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My 8 year old grey has started losing nails and Vet thinks it is SLO. From what I have read I believe the best treatment is V Caps, Tetracycline and Niacinimide. Anyone know where I can find 500 mg Niacinimide over the counter? Don't want to go the Prednisone route if at all possible. Could also use advice on wrappinf feet that have lost nails. He likes to lick and chew on dressings. Any advice would be appreciated.

 

 

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Sorry you're dealing with SLO.

 

Have you tried your local drug stores for the niacinimide? Sometimes they have stuff behind the counter, but it doesn't require a prescription. Otherwise, you may want to look at online pharmacies such as Omaha Vaccine.

 

As far as wrapping feet, you can try using socks and vetwrapping them up at the top (there's another thread "put a sock on it") that has suggestions for how to do it. YOu can also try getting some BanGuard from your vet and apply near, but not on, the injuries. When your dog licks, he'll get a nasty taste and start salivating profusely. Most dogs (but not all) will stay away from the area after that.

 

Good luck!


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Sorry you're dealing with SLO.

 

Have you tried your local drug stores for the niacinimide? Sometimes they have stuff behind the counter, but it doesn't require a prescription. Otherwise, you may want to look at online pharmacies such as Omaha Vaccine.

 

As far as wrapping feet, you can try using socks and vetwrapping them up at the top (there's another thread "put a sock on it") that has suggestions for how to do it. YOu can also try getting some BanGuard from your vet and apply near, but not on, the injuries. When your dog licks, he'll get a nasty taste and start salivating profusely. Most dogs (but not all) will stay away from the area after that.

 

Good luck!

 

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I'm sorry your dealing with Slo. We get Niacinimide at the drug store, they had to order it for us. I read somewhere that food allergies may be what starts it. We have a cute little girl at the kennel, Pemphigus/Slo has effected all 4 of her paws.

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Hi, I am sorry to hear about your situation. I have been dealing with SLO with my female greyhound for a 4 years. At first it was bad and affected all four paws, but for us it eventually did get better. It took about 9 months. Although her nails are still not normal (they are somewhat brittle and a little misshapen), she is now pain free 99% of the time with only the occasional flare up (1 or two nails/year). Our vet didn't know a lot about the disease, and we ended up with much better treatment and advice by seeing a skin specialist vet (just fyi as an option, your vet may be more knowledgeable than mine).

 

I know how stressful it is, but I agree you are doing the right thing not using the Prednisone treatment. We used dermcaps, niacinamide and tetracycline. I bought the niacinamide and the dermcaps on line, wherever I can find the lowest prices. Eventually, we were able to put her on just dermcaps and eliminate the other meds. As a side effect, her coat is now fabulous and she actually grew hair on her bald butt! good luck and if you need help feel free to e-mail. There is also a yahoo news group called "SLO dogs" with lots of good information.

 

 

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Thank you all for the advice. I guess we're in it for the long haul. Went to the vet to have a loose bleeding nail removed this am and my "Ward" licked it off himself while we were talking. I'm glad we saved him an anesthetic. I guess dogs know how to take care of themselves and maybe we'll just let him remove his own nails if he is not in pain. Despite my hesitation I decided to go with the steroids. He has a few nails that look bad and a few that look good. The vet has treated greyhounds with the steroids and feels that we have a better shot at saving some nails with the steroids. She is also going to draw blood to check thyroid, kidney and liver function.

 

Talked to someone who recommended toddler socks with tape across the ankle to keep bandages on. Bought a pack at Walmart last night and sprayed them with that "bitter" spray and so far it seems to be working. Got them in white so I can wash and bleach them.

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My 8 year old grey has started losing nails and Vet thinks it is SLO. From what I have read I believe the best treatment is V Caps, Tetracycline and Niacinimide. Anyone know where I can find 500 mg Niacinimide over the counter? Don't want to go the Prednisone route if at all possible. Could also use advice on wrappinf feet that have lost nails. He likes to lick and chew on dressings. Any advice would be appreciated.

 

 

Stressed out grey Mom

 

Pardon my ignorance about what SLO is, but just wanted to pass on what my U of Penn trained relative mentioned when I told him about Forrest's lost toenail. He said fungus is sometimes the cause. Just thought I'd mention it. Stick it back on the back burner of your mind in case your darling does not respond to current treatment.

 

As for the wrapping of feet, you might want to look at the Therapaw - originally designed for greyhounds for toe issues like you describe. http://www.therapaw.com/

 

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