Fragile nails.

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    After a bout with changing foods.........I am wondering if changing the food, would have an impact on the fragil(ity) of dogs nails.

    Cato, my itchy dog, started his spring suffering again. This time tho, he would break out in hives after he ate. My dogs have eaten Dog Chow forever with no ill side effects in the past. But, because I didnt want him on steroids again, I figured I would change his food. And I am lazy like that so I changed everyones food.

    I started with Rachael Rays Nutrish. Everyone did so well. Except Zeus, he puked every day. So I upgraded to 4 Health. Everyone was doing wonderful on it. Then Daizy, Chocy & Dixie refused it because the chunks were so big & it tood forever to eat. I gave up and went back to Dog Chow for all the dogs except Cato. Reckin I will be buying seperate foods from now on.

    The other night, hubby trimmed nails & I thought he got Catos too short as the next morning it was bleeding like he cut an artery. Blood everywhere. What a mess. Later that day, Chocy broke a nail, and his were never trimmed because his stay short. Last night Zeus broke a nail so severly, it looks like it is on backwards and bled everywhere and he is having trouble walking today. Poor guy! I also noticed Dixie has a splintered nail out of the blue..


    O, and somewhere in between RR Nutrish & 4 Health I also tried Healthy Morsels which Zeus puked too.............

    Could changing foods have depleted their calcium??? I am about to put socks on everyone!
     
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    Whether it be from the food or not, they are not getting enough calcium. Can you give them a calcium supplement with the food to help?
     
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    Nails are made of a tough protein called karatin. If your dog is not getting enough high quality protein in their food, it can cause weak nails and scraggly looking coat. Try adding fresh raw chicken to their diet. Be sure to skin the meat or your dogs will have runny stools and lots of gas. Raw chicken skin has far too much fat in it for your dog to digest. I stock up on 10 Lbs bags of frozen leg quarters when they go on sale at the local Save-A-Lot. Only $3.99 a bag!
     
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    Awesome, thanks DD. Our hair is made of keratin as well....pisses me off when shampoo commercials say their product will make your hair healthy instead of "feel healthy" lol.....
     
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    I don't feed raw but hear lots of disscussions on it... First time I've heard that about the need to remove skin... I just haven't seen any posts that people warn first time raw feeders to remove the skin... Interesting...
     
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    I've fed raw for years. Chicken is by far the fattiest raw meat I feed. Turkey is good too, less fat and no need to skin. The best is venison. I hunt when in season and stock up for the year. I feed raw on average about twice a week. My dogs have coats that gleam!
     
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    I thought of doing RAW just a few days a week (same here with the venison) but I didnt think only a few days a week would help. I was told either go all the way or dont go at all????????????????????
     
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    Feeding raw doesn't have to be an all or nothing thing. I add raw to their regular kibble. Think of it as a supplement to the regular diet. ;)
     

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