The other morning I woke up to a blood bath in my kitchen.
Turns out the blood bath was also in my family room but I didn’t realize that until I turned all the lights on in my house.
I knew it was coming from one of the dogs because if it would of been one of the kids I would of been awoken by the sound of panic.
Of course, given the circumstances, my first crazy thought was that Leroy was internally bleeding all over my house.
Hey. I was half asleep.
But when I looked at his happy little face and inspected his area I knew it wasn’t him.
Then I caught the sad little Sherman face sitting in the corner and I knew exactly what was going on.
Sherman had lost a nail.
On which paw he lost a nail was still to be determined but that didn’t take long because when he got up and took a few steps it was obvious it was the left front paw, digit 5 which would be the nail on the outside, furthest away from the dewclaw.
I was able to get the bleeding stopped with some clotting powder and then quickly put his bootie on so it would stay clotted.
I was even able to locate the nail to show you guys!!!
You can thank me later.
So why did Sherman lose a nail?
Sherman has a condition called SLO.
Short for Symmeterical Lupoid Onychodystrophy.
SLO is a condition that is considered to be an auto immune disease that affects the nails of dogs.
SLO can affect dogs differently.
Some dogs experiencing sloughing of the nail, split nails, receding quicks and separation of the nail from the quick.
Sherman’s nails tend to separate from the quick at the base of the nail.