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A Toenail Grew From The Bottom Of My Dog's Paw

Author: Karla E.
Skill: Healer
Date: 02-02-2014
Views: 6,550
Word Count: 426
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 9319-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 3

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Several years ago I noticed a "rough patch" on the pad of one of my dog's feet. Upon closer examination, I recognized that it was a nail. I thought that it extremely odd; when it got long enough, I cut it off with the nail clippers and didn't think about it. About 6 months later it was back and I did the same thing.

When it returned for the third time, I did some investigation and found that this is the result of an overgrowth of skin tissue, hyperkeratosis. The growth is commonly referred to as a cutaneous horn. Humans get them too, most often on the top of their ears.

Medical folks, for humans and animals, don't know what causes them; the most recommended treatment is surgical removal - but in many cases they grow back. Sometimes with cases like this, dogs become so lame that they are euthanized.

Time to think - "abnormal growth" = Frankincense; possibility of a virus being involved = Clove. I alternated application of each of these oils 4X/day, covering the oil with Animal Scents Ointment and keeping a "boot" (canvas boot for dogs) on the foot so that she could not lick it off.

Sometimes I added Thieves into the mix; during the first week the pad went through several changes...from hard and stiff to soft and pliable.

Around day nine I removed the boot to find a bulbous mass protruding from the pad of the foot, like a tumor being expelled. I was pulling a bit on it, trying to get it to detach. I badly wanted to cut it off, but I thought that it may cause uncontrollable bleeding and I didn't have Cistus oil on hand. So I put more Frankincense on it and put the boot back on.

The next day the "tumor" was gone and the pad of the foot smooth. It took 3-4 more days for it to completely heal - it was now smooth and soft. I took the boot off and discontinued treating the foot; instead, I mixed up a dilute Raindrop Session and give the dog one spritz EVERY day.. It has been 9 months and the nail has not grown back.

Hyperkeratosis also effects the nose of a dog; if you notice rough, cracked skin on the dog's nose, it is likely this. A drop of Frankincense on the nose, covered with a light smear of Animal Scents resolved this in my dog, and the "mini Raindrop" everyday keeps it smooth.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: tumor-/-growth-/-neuroma — Frankincense and myrrh showed anticancer effects.Link
2.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is the most common cause of peripheral vestibular disease in dogs and, despite its dramatic clinical presentation, can improve without intervention."Link
3.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link

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