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Old 02-20-2019, 09:43 AM
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Cracked/crunched nail?

Our lab has a rear paw nail that looks crushed/cracked broken. All the pieces are there--it's like it got crushed in a door or something. She is never alone, someone's always in the house with her, and she's had no injury.

The nail isn't bleeding, but she's driving us crazy licking at it--I assume this means its itchy. She doesn't lick all the time, just when she lays down and is tired or bored. She's got no limp, no behavioral changes.

Do dogs get brittle nails? Can we apply glue or a clear coat? How would a vet even fix this?
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:54 AM
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Our lab has a rear paw nail that looks crushed/cracked broken. All the pieces are there--it's like it got crushed in a door or something. She is never alone, someone's always in the house with her, and she's had no injury.

The nail isn't bleeding, but she's driving us crazy licking at it--I assume this means its itchy. She doesn't lick all the time, just when she lays down and is tired or bored. She's got no limp, no behavioral changes.

Do dogs get brittle nails? Can we apply glue or a clear coat? How would a vet even fix this?
I have recently started clipping my dogs' nails myself, where previously I would have opted for a vet / professional groomer. As per my blog page, How to cut dog nails that are too long - DogFrolics, I carried out a lot of research on this subject prior to undertaking such a task.

Generally, allowing a cracked nail to continue to grow, in the hope that it will "grow-out", without intervention is not recommended. You will either need to take care of yourself or take to a vet, or risk the issue persisting. You may be able to remove the loose section of nail, by pulling quickly or using a trimmer. If you are not confident, do not attempt this as you may make it worse!
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