My Dal hurt his toe playing with another dog on Thursday night. And of course Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon were public holidays!!! It looks like he has pulled back all the skin under and on top of the nail (the cuticle?). It bled for a while and then we put antiseptic cream on it. On Fri and Sat he got it caught a few times and hobbled around the house. Sunday he ripped it again slightly but the bleeding stopped within a few minutes and Monday he was back to himself with no limping. (It is now Tuesday morning in Australia). However, the nail is still sticking out on an outward angle and there is still all black looking dried blood around the nail. Instead of going straight ahead like the other nails, it is on a 30-40 degree angle outwards to what it is normally. I think that is why he ripped it a few times. Will it correct itself and grow straight again? Maybe the nail needs to be pulled out and then it will grow straight again? Should I take him to the vet...FIVE days after it happened?
until you get him to the vet you can soak it in epson salt and warm water. It just depends how bad he ripped it. Our dog did that, she was sedated and we just pulled the nail, bandaged it for about 3 days and then it was fine. She did it with a dew claw though.
I'm not really worried with the wound....it still does look quite ugly though....but looks like it is healing. I am more worried that the nail in the 5 days since he hurt it hasn't gone back into the normal position.... I am starting to wonder if it will heal on that angle and then he will have a funny toe nail. And I am not saying this from a cosmetic point of view, but when he jumped off the bed, it got caught and ripped and bled a little etc. The other nails go straight and this one turns out to the right and catches on things. I think I will take him to the vet...even though it is 5 days after the injury and he looks and feels normal again. I might stand on his foot so he limps again and then I don't look like such an idiot walking into the vet with a healthy dog :)
Hi Boxer Babe, This exact thing happened to my pit just a couple of weeks ago!! Although, I'm not exactly sure as to "how" it happened...I was at work, came home and he wouldn't put any weight on his foot. I then noticed he had all this dry blood around his little toe. Needless to say, I was worried. I put some antiseptic on it (tricky part is keeping the dog from licking it - try putting a sock around it) and gave him a k9 asprin for the pain. I took him to the vet the next day who ended up telling me: 1) let the nail fall off on its own or 2) she would put him to sleep and take it off - the only difference - about $100. It wasn't infected, so I decided to keep my money and took him home. The nail fell off in about a day. His nail is growing back now, but slowly. Still, he's running around good as new. One thing to watch out for if you do let it fall on its own...just be careful with your floors, as it tends to bleed off and on. Hope it turns out ok!
Oh good...I'm glad others know what I am talking about! This one doesn't look like it is going to fall off...it is firmly attached....so it seems anyway...but attached sideways (no, it's not sticking out quite that bad:). I was told it will be about $150 (Australian) if I need to get him sedated and the nail pulled out....all for a bloody little toe nail! We'll see tomorrow. Cheers
I took my pits to the vet last week for their anual rabies shots, and when I came out to get Jasmine, she had ripped half of her nail off from clawing at the front of the crate. I took her in and the vet said she had torn it past the quick and she took a pair of tweezers and pulled the whole thing out so she wouldn't tear the rest of it. She said it will heal back just fine. Thought I'd share that experience.
My male has injured his toe so many times I don't even have the vet look at it anymore, I just rip it out and bandage it myself. But he injures it by rushing up the stairs and missing the step, the nail get ripped off but not totally. He puts up with me bravely, while I rip the rest out.
Sue, I think you are the brave one to do the pulling. I don't think I could do it. Luckily, I work at a vet, so I can run them in anytime. My doctor is so good, if I or any patient calls anytime, he will come to the office. Great guy!!