I thought for This ‘N That Thursday, I could bring up something that’s been happening with Duke lately. My apologies that it doesn’t have anything to do with Halloween. Happy Halloween though!
So, Duke broke his nail. He broke the dew claw on his front left paw.
It started on Sunday, when we were at the park playing fetch.
We noticed he started bleeding at the park and realized he had a crack in his nail. We did a quick Google search (new pet parent’s best & worst friend – sometimes you don’t want all that information they give you!) but it seemed like no big deal, we trimmed up what we could on that nail without hurting Duke, cleaned it up and he seemed totally fine.
Until Tuesday afternoon. I came home at lunch and found Duke sitting in a pile of bloody blankets and pillows. (I’m sparing you the pictures from this moment!) Needless to say, I freaked out. While looking for the injury, I discovered his nail was missing! Just his quick (I think that’s what it was) was exposed, which had of course bled a ton. But it had stopped bleeding by the time I got there which was good news.
I called Sam at work (he was not spared the bloody pictures!) and he Googled it to find that most times it heals fine. Luckily, there is a vet about two blocks away from our apartment, so I ran up there and they confirmed what we had learned online – watch for infection but the nail should grow quickly and he’ll likely be fine.
So out of the woods! Until last night when he was playing too rough with his Kong and it started bleeding all over again. Poor boy! It never seems to cause him any pain but we cleaned it up, bandaged it (it was a little MacGyvered, but it worked!) and now I think we’re all set. Hopefully! We’re cleaning it daily and trying not to let him get too rough with the Kong.
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The nail is growing back quickly & since it is the dew claw, it doesn’t touch the ground when he walks. But boy, has this been an ordeal! We’ve learned to move nail care to the top of our list! We did’t neglect it before, but it also wasn’t a high priority. We checked his nails often to make sure they weren’t too long & trimmed them when we noticed they were. I think professional, religiously scheduled nail trims are in his future.
I’ve been hesitant to post this out of fear that anyone would think we were bad pet parents because of this! But you all have been so supportive & full of advice, I decided to post it to get your input on your thoughts on nail care. So thank you in advance for being nonjudgmental. 🙂
Q: How do you handle nail care?
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