect circle before. Luckily for the dog, the nail grew around the pad instead of through it! Even so, I suspect it caused pain from squeezing the pad. To remove it, I used a small nail clipper that functioned like a scissor. Even with medicine on board to block pain, it really hurt when I pried the nail off the pad. Please check your dog’s paws regularly to prevent them from suffering from this condition.