A Dog With a “Horn” | Critter Fixers: Country Vets

A Dog With a “Horn” | Critter Fixers: Country Vets

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[music playing] NARRATOR: Shih Tzu, Mr.
Magoo, has arrived at Critter Fixer for an unusual problem. T. Yes, sir. How many fingers you got? 10. How many nails you got? 10. Let me see your neck. Why you wanna look at my neck? You ever seen a toe
nail growing off a neck? That’s pretty
strange, isn’t it? OK. – You sure you ain’t got one?
– Huh? Do I? This nail was a
pretty good size. It was almost the
size of a normal nail. I’ve seen this before,
but this is very unusual. That a toe nail? Toe nail growing off a neck. So I’m gonna need to shave
this off so we can get to it. Sometimes, man, you get
different dermal cells growing off the skin. Sometimes you get animals with
five legs, extra appendages. So I think we just
got dermal cells that grew a nail from there. NARRATOR: Known as
a cutaneous horn, this anomaly growing
from Mr. Magoo’s neck is composed of compact
keratin, the same material that makes up human nails. You’re pretty good dog. Am I gonna have to
put you on anesthesia, or can I give you
some local anesthetic? I think I’m gonna
try to dent it– OK. –and just get it off
because it’s not very deep. Can you get your
lidocaine, please, sir? Mm-hmm. VERNARD HODGES: And then– so
typically, when I find a nail that’s growing in a place
that it shouldn’t be growing, as long as it’s not really deep,
it’s just in the– the dermis, we typically just use a local
anesthetic, and we cut it off. All right. Let’s get this thing off. Split till we get it down. [music playing] Make sure it’s not
deep down in there. Perfect. You took it off? I thought you were
gonna just polish it up. I took it off. [music playing] Great patient. We got a little bit of
blood supply still, I see. I’ll close that. Good deal. We’re good to go. Hopefully, I’ve
gotten it all and gotten all of the errant cells, and
hopefully, it won’t grow back. All right, puppy. The nail man. I’m the best neck nail remover
around this part of town. You are that. Let me send my wife to you, man. [laughter] You’re a great nail
neck remover, man. I appreciate it. You’re the best I ever seen. [music playing]

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