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ExitPursuedByABear Fri 26-Apr-13 21:00:07

Bastard dog has split a nail. DH said he was limping at lunchtime but he ran about like a mad thing at tea time. Just looked and he has bust a nail and the pink inside is showing <shudder>.

Will he need the vet?

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Fri 26-Apr-13 21:20:04

Ouch <wince> I don't know tbh. Can you ring them and ask for advice?

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 26-Apr-13 21:22:51

I will end up taking him. But it will be Saturday and I might not get an appointment. It looks so sore. Poor boy.

Thanks for replying chickens

ThunderboltKid Fri 26-Apr-13 21:54:42

My dog did this recently and when I asked the vet (who we happened to be seeing for something else) said just leave it and it will sort itself out (which it did).

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 26-Apr-13 22:01:10

That is what I was hoping. Could you see the soft pink inside? I remember a friend paying a fortune to have a nail removed but I am sure it will grow.

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Fri 26-Apr-13 22:03:34

Could you wrap a plaster around it? Or would he just eat it?

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 26-Apr-13 22:20:40

It wouldn't last long. He seems ok in himself. We will sleep on it and see how he is tomorrow

ThunderboltKid Fri 26-Apr-13 22:49:22

Yep I could see the pink bit. I was worried but the vet said there wasn't really anything they could do; particularly if the dog wasn't bothered.

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 26-Apr-13 22:51:56

I doubt he would let the vet do anything without sedating him. He let me look but not touch.

Thanks for your advice. How long did it take to heal? I might put some purple spray on it tomorrow and see how it goes.

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 27-Apr-13 08:54:50

Purple spray in all likelihood will send your dog into orbit.
I clip them in the clinic, pop a muzzle on the dog just in case spray on local get robust vet nurse to use canine cuddle and the clip loose bit. I find these heal much quicker than this left to flap and wobble. They often need antibiotics if the pink - quick is exposed as this is very susceptible to infection and once established nail bed infections can be difficult to clear and in rare cases require toe amputation.

ExitPursuedByABear Sat 27-Apr-13 11:19:27

Thanks lonecat. Those were my feelings about the pink bit. It looks so vulnerable. And the thought of the loose bit catching on all the long grass. Vet it is then. I forgot to bring the purple spray home from the stables. Just as well!

ThunderboltKid Sat 27-Apr-13 17:46:59

Hmm yours does sound a bit worse that ours was actually. Pretty sure ours was sorted in a week or two. But FluppyDog had an operation and was on bed recovery for two weeks anyway so perhaps all the rest helped with recovery.

ExitPursuedByABear Sat 27-Apr-13 19:41:43

Been to vet. Largely because he was licking his paw and whimpering at the same time sad. She clipped off the split nail and gave him an anti inflammatory. Told me to keep it clean and dry. Yeah right! He was a very god boy and seems happier - despite puking his tea all over the rug <sigh>

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Sat 27-Apr-13 20:39:28

Aw, poor chap. I imagine it smarts <wince>

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