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Q: What Happens?

April 14, 2008 | By Tiffany | 3 answers | Expired: 2333 days ago

Tiffany

When a toenail breaks on a dog? What should you do?

Readers' Answers (3)
Jill R.
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Apr 14, 2008

If its just the tip and it isn't cracked, no problem, you can use a pair of nail clippers to trim them up

if it is cracked (going up into the quick) and painful, then you need to see your vet and have them give the dog pain meds, sedate, and repair the nail.

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Percysmom
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Apr 14, 2008

A good thing to always have on hand at home is Styptic powder. You can put it on the end of the dog's nail to help stop the bleeding until you can get your dog to the vet. If you trim your own dog's nails there's always the risk of cutting the quick which can lead to alot of bleeding. Also if the nails are not kept trimmed they can break more easily leading to the injury DocJill mentioned.

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Joanna
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Apr 15, 2008

If your dog has weak nails that are prone to splitting/cracking, I would change their diet pronto. Check out my take on Authority Harvest-Baked (thought it's not the only food I recommend, there are several great processed foods such as Blue Buffalo and Eagle Pack).

Now, if this was a fluke, take care that your dog's nails aren't touching the floor. This is an oversight that many Pet Parents are guilty of. A dog's nails, while running around outside on dirt like he's supposed to, will be naturally worn down to an acceptable level. A dog who's kept from running, walking and digging in dirt cannot keep his nails short on his own, so they must be clipped. If they are left to grow out to the point of you can hearing him "clicking" on the floor inside, they will have a detrimental effect; they will be uncomfortable and he will lean back to take the pressure off his toes, ruining his normal posture and causing unnatural stress in other areas of his body.

I hope this helps you!

Go too long between clipping, and you will hit the quick, which is the nail blood vessel. Keep styptic powder on hand (available at pet stores) to stop the bleeding.

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