Ask a Vet Archive

When it comes to your pet's health, there's no such thing as a dumb question. Search questions real clients have submitted to our popular Ask a Vet Q&A series, and then submit a question of your own.

  • My dog has a split nail all the way down to the paw, and he keeps licking it. I have medicine to keep it from getting infected, but it does not seem to be growing out. What should I do?

    It can be difficult to stop a dog from licking this type of injury. A torn nail on a dog is the same as ripping your own nail off the nail bed. It's extremely painful and can easily become infected.
    Your dog may require a procedure to help with the healing process. I recommend you make an appointment with your veterinarian who may need to sedate your dog and remove the entire nail in order to allow the new nail to grow in correctly from the nail bed.

    Likely, the veterinarian will want your dog to be on antibiotics. This will prevent infection of the nail bed. Please have the dog seen as soon as possible.

    You can read even more about your pet’s health in the Preventive Care section of our website, or by reading these suggested articles.
    ·         How Can I Trim My Dog’s Toenails?
    ·         Pet Grooming
    ·        Five Basic Tests That Will Save Your Pet’s Skin

    Need more information or advice?

    Contact your nearest Banfield Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment today.


Need more information or advice?

Contact your nearest Banfield Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment today.

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