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Old 11-20-2012, 11:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Nikki has it on a few of her nails too. Almost looks like her white nails are changing colour... I thought they were... Similar to her getting spots on her white fur..
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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What is acv?
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
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What is acv?
It's apple cider vinegar. It's really good for getting rid of yeast infections. I think it can be used as a preventative too, but I might be wrong there.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:24 AM   #14 (permalink)
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It's apple cider vinegar. It's really good for getting rid of yeast infections. I think it can be used as a preventative too, but I might be wrong there.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:52 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Another thing that might help is a betadine/water foot soak. Add enough Betadine to water to look like iced tea. Soak the foot for 30 seconds to a minute, then pat dry. Betadine is antibacterial and antifungal. Here's a link from holistic vet, Dr. Karen Becker: Irritated Pet Paws | How to Relieve Your Pet?s Irritated Paws .

I'm also using this nightly on my allergy dog, Maddie, and it does seem to help! Make the water deep enough to cover the whole foot. I make it up in a Tupperware container and use it several times before throwing it out and starting over.

Dempsey's nails had a lot of rusty red color to them when we got him (most of his nails are white). We now feed him a grain free diet and do the foot soaks and the red is slowly fading. Check between your dog's pads on the bottom of his feet, too. Dempsey's hair is rusty colored there, too, but is now getting better.

The lower the glycemic index on the kibble, the better, b/c starch appears to feed yeast. Dempsey does better on a potato free kibble, such as Earthborn (2 of them are potato free).
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Ah! Thanks for that info Georgiapeach! A 30 second soak would be MUCH easier to manage with Maggie than several minutes. Lol. Definitely going to give betadine a try in the future.


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Old 11-21-2012, 08:29 AM   #17 (permalink)
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If you buy apple cider vinegar.. Make sure its the stuff with Mother init...Not the cooking stuff get the natural one!


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Old 11-21-2012, 12:14 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I have an anti fungal shampoo i had for my cockers feet. - she used to almost eat them! I might try that on Nikki and see if I can get nice white nails again
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:52 PM   #19 (permalink)
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This happened to Buddha a couple months ago.. I took him to the vet and they said it was just dirt (erm.. I don't think so).. I did some research and had a feeling it may be a yeast infection. Another sign of it is their feet smell sort of like corn chips (I know this sounds SO weird.. but it is true-- Dorito feet!). Anyways, I soaked his paws in Apple Cider Vinegar + Water (which is a cure for yeast) and it went a way within a week. Now it is back.. I asked a different vet and he said it was just pigmentation (once again.. i don't think so). Like you said it is where the nail meets the toe.. dark brown with a hint of red. It is only on his front paws too.. not sure why, possible because he uses them to eat/play etc. Anyhow I am going to start the ACV+Water again... let me know what you find out! I would love to hear what an american vet says (i feel brazilian vets are too laid back).
PS. I put the mixture in a shallow tub and just dunked his feet in it... or i have it in a squirty bottle and spray the tops and bottoms.
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Max had some reddish brown colored nailís when he was younger. No symptoms. (smell, licking, biting etc) I had also read yeast infection but the vet said it was nothing and since he was oblivious to it, we did nothing and it went away on itís own.
While diet plays a big role as far as the vitaminís and mineralís that support a healthy immune system, regular exposure to the outdoors where fungal organismís grow
Or excessive licking which transfer the bacteria from the mouth to other areas is what causes the infection. I would not stress over the food at this point because at best, one could only guess. Try the apple cider vinegar and see if it clears it up. Once Logan is eating a well balanced raw diet you can consider the food if it reappears. But even then, I would guess it is like humanís, some are just more sensitive to yeast infections than otherís and it is easily treatable.
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