Dogs are active and playful creatures, and sometimes accidents happen. One of the most common injuries that dogs can experience is a broken nail. Broken nails can be painful and can lead to infections if not treated properly. As a responsible dog owner, it’s important to know what to do when your furry friend breaks their nail.
Signs That Your Dog Has a Broken Nail
Limping or favoring a paw
Bleeding or visible crack in the nail
Swelling or redness around the paw
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to examine your dog’s paw and nail to determine the severity of the injury.
Steps to Take When Your Dog Breaks Their Nail
Examine the nail: If the nail is only cracked or broken but not bleeding, you can trim the nail to prevent further damage. If the nail is bleeding or the injury is severe, take your dog to the vet immediately.
Clean the wound: If the nail is bleeding, clean the wound with warm water and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. You can also use styptic powder or cornstarch to help clot the blood.
Protect the paw: If the injury is severe, protect your dog’s paw by wrapping it with a bandage or a sock. This will prevent your dog from licking or biting the injured area.
Follow up with your vet: If the injury is severe or if your dog shows signs of discomfort, take them to the vet for further evaluation and treatment.
Use appropriate flooring: Slippery surfaces can cause dogs to slip and injure themselves. Use carpeted or padded flooring to prevent accidents.
Provide appropriate toys: Avoid toys that are too hard or rough, as they can cause damage to your dog’s nails.
How long does it take for a broken nail to heal? It can take up to two weeks for a broken nail to heal, depending on the severity of the injury.
Can I trim my dog’s nails myself? Yes, but make sure you know how to do it properly to avoid injuring your dog.
What should I do if my dog keeps biting or licking the injured paw? Use an Elizabethan collar or a bitter spray to prevent your dog from further irritating the wound.
Taking care of your dog’s broken nails is important for their overall health and well-being. By following these steps and taking preventative measures, you can keep your furry friend happy and healthy.