SLO in Greyhounds | Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy

Our rescue greyhound hasn't been too well of late and has poorly paws due to a condition known as SLO, she lost a dew claw at the end of last year when we had all of the snow here in Salisbury. Since losing that she's gone on to lose a few more claws which is very painful for her and very distressing for Us.

The local vet has removed her other dewclaw and sent it off for a biospy so hopefully we will know what is causing this claw loss soon.

## Claw loss update ##

We've finally had a diagnosis of the problem that's affecting her claws.

It would appear that our greyhound is suffering with a condition called Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy or SLO for short.The local vet in Salisbury seems to think that she has some sort of auto-immune problem so has prescribed vitamin B3, omega 3 and a short course of prendisalone.

SLO is thought to be an autoimmune disease that targets the toe nails.  The hallmark of autoimmune diseases is that the body mistakenly forms antibodies against part of itself.  If it's antibodies against our our red blood cells then we destroy our own blood and become anemic.  If it's antibodies against our joints then we become arthritic.  In the case of symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy, Greyhounds form antibodies against their claws, and reject them.

The pictures below show what now happens when she loses a claw due to SLO. Her claws rarely bleed these days , we just get to see the quick covered in a white coating.
This is her paw after losing the claw due to SLO today (02/05/2011)
slo in dogs | Poorly paw | Greyhound
And another angle
SLO in dogs | SLO oin Greyhounds
In bandages after having claws removed by the vet
greyhound with poorly paws
Ex racing greyhound on the beach