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Old October 8th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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Exclamation Nails Growing On Tail HELP PLS

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, between trouble staying logged in and real life, I've slipped. But please, I need help from someone.

A while ago, I noticed that Shannon, my 10 year old GSD, had what looked like a nail growing out of the middle side part of her tail. Within 2 weeks, it had developed into a cluster of 3. It looked exactly like a dogs nails would, same shape, and had a curve just like a nail. At first it was white, then turned black, and even felt hard like a nail, but the first one if scrapped with your nail would sort of dissentigrate in tiny black thingys and fall off. The base was connected to her tail, and if pushed to the side, you could see the skin was raw underneath the "nail". It's not painful, nor seemed to bother her.

I took her to the vet and low and behold, the vet said it was the same material as what a dogs nails were made of, except did not have a quik. She proceeded to cut it, near the base, just like the nails on her feet! I decided I wanted a second opinion, went to a different vet, and showed them the growths without telling them what had already been diagnosed when it grew back long again. I got the same diagnosis, yes, it's the same cell material that makes the dog nails, and she also cut it with the nail clippers, and said to get it cut at the same time as Shannons nails were done! It didn't bleed, no quik, and still didn't bother her. Now she has a few on her neck!

Has anyone ever heard of this? I'll try to post a picture in the next couple of days when they grow long again, to show exactly how it looks (even curves like a real toe nail when it gets too long).

Please, if you've ever heard of this, or have a website I can read about it, or know why this is happening, please post it here. BTW, all blood panels were normal!
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Old October 8th, 2006, 07:40 PM
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omg, I have no idea Shannon, but that must be so freaky! If my doggies had that, I'd be panic central, even if they were harmless.

You can't get the whole growth removed?

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Old October 8th, 2006, 08:39 PM
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weird. I'd loved to see that if you have pictures.
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Old October 8th, 2006, 08:57 PM
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Get an x-ray, it's just a guess, but certain types of tumors will grow things such as hair and nails out of them, so it could be something like that.
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Old October 8th, 2006, 09:17 PM
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ok time to post....my guinea pig has that on her paws. I never got it checked because it looks like a result from her having her paws in dirt all the time. No matter how clean a piggy cage is there's still poo pellets she steps on.
I don't want to suggest your dog's dirty and needs more cleaning. I don't know what he's around, whether he isn't washed after enough , or whether this "thing" is a result of dirty fur. I have no idea If vet doesn't know...who would??but they don't know everything. maybe it's something that can be removed surgically?
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Old October 8th, 2006, 09:20 PM
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lol Jiorji, Shannon's doggy is a show doggy. I think Kenzie is as clean as it gets.
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Old October 8th, 2006, 09:32 PM
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yeah no, i'm NOT suggesting he's dirty that's why i don't know what to say...so i said if the vet doesn't know what it is...we're no better. I'm speechless. lol so odd
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 11:42 AM
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I looked this up and it is called keratocanthoma . I never knew this could happen to a dog's tail . I would be really worried if my dog had nails in his tail.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 12:51 PM
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We have a dog that occasionally (three or four times over the past 4 years) develops them on his face. They're there for a few weeks or months, then the faulty follicle goes dormant and the nail falls off.

I've never heard of one too thick to cut with a clipper, though, teh squishy--your dog's nail might be worth a trip for a vet evaluation.
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