Chip in nail

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  1. snipe a duck

    snipe a duck Elite Refuge Member

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    Yesterday I noticed my lab was licking at one of his front paws a lot. I took a look at his paw and found that he has a chip in the underside of one of his nails where it meets his paw with a raw spot exposed. I'm wondering what I should do to treat it and if anyone on here has had this happen. My thought was to put Neosporin on it and then wrap it to keep him from licking at it but part of me thinks I should just take him in to the vet. He is walking on it fine he just seems to mess with it when he is lying down. Definitely want to make sure I get it treated before it gets infected or worse. thanks in advance
     
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    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    When a person thinks they "might need to go to the Vet',
    then they probably should.
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    Dog guy Senior Refuge Member

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    What program are you following? I suggest Smartworks.
     
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    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Pretend that the thumb is my 3rd digit . . . :tu

    BTW, there is only one "S" in Smartworks --- guess which one it is.

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    snipe a duck Elite Refuge Member

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    Took him in not long after I posted this. Just a torn nail but I will be watching it to ensure it stays clean and is healing up.
     
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    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Normally, a broken or splintered nail doesn't concern me, but when it goes into the flesh, it's an open invitation for infection.
    Glad you went to the vet and glad all is well.

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    Had my boy Speck tear a rear nail off clean into the toe last fall just before waterfowl season. It left a nasty hole where the nail was located. We did a quick field cleaning, wrapped it with vet tape and when we got back to the cabin, gave it a good cleanup. We changed the bandage twice a day for the next week and it healed shut nicely. The nail actually grew back. The Odd part is he never whimpered a bit when he tore it out. Just wanted to keep going!
     
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    Phytoplankton Elite Refuge Member

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    For split, chipped or cracked nails that don't go into the flesh, a couple drops of superglue will often help it from fracturing further.
     
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    had a dog with a splintered nail and just used superglue. healed right up
     

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