Features September 2011 Issue

Diagnosing and Treatment Options for Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy or SLO

“My nails could do what?!” SLO is a painful condition that can cause your dog to limp, or to resist having to exercise at all, especially on hard surfaces.

Diagnosing and Treatment Options for Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy or SLO

Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO) is a painful condition causing dogs’ nails to slough.

Dog nails aren’t supposed to fall off, thought first-time dog owner Terrie Huberman some 18 months ago. That’s when she first realized that finding one of her Pug-Poodle mix’s nails on the floor of her Sherman Oaks, California, apartment wasn’t an isolated incident. It all started when, after coming in from a walk, Terrie picked up what would turn out to be the keratin shell from one of Bonzo’s claws. At the time she thought it was something he’d tracked in from outside. Only later did she learn the shell was a telltale sign of Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy, SLO for short.

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