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#1 Rave

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 05:09 AM

Are there any supplements, topicals, etc... I can use to help strengthen dog nails? Rave is very hard on her feet and keeps jamming/splitting nails. :rolleyes:

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 05:21 AM

Hmm never really thought about that, but when I quicked Maggie right before an agility competition I used clear nail polish to protect the tender spot and it worked quite well - no signs of soreness at all after our runs.

Perhaps you could use the nail polish that's designed to strengthen human nails?
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Posted 21 February 2006 - 05:50 AM

use Horsetail - it contains silica which strengthens nails, and hooves. You can get it at health food stores.

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 06:42 AM

For my pony that had hooves that tended to crack, the vet recommended unflavored gelatin. This was back in the 70s though so I don't know if the thinking is the same today....

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 07:33 AM

Southern States carries Hoof Saver. Worked great on my nails until I discovered I have hypothyroidism. Now the Levoxyl takes care of that and tons of other stuff.

The tough part is finding one of the remaining Southern States places. Their web site, Southern States, lists Carboro, Pitsboro, and Creedmoor as the clostest to RTP.

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 11:05 AM

Originally posted by juliepoudrier:
For my pony that had hooves that tended to crack, the vet recommended unflavored gelatin. This was back in the 70s though so I don't know if the thinking is the same today....

J.

That should work as well.


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