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Q. What can I do about a broken toenail that has bent between the foot pad?

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. Broken toenails can be very painful in dogs if the "quick", or nailbed is exposed. Typically they're too painful to deal with at home if this is the case. If the nailbed isn't involved and the area isn't painful, take your dog's nail clippers and trim away the excess part that has broken.

If the nailbed is exposed you'll have to see your vet to deal with this. Usually we have to put local anesthetic in the area to numb the toe, then pull off the broken part of the nail. They usually need a bandage as well to protect the area from dirt, since the open nailbed is prone to infection, and is painful to walk on.


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