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  Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy       


Common names or abbreviations:


Systemic Lupoid Onychodystrophy


Lupoid Onychodystrophy


Pemphigus (in some greyhound books)

Description or definition:

Definition:  Lupus-like disorder of the claws affecting more than one paw.

Description: SLO is an autoimmune disease of dogs which can cause severe claw problems in otherwise apparently healthy dogs.  It is characterized by the loss of claws from more than one paw - eventually all claws may be lost. Other symptoms may include: receding quicks, secondary infection (often with a strong smell), claw splitting (usually down the back of the claw), pain, distorted/twisted claws and lameness.

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This summary provided by:


Andrea J Chee (Admin - SLOdogs Yahoo Group)


Heartshold Greyhounds (UK)


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