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    One of my dogs has a bad back. Infection in the backbone long story. Anyhow. He tends to drag his feet a little when on the move and it wears his toenails. Was just wondering if anyone has had any success with any products to build them up so he doesn't get down to the quick. I have tried an acrylic nail builder but it only lasted a day at most.

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    You can get boots for them. Have a look online. Especially the leather ones that are designed for working dogs working on extremely hot ground

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevo14 View Post
    One of my dogs has a bad back. Infection in the backbone long story. Anyhow. He tends to drag his feet a little when on the move and it wears his toenails. Was just wondering if anyone has had any success with any products to build them up so he doesn't get down to the quick. I have tried an acrylic nail builder but it only lasted a day at most.
    Ask Aussie Floyd this...I know Floyd has some issues with wearing down his toenails a fair bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Monte also does this, but on his front paws. When I take him for a walk, his nails actually bleed.
    That is what Floyd does too...his nails on the front are quite worn and I know it has been a worry for AF!

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    Thanks for the replies. Those boots look pretty snazzy Anne but I'm afraid to say the pretection isn't where it is needed. He wears the fronts or leading edges of his toenails. He doesn't put much weight on the back end these days so the conventional wear isn't really an issue.

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    Hi Stevo14..

    My boy Floyd has worn down 2 inner toe nails on he's front feet, but not to the point of bleeding or worn down to cuticle. Vet tests have determined that Floyd has nerve damage in he's shoulders that cause him to not lift he's front feet properly when walking, he scuffs /flicks he's front feet when walking instead of lifting them when taking steps etc. Vet is more than certain that Floyd was either born with nerve damage or it's happened by injury etc some time during he's life, in which not much is known about he's past as i adopted him when he was 7yrs old & he had worn down nails when he was surrendered by previous owner to staffy rescue.

    As for treatment or products that help stop the wearing down of nails, sorry i cant offer advice as i have no idea myself. Floyd's Vet told me there is not much i can do to protect he's nails other than to not walk him on concrete, roads etc to help minimize the wearing down of nails, so i walk Floyd on grass as much as possible, in which has helped heaps, he's nails are not as worn down as they used to be

    Here is a pic of Floyd where he's feet are clearly visible.

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    I know some pretty toxic stuff that might do the job but you'd have to make sure the dog didn't eat it.

    It's called plastibond. It comes in various sized pots, is usually the consistency of slightly dried toothpaste which you mix with a bit of hardner and then you can use it to fill or protect whatever. I had a boat with rather a lot of it included and my cousins used it when the clover seed made holes in their clover seed harvester (steel plate). Clover seeds do not make holes in plastibond. So that gives you an idea of how tough it is.

    You can mould it for short while after you've mixed it and then it hardens and it's difficult to sand even. The more hardener you put in, the faster it hardens.

    Just not sure how good the stuff would be if the dog eats it. I think once it was hard, it would go straight through like most bits of plastic. But I don't know for sure. There might be a medical grade equivalent that would be safer. I know orthopaedic surgeons use similar stuff but I don't know where they get it from.

    Otherwise - I think you can get trolleys for dogs that drag their back legs. Maybe a skate board?

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    A skateboard? Really Hyacinth?

    He's not that bad. Just think of a dog that likes to fang around who's back end is completely ruled by momentum. I gave the acrylic another go and it's a little more successful this time. But I think I might need to try stuff like super glue and 2 pack adhesives. The acrylic is too expensive.

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    Stevo14

    You might try the plastibond. It lasts for ages, and fixes anything. And it fits the description superglue x 2pack (like araldyte). You can get quite a small tube with the hardener for a reasonable amount of money then again I don't know what you think is expensive.

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