Pretty Foot

Riley woke up and was raring to go this morning, in true cattle dog fashion!  She wasn’t quite over the anesthesia when we went to bed last night, so I’m glad to see her back to her non-pitiful self today.

This is the third nail she’s broken off a good portion of (the second one that she’s had to get removed) and her vet said she looked at all of her other nails yesterday and that some of them had grooves or dents in them from where it looked like they had tried to break off but grew back in and repaired themselves.  Riley’s nails taper to a sharp point instead of being one thickness all the way to the end, so the vet said that it could be one reason they’re breaking so easily–because they’re thin at the end.  So I asked what we could do to strengthen her nails…I mean, do we put Sally Hansen on them or what?  We’re going to use an Omega-3 fish oil supplement with EPA and DHA to see if that helps.

The supplement they could sell me at the vet was EicosaDerm by DermaPet–8 oz. for $21.98 (would last 40 days).  I said I wanted to price it elsewhere and I’m glad I did.  I got 32 oz. on Amazon for $31.14!!  Yay, I love finding a good deal (it was marked down from $88.98)!  So we’ll see if that helps, hopefully it will.

Fully alert this morning!
I asked if Riley could go on her nursing home visit on Friday and the vet said yes, as long as she didn’t appear to be in any pain…I’m sure she’ll be fine by then.  The last time she had a nail clipped off like this she was feeling better in just a day or two.  The bandage comes off later today!!

Oh, and sorry I haven’t been around to all of your blogs in a few days–I’ve been doctoring Riley since this weekend.  I will catch up!!

17 thoughts on “Pretty Foot

  1. So glad Riley's back to herself this morning. I can't believe she's lost three so far. We haven't run into this with Spike and Dru at all yet. Maybe it's because we're so terrible about trimming their nails?Amazon is truly taking over the world πŸ™‚

  2. Oh Oh Oh….can I sign da bandage????? Yes, I want to put P-U-D-D-L-E-S on it…dat spells Puddles.We loves a good deal too but not on supplements, dat no fun to buy…toys are fun to buy…hehehehe!Anyways, I is so glad Riley is feelings betters and back to her old self.Puddles

  3. Yay! I'm glad Riley is feeling better! I read about this in your comment on another blog and am just now making my way over.. sheesh!! Thanks for being so understanding about how behind I am. :)Wags,ZonaPeeS: Isn't Amazon the bestest??

  4. It does sound a lot like SLO to me. Even the pointed nail ends. Lilac's nails will actually grow out from underneath her other existing nail, which looks rather creepy. I will say that the shorter you can keep her nails, it helps to keep them from breaking as much. We tried the fish oil and stuff, but didn't see a change, although I know that it does help with some dogs who have it. And I wasn't willing to have a toe amputated to find out, either! πŸ˜‰ Her nails are hard as rock, too, and we usually take her to the vet to get her nails trimmed because we can't cut them very well here at home.We keep vet wrap and gauze pads here all the time. When she breaks a nail, we just bandage her up until the next day and usually it's not bleeding anymore by then.

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