Alternative Medicine for Pets/Nail question


Hi Susan,

I have a question about my dog, Karlie. It looks like Karlie somehow sliced the side of her nail. It is not deep, bleeding, or bothering her too much. She does, however, lick at it every now and then, nothing obsessively. I was wondering if there would be something that I could put on it to help protect it or to help it heal faster. I have been putting coconut oil on it, but I'm wondering if there would be something better to put on it to help heal it.

Thanks for the help,
Have a great day,
Ricki and Karlie

Hello, Ricki,

If there are no rough edges sticking out that can get caught on and rip it further or even off, the problem isn't very serious. What most dog people do with a simple crack is to take a tiny bit of Super Glue and mend the crack then just let it grow out over time. Be sure to keep your dogs nails cut frequently (at least once a month), and if there are rough edges on the crack, file them off before you use the glue.

Hope this helps :0)


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Susan R Griffin


I can answer questions concerning pet allergies, natural flea control, breeding and dog breeds, puppy training, pets and stress, and pretty much any dog related question.


I have been a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for over 20 years. My specialties are nutrition and flea, skin and coat problems but I have experience with other health issues as well. I have been studying canine nutrition for over 20 years as well and have a broad knowledge base there including breed specific information. I am the author of The Healthy Pet Handbook and Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet as well as many other pet related articles; and have hosted radio talk shows on natural pet care. I conduct seminars on natural pet care, relationship training and the spiritual, energetic relationship between people and companion animals. I trained my first dog in 7th grade, bread my first litter in 12th grade and began showing at age 20 (I'm now 60). I have studied dogs all of my life and I have a degree in Psychology with minors in Ecology and Animal Behavior from Utah State University. I am a graduate of The New York School of Dog Grooming (1972) and Orchard Kennels School of Training (can't remember the year). I am the founder and owner of Naturals For Animals in St Petersburg, FL and the developer of Critter Oil and other natural products and Pet Energy Therapy, a pet assisted therapy for people. I look forward to answering your questions and feel free to read the articles on my site,

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