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HELP! Are there any vets around (warning picture of injury included)

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RestlessTravellerTheSequel Thu 27-Apr-17 22:02:39

My dog was out in the garden and there was a sudden yelping, he's cut himself around his dew claw. The bleeding has stopped, but I think he's in shock. He's eaten since it happened but is very shaky and clingy. We have some Leucillin (vetinary antiseptic spray) and have treated it with that. Does he need a vet? The cut isn't big enough to stitch but the claw is sticking out a bit of an angle, which may be just down to the swelling. I don't know if a vet will do anything and the vets won't be open until the morning anyway. Any advice would be very awesome.

AdoraBell Thu 27-Apr-17 22:04:46

Bumping for you. Poor pooch, that looks super painful.

hmcAsWas Thu 27-Apr-17 22:05:06

I am not a vet.

I would however take my dog to see a vet with that injury

TiredMumToTwo Thu 27-Apr-17 22:06:22

Not a vet but one of my dogs recently split a claw, took him in to the vets & he had to be sedated so the vet could cut it right down as the nerve was exposed & could get infected. I would bandage it up for tonight & then ring the vets first thing.

motherofdaemons Thu 27-Apr-17 22:08:20

Definitely take him in the morning, there could be something stuck in it

RestlessTravellerTheSequel Thu 27-Apr-17 22:08:27

Vets first thing in the morning then. Thank you everyone.

RestlessTravellerTheSequel Thu 27-Apr-17 22:09:11

I've looked quite closely at it. There's nothing stuck in it.

User2468 Thu 27-Apr-17 22:10:38

If in doubt, go to the vet. Nothing bad can come of taking them to the vet and the vet telling you it's nothing to worry about.

Pentapus Thu 27-Apr-17 22:14:26

If you are anywhere near me I have some metacam here (dog anti-inflammatory and painkiller combined) along with an oral dosing syringe?

I always have some in, just in case.

Pentapus Thu 27-Apr-17 22:14:57

Would help tide him over till morning.

Meekonsandwich Thu 27-Apr-17 22:15:39

If you have to ask, you have to take.

Vets usually won't give advice over the net as it's not ethical and without their history and full physical check up they could give the wrong advice.

LostSight Thu 27-Apr-17 22:17:46

I'm a vet. Yes, you should take him in the morning. Pain relief tonight if you have it. they may need to remove some of the broken claw.

Hope it goes well.

Hueandcry Thu 27-Apr-17 22:19:49

My dog had a claw injury. Vet had to cut it right down & cauterise it due to the risk of infection. I'd cover it tonight so the dog can't lick it & contact vet first thing. Mine had to be sedated as it was so painful, it's the only time he has ever gone for me when I tried to look at it sad

mortificado Thu 27-Apr-17 22:21:12

As a Pp said, metacam (if you have some) and vet in the am.
I also have some if I'm close too!

RestlessTravellerTheSequel Thu 27-Apr-17 22:24:28

LostSight Thank you. We don't have any dog pain relief in the house. Is there anything else I can give him?

LostSight Thu 27-Apr-17 22:25:00

Good point about sedation Hueandcry. Sedation is likely.

Don't give your dog breakfast before you call. (Well, unless he has some condition, such as diabetes, where that would be dengerous).Check with the vet when you make the appointment whether they have a protocol for fasting.

Pleasetellmeimnot Thu 27-Apr-17 22:25:45

I am not a vet.
Phone your vet's out of hours provider for advice and follow their guidance. Please DO NOT give your dog any medication unless it has been prescribed for him or specifically told to by a vet you have seen or spoken to at Out of Hours. Also I wouldn't bandage it as you can do more harm. You can put a clean sock on it if you really think it needs covered to prevent it catching.
If you end up waiting until the morning for treatment, it might be worth starving him from now in case he needs sedated to treat that. He should be ok to get water overnight. Again, check with Out of Hours.

Pentapus Thu 27-Apr-17 22:34:37

Pleasetellme. You do realise that metacam is just an NSAID? It's just a strightforward 1st line painkiller for dogs and cats very similar to ibuprofen. Nothing to get worked up about regarding specific prescription.
You'd take ibuprofen for a torn fingernail without panicking about doctors and prescriptions right?

No need for that dog to suffer all night if it's avoidable.

LostSight Thu 27-Apr-17 22:37:23

There's no safe medication I can advise you to give I'm afraid. None of the human over-the-counter drugs are sufficiently safe. You can phone your out of hours provider if you feel he's in a lot of pain. However, I suspect it would mostly be sore when touched, so if he lies down to sleep, he may well settle.

Trying to cover it with anything could be painful, though if he's going outside, you might want to keep him somewhere he won't catch it on things.

LostSight Thu 27-Apr-17 22:40:47

You'd take ibuprofen for a torn fingernail without panicking about doctors and prescriptions right?

Different NSAIDS are toxic to different species. Extrapolating isn't safe.

Paracetamol kills cats in tiny doses, for example. They don't have the enzyme in their liver to break it down. It's not so unsafe in dogs, but I wouldn't recommend it except in extreme circumstances and it's easy to get the calculation wrong as the dose is dependent upon weight.

Pleasetellmeimnot Thu 27-Apr-17 22:41:23

Yes, Pentapus, I do know. I would not to give any prescription medication without checking with a vet who has responsibility for the animal concerned.

RestlessTravellerTheSequel Thu 27-Apr-17 22:45:10

LostSight he's on my knee, under a blanket but not asleep. He's breathing is very quick though.

Pentapus Thu 27-Apr-17 22:45:12

Well, I don't think you'll find a vet that suggests it's dangerous to dose a dog with the appropriate dose of metacam hmm

Pentapus Thu 27-Apr-17 22:46:19

Indeed Lostsight, but I'm clearly referring to metacam in the context of dogs.

Pleasetellmeimnot Thu 27-Apr-17 22:53:27

Restless, please call the Out of Hours vet if you're worried about him. Your own vet's answering machine should have a message with their number on it.

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