How To Treat A Broken Nail On A Dog
There are a lot of reasons why a dog’s nail may break: they could have run into something, caught it in an object, or simply walked funny on hard ground. While this does not always require medical intervention, there are some things you should look for when your dog breaks a nail so that you do not miss any signs of injury. First and foremost, do not panic. This has happened to many dogs before yours and will happen to many dogs after. In most cases there is little need for concern but that does not mean you should ignore the problem entirely.
First, do not panic.
Your dog is injured, and your first instinct is to panic. You want to help him or her immediately, but it’s important that you don’t do anything rash. Be calm and relaxed when treating them so they stay calm as well. Take a deep breath and think about what you need to do next: how will you treat the injury? How will you treat the nail? How can you make sure that your dog feels comfortable while he or she recovers?
Make sure that you have the equipment in place to treat your dog’s broken nail.
We’re going to assume you have access to a first aid kit, some styptic powder (a substance that will help stop bleeding), and corn starch (which can be used to dry out the nail after it’s been treated).
If not, you should go get those things now. Don’t wait until your dog is bleeding! If they are bleeding, start off by putting pressure on the affected area with a towel until the flow stops. Then apply styptic powder or corn starch to the wound and bandage it up with gauze tape or medical tape. If you don’t have any of these things available at home right now then go buy them immediately because they’re important tools for anyone who owns pets.
Try to gently inspect the nail and make sure there is no sign of a fracture in the bone.
It is important to check for swelling, redness, or pus that may indicate a bacterial infection. If you notice any of these signs it is best to go to the vet immediately.
If you do not find any of those indications and the nail just looks like it is bent, then try to gently inspect the nail and make sure there is no sign of a fracture in the bone. If you see no fracture but your dog still seems in pain when trying to walk on this foot then this might be an indication that something else is wrong with their paw/foot besides just a broken nail which would mean seeing a vet would be necessary anyway so it’s best done sooner rather than later!
Treat any bleeding by using either a powdered styptic treatment or corn starch. Simply apply it to the injured nail.
If you have a bleeding nail, apply either a powdered styptic treatment or corn starch directly to the injured nail. This will stop the bleeding and help the dog heal more quickly.
Do not use cotton swabs to apply the powder because they can be hard to control and will get dirty if used on your dog’s paws. Also avoid using bandages or creams; they are harder to keep clean than powders and may irritate your pet’s skin in other ways as well.
If any infection appears, you may need to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian so that they can prescribe antibiotics.
If the infection continues to spread, your dog may need to visit a veterinarian. At this point, the nail will likely start turning black and become painful for them to walk on. This is a clear sign that an antibiotic should be prescribed immediately. If you can’t get into your veterinarian’s office right away, or if it’s after hours, you can also try using antibiotics at home. However, these won’t work if the infection has already spread past the nail bed where they grow out from (which can easily happen).
Don’t panic if your dog’s nail breaks
Don’t panic if your dog’s nail breaks. Your pet may be distressed, but you should not be afraid of taking it to the vet, and you should never try to fix a broken nail yourself. If you feel that the break is severe enough that it could cause harm to your dog or even lead to infection, bring him or her in for an appointment as soon as possible so that they can be examined by a professional. If your dog is healthy and has no signs of pain or discomfort, there are steps you can take at home in order to ensure that their nails grow back normally and without causing any problems for the animal.
If your dog’s nail breaks, then don’t panic. It may seem like an emergency, but it’s a problem that you can easily tackle at home. Moreover, it is also something that your pet will easily recover from with time and patience. We have covered the steps required to treat a broken nail on a dog.