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Toenail Problem, Non-Greyhound


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My 17 year old English setter has been licking at her paw. I checked it over and did not see anything causing the problem. I then trimmed the fur away from around her nails and discovered the problem. One nail has split from the quick. The "shell" of the nail is firmly attached but chips away easily with my fingernail, and there is separation from the quick. Is this hurting her? It must at least be uncomfortable. What do I do?

 

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Yeah, it likely hurts. If it's split all the way up to the nailbed, you might need to get the vet to trim it back. If not all the way up, you might be able to stabilize it with a teensy piece of tape (I use the white medical tape for this purpose).

Star aka Starz Ovation (Ronco x Oneco Maggie*, litter #48538), Coco aka Low Key (Kiowa Mon Manny x Party Hardy, litter # 59881), and mom in Illinois
We miss Reko Batman (Trouper Zeke x Marque Louisiana), 11/15/95-6/29/06, Rocco the thistledown whippet, 04/29/93-10/14/08, Reko Zema (Mo Kick x Reko Princess), 8/16/98-4/18/10, the most beautiful girl in the whole USA, my good egg Joseph aka Won by a Nose (Oneco Cufflink x Buy Back), 09/22/2003-03/01/2013, and our gentle sweet Gidget (Digitizer, Dodgem by Design x Sobe Mulberry), 1/29/2006-11/22/2014, gone much too soon. Never forgetting CJC's Buckshot, 1/2/07-10/25/10.

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She is an old, stoic girl and has not complained a bit, the only reason I knew something was wrong is because of her licking her paw. I don't want her to be in pain. It seems she chewed at it some. I thought about taping it together, but there is quite a gap and anyways the outer nail part is crumbling away. I was going to dremel the nail part back but then the quick will be completely exposed. I am hoping I do not have to take her to the vet for this, because she does not like going anywhere away from home and it sets off her colitis because she gets herself stressed out.

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If she'll accept a bandage, you could put some padding over that area, might be easier for her to walk on. But she might like the bandage even less, and you'd have to keep it dry and change daily.

Star aka Starz Ovation (Ronco x Oneco Maggie*, litter #48538), Coco aka Low Key (Kiowa Mon Manny x Party Hardy, litter # 59881), and mom in Illinois
We miss Reko Batman (Trouper Zeke x Marque Louisiana), 11/15/95-6/29/06, Rocco the thistledown whippet, 04/29/93-10/14/08, Reko Zema (Mo Kick x Reko Princess), 8/16/98-4/18/10, the most beautiful girl in the whole USA, my good egg Joseph aka Won by a Nose (Oneco Cufflink x Buy Back), 09/22/2003-03/01/2013, and our gentle sweet Gidget (Digitizer, Dodgem by Design x Sobe Mulberry), 1/29/2006-11/22/2014, gone much too soon. Never forgetting CJC's Buckshot, 1/2/07-10/25/10.

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