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DANDELION1O1 writes: "I have a 2 year old German Shepherd female in that I adopted from the Humane Society. She is in good health; has no problem walking or running, and there is no redness, swelling or drainage from her feet. However, I recently noticed ALL her toenails are hollow... the entire length of the underside of the nails, and they are very brittle and dry. It is as if the quick of the nails is "missing". What can you tell me about this?"

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June 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(1) jordan churchill says:

I have a 2 y/o German Shepherd who has the same problem. I am asking the vet about it this week. Do you have any insight about this problem?

April 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm
(2) paul says:

did anyone get a answer to this question yet? I have a 12 1/2 yo rottwieler and he to started licking his paws…I look and the same thing as you mentioned, all his nails are hollow on the underside and feel brittle.

May 17, 2011 at 6:29 am
(3) paula says:

my 8 year old lab has started licking his paws as well,it stated out with just 1 paw first now has went to both and he has issuses with his nails being cut so they were a little long so they put him to sleep to cut his nails real short hoping that might help well they were hollow and now they are worse and 2 or 3 are kinda pussing and it smells literally like 2 week old road kill and nobdy has heard of this hollowing of the nails so they dont know what to do with him and im very worried about my furry child…. can anybody PLEASE HELP if so please e-mail me at springfever1967@yahoo.com

March 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm
(4) Andrea says:

Try researching here: http://www.bloodaxe.com/SLO.html The vet thinks that my 12 year old GS has this. Her quicks are shrinking. She’s lost one nail so far. The others are hollow. It was a mess in the beginning, licking and bleeding, and pain. She’s getting Omega oils and vitamin E along with some Chinese herbs to help with her auto-immune deficiency.

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