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Old 10-25-2016, 12:28 AM
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Couple of minor issues...

Always cut Jaggers nails myself, they were easy and nice consistency. I cut Monty's nails tonite, they were hard, almost brittle. Was scared they would break up the length of the nail. I've never come across that before. Is there a product on the market that could soften them up some?

I don't think his previous owners noticed, but his entire throat is bald, if you look at the attached pic, it's noticeable. - looks like it was from the collar they had on him. It's not a big deal, just hoping it grows back. Been rubbing it with a combo of coconut oil and organic cocoa butter. Anything else I can try? I bought him a small collar, and he never wears it while in the condo.

His eyes were pretty weepy, seems to have cleared up some with diet change.

I've never heard a dog - what's the term - snuffle? He sounds like a pig sniffing for food once in a while. It's cute and endearing, just don't know if there's something wrong.

I've changed his diet from kibble to raw and some cooked so I'm hoping that takes care of some of these issues.

When the insurance is transferred to my name, I'll be taking him in for an overall wellness check. He seems to be pretty healthy overall, just a few minor issues.
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Are you clipping or grinding (dremel) the nails?

I found that grinding them possesses less of a risk to break the nail and they also seem to grow back stronger (by the way, it's the same with my nails, they split when I clip or cut, but get stronger when I just file them).
Anyhow, the diet change will also take care of the brittleness after some time.

With the hair, it might have been rubbing and I don't have any other tips but coconut oil either, as long as there are no wounds and it's not itchy for him, it should grow back.

Weepy eyes, same as with Bri, also cleared up after diet change.

The sniffling: I saw a tv vet show (yeah, I know, but might be helpful ) where there was a Boston doing this grunting sound a lot and also snoring a lot at night. He had too much skin in his mouth over the throat (don't remember the scientific term for this skin) which was blocking off the wind pipe, thus he always snored, if awake or sleeping. They cut some off with a laser and the dog was doing much better. Not necessary the same with Monty, but if you take him to the vet, maybe they can have a look.

I bet he loves his new food
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I think the diet change is going to help with his nails and the fur regrowth.

As far as a product, I wonder if Musher's Secret would help at all?

The snuffling, I wonder if that is reverse sneezing? Levi used to do it all the time as a puppy.
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He loves the new food. Like I say, not overly worried about it. Gave him a bath last night, he's not a big fan.

Used regular scissor type cutters, just like Jagger, usually very easy and clean cut. These are new and sharp.

Jagger reverse sneezes, was horrid to listen to, sounded like he was choking, This is just more of a gentle snuffle, never heard a dog do it before. Maybe it's just the way he is.
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That reverse sneezing is terrible to listen to. Samantha has done that occasionally since we have had her. It has gotten neither better or worse over the years, but its certainly disconcerting to listen to. Food makes a huge difference in them, we changed Samantha over to food prepared in a kitchen where only food for dogs is prepared, only USDA certified for human consumption, either beef, turkey, venison or lamb, with veggies, berries and organ meat ground up, 'lightly' cooked. She is literally a different dog since we started her on it.
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Some dogs snuffle... Juno snuffles and snores. Does it sound congested, like a person with a stuffy nose (that gross wet sucking sound)? That could be nasal congestion due to allergies, a cold... Who knows.

A dry snuffle is pretty natural to some dogs though, when their noses are working overtime.
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Checked the neck this morning, definitely seeing hair growth
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He probably rubbed his fur off from pulling on a collar (just a guess), and it's growing back.
Mine has an almost ear to ear scar, like someone tried to cut his throat and failed, it's not growing back. :-(
Re: snuffling, is it when he really wants to smell something? Normal. And stress can trigger a few things, and then once settled, it gets better.
Nails, could be poor diet, now it's better they'll grow in nice, or genetics, just can't grow decent nails just like some folks have nice thick hair and others grow straw (me).
Great stuff, love the updates.
It looks all good.
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