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by Jack Sherck on 21 September 2007 - 13:09

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My male shepherd badly broke his left front dew claw.  The claw is running horizontal and appears to be broken at the very base (where the nail meets the skin).  Do I need to cut the nail offf at the break, or will the new nail simply push the old (broken horizantal) nail out of the way?

I would remove the nail if it was barely attacted, but it is still attached by a good amount of meat (skin).  I am a little concerned that since the nail did not bleed at the time of the break (only the flesh was exposed), I could make it worse if I removed the nail.

Thoughts?

 

 

by Trailrider on 21 September 2007 - 14:09

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I haven't had a broken dew claw but my girl cracked a nail bad once on the front foot. She was licking it constantly an would yip occasionally was how I figured it out. I suggest go to the vet and let them nip it off. They did my dog and it bled quite profusely and they had to put a thick wrap on it. Good luck.

by zdog on 21 September 2007 - 15:09

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I had the same thing happen 2 weeks ago.  IT turned horizontal and backwards, i took her to the vet, and she said to just leave it, as the base felt very secure (not ripping from the leg).  If the blood vessesl were damaged and such, that would be apparent in a few weeks and if they had to remove it they could do it then, but no need to do it now. 

I left it, the nail fell off while playing a day later and I don't think she's noticed a thing since it happened.  and now a new one is growin in.   NOt sure if it will end up the same for you, but that's where it sits with my dog.

by JGA on 28 September 2007 - 06:09

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I had a dog split a nail into the nail bed. It kept splitting as the nail grew, and it bothered him from time to time for MONTHS. Then, I was watching Animal planet, and it was some Kangaroo sanctuary. They had one with  a split nail and said it had to be totally removed so a new nail could grow out from the base. Leaving it split would cause the new nail growth to also split (like on my dog).  As soon as my dog's split nail was janked out with pliers (yikes) the dog yelped once, then was fine. The new nail grew out quickly and was never a problem again...

by animules on 28 September 2007 - 11:09

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Have a muzzle handy, pain can do funny things to dogs you're trying to help.  Our big baby dog broke a back foot nail way back.  It was snagging on stuff and bleeding so we cut it off.  Had to muzzle him and he would never hurt either of us on purpose.  But it hurt! all  normal now, new nail is fine.

by Rezkat5 on 28 September 2007 - 11:09

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You will probably need to clip it off at the base.  At least that's what I would do.  Otherwise you risk them catching it on something and it hurting even more.  A muzzle is a good idea.  It really only hurts bad for a second, but it might bleed for awhile, so have some stipic powder on hand to apply and bandage.  You may want to keep it bandaged when the dog is working for a while.  Otherwise you don't particularly need to bandage unless he's messing with it too much. 

 

 

by Two Moons on 25 January 2009 - 17:01

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More on dew claws,
bump.

by AKGeorgias mom on 25 January 2009 - 17:01

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My dog did this over the summer, and I took him to the vet where they cut it all the way down and cleaned it up.  He had a bandage for a day or two just to keep the mud out of it.

Opal

by eichenluft on 25 January 2009 - 17:01

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I cut off all of the nail that is not attached to "bleeding living flesh" - cut it back as far as possible and even along the sides if the crack goes all the way back.  Leave any healthy un-cracked nail and don't cut into the quick.  It will be exposed but will heal quickly and new nail will grow in.  If he continues to move the crack back and forth it will continue to hurt him and will heal slower. 

molly

by Two Moons on 25 January 2009 - 17:01

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My bitch has been chewing on her front left dew claw, I see nothing there.
maybe the cold just makes them more sensitive.

by Rezkat5 on 25 January 2009 - 18:01

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LOL just read what I wrote back then and asked, did I write that?  

But the same still applies, clip back and bandage.  

My older female had a nail, an inner one that was causing her to limp, turns out the nail, without an injury was coming off.   Turns out there was an actual lesion in the bone of the toe.   This was noticed upon xray, then the xray was taken again a couple of weeks later.   It was decided to amputate the toe, luckily it was a benign lesion, which isn't always the case in toe stuff with dogs.  

Same dog a few months ago broke a dew claw, the only evidence was some blood on the bed, which I didn't think was initially from her.   Took her in and we trimmed it back and bandaged it.  

Kathy

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