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Dog Nail Broke Off Quick Exposed? What To Do.
Dogs suffer broken or torn nails as one of the most common injuries they can sustain. Have you heard about the dewclaws? You can find those claws at a higher position on the front of the foot.
Just so you know, not all the nails are connected firmly. The dewclaws are the nails that are connected more loosely than others.
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Does your dog run around your compound always?
Ensure that you always check your dog’s dew claws because the state of loosed dewclaws, makes them prone to injury. Another thing that might cause issues is cutting the nails of your dog. Most of us are aware of how dogs are likely to react when it’s time to have their fails cut. If your dog jerks a bit while the clippers cut he nails, your dog, from such action, can sustain an injury.
In this article, I’d point out a step by step guide capable of teaching you how to treat dog nails quick injury.
Before we move into outlining the steps on the treatment approaches, join me as I list the types of injury that a dog can sustain.
The include thus:
The severity of the broken nail determines the treatment. If your dog is suffering from any of the types of injuries listed below, don’t panic. This article contains the solution of each one of the nail damages.
- Nail bleeding after being broken off completely.
- Nail being broken or cracked but still loosely attached.
- Nail still firmed attached after being cracked or broken.
In the list of the causes of these types of nail damages, the dog’s nail being caught in something has its place among the first three — that’s to show how frequent it happens to dogs. Try to remember if you’ve seen your dog running in concrete, asphalt, or metal surfaces — because their nails can accidentally get stuck hence causing the nail to be ripped off or almost ripped off.
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Another major cause is called a nail clipping. To further explain, nail clipping is likely to cause broken and bleeding nails — relating to nails that are tightly, firmly attached. Sometimes, it’s wise to consult a veterinarian to look into the nail damage of the dog. What these veterinarians do is, they exhibit their craft by safely removing the affected nail while keeping your pet in a healthy state.
Furthermore, if you notice the damage of your dog’s nail, observe the nail carefully for a couple of days to look out for any sign of infection. In this case, also, you need the services of a vet.
Have you seen your dog holding his paws up, displaying signs of pain? This is another crucial time when you have to consult your doctor. Don’t hesitate. And again, if you don’t spot any sign of pain, but you can spot the dog bleeding, then it’s totally something you can handle yourself.
Having mentioned these, permit me to proceed into the next phase of this write-up, which is the home remedy on how to treat Dog’s nail damage.
How To Treat A Dog’s Broken Nail At Home
A nail injury of a dog isn’t always a case of an emergency. In other words, it doesn’t always need the presence of a veterinarian. While it may clearly seem like the worst type of injury, the best situation is actually a nail that’s fully broken off. Although it is painful, this issue is treated easily.
After the treatment, it allows you and your dog to get back to the routine.
Does your dog have a broken nail? Go ahead and follow the steps that are outlined below:
- Secure your dog, ensure that your dog doesn’t lick or bite the would. You can do this using a blanket or a muzzle.
- Get gauze or clean bandages.
- Exert a little pressure on the gauze and hold on to the wound for about 10 minutes.
- If that doesn’t stop the bleeding, apply styptic powder or another cauterizing agent to the wound.
The styptic powder does a lot in cauterizing the wound. And it’s powerful enough to stop the bleeding on the wound immediately. If you do not have any styptic powder at your home, baking powder or cornstarch can serve as a good and adequate substitute. It’s a perfect idea to always have those ingredients in your home. You can purchase them at the nearest pet store, and also at many online retailers.
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Have you discovered that the nail of your dog is broken but not entirely separated? You’ll need to remove that nail. Don’t attempt to remove the nail on your own except it’s already loose — just like a loose baby tooth. If you are not sure, the best move is to pick up your phone and call a vet.
Alternatively, take your dog for professional care. It’s a big problem to observe that the nails of your dog are broken and/or bleeding while still firmly attached. If not handled properly, this can make your dog prone to infections or lingering pains. It’s recommended that at this stage, you visit a veterinary professional.
Make sure you never attempt to do it yourself. Nail issues are likely to cause frustration for you and your dog. It’s unfortunate how common nail damage can be. And, how serious such dis-ease can as well be for the dog.
Symptoms Of Dog’s Damaged Nails
I know right now you’re already curious to know the symptoms of a damaged nail.
Well, they entail viz:
- Constant licking
- A visibly swollen toe or paw
- Nail at an odd angle
- Display of resistance when you make advances to examine a paw or toe
- Blood on the bedding of your dog
- Visibly not exerting pressure on a paw while walking
- Favoring one paw by holding it in the air rather than working on it
Nails that are too long have a high tendency of snagging. And, they can get torn easily. Some dogs are born with soft and weak nails, making them prone to damage.
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- Carefully Remove The Remaining Piece Of Nail – The idea is based on removing the remaining piece of the nail — the dangling part of the nail — with the intention of preventing any extended injury and to allow proper regrowth and healing of the nail.
Some people react to their dog’s injury using pet nail clippers to take out the dangling pieces located just above the point where it’s torn or broken. This is likely to cause a clean cut in the nail, and when there’s a clean-cut in the nail, the chances of having the nail grow back properly will increase.
According to Pippa Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS, says it wouldn’t be wise to try such.
Here are more words from Elliott: “It is unlikely you’ll be able to trim the nail back without cutting the quick — which is extremely painful and results in bleeding,” Dr. Elliott advises. “Therefore, this is best done under sedation, unless the crack is at the tip of a very long nail.”
- Stop The Bleeding
Taking off the nail is likely to cause the toe of your dog to bleed, especially if the breakage is spotted at the nail’s quick.
Ensure that you always have your pet emergency kit:
– Apply a styptic powder or pencil if you want the bleeding to stop almost immediately. Its content involves a cauterizing agent — that’s the agent responsible for sealing the wound.
– If out of emergency, you discover that you don’t have styptic powder or pencil, reach out for cornstarch or regular flour. Apply either of those on the wound and compress with a towel for a few minutes until the bleeding evidently stops.
- Clean The Wound And Disinfect The Toe To Prevent Infection
Get warm water, bath the paw of the dog in it, and ensure that all the traces of debris and dirt are out of sight. Before this time, you must have gotten a pet antiseptic — if you haven’t, you can get it at any pet shop.
Pick up the pet antiseptic and spray directly on the toe — this will go a long way in disinfecting the injured area and relieve the dog from any discomfort experienced from the wound. If the wound starts bleeding again, apply pressure, or make use of a styptic pencil or powder.
- Bandage The Paw
Dogs dislike their owner using a bandage on their paw, so this procedure can be a tricky one:
– Get a loose-fitting bandage and wrap the paw; to hold in place, use the first-aid tape.
– Another suitable method is using a clean sock to place on the paw, then tape it into place. A regular bandage can’t do it better than how a sock does it — it’s because the sock doesn’t place much restriction on the paw, which makes it more likely that your dog won’t pull it off.
– If it’s in a situation where your dog pulls the sock or bandage off, you may want to adopt the idea of placing a plastic cone (Elizabethan collar, or “E collar”) around the neck of your dog for a couple of days until the wound heals.
- Change The Bandage Every Day And Keep The Area Clean
Ensure that you change the sock or bandage once every day. Do that to check the healing process and to take out any dirt seen in the area.
Again, you’ll have to get warm water and wash the paw of the dog in it.
Check the paw for the signs of infection listed below:
– An oozing pus discharge
– Swelling of the toe
– Bleeding that may be mixed with pus and bleeding that may not be mixed with pus.
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If you discover signs of infection, don’t hesitate to take your dog to the vet. It’s most likely that your vet will recommend antibiotics to clear up the infection.
If the wound obviously starts healing as it should, place a new sock or bandage on the paw. If your dog is putting on an E collar, after 2–3 days, the wound should be healed to the degree that your dog will not lick it and the E collar can be removed.
Never neglect the vet’s instructions.