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    Default What is the treatment for top part or nail being torn off...?

    Appears my BLM has somehow managed to tear off a good portion of the top part of nail on his rear foot. Already had a vet appt for my female today so I guess he gets to ride along as well. Just curious what are the treatment steps for this type of situation...?
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    I had a similiar situation on a front toenail. I trimmed any excess/ragged outer covering on the nail. Then I put some wound seal on it (EMT gel). The nail grew back out.

    Be sure and put a muzzle on him or in my case I cinched him up to a tree.
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    What was the muzzle for or in your case cinching?

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    Depends on how much of the nail has been torn off.
    If minor, then do as Wayne has suggested.
    If more severe, then the nail might need to be removed like a shell. Then frequent soaks in salt water and bandaging.
    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFKennels View Post
    What was the muzzle for or in your case cinching?
    Maybe so he would not bite?? while working on the nail?
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    Darn Tim, I hope he doesn't have too many problems with this. Ember tore a nail once and the trainer "glued" it. She ran in a hunt test that day and never acted like it bothered her a bit.

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    I had the top part of a nail peel back to the base of the nail on one of my dogs. I cut the top part off as close to the base as I could, used super glue and did my best to put the top part of the nail back down on the rest of the nail, actually looked good when I was done. The dog was pain free after the home "surgery."
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    Yep. To keep from getting bit.
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    Thanks to everyone for their replies. This was a first for me..... Wayne was correct, had I not had a good grip on his muzzle, he would have bit "something" at the vet. He is otherwise a very good natured dog. Dang it, I hurt for him... They ended up giving me a preventative antibiotic and told me to clean it daily with peroxide and apply veteracyn (which thankfully I already had) . Now my only issue is keeping his 100 mph but in check! Hope he is healed for Colorado river hunt 16 Feb.
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    Hey Lesa, I know you can feel my pain with trying to keep him still for the healing process...
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    well hopefully the nail hasnt split into the toe or nail bed, othewise it will have to be pulled out. Very painful process unfortuantely (happened to a dog that we were training, got caught on something). The nail did eventually grow back and the vet put a few stiches in it after being pulled.

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