Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO)

Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO) is an autoimmune disease of dogs, which is characterized by the loss of claws from more than one paw (eventually all claws may be lost) in apparently healthy dogs. Other symptoms may include: receding quicks, secondary infection (often with a strong smell), claw splitting (usually down the back of the claw), pain and distorted/twisted claws. The disease is more common in certain breeds, such as the Gordon Setter, Giant Schnauzer and Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Latest Research Update: We are currently collecting samples from affected and healthy individuals to be able to identify genetic risk factors for the disease.

Breeds: Giant Schnauzer, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Gordon Setter

Main collaborators: Frode Lingaas (Norwegian School of Veterinary Science) Maria Wilbe, Katarina Sundberg, Åke Hedhammar and Göran Andersson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Main contact    person: Frode Lingaas Frode.Lingaas@nvh.no