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Old 06-09-2011, 12:49 PM
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Dog Lost A Nail

I was talking to my friend, and she said her dog has "lost a nail" before. She took her dog to the vet.

Well, Allie lost a nail, the whole thing. Not just a piece of it. She keeps on licking there (understandable). Do you think I could just wash it, and maybe put some neosporine on it, if so what should I use to wash it with? And it will just grow back. I don't see the need to take her to the vet, but I think it's bothering her a bit.
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I'm not certain, but if she's got a hole there, to me that seems like it could abscess really easily. I know the vet wraps the paw really tight after surgically removing a claw (if it splits), so - personally, if it was my dog - I would just take her to the vet to clean and wrap. Bare minimum, I'd call the vet to see what they recommend.
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I would call the vet also, to be on the safe side. It should grow back, human nails grow back, so it would make sense, a nail grows, you have to cut it, or leave it or it breaks on you. If Allie keeps licking it, it could get infected, so i would wrap it for now, if you don't have anything to wrap it with, you can use a sock. But Allie might try to take it off. Hope she feels better soon!
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Forgot to ask if it bleeded or not? Do you know how it came out? Did you see it come out? Do you have the nail? Do you know anything or did you just find it missing?

Yes, it's question time.
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Thanks guys, I shall call the vet. My friend was talking about this splint thing too. She still is playing hard, and acting normal. It did bleed, because I saw a bit of dry blood where the nail was (just a little bit). I do not, I imagine it's from playing. Orr! I think I've mentioned this before..Allie has a twitch, she twitches 24/7, so she could have (maybe) snagged it in the carpet, or a blanket. No, I don't have it. :P And no I didn't see it. We were just playing, and I noticed..one of her nails is missing! (Not something I check for everyday). But some times she lays down with me, and puts her feet in my face. Eha.

And, I'm afraid she'd try to bite anything off. She's gotten glass in her foot, and the vet wrapped it up in gauze, and she ripped it off the second she put it on. A sock def. would not work. She loves to eat them. I'll just call to see if their is some stuff I can put on it. Honestly, I think she'll be fine skipping a vet visit, because it just makes her stressed, and she has to go soon for her shots any ways.
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Yeah it should be fine to skip the vet visit, calling is fine.

Cassy is the same way, she'll bite anything off of her, she keeps licking a spot on her back leg, and now their's a sore there, and i tryed wrapping it, but she pulled it down so she can still lick it. So i try to keep her busy and tired so she'll forget about it. Not working a whole lot.
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When Allie was a pup, she wouldn't even wear a collar. She would sling her self around trying to get it off. I'd feed her for being calm, but it just never works. But nowadays, she's able to handle her self a tig better.
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Oo. This moring I looked very closely, and it appears she has all her toe nails. :O I must have been seeing things. Buut, was a bit of dry blood, I say it's just a little boo-boo.
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That's good to know!!!!
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I know, I'm not nearly as worried now.
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