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    Bacon has been breaking a lot of nails lately, we trim them on our own and they never get too long. He really doesn't walk on pavement a lot since we have a fenced in back yard. Is there any sort of supplement we could give him to make his nails stronger or does anyone have similar issues. The nails aren't bleeding they are just splitting and currently he has a slight limp because one of them is bothering him.

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    Do you think the nails are catching on things after the trim because the trim isn't clean? or perhaps this condition I copied for you from SLO site. They have a group on Yahoo


    SLO is an autoimmune disease of dogs which can cause severe claw problems in otherwise apparently healthy dogs. It is characterised by the loss of claws from more than one paw - eventually all claws may be lost. Other symptoms may include: receding quicks, secondary infection (often with a strong smell), claw splitting (usually down the back of the claw), pain, distorted/twisted claws and lameness.

    A firm diagnosis can only be reached by the biopsy of a claw, dewclaws usually being used for this. In the absence of an available dewclaw it is necessary to amputate a toe at its bottom joint in order to do the biopsy. In many cases, this is considered an extreme step to take, and is not strictly necessary. If the dog is showing signs of SLO, treatment using the latest protocols can be started - if they work, it largely confirms the diagnosis, even without the biopsy.
    Modern treatments include the use of essential fatty acid (EFA) supplements, antibiotic treatment with tetracycline and niacinamide (nicotinamide). Removal of claws as they become loose can help to alleviate pain, but generally isn't necessary. Although there are few studies to scientifically confirm the results, the treatment appears to be effective. Once the disease is in remission, supplementation may need to be continued for life to prevent relapse.
    SLO can appear in all breeds, including crossbreeds and mixed-breeds, although some breeds seem to be more susceptible than others. It is not infectious or contagious - other dogs which come into contact with it cannot contract it. It appears to be spontaneous, and there is no evidence of an hereditary factor - because of the absence of studies and the small number of known cases though, there is little proof of this other than anecdotal evidence.
    It is likely that it is a newly-recognised old condition, rather than a new disease. It is probably more common than it appears, because in many cases it is not diagnosed correctly. In response to the lack of information available, a number of owners of dogs with this condition have gathered on the Internet to share information and support, and to discuss management and treatment protocols.
    Owners of dogs with the condition, and anyone else who has an interest, can share support and information on the subject by joining the Canine Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy Mailing List, where they can discuss their problems with other owners, some of whom have been treating their dogs for many years.
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    Rook has been having the same issue, so I'll be interested if anyone has a supplement recommendation too.

    We actually ended up at the vet yesterday because he caught his dew claw on the carpet running around, and the nail separated from the quick. The vet didn't mention SLO... I hope it was just some bad luck.

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    The only thing I can think of is a vitamin deficiency (calcium maybe?). I have no idea what would cause nails to do that. Not much help here but I am very curious to see if others have experienced with their bullies or other dogs.
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    I don't have an answer either, as none of mine have had the problem. The only thing I can think of is either the dry weather you have up there or maybe the clippers are cracking them and maybe a dremel would help. Lisa may know as she is in a dry climate also.
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    No idea, do you use a dremel @Baconator? If not maybe smoothing them out will prevent cracking?


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    We use clippers that look like this, we tried a dremmel when he was a puppy and he totally freaked out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baconator View Post
    We use clippers that look like this, we tried a dremmel when he was a puppy and he totally freaked out

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    Yeah they usually leave some peeling, well any cutters will. Especially since he is obviously particularly soft or brittle nailed I would dremmel them, for his own good.

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    Can they have gelatin..like peeps? Strengthens the nails. And maybe a nice coat of nail polish!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
    The only thing I can think of is a vitamin deficiency (calcium maybe?). I have no idea what would cause nails to do that. Not much help here but I am very curious to see if others have experienced with their bullies or other dogs.
    I was thinking this too?? Mattie is starting to have the same issue. Very curious with the answer..


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    @Davidh @BruceP don't you guys use a specific model of dremmel for their nails? And do they have an attachment with a guard on it so you don't hit the quick?

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    We dont use clippers, just a dremel we have had for many years. Ours is 110v with speed adjustment (we run it on the slowest setting). I have seen 12v Dremels as well (I think Jeannie may have the 12v rechargeable. There is no special tool specific to nails. We use the 1/2" sanding drum.

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