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Q. My dog hurt his nail . Like he tore it. It is sore for him and it is not straight anymore. Its like a hangnail . What can I do for him ? he weighs 60l

Answered By
CLAUDIA FIORAVANTI

A. Unfortunately we see this kind of injuries every day. Small little things but extremely painful! The nail will likely need to come off, but I would not suggest to pull it yourself because it is painful and will start bleeding quite a bit after being pulled . We normally have some medications that we use to stop the bleeding. The area will also need to be bandaged for the first few days in order to prevent getting infected and to avoid him grooming the area. You are a bit limited in what you can do at home. I would recommend to bathe the feet in a bowl with salty water or with diluted chlorhexidine ( one part of chlorexidine to ten parts of water), then if you can put a light dressing just to stay on for 10-12 hours until you don' t get a vet appointment. Make sure you dry the feet well before putting the dressing. If you don' t have any materials for the dressing just put an old clean sock and try to rest your dog for the time being.


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