I have a 80lb 3year old black lab. Last night (we live in Chicago) she was running in the backyard and her nail got caught and ripped off. It was really bad, blood everywhere. A good inch of nail had to be removed that was dangling. She was so scared and I'm sure in pain.
I'm taking her to the vet this afternoon, but the question is what is that thing under her nail? Is it the quick? It looked like it was bent at a 90 degree angle and that scares me. Did she break a bone? I'm so worried about her. She's been sleeping all morning. All we can do til we get into the vet.
Yikes, your dog has one inch long nails? Please ask the vet or a groomer to cut them for you. Letting a dogs nails grow to that length is just asking for trouble. It makes it uncomfortable for them to walk and sometimes they will curl back around and grow into the paw.
Does the dog walk on cement or another hard surface to allow the nails to wear down naturally? Sometimes apartment dogs or house dogs don't get that much exercise outside, therefore their nails don't have the chance to wear down on their own. They are used to a life of carpeting and cushy furniture.
As my Mom's Lab got older, he acclimated himself into being a housedog and his nails grew like weeds. He didn't go outside for much exercise, let me rephrase that, he did go out, but was not as active in his older age, so the nails didn't wear down by themselves. I always teased him, saying he had girly nails and that I was going to paint them pink. :D