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Permanent cessation of nail growth using multiple nail plate avulsions and phenolisation in a dog
  1. Elena Carbonell Buj1 and
  2. Michael Farrell2
  1. 1Centre Hospitalier Veterinaire Atlantia, Nantes, France
  2. 2Davies Veterinary Specialists, Higham Gobion, UK
  1. Correspondence to Elena Carbonell Buj; elena.carbonell.buj{at}


A two-year-old Yorkshire terrier was referred for treatment of abnormal growth of all nails of both thoracic limbs. Progressive fear aggression precluded nail clipping without the use of chemical restraint. Permanent cessation of nail growth was achieved by nail plate avulsion and phenolisation in all eight thoracic limb digits. After three years of follow-up, there was no evidence of nail regrowth on any of the digits. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of nail plate avulsion and phenolisation of multiple digits in the veterinary literature.

  • nail
  • avulsion
  • phenol
  • clipping
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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Approval was not asked from an ethics committee because the procedure (in this case done to all toes of both front limbs) had been done successfully (in one nail only) in a previous (published) case without resulting in unnecessary suffering of the animal. Furthermore, analgesia needs of the animal were evaluated and provided, covering the dog's needs for the amount of time it required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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