Spoke with our vet and she did not have an answer. Has anyone else experienced a problem such as this? You would think there was something that could seal the end of it or something?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I'm certainly no vet so don't take this as medical advise, just thoughts and questions for your, or a consulting, vet.
I would not consider just trying to "seal" the bleeding nail as that is treatment of a symptom not addressing the underlying problem. For the nail to be weeping blood there must be some sort of problem with the underlying toe. Has the nail been spit at some point and does it now have a ridge with is scratching or rubing the toe causing it to bleed or abscess? Is the nail trimmed back short enough - if it is too long perhaps each step causes it to "jamb" itself into the toe causing the bleeding? Is there some sort of irritant embedded in the nail - a splinter, grain of grit or similar foreign matter that has inflammed the toe?
Consider and ask about removing the nail and at the same time have the toe inspected and cleaned as required so that the nail can have an opportunity to grow back without restraint or contamination. Many years ago our beloved Punk tore one of his nails open and it had to be removed. When it grew back (It took a couple of months to come back completely) it was smoother and less friable than all the others and he never made any fuss over it.
Just a few thoughts and questions for your consideration. Let us know how Bubba does and the eventual diagnosis/treatment.
Best Wishes for both of you.
Carl and Michele
|I would say a trip to the vet should be soon too, the longer it is open and bleeding the greater the chance of infection, even the tiniest wound can infect the blood, or cause serious damage to the entire leg. Also, if the dog is not walking on it properly due to pain, it may end up walking differently and causing chiropractic problems.|
|The vet said that there is nothing that can be done. It does not bleed all the time - only after he drags it on concrete for any length of time and it
does stop on its own. Bubba has always had a strange gait where he kind of shuffles his back paws sometimes and that is when he seems to rub the nail on the concrete and it opens up and bleeds.
He is on Deramaxx and is regularly checked by the vet.
|There is a product called Soft Paws made for cats, they are nylon nail caps. They are glued onto the nail and last until the nail grows enough to pop it off. Usually they are sold in packs of 10 or 20, I doubt even the large size for cats would fit a dog, but maybe you could do something like it?
|Petco sells softclaws for dogs as well.
http://www.petco.com/product_info.asp?s ... pt_id=%2D2
|~ Hello ~
I don't have an OES.... but I have a similar problem with my dog.
Indy is a 5-year-old lab pit mix and I have never needed to trim her nails. She wears them down on all her paws from all the running around she does. Last weekend I boarded both my dogs, and Indy came home with two bleeding toenails on her back paws (the inside toenail of both paws). She has worn her toenails down too far in the past, usually only in the summertime, so I keep her off the cement patio for a few days and she’s fine. The place I boarded my dogs is new, and has sanded cement floors. I though this would be good because 6 months ago Indy slipped two disks in her back and I do not want her sliding across any slick surfaces re-injuring herself, I didn’t think about Indy’s nails! One of the nails has healed, but the other is still bleeding, a week later.
Boots...ha! I have tried and neither of my dogs will tolerate boots!
With the suggestion of the Nail Caps can those be put over an open wound?
Is Super Glue the answer?
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