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    Hi all,

    Jax is now 8 months old and doing well but lately when we take him for walks his nails start bleeding, mainly 1 nail on 1 paw but once there were 3 nails bleeding so sometimes more then one.

    Friend of mind told me to stop walking him on the sidewalk as it files the nails down to low which I did, when I take him to the park we walk thru the grass instead of the sidewalk which helps but his regular walks are around the block and on the sidewalk, we try to walk him on grass patches to avoid the sidewalk but I guess not enough, he is a strong dog too so when he pulls or sees another dog I guess he has a chance to chip the nail further.

    So I guess my question is what is a preventive action for this? Is this a regular thing with bulldogs and there nails that sensitive? He loves to go out and hate to deny that to him, not sure what to do. Do I have to get him stupid shoes to wear? I sure hope not.

    Also what is the best way to stop the bleeding? I used peroxide and hold a paper towel to it until it stops.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    @Richard S. Don’t deny him from walking. My dogs walks on sidewalks only as I don’t like them smelling grass as that’s how they can get worms smelling other dogs poop etc. And yes great way filing their nails. Have you brought him to the vet to make sure nothing broken inside towards the root or cuticle? Any redness aside from blood of course? Peroxide will dry a nail so you will need to put like a balm for paws. Paws needs moisture. Try to look with a flashlight/cell phone light if you see anything lingering in between the toes.

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    If you boy is like my Lambeau.. drags his paws and doesn’t lift to walk... then walks need to be limited. If we walk Lambeau more than twice a week, his nails will all bleed and break.

    We tried so many things.. not trimming, nail covers, grass only... after two years of trying tricks... we just went to limited walking. We are lucky and have a fenced in yard, so it is an option for us. If not an option for you, then grass walks are they only answer.... but to Helene’s point... be sure he is up to date on all shots to keep illnesses at bay


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    Duke’s is a “knuckle dragger” When he walks his front right paw goes under then back up. I simply add Musher's Secret Pet Paw balm n massage it more onto that side of his paw. Also you can buy “vets wrap” just for his walk. But do have him checked in case something is stuck in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    Duke’s is a “knuckle dragger” When he walks his front right paw goes under then back up. I simply add Musher's Secret Pet Paw balm n massage it more onto that side of his paw. Also you can buy “vets wrap” just for his walk. But do have him checked in case something is stuck in there.
    Yep.. knuckle dragged—- here is his paw after a walk this morning




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    Vet wrap works.

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    Vet wrap works.
    I’ll get some and try it... thanks


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    With all said joint supplements and vitamins can also help to build stronger nails.

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    Thanks everyone for your responses. It is definitely bleeding from the nail shaving down to the vein or whatever you call it.

    Does anyone have pictures on how to do the Vet Wraps?

    Also what supplements can I get him to strengthen up his nails?

    Even now we wants to go out and walk so bad, I will take him to the front lawn I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard S View Post
    Thanks everyone for your responses. It is definitely bleeding from the nail shaving down to the vein or whatever you call it.

    Does anyone have pictures on how to do the Vet Wraps?

    Also what supplements can I get him to strengthen up his nails?

    Even now we wants to go out and walk so bad, I will take him to the front lawn I guess.
    Vet wrap is basically like a stretchable clingy wrap. Just wrap completely around the paw and a bit above the paw. Make sure the cut end of the wrap ends on the front side n not the back. Then tighten only with a small squeeze from your hand and it will cling on its own. You have to try it to understand. Really easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard S View Post
    Thanks everyone for your responses. It is definitely bleeding from the nail shaving down to the vein or whatever you call it.

    Does anyone have pictures on how to do the Vet Wraps?

    Also what supplements can I get him to strengthen up his nails?

    Even now we wants to go out and walk so bad, I will take him to the front lawn I guess.
    You can get it in pretty much any color
    https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail....2-00B0D0204AE5


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