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Help! Andy's Nail Has Split At The Nailbed/cuticle


Guest Suzy

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Andy is limping because of a split nail on his front paw. Don't know how it happened. I'm thinking we'll have to go to the vet tomorrow. What is normally done in this situation? Is there anything I can do?

 

Thanks, Suzy

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Guest Energy11

You can clean the area with warm water and mild antibacterial soap. Put some neosporin on it, a toddler sock of it, and a bootie, if you have one. If not, you can double up on the toddler socks. The vet will probably have to cut the nail back, and maybe put him on an antibiotic. Good Luck with this! Always on the weekends :-(

 

THIS IS FROM OUR FIRST AID PRESENTATION AT MT HOUNDS:

 

One of THE most common injuries to your greyhounds are foot injuries. For torn pads, pulled or broken off nails, clean the wound with antibacterial soap and water, blot dry. Apply Trypzyme-V ointment or spray, or triple antibiotic ointment to the wound. Cover with a clean toddler sock (*usually shoe size 3-8.5), and tape the sock on loosely (*too tight will cut off the circulation to the foot ... you should be able to slide you pinkie finger between the tape and sock with ease) with tape, preferably, Transpore clear tape. Cover with a bootie. I use the high booties available from The Voyagers: http://www.k9apparel.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=5. Usually, a torn nail will fall off in a matter of days, but it is advisable to see your veterinarian for a course of antibiotics and follow-up for the injury.

 

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Pretty much what Energy11 said. If the crack is well down from the nailbed, fairly easy to fix yourself. If it's way up there, probably want vet to deal with it. Not an emergency tho. Once foot is cleaned, bunch of padding under the foot and around that side might help keep it from hurting so much.

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