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Old 08-26-2017, 01:21 AM
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Claw half torn off/visible quick(pink thing)

Hello everyone, I really need so advice. I'm guessing I need to go the vet but I was wondering if there something else I could do? Hes not limping or crying but he licks his paw alot. I don't have the funds right now to go to the vet but if its the only way to get him better, **** the funds I'll go. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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The pink area is called "the quick".

Your dog will probably be ok. I've had a number of dogs who split, or broke off toe nails, and a few times, I've made the mistake of clipping into the quick while cutting nails.

I've never had to take a dog to the vet for it, there's not a lot they can do, the nail will soon grow out and around the quick.

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Thank you for your quick response! I should simply wait for the nail to grow back? I'm guessing no running or walks until it grows back? Do you think it broke because the nail was to long? Thanks again.
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My dog once tore her entire dew-claw out (all of it, gone) by getting it caught in the boards of our deck -- she was chasing squirrels.
Months later, she had a perfect lovely dew-claw again.
Yes, that's gotta hurt--keep an eye out for heat, puffiness, open skin
signs of infection that might need vetting.
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just call your vet--should be quick question and answer question and free if you're regular--
full disclosure, I would do nothing special beyond looking at it but I am in no way professional so really, I'm not the one you should be taking advice from.
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You might give it a few days to heal up a little, but I don't think walks and such need to be eliminated. I can recall some pretty ugly looking nail tears that some of my dogs had, and they walked and ran like usual most of the time. Just take your cues from your dog...if he's limping or holding his foot up a bit after a little walking then the nail is hitting the surface and hurting the quick...but often because the nail is now shorter, it doesn't touch anything while they walk and they must not feel it all that much.

As Artdog mentioned, just keep an eye on it for infection. I've seen a lot of damaged doggy nails in my life and none became infected, but it can happen, fortunately the nails grow back pretty quick and normal looking. I did have one dog, though, who's nail grew back kind of thicker, and more gnarled looking, but it never gave her any problems...it was just never a smooth nail after that.

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Thanks bot of you. I'll keep an eye on it. Thank you again! Have a nice day.
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Arrow Vet.

I vote vet.

Home-nursing is insufficient; that's an open wound attached to a toe, which has bones in it. BONE INFECTIONS are a beeyatch to treat & knock down - they can end in amputation once established. // Losing a leg from a bone infection is a real risk.

I'd want -
* painkillers on board
* a proper bandage
* a protective bootee over the bandage.


I'd want the vet's guesstimate as to how bad the damage, & whether the claw will regrow - some damaged claws become high-maintenance & need special trimming, or grow back warped & mess with the dog's gait, or become chronically painful, & the toe must come off.
I'd want to know whether there are possible / probable problems ahead, or assuming no infection, a straightforward healing process. The latter would be a great outcome.

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