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    hello, it's been a while but I'm back, my dog has torn a toenail and I'm not really sure what to do, the claw (hard bit) and the quick (bloody bit) has completely separated and I can't see where the break is in the nail so I am assuming it is near the base. the nail is sitting on top and slightly off to one side and my dog has been licking it a lot but he is not limping and doing most things fine.

    A visit to the vet is going to set me back around 150+ (about) so I'm not too keen on going, what has been your experience with torn nails and is there any way I can do this at home?

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    This depends on what nail where. Are we talking dew claw, or claw, are we talking front or back? as blood, bone are different. for example. A dew claw removal for hind legs, is an simple operation. For the front legs, the dew claw will be strongly attached by bone. So firstly, tell me where the tear is.

    Its not uncommon to tear a claw.

    If the nail is loose, it will rot and drop off. The trick is to keep it clean and dry and not infected. Chances of doing that in a licking dog are zilch. So you are going to need a elizabethan collar (cone of shame) at the very least.

    Can you upload a photo?
    and better description of which toe?

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    That's a hard one - I would want the dangly bit of the toenail gone, but that can be quite a painful experience to remove it.

    A vet trip will most likely end in the same outcome, he will be restrained and the nail will be removed without pain relief (most likely trimmed off) a temporary bandage to keep it clean may be applied but they just seem to rip these off.

    Nails are amazing self-repairing things and my cat once broke all (I mean ALL) her back claws off from gripping the road so hard after an altercation with a car after she got out of the house. The vet said that being inside would keep them clean and that although it looked awful (bloody and swollen back paws, she could hardly walk) they would repair and re-grow extremely quickly - He was right. Within a couple of days she was back to acting normal and the claws grew back really fast. No pain relief was given and no antibiotics (which surprised me, this particular vet was always the money grabber) but sure enough, he was right and she bounced back quickly.

    I would see if you can give it a good wash with lightly salted water and a good dry, to see if you can assess the nail better - in order to determine if the broken piece is something you can remove yourself - before your dog has a go himself.

    They do heal very very quickly and I would also try to avoid a vet visit for something like this, as nail injuries are very common but very fast healing, but of course every injury is unique in whether it will require a vet visit.
    Asha - 22/05/15 Wolfhound cross a Dogue De Bordeaux X American Bulldog.

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    he tore it a few days ago and its on his front right paw.

    http://i.imgur.com/YElaJQ6.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/26rXC1e.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/kz9w1Ag.jpg

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    that's nowhere near coming off. So it stays clean, dry. But first
    soak in saline solution, dogs paw in bucket style.
    dry, blow dry on cool setting, really dry
    sudocrem
    bandage 24hrs

    done

    if not, vet

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    I have had quite a few torn toenails from sheep work on hard rocky country similar to that. I generally just leave them be, with maybe a bit of Betadine and they mend pretty quick. I remove the nail if dangly but if not just leave it. I havent as yet had to go to the vet with one. If it became infected or wasnt healing I would but havent had that happen as yet.

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    by the look of the photo's the blood supply isn't leading down the nail anymore, so it if becomes loose enough you will be able to snip it off.

    He won't be keen on letting you do it, so wait until he's napping and have a good look. Even if you are able to remove some of it, it'll mean that when he walks the nail isn't pushed on (= less discomfort)
    Asha - 22/05/15 Wolfhound cross a Dogue De Bordeaux X American Bulldog.

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    how has it turned out goggles? toe nail still on/off, healed/infected?

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