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Old 12-09-2013, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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We have a one and a half year old Pitbull who's nails seem to be getting quiet brittle? He broke one playing with one of our family members dogs and then another running up the steps outside and that one was so bad it had to be clipped off very,very short by our vet.We noticed a couple days ago that one nail is starting to peel.This has been happening for about three months now.Is it because there's not enough nutrients in his diet?We give him Kibbles 'n Bits at night but I'm considering changing.







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Old 12-09-2013, 03:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Kibbles N Bits is one if the worst foods to feed. I know that is probably not something you want to hear but it's the truth. All grocery store foods are junk and not healthy for your dog at all -- it's like McDonalds for dogs.

Do you have a tractor supply store near you? Or any pet stores? Go and look at their grain free food choices. There are lots to pick from and go with the best grain free option that you can afford. Tractor supply carries the Diamond brands and a few others. Diamond has had a few recalls but it's a whole lot better than grocery store foods. Taste of the Wild, Merrick, Solid Gold, Natural Balance are all carried there and are Diamond brand foods. tractor supply also carries 4Health which has a grain free variety (dark brown bag). These range in price from $35-60 depending on which one you get.
If you go to a local petstore they typically carry those brands as well as great ones like Orijen, Acana, Wellness CORE, and Instinct. These are more expense but the quality is much higher.
You can also order kibble online at Chewy.com for really good prices! That is what I used to do when I fed Acana, Instinct and Orijen.
Also consider the Prey Model Raw diet for him. Google it and see if its something you would consider. This is what I currently give my dogs. It's raw meat, bone and organs. But to do raw it has to be done RIGHT. You can't just give him a piece do chicken and call it done. They need a balance of bone, muscle meat and organ to thrive.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I give mine Blue Buffalo... Is he playing on concrete surfaces? My dogs nails have been brittle lately, but I found out that he likes to stretch his legs in the morning and drag his feet back into position causing his nails to rub on the concrete. Observe how your dog walks, plays, and stretches... You might be find out a little more about your ongoing problem.


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Old 12-09-2013, 03:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Also, make sure your cutting his nails at the correct angle, since this can also be a problem if they keep breaking. Hope these things helped, good luck


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Coach:We don't have a Tractor Supply nearby but there are pet stores that I can check out, thank you so much.



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Pitso: He plays in the grass with the other dogs, no concrete.We have hardwood floors in the house. The vet cut his nails we don't.


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Old 12-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would get a dremel and keep them filed down. Changing food is a priority it could totally be poor nutrition causing it. But by using the dremel you can keep them low and close to the quick so it prevents them from breaking easily.


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Old 12-10-2013, 05:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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Kibble is definitely contributing....my 13 month old female's nails grow like it's going out of style. It's mainly due to the high protein kibble I have her on. Nails are comprised of dead cells...primarily excess protein. Don't believe me.....? Simply start eating a ton of protein and observe your nail growth. Same concept goes with hair.

As Ames stated, the nails need to be cut (careful with the quick) then finished off with a dremel. The dremel is the key though...it smooths and evens the cut that the clippers left which is prone to splinter/crack if on hard surfaces often.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
 
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Ames & Stephen: Thank you,I am trying to find a better food that is affordable along with some sort of vitamin or something to help him gain weight.Personally I feel that his ribs are too defined or I can feel them too much.It may be me just being a paranoid "mommy" haha
As for the nails,HA! When we took him to the vet for his nails,it took three grown men to hold him because he wouldn't hold still(he was scared) you would have thought they were taking his whole paw.So really we do what we can with the nail clipping area.


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Trying to determine what my pup is mixed with, we adopted him from APL at 13 weeks old, the older he gets he looks like a pitbull, a little longer snout though and front paws are huge! He's a lovable pup! And handsome as ever!
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