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how do I treat symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy in my german

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how do I treat symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy in my german shepard? toenail disease
Submitted: 6 years ago via lowchenaustralia.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr John replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for the question...this is a nasty and painful disease. The treatment is varied and there is really no known 'cure' per se.

1- Have all the loose nails removed under general anesthesia. Get the pain over with.
2- Prednisone/steriods can be used short term for inflammation and pain reduction but recently we have started just using Metacam an NSAID and Tramadol a narcotic pain med.

3- High doses of Omega 3 oils: 200-400 mg of EPA per 10lbs of body weight. You need to get the EFA packets of daily dosed oil...not the capsules because you need a lot of oil and a high dose. Do this daily. For a shepherd I'd be giving him 2500-3000 mg per day at least.

4- Doxycycline or Tetracycline: doxy: 100 mg twice daily. Tetra is 500 mg three times daily.

5- Niacinamide: (go the health food store and get this) 500 mg 3 times daily.

Confirming this diagnosis can only be done with a biopsy...or removal of 1 complete digit...amputation of the digit.

I have a boxer I am treating now and am actually considering removing-declawing all of his toes in order to lessen his pain and stop this as I said it is a difficult and frustrating disease.

Best of success to you and your dog.

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