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Thread: Torn Dew Claw - Advice Needed

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    Default Torn Dew Claw - Advice Needed

    Hi everyone

    Ok so after all that talk of dew claws Taya has gone and torn hers - breaking into the house while we were out. Go figure!


    I have put some betadine on it to kill any nasties. This might make me sound like a stingy person but please don't think that - do you think I should take her to the vet? It's just that I don't want to take her if they're just going to give me some antiseptic cream or something and say keep it clean when I can use the betadine.... BUT if you think I should take her then I definitely will. I just don't want to be paranoid lol.

    I believe that is the quick showing...


    Silly girl, she's always doing something to herself!


    Thanks

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    doesn't look that bad. all the vet will do is bind it - so you may as well do that yourself if you are able to do first aid. Antiseptic spray to deaden the area would be useful. I might take my dog to the vet, I might not - I would use my own judgement and the level of the dogs discomfort

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    Yeah..I'd probably do as you have done with the antiseptic cream, then wrap it to keep it clean. Keep an eye on it..if there's any swelling , bleeding or limping then take her to the vet
    Last edited by ozeymum; 04-06-2009 at 09:03 AM.

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    I come from the country where we didn't exactly have a local vet around the corner. So we used do all our animals first aid unless in extreme cases obviously. That dew claw looks pretty tame. Like everyone else said, just keep it clean and wrap it so no further damage is done and to protect it. I wouldn't bother going to the vet unless it gets worse from infection.

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    You can try your local produce shop for vetwrap - sticky bandage she'll have a hard time chewing off. If you keep it protected so she doesn't rip it again while it heals up a bit it should be fine. If it looks infected at all take her in though.

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    Thanks guys!

    I have put some vetwrap (& antiseptic) on it - at last my horse first aid kit has come in handy.... I just have to get a horse!!

    I'll keep an eye on it.


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