dog's nail fell out

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March 26th, 2009 07:24
Illinois
GINAMARIE
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My dog's nail fell out and now he is limping and not using that paw all that much. It has been 2 days. He is eating, drinking and running around normally otherwise. What should I do???
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March 26th, 2009 12:30
Florida
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He could have caught his nail on something.
   
Or he could have a fungal or bacterial infection in that toe. If he has an infection the toe area would be red, enflamed, maybe pusie and possibly hot to the touch. In that case he needs medical attention.
   
If he accidently pulled the nail out and the area is not showing any infection you can probably treat it at home. Clean the area good and apply a dab of antibacteria cream like Neosporin. Distract him afterward so he doesn't lick it off.
   
With that said it is always a good idea to call your vet, explain the situation and get some professional advice. If the wound is big enough it may require a stich or two. So even if a visit is suggested it is usually cheaper than letting a problem grow and then paying even more in the end.
   
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April 11th, 2009 22:01
Florida
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Hi. I came across this information about fish oil being helpful to dogs whose nail(s) fell out. I thought of you and hope it is of some help.
   
The Veterinary College at Colorado State University found that fish oil helped with toenail loss in dogs.
   
Toenail Loss In Dogs - Lupoid onychodystrophy is a disease in dogs that causes them to lose their toenails. A research team studied the effect of fatty acid supplementation (for example, fish oil or primrose oil) in treating dogs with this condition. This study compared the fatty acid concentrations in the blood and nails of normal and affected dogs. Studies showed an improvement in the conditions of dogs with lupoid onychodystrophy, but researchers don?t know if the improvement is due to the anti-inflammatory characteristics of fatty acids or if affected dogs developed the condition because of a fatty acid deficiency.
   
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