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My dog hurt his dew claw. It appears that the Covering has

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My dog hurt his dew claw. It appears that the Covering has separated from the quick and is somewhat bloody. He is limping and is shaking. I assume he is in pain. Should I take him to the hospital? What can I do to ease his pain?

Dr. Andy :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a 4 veterinarian practice.

Dr. Andy :

Hello,

Dr. Andy :

Yes, he will really need to get into the vet. Your are better not to give anything for pain, because if you give a drug like aspirin, it is going to block the vet from being able to give any better anti-inflammatory drug (we don't mix these types of medications).

Dr. Andy :

In addition, huge predisposition for a nail bed infection, so well worth getting the better supportive care now to get it addressed.

Customer:

I really think he is in pain, does this qualify as an emergency to take him to the hospital today?

Dr. Andy :

Often, the broekn nail piece must be removed (often with a little sedation), and a vet will prescribe pain medication and/or anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics.

Dr. Andy :

I think so.

Dr. Andy :

Well worth the visit now.

Dr. Andy :

Please remember to close the question by clicking “accept”. My family greatly appreciates it. Or, let me know if there is anything else I may add to try and be more helpful or informative.

Dr. Andy :

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Customer:

Perfect, that is what I needed to know. Thank you so much! Have a great rest of your day.

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