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Old 08-22-2011, 04:37 AM
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Dog pulled off a back nail

On Kasper's back paw, yesterday morning, he somehow managed to pull off about half the bottom part of his back nail...there's still the shell of the top of the nail, but half of the bottom nail has been pulled off.

We noticed it originally as he was limping immediately after he did it. We called him over and had a look, then let him carry on and he wasn't limping anymore. When we got back we had a closer look, it had stopped bleeding almost as soon as it was done and didn't bleed much, so we left him be. He has been trying to lick it a few times, but because of where it is he can't get to it.

On the evening walk yesterday it opened up again but didn't bleed much and had stopped by the time we got back again. This morning it looks to have healed well in the night (no longer looks fresh and bloody / tacky), and we'll see how it does on the walk today.

Should we take Kasper to the vets? The only reason we haven't is because:

1) It isn't bleeding much

2) He's not limped on it once apart from when he first did it

3) He can't lick it

Also, should we be cleaning it a few times a day with salt water?

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Old 08-22-2011, 05:11 AM
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Yes I think you should wash it with mild salt water ( not too salty ) A few times a day.. if it scabs over all is good.. you may like to rest him a bit.. so maybe not take him on walks for a few days to a week, just to give the wound time to heal, let it get a firm scab on it, so it's not easily distressed Keep him off sharp rocks also, it might cut it open again...
Best of luck At this point I wouldn't bother taking him to the vet, but if it gets infected, please do
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Infection would be the only concern, so I'd just clean it a couple times a day and watch for limping or swelling. If he starts to look sore on it, then I'd take him to the vets for some antibiotics, otherwise, I think I would just watch him carefully.
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Thanks both, that's what we thought...it looks like it's healing well, especially this morning, but it seems to be bothering him more. He doesn't want us anywhere near it, and on his off-lead walk today he was limping a little.

We've shortened his morning walk to half an hour and his evening one to fifteen minutes on-lead. We're not sure whether to cut off the shell of top nail that's above the wound either...

We'll be keeping an eye on it, and tomorrow will phone a vet and see what they think

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Is it hot, swollen or tender to the touch?

Did he used to let you touch it, but won't let you touch in now?
If so, I'd strongly suspect infection...
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He used to let us take the paw and hold it, but today he's very protective of it. He doesn't even want us looking at it, never mind holding it, and when he was licking it one time he whined and trembled

He's been licking it obsessively too, but rather than cone him we've been distracting him which has worked well. We have a vet appt in a few hours, so we shall see how he does...I expect he will be bandaged again, and we'll have to root out the dreaded cone!

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He used to let us take the paw and hold it, but today he's very protective of it. He doesn't even want us looking at it, never mind holding it, and when he was licking it one time he whined and trembled

He's been licking it obsessively too, but rather than cone him we've been distracting him which has worked well. We have a vet appt in a few hours, so we shall see how he does...I expect he will be bandaged again, and we'll have to root out the dreaded cone!

I'll update after the vets

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Thanks for the update. It certainly sounds very painful for him!

Its interesting to me to hear you say "he does not want us to even look at it." My Josey is very perceptive of what I am looking at, and if he has an "ouchy" he gets all upset if he sees me looking at it, even if I am several feet away. It's pretty amazing how dogs can be!
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Kasper is exactly the same Tess!

The vet appt went very well, even though Kasper was terrified of the vet. The vet was awesome though, he was very calming with Kasper and of course we were feeding him treats all the time. The vet had a quick look then just gripped the top shell part of the nail and ripped it right off - you should have heard poor Kasper yelp! - then gave him a shot of antibiotics to last 48 hours. He says for the next few days walk him on concrete as grass will aggravate the wound. I asked if we needed to clean it and he said no, just try stop him licking it. Oh, Kasper didn't need a bandage either, which is great news!!

Kasp's wearing the dreaded cone now (first time he's had it on as we managed to distract him with hides and a trip to my nana's before!) and he's already figured a way to lick his foot with the cone on He's not happy though and is whining when he can't figure out how to reach it to lick, bless him...

Hopefully it will heal quickly though!

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Thanks for the update Red.
Sounds like Kasper will be on the mend now!
A few harder days ahead perhaps, then things should start to ease up I hope!
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