Torn Toenail Average Cost

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What is Torn Toenail?

As with human beings, the toenail of a dog has to be clipped or trimmed regularly. If there is even a small movement of the paw while clipping the nail, it can chip, tear or break. If the toenail bed becomes inflamed, the condition will worsen. Therefore, it is important to cut long nails to avoid snagging and further breakage. As your dog walks on carpeting, the nail may become long and brittle. The areas that are usually affected tend to be the dewclaws and the front paws. If you find that your dog’s toenails are breaking apart, there is reason for concern, but not alarm. So, while you are cutting the nails, you should be extra careful not to cut them too short. If you notice bleeding after cutting the nails, you should consider taking your pet to the veterinarian.

When a dog’s nail splits, tears or breaks after becoming brittle or when clipped, this can cause tearing of the nail, which could subsequently result in extreme pain.

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Symptoms of Torn Toenail in Dogs

It is obvious that you will notice when your canine’s toenails are injured. Of course, the injury will be very painful. You may notice that your dog will walk lamely, yelp and constantly lick its wound. However, other symptoms will include:

  • Hanging nail, which the dog may chew off
  • Blood stains on carpeting or floors
  • Exposed flesh
  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Visibly damaged toenails
  • Swelling
  • Excessive bleeding

Don’t be alarmed about the bleeding. The bleeding comes from blood vessels and not the artery; so it is not immediately life threatening. However, the bleeding can subsequently result in blood clots. The bleeding can be easily stopped by a veterinarian. Therefore, don’t try to handle this on your own because the pain is real. Your dog may bite if you try to administer first aid instead of seeking professional help.

Causes of Torn Toenail in Dogs

There are several causes of a torn toenail in dogs. Some of the common causes include:

  • Damage to the toenails, especially if your dog is very active
  • Nail snagging on carpeting, plants or other material during activity such as running
  • Inflamed toenails
  • Clipping of the toenails
  • Weakened toenails due to an underlying health condition
  • Cancer in the foot and nail area

Diagnosis of Torn Toenail in Dogs

The diagnosis of a torn toenail in dogs is based on a visual examination of the affected area by a veterinarian. If there is extreme pain, the veterinarian will know by the dog’s response to touching. If so, the veterinarian may administer a local anesthesia to suppress the pain. 

If there is evidence that your pet may have an underlying condition affecting his health that may could change the condition of his nails, blood tests and urinalysis could be done at the veterinarian’s discretion.

Treatment of Torn Toenail in Dogs

Treatment for a torn toenail in dogs takes several distinctive steps. First, the veterinarian will inspect the area, after which damaged portions may be removed. Upon carefully inspecting the toenail, the veterinarian may muzzle the dog.

Of course, if there is bleeding, the veterinarian will try to stop the bleeding right away and disinfect the area. If your dog is prone to licking the area, the veterinarian will place the dog on its belly while administering massages to keep your dog relaxed. Any hanging portions of the nail will be removed with a nail clipper and the area will be disinfected for extra precaution against infection.

Antibiotics will also be administered to also prevent infection. If the condition is severe in the dewclaw area, the veterinarian might suggest removing the toe. However, this is only in extreme cases. If the veterinary caregiver has to remove a large portion of the nail, bandaging will be necessary to prevent infection of the nail bed. The area will be bandaged nicely and pain relief  may be prescribed, depending on how bad the wound is. The veterinarian will determine if follow up treatment is necessary, depending on the extent of the damaged toenail and how well the initial treatment went.

Recovery of Torn Toenail in Dogs

After the initial treatment, a regular bandage change is recommended once an antibiotic ointment is applied to reduce the pain. The swelling and pain should go down within two days of the treatment. If the nails were removed, these will grow back within several weeks. However, the pet owner should monitor the foot as much as possible during the re-growth period. If your dog’s nails do not grow back or grow irregularly, you may have to continue frequent trimming and monitoring. If your dog displays continuous symptoms after being treated, then you should schedule a veterinarian visit for reassessment. Most dogs will completely recover, but it will take time because the nail will have to completely grow back to cover the exposed spot.

Torn Toenail Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Rip
Labrador Retriever
12 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Toe seems a bit swollen still

Hi there

My dog tore his nail off from the base 1 Month ago, it was red n bloody, his toe seemed swelled up a bit and was on antibiotics for 2 weeks... the redness seemed to dry and skin forming around it.. but my dog started to lick the area again n know there's a firm hard looking node/mass on where the nail should be??? Could it be a Tumor, cyst or something else...

He did have X-ray done and ruled out a tumor but that was a month ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Rip’s paw and toe, I cannot say specifically what the mass or lump is; inflammation, irritation from licking among other causes may lead to swelling of that area. Since this is being managed by your Veterinarian, you should pop back in for them to take a look at it to see whether any further treatment is necessary or if it is a case of placing a cone on Rip to prevent licking and biting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dr my dog broke her nail apart from the flesh under it’s in early stages it seems like it can be cut with nail clippers and then cleaned up or should we go to a vet . How much is the estimated price

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Broly
Chihuahua
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog has ripped off his nail but not completely. It's just hanging there and his nerve is exposed. He has been licking & limping since it happened. I would like to know what I should do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems like you received a response from my colleague already regarding toenail trauma; sometimes the nail will fall off itself but in other cases veterinary care is required, there is no further advice I can give without see it in person. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chelsea
Poodle x Maltese
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My dog had a nail embedded into her pad which didn't really affect her she was walking fine and everything but we cut the ingrown nail in half ourselves because we were sort on money so that we can take her to a vet but we applied peroxide and neosporin and a gauze then we wrapped her paw around so she won't lick it. Did we do the right thing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is no bleeding and Chelsea isn’t in any pain you may have done it well, without examining it I cannot say for sure; if the nail or paw is bleeding you should have your Veterinarian take a look regardless of cost and I am always concerned about secondary infection. A visit to your Veterinarian would be around $50 or so plus any medicines given, but it would be worth it for peace of mind. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cubs
Shih Tzu
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Bleeding
Licking

While he was playing with my other 2 dogs, cubs nail was cracked close to the base, however; it’s not loose. My vet has said in the past in regards to a back injury that he’s too old to receive anesthesia. He’s limping and licking it profusely, the bleeding has slowed but due to him licking it and not letting me touch his paw at all i cannot tell if the bleeding has stopped, so should i still take him to his vet or bandage and check it again in a day or 2?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since a crack in that location can cause problems (infections etc…) if to extends into the nail bed; your Veterinarian may be able to manage the crack and prevent it from getting worse. Without examining the nail, I cannot say what the best course of action would be but at the clinic your Veterinarian will be able to make a judgement on a course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stoli
Pit bull
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen and red

I've recently noticed my dogs toenail on her her front left paw is abnormal. It looks like a normal claw but raised a little higher, the quick (pink goo) is sticking out on the bottom and it's all red and swollen around it. It looks as if someone pulled the quick out on purpose. I don't know what to do, she doesn't limp, she only licks it. She only seems in pain if I accidentally touch near it. I haven't seen any bleeding yet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dogs can sometimes tear the toenail from the quick, especially if they are very active dogs. Those do hurt, and they can get infected, and sometimes need sedation to have that broken part removed. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at the nail and determine the best course of action for Stoli. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Jae
Chihuahua
1 Year
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Infection

How to treat a infected torn nail on my dogs foot. The toenail is barely hanging on and the area is red and infected. We have cleaned it with peroxide. He is laying around all the time and not sure about him running temperature.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Peroxide may cause local capillary damage and may slow down healing so use with care; if the nail is torn and infected, this is something you would need to see your Veterinarian about as antibiotics would need to be prescribed and your Veterinarian may be able to remove the remaining section of nail. If Jae has a temperature above 103°F then a fever is present. Until you visit your Veterinarian, keep the area clean (use dilute povidone iodine) and free of debris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

My dog has a broken nail. We went to the vet and he is currently on anitbiotic and pain medication. The vet advised I can take thre bandage off in 4 days so I did today, but my dog is licking obsessively. Is that normal and can I take him back to daycare in 2 days?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dog will want to lick their injuries, it is a normal behaviour as they are trying to keep it clean and ‘treat it’ the only way they know how; however you should discourage this behaviour as the saliva may cause irritation to the surrounding skin which may lead to more licking etc… If you need to, get a cone to place on him for the meantime if he cannot leave it alone. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bolichai
Chihuahua
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog has torn his toe nail off but it's still hanging there. It was bleeding for a minute and stopped, he is limping and I don't know what to do. Please answer ASAP thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Bolichai needs to see his veterinarian if the nail doesn't fall off. Sometimes those nails pull off partially but need to removed the rest of the way with sedation - its like a person having part of their nail torn off, and it does hurt until it is resolved. If it is very loose, it may fall off on it's own, but if it there for more than an hour or so, he should see his veterinarian.

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JAZ Mine
Shih t
11 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Painful to out weight on it
She keeps her paw picked up outside

Medication Used

Rimadyl 1/2 tab. Every 12 hours Gadapenin

Shih tzu 11 yrs. Old torn toe nails left front paw vet bandaged it. Jaz Mine needs to poop, But keeps pulling her paw up it hurts she just can't balance herself. She's on pain meds. This happened Sunday. She can owe no problem she figured it out, But I Don't want her to go to long. She didn't go MONDAY & so far Not today yet *Tuesday).shih

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is normal for a dog to not want to place their paw down when they have an injury like a torn nail and this may result in a problem when she tries to put herself in the position to defecate and she needs the paw to balance herself. Eventually, she will go and she will void her bowels; but if she doesn’t go today you should return to your Veterinarian tomorrow for another check and review of pain management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosco
Jack Russell Terrier
Eight Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged toe

I have an active Jack Russell who split his right thumb nail a year ago. Now his nail has grown up very large and he keeps licking it. I have had it trimmed but it keeps growing fast. My vet said he would have to have his toe amputated. Can the nail just be removed instead.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. To remove the nail and the associated tissue that makes the nail grow, it is an amputation of the first part of the digit, or toe. If the nail were removed by itself, it would continue to grow back.

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Spike
Corgi
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cracked toenail
Swollen toe

How much does removal of a toenail cost for a dog? Dog has a cracked nail, swollen toe, it's leaking pus, and he won't let me touch it. He has a vet appointment and they said the nail might need removed. I have been soaking it in epsom salt then rinsing in a dawn dish soap wash and the swelling has gone down a lot. He stopped limping which he done for 2 days and is running around, playing, and jumping up on me anytime I leave and come back home (all of which he wouldn't do before, and I noticed it 5 days ago and have been doing the soaking since). Can it heal itself or am I healing it with what I've been doing every day?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Each case is different and without examining it I cannot say whether you treating the cause or the symptoms; but a Veterinary visit is indicated especially given the severity of the condition. To remove a torn toenail you would be looking in the region of $200-$500 depending on your location and your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scotch
West Highland White Terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

None at this time

My dog snagged his toenail on the couch and I came home to quite a bit of blood. After rinsing it with water the bleeding stopped. He isn't limping or favoring it at all and he doesn't wince when I touch around the area. It does not seem to be broken or loose at all. Is it possible he will heal on his own or is the potential that it's broken too high?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Scotch, I'm not sure what his situation is. If his nail broke higher up, it may heal on its own. He may take it off by himself, or it may not cause any problems. It would be a good idea to monitor him, for limping, signs of infection or pain. If the nail grows back normally, you may not have anything to worry about. It is becomes looser, if may need to be removed by your veterinarian. If you aren't sure, the best route to take is an exam by your veterinarian, as they will be able to assess the toenail and see how healthy it is, and what might need to be done about it. I hope that all goes well!

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Bailey
Labrador
5 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Odor

My dog got her toe caught on the seatbelt while trying to jump out of the truck, she whined for quite a while and it bleed profusely the first day (Friday). She limps around and does not like to go outside. The nail is still attached and is bent upwards with a different piece of something sticking out underneath. I thought it was bone but our vet cannot see her until Monday to confirm. She licks the paw all the time and it smells now. Is there anything we can do until she gets into the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Sometimes those torn nails can cause problems and need to be removed with sedation. They are prone to getting infected, and can be quite painful, similar to a person tearing off a piece of their fingernail and having it stay attached. If she tore the nail and didn't do anything more severe, that piece of hard tissue underneath is probably the sensitive nail bed, and the nail will need to be removed. Until you can get her in to see your veterinarian, it would be best to try and stop her from licking at it, you can very gently swish the paw in antibacterial soap and water solution to keep it clean if she'll tolerate that, and give her extra TLC. Once your veterinarian is able to see the injury, they'll be able to give you a better idea as to what she will need. I hope that she is okay.

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Shiba
Whippet
2 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Horizontal crack
Cracked nail

My dog has a toenail that is dry and crack down the middle. The quick is not completely exposed, and does has a thin layer of nail covering it from underneath the cracked top nail. She is not experiencing any pain, bleeding, limping, or licking the area. Should I just keep clipping the nail as it until it grows out healthy again or just take her to a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Shiba isn’t in any pain and there is no sign of infection, I would keep her rested and don’t let her run around; clip the nail normally until the crack grows up. Your Veterinarian may be able to make a quicker (mind the pun) fix but would be dependent on how far the crack goes up the nail. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tilly
Kelpie
18months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

She's fine. Just wants to run

Medication Used

Amocxyclav. Previcox
Amocxyclav

My dog had her nail removed 2 days ago. The bandage got wet so they said to take it off. Can I take her to the beach.???She is a very active dog a needs a good run. The backyard is dirt at the moment so I feel that's worse than having her on the sand and at least the saltwater would be good for it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Two days is too soon to take her out especially to the beach where the wound may be contaminated by sand etc… For the time being, I would recommend to keep her in the house for a week to prevent contamination and just ensure that the area is clean and free of debris; I wouldn’t let her go to the garden yet. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
Pekingese
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Laying down
growling when trying to touch paw
cut too close to quick
toenail bleeding,

I cut my dog's toenail too close to the quick and was bleeding heavily. It is her back right toenail, Luckily we cleaned it and even bandaged, it has stopped bleeding but we decided to clean the area once again and replace the bandages. it's bleeding once again, I don't know if we should take her to the vet or just clean the area and keep it well bandaged

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Controlling the bleeding after cutting the quick can be difficult and sometime pressure alone isn’t enough to control the bleeding, styptic powder is good to stop bleeding nails but if there is a lot of blood you should visit your Veterinarian if you cannot get the bleeding under control. You should also be careful when bandaging a paw since making the bandage too tight can cause blood to pool in the paw increasing pressure leading to more bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jessie
Chihuahua
18 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

My dog had her toenail removed by the vet 3 weeks ago, we went back 1 week ago and got new antibiotics, i just looked and the wound is still red and the nail hasn’t grown back. My question is can she go to daycare and play with other dogs or can i better keep her home and quiet? She is a very active dog and is going a bit crazy being home.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Once a nail is torn or removed, it can take a while for the nail to grow back. If she is currently on antibiotics, you shoudl be fine at this point to have her go to daycare. If she seems to be overdoing it, you can rest her at home, but 4 weeks should be enough time to let her go back to daycare.

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Ryder
Labrador Retriever
4 Days
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

My dog had his duclaw nail removed 3 weeks ago after getting it caught on something outside. He was on antibiotics and had a bandaid on for the recommended five days. Now, his nail is growing back but it still seems red,like the black hard nail part hasn’t fully grown in yet. He isn’t licking it and he isn’t in any pain, he’s playing and running normally. But the fact that the nail is red and the hair around it is a little darker brown, is this cause for concern? Should I bring him back to the vet or wait till the nail heals properly?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there are not other symptoms, I would keep it covered and monitor it for the time being; however if there are no changes you should visit your Veterinarian to check on it to be on the safe side. Without checking it myself I cannot say whether or not is a cause for concern. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mika-Mimosa Fiery Pikachu of Brushwood
Shiba Inu
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Toenail off

I have a very persistent little Shiba Inu, Mika, that chews off every form of bandage I've wrapped her foot in for the past two weeks. I clean it with diluted iodine solution, treat it with merthiolate antiseptic, wrap it with sport wrap (self-stick stuff) up over the bend in her back leg, cover it with a sock that has been saturated in 'Ultra Bitter Spray', wrap that sock in sport tape...give it another spray of bitter stuff AND put the cone of shame on her. She has learned to power through the bitter spray to chew through the sock to get to the bandage and chews it off!

My question is how long should I leave the wrap on? My concern is two-fold. One, she's going to ingest part of the wrappings and cause bigger problems. Two, if I take the bandage off, has it been long enough (2wks) that when she begins licking she won't destroy the healing that has occurred?

Suggestions? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The answer really is: it depends; the severity of the torn nail and any healing which has occurred would determine whether or not it can go unwrapped. If there is nothing exposed and the nail has started to grow then she may do well without the wrapping but may require the cone. If you are unsure about things you should visit your Veterinarian to have a look to see if any intervention will help with the healing or at least reducing the exposed area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chico
Chihuahua
15 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 15 year old chihuahua has had a broken nail hanging from base of paw for a few days in the past he would normally have gotten it off by now and when I try it just won't come off it's dangling but won't budge he is obviously in pain is there something more serious going on

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There probably isn’t anything more serious than a torn nail, but it is important to get it removed as soon as possible and to ensure that it doesn’t become infected. You should take Chico into your Veterinarian for an examination and to have it removed properly so that it no longer causes any pain or discomfort to him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My boxer completely broke his nail clean off at the base. How Can I tell if it’s healing or if it’s infected? I don’t know the difference in appearance.

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Koda
German Shepherd
11 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cut toenail too far

I’m not sure how bad this is... but I was cutting his toenail and cut a good bit farther than I should’ve. He cried and pulled away from me and started bleeding a good bit.
I put him in the tub to clean the bottom of his paw off some and put taped a bandage around his foot. He’s walking around not limping and not crying and it’s been about 10 mins and it’s still bleeding. I can see it through the bandage. I really don’t have money to go to the vet seeing as i am a college student... What should I do??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If it it still bleeding 10-15 minutes after the original incident, it would be best to have him seen at your veterinarian, or at the nearest emergency clinic, to have the bleeding stopped. Typically, those vessels will stops bleeding within a few minutes with pressure, but if you cut it very short, the vessel can be quite large and may need cautery to stop it from bleeding. I hope that he is okay.

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