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    Have a 6 year old lab that has 4 or 5 split toenails on frontpaws only. Vet is thinking of fungus or immune problem but wasn't sure and is sending me to a dermatologist. Anyone experienced this problem before?

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    My sister in law has a Rottweiler with this.She has been dealing with it the whole dogs' life.I'll have to ask her what kind of treatment she does.

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    Must be common in Rotties. There is a person in one of my obedience classes that puts jello in her dogs food for that reason. Ok not made jello but the power form before you mix it all up.

    It does not stop it completly but it has reduced the splitting by a large margine.

    She does a lot with her dogs, obedience, rally, agility. One of her females is a hard driving dog and even just running around on her own used to tear up a nail quickly.

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    Hello Patricia, Glad that Charlie was able to remember how to get you to this site. Hopefully someone will have some idea for the cause and the cure. The chocolate from you is out of this world. See you soon perhaps.

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    A Boykin Spaniel I had suffered split toe nails. Caused by a fungus. I used tea tree oil with sucess. Once a day for what seemed like forever. But, one day I noticed that all was well. After I stopped running him and training there was never a problem. I think he picked up the fungus in some foul water somewhere.

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    I asked my sister in law about her Rottwielers' toe nail problem.Her dog is 10 now and this first started when she was around 5 years old.The toe nails were splitting and falling out.At first at the vet the toenails were removed,quicks and all although it sounds more like it was a cleanup of just what hadn't fallen off already.Her vet wanted to treat it with steroids and told her that it was an autoimmune system problem,not a fungis.The vet suggested steroids.She elected to not use steroids and instead(with her vets help) treated her with niacinamide,vitamin E from the Target pharmacy and Derm caps from her vet.I think she said that is a vitamin suppliment.Ask your vet about all of this and dosages for your dog in case I've misspelled anything or if it might not be what's best for your dog.She said that it took about two years before she was able to stop treatment.She says that it is alot better now although there is still some minor splitting but nothing like it was.She also said that the toenails have grown back "funny",in different directions or stubby.

    A side note,her Rottwieler,"Secret",went with them to the cabin in Hayward last weekend.Secret found my bumper boy bumper that I left stuck in the tree there last August(see old thread).It finally came down and she found it for me.I was told she sniffed it but wouldn't pick it up.She also found a yellow tennis ball.

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    Give your dog one zinc tablet every day. Zinc is great for nails, pads and haircoat, and aids in healing.
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    i know this is an old thread but one of my boykins is suffering with this worse and more often. mainly on front feet and right now has one that is keeping him from putting any weight on that foot? anyone finding any good treatments for this (other than what already been mentioned). i have a message in to my vet too to see if she recommends anything.

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    Knox's Unflavored Gelatin purchased at the grocery store helps with split toenails. You just shake a packet over the dog's food every day. Works for people too!
    A good vet will be able to determine whether it is caused by a fungus or not and prescribe medication appropriately.

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    Google "Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy".

    In a nutshell:

    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.
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