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Dog with cracked nail - Vet costs?

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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
Anyone had any experiance with this?

My dog was limping on his back paw and after checking it seems he has cracked his nail quite far back. I know dogs have a 'nerve root' in their claws and after googling it seems it is something the vet will have to fix (as it's so close to the base) but I'm wondering if anyone has any idea the general cost?

It's just that a bee sting a few weeks ago ended up costing me hundreds with drips and tests.
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
No idea of the cost, never had it happen - try ringing one up, say you've just splashed out on the bee sting thing, and is it essential, or will a good bandage and some rest do the job. If he's in lots of pain though, I'd have him straight down there... can't have the doggy if you can't pay the bills!
#2
Is it bleeding? When they bleed they REALLY bleed.
#3
My springer did the same a while back, it wasnt bleeding so i just kept it wrapped up and she was fine
#4
my dog has had this issue on all his feet - the worst was where they had to strip the nail off completely - cost a fortune.

You can always check with the vets as you dont have to do anything (other than pay for the check up) but mine has also gotten away with having the nail snipped clean (very painful for a few mins before jabs are given) but with all the bad cases he has had the vets just wrap his foot up as surfbunny suggested and let the nails grow again or until the fleshy area hardens up.
#5
Just phoned the vet.

£30 consultation
£15 Antibiotics
£80 if sedation was required

The women on the phone said I could trim it myself and bathe it in salted water regularly but I would need to keep an eye on it for infection..
#6
Plaster/bandage it up, keep it clean , be fine in a week.
#7
kungfu
Plaster/bandage it up, keep it clean , be fine in a week.


Problem is the crack is far enough back to cause him issues if he puts weight on it so I don't think just bandaging would solve it. I'm either going to have to snip it or see if it can just snap off (depends how much is holding it on) then as you say clean and bandage it.
#8
Ungreat
kungfu
Plaster/bandage it up, keep it clean , be fine in a week.
Problem is the crack is far enough back to cause him issues if he puts weight on it so I don't think just bandaging would solve it. I'm either going to have to snip it or see if it can just snap off (depends how much is holding it on) then as you say clean and bandage it.

You want to snap it omg how cruel,go to the vets !!
#9
I use a dremmel to grind my dogs claws down, try that? or is it too splintered to file down? A dogs claws should never be able to touch the floor when he walks, this is maybe why it got broke in the 1st place?
#10
deb8z
Ungreat
kungfu
Plaster/bandage it up, keep it clean , be fine in a week.
Problem is the crack is far enough back to cause him issues if he puts weight on it so I don't think just bandaging would solve it. I'm either going to have to snip it or see if it can just snap off (depends how much is holding it on) then as you say clean and bandage it.


You want to snap it omg how cruel,go to the vets !!


+1 - Go to the vets first..if your low on funds explain it to them or take the dog to the PDSA if your eligible.....
http://www.pdsa.org.uk/pdsa-vet-care/eligibility/
#11
kungfu
I use a dremmel to grind my dogs claws down, try that? or is it too splintered to file down? A dogs claws should never be able to touch the floor when he walks, this is maybe why it got broke in the 1st place?


He slipped as he ran up the stairs and caught his back claw.

@debz
The vet on the phone said if it seems to be a clean break all the way around then I could simply snap it off. This isn't the case as it more like a diagonal crack so a clean snip with dog nail clippers would be the only option.

Has anyone here had to clip a dogs nail at the point with the sensitive root before?

Edited By: Ungreat on Sep 30, 2010 11:26: .
#12
Before you said they said to trim it you never mentioned snapping it off that's why i said it sounded cruel.
#13
incomplete

+1 - Go to the vets first..if your low on funds explain it to them or take the dog to the PDSA if your eligible.....
http://www.pdsa.org.uk/pdsa-vet-care/eligibility/


I can pay for it if need be i'm just wondering if it is something that can be done safely at home. From googling the general consensus seems to be it can be done at home and this was confirmed by the vets as long as I do it quick and keep the area clean.
#14
It's up to you then. :)

Just remember if it does get infected it's gonna be a whole lot more expensive and It could get pretty dangerous couldn't it?
#15
Ungreat
incomplete

+1 - Go to the vets first..if your low on funds explain it to them or take the dog to the PDSA if your eligible.....
http://www.pdsa.org.uk/pdsa-vet-care/eligibility/


I can pay for it if need be i'm just wondering if it is something that can be done safely at home. From googling the general consensus seems to be it can be done at home and this was confirmed by the vets as long as I do it quick and keep the area clean.


It can be done - we have but its not a nice experience - your friend in keeping it clean is Hibiscrub - the vets will often give this to you when you have nails done and charge you a fortune - if you have a farmers market/mole valley (as they are know in the SW) or even online then you will get it much cheaper that from the vets. Beware my dog loves the taste so when we clean it we put a baby sock on his foot to stop him licking it off...blooming dogs!! :)

If you do a home trim then good luck - salt water will be good if you cant get the scrub stuff, baby socks are real handy to have with electrical tape (not tight around the top of the sock) should your dog have slim legs.
#16
My Westie did a similar thing a couple of weeks ago. We decided we would leave it a couple of days and then take her to the vets if it was still hurting her. She kept licking it and within 36 hours she had sorted it herself and was fine. I would wait at least a day unless she is obviously in alot of pain.
#17
He's been keeping his weight off his back paw so rather than go up some steps to my back garden to do his business he has left me a nice big present in the middle of the kitchen floor.

EDIT:

Woke up this morning to find the broken nail on the floor near his basket as it must have come off on it's own in the night. He seems okay now and is running around a lot more. I now just have to keep the paw clean and watch for infection.

Edited By: Ungreat on Oct 01, 2010 09:43: ..
#18
Cost me £155 to have the claw removed

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