Dog’s Nails Turning Brown at Base – Top 3 Reasons Why

Here are a few common reasons why a dog’s nail might turn brown at the base.

1. Nail yeast infection

Discolored nails could be an outcome of yeast infection. This can happen with dogs that have a frequent habit of licking and chewing their nails and paws. It will make things worse if you allow your dog to continue licking the base of his nails. In addition to the base of the dog’s nails turning brown, you may notice other symptoms like a red and itchy paw. You will need to take the dog to the vet in order for the dog to receive appropriate treatment (topical or oral). In the meantime, you can use antifungal pet wipes to keep your dog’s paws clean.

2. Sign of hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening of the dog’s skin. It has a number of causes including allergies, hormonal imbalances, and skin infections. You will need to have the dog examined by the vet to find out what’s triggering the discoloration of the dog’s nails.

3. Physical trauma

There could be a physical injury along the base of the dog’s nail. This could result in bleeding, which accumulates and turns a brown or black color once the blood dries out.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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